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Casio Introduces Sleek Entry-Level Exilim EX-Z16
 September 20, 2010

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CASIO INTRODUCES SLEEK ENTRY-LEVEL EXILIM EX-Z16

Stylish Design Blends with Easy Functionality for Outstanding Pictures

DOVER, NJ, Sept. 20, 2010 — Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the addition of the entry-level EX-Z16 to its EXILIM® family of digital cameras. Marrying Casio’s sleek design with a host of easy-to-use capabilities – including Easy Mode, YouTube™ capture and a simplified user interface – the EX-Z16 makes taking great pictures amazingly simple.

EXILIM EX-Z16

 EXILIM EX-Z16

This newest member of the EXILIM family boasts superb 12MP image quality, as well as 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capabilities. The Easy Mode interface offers a simplified menu, dedicated movie button, and a YouTube capture feature that enables users to record and share live-action videos with just a few clicks.

“We wanted to round out our Exilim digital camera line to include simplified functionality that is beneficial to consumers, and the EX-Z16 definitely achieves this goal,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “The EX-Z16 doesn’t just take outstanding photos and videos, it captures beautiful, natural and organic shots that you’ll share and cherish with friends and family.”

EX-Z16 Features

Sleek, Stylish Design
Casio Exilim has redefined digital camera “style” by introducing the world’s first super-slim and sleek camera models. The new EX-Z16 is no different, embodying the smooth design and functionality that Exilim is known for. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and features smooth lines and an array of beautiful colors to choose from.

New Simplified Easy Mode User Interface Makes Taking Great Pics a Snap
Even the most inexperienced photographer can take gorgeous pics with the EX-Z16’s Easy Mode User Interface. The only settings you have to adjust on our 2.7-inch high-density LCD touch screen are image size, flash and self timer – the camera does the rest! Best of all, your options are displayed on a simplified menu, making your adjustments quick and easy. Add in automatic Face Detection technology that automatically provides optimum focus -- even in less than optimal lighting -- and the EX-Z16 can help you take the best shots of your life.

Integrated YouTube Capture Mode for Easy Video Sharing
This feature enables you to easily record family moments or fun times with friends. Video is optimized to a web-friendly 640 x 480, H.264 format for quick transfer to YouTube, through Casio’s YouTube Uploader software. Then simply share with a few clicks of your mouse.

Big, Bright High-Density LCD Touch Screen Brings Your Scenes to Life
Our 2.7-inch high-density LCD (230K) touch screen provides an increased brightness and higher contrast, which gives you better image contrast, even in bright light situations. The wide 180-degree viewing angle makes it easy to line up your shots from any perspective, ensuring that what you see is what you get.

BEST SHOT Function Produces Beautiful Photos with Just a Touch
The EX-Z16 also offers BEST SHOT technology, which automatically analyzes your scene and applies the best settings for capturing perfect images and video. This feature applies face detection, auto focus and exposure settings to a total of 23 types of scenes, offering optimal configuration in just about any setting or situation.

The EX-Z16 will be on store shelves in September and retail for $99.99.

EX-Z16 Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels

12.1 megapixels

Image Sensor

 

 1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD

Total Pixels

12.54 megapixels

File Format

Still Images

JPEG (Exif Ver2.3, DCF2.0, DPOF)

Movies

AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Audio (Voice Recording)

WAV format (monaural)

Built-in Memory*1

14.9MB

Recording Media

SDHC memory card and SD memory card*2 compatible

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still Images

12M (4000x3000) / 3:2 (4000x2656) /
16:9 (4000x2240) / 8M (3264x2448) /
5M (2560x1920) / 3M (2048x1536) /
VGA(640x480)

Movies

848x480 (WIDE) / 640x480 (STD)

Recording Capacity
(Maximum Image Size Setting)

Still Images
(Fine/ Normal)

SD Memory Card 1GB*3

Fine: Approx. 103 shots
Normal: Approx. 199 shots

Movies

Recording Time

Maximum recording time per file: 29min.*4

SD Memory Card 1GB*3

Approx. 7 min. 14 sec. (HD)

Continuous Shooting

High-speed Continuous Shooting

Approx. 10 shots/second at 1280 x 960 pixels (up to 20 shots),
Approx. 4 shots/second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (up to 8 shots)

Flash Continuous