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Casio Introduces Second Model in Line of Stylish 10.1 Megapixel Digital Cameras
 January 30, 2007

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CASIO INTRODUCES SECOND MODEL IN LINE OF STYLISH 10.1 MEGAPIXEL DIGITAL CAMERAS
Best-in-class 7 shot/second continuous shutter
Subject blur reduction and auto-tracking AF utilizing motion analysis technology

DOVER, NJ, January 30, 2007 -Casio, Inc. and its parent company Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced the release of the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1050, the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIMŽ digital cameras. Featuring a newly developed, high-performance, image-processing module, Casio's new EX-Z1050 makes it even easier to enjoy shooting super-high resolution, 10.1-megapixel images.



Last year, Casio released the revolutionary EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1000, the first digital camera in the world to deliver 10.1 megapixel resolution in a size that fits easily in the palm of the hand. The EX-Z1000 won acclaim for making it simpler than ever to capture images at a remarkably high resolution, and its trend-setting performance created a new market.

"The newly developed EX-Z1050 is as stylish and slim as any EXILIM and was designed to allow a wider variety of people to enjoy photography at the super high resolution of 10.1 megapixels," said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division.  "The camera's small size, new 2.6-inch wide and bright LCD display and lightweight aluminum construction makes it the perfect camera to take anywhere.  It also boasts a superior design that provides an unforgettable look and feel." 

The EX-Z1050 is more than just convenient, stylish and cool: this camera is a truly high-performance device. It is built with the highly sophisticated EXILIM Engine 2.0 - a high-performance, image-processing module that not only improves image quality, but also boosts performance by delivering new motion analysis technology. This latest model in the EXILIM series also delivers best-in-class* high-speed, continuous shooting at 7 shots per second until memory is full, empowering users to capture every split second of an action-packed scene.

* As of January 30, 2007, for compact digital cameras. Based on a Casio survey.

Main Features

  • Stylish, slim, compact model featuring 10.1 million effective pixels and 3X optical zoom.
  • Maximum 7 shots/second high-speed continuous shooting (Limited to 2.0 megapixels and normal image quality. Requires use of a High Speed SD Memory Card.*)
  • EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processing module featuring new motion analysis technology.
    • Blur-reduction technologies
    • Automatically analyzes the velocity and vector of a moving subject and sets the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.
    • Anti Shake DSP reduces blur due to shaky hands and subject movement, using high shutter speeds and high sensitivity settings.
    • Movie mode with electronic camera shake compensation function.
    • "Auto Tracking AF" function follows moving subjects, keeping them continuously in focus until the photo is taken.
  • Newly developed 2.6-inch Wide and Bright LCD display (maximum brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 at center of screen).
  • Control panel that displays shooting information on the right side of the monitor and enables direct camera control.
  • Super Life Battery allows up to 370 shots to be taken when fully charged.

*The number of shots that can be taken varies depending on the SD Memory Card used.

Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBayŽ Best Shot mode.  The eBay Best Shot mode is one of 38 Best Shot Modes featured in the EX-Z1050.  eBay Best Shot takes photos at  a size that is image optimized for display on eBay, allowing picture takers to more quickly and easily create photos for selling items on eBay.  eBay Best Shot mode also includes Auto Macro, an ideal setting for capturing images of small items such as jewelry, tags, etc., thus automatically adjusting the focus from acquiring fine details in close up shots to capturing large items from a distance.  eBay Best Shot mode allows users to capture optimized images at an ideal size for eBay.   For ease of use, eBay photos are stored in a special eBay directory.

The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1050 will have a suggested retail price of $299.99 and will be available in four fashionable colors – pink, blue, black and silver.

EXILIM is a registered trademark of Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957.  Casio Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products.   Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products.  For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z1050 SPECIFICATIONS

Effective Pixels 10.1 million
Imaging Element

1/1.75-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 10.3 million)

Image File Format

Still images: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant

Movies Motion JPEG, AVI format
Audio WAV (monaural)
Recording Media Built-in flash memory (image area: 15.4MB), SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card / Multimedia Card plus compatible
Image Size (Pixels)

Still images: 3648 × 2736, 3648 × 2432 (3:2), 3648 × 2048 (16:9), 2560 × 1920, 2048 × 1536, 1600 × 1200, 640 × 480

Movies 640 × 480 (HQ), 512 × 384 (Normal), 320 × 240 (LP)

Data Size:


Image size (pixels)
Image quality/
recording time
File size
Built-in memory
(15.4MB)
SD Memory
Card
256MB *1
Still Images

3648 × 2736

Fine/
Normal/
Economy

Approx.
6.4MB/
3.38MB/
2.27MB
Approx.
2 shots/
4 shots/
6 shots
Approx.
38 shots/
72 shots/
107 shots

640 x 480

Fine/
Normal/
Economy

Approx.
330KB/
190KB/
140KB
Approx.
47 shots/
82 shots/
111 shots
Approx.
738 shots/
1282 shots/
1740 shots
Movies  
640 x 480 (HQ)

Maximum Recording Time per File (4 GB) *2

Approx.
10.2 Megabits
per Second
(25 frames/second)

Approx.
12 seconds
Approx.
3 minutes
and 15 seconds
512 x 384 (Normal)

Approx.
6.1 Megabits
per Second
(25 frames/second)

Approx.
20 seconds
Approx.
5 minutes
and 27 seconds
320 x 240 (LP)

Approx.
2.45 Megabits
per Second
(12.5 frames/second)

Approx.
52 seconds
Approx.
13 minutes
and 34 seconds

*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) 256 MB card. 
*2. Within limits of memory and battery life.

Operating Speed:  

Power on to first shot: approximately 1.0 second*3
Shutter release time lag: approximately 0.006 second*3
Image playback: 0.1 second/image
Shot to shot time: approximately 1.5 seconds*3*4
Continuous shutter: approximately 1.1-second intervals*4
High-speed continuous shutter: maximum is 7 frames per second*5
Rapid Flash: approximately 3 frames per second
*3. With built-in flash off.
*4. With image size set at
3648x2736 and using normal image quality.
*5. Image is fixed at 1600x1200 and using normal image quality.

Lens/Focal Distance:

F2.8 to 5.1, f=7.9 to 23.7mm (equivalent to approximately 38 to 114mm on a 35mm film camera), 7 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens

Zoom:

3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (image size: 3648x2736 pixels, 12X in combination with optical zoom)

Focusing: 

Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes: Auto Focus (still image only), Macro Mode, Pan Focus (movie recording only), Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area: Spot, Multi or Tracking; with AF assist lamp

Approximate Focus Range: 

Auto Focus: 15.75" *6 to ∞, Macro: 3.94" to 19.69" *6,
Infinity Mode: ∞, Manual Focus: 3.94" *6 to ∞
*6. Range is affected by optical zoom.

Exposure Control:

Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter:

CD shutter, mechanical shutter, Still images (Auto): 1/2 to 1/1000 second*7
Still images (night scene): 4 to 1/1000 second
*7. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene.

Aperture: 

F2.8 to F8.0*8, auto switching 
*8. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. F8.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.

White Balance: Auto, fixed (6 modes), manual
Sensitivity:

Still images: Auto*9, ISO80, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800
Movies: Auto
*9. When using Anti Shake function, maximum is ISO 800. When using BEST SHOT "High Sensitivity" function, maximum is ISO 1600.

Recording Functions: Still images; still images with audio (maximum around 30 seconds); macro; self-timer; continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash, zoom continuous), BEST SHOT, movies with audio, voice recording
Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash:

Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range: approx. 10.83' (W), approx. 1.64' to 5.91' (T)
Rapid Flash: approx. 1.31' to 6.56' (W), approx. 1.64' to 3.61' (T)

Monitor Screen: 2.6-inch TFT color LCD (14:9), 114,960 pixels (479×240)
Timekeeping Functions:

Date and time: recorded with image data; Auto Calendar: To 2049
On-image time stamp function

World Time:

162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time

Input/Output Terminals: USB/AV connector, USB2.0 (Full-Speed) compatible
Microphone:  Monaural
Speaker:  Monaural
Power Requirements: Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40) x 1
Battery life:

Approx. 370 still images*10 (CIPA Standards)
Continuous playback: approx 9 hr. 50 min. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx 2 hr. 50 min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx 12 hr. (voice recording)
*10. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting

Dimensions: 3.58" (W) x 2.25" (H) x .95" (D) (excluding projections, .81" at thinnest part)
Weight: Approximately 4.4 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, Lithium-ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM

Specifications subject to change without notice.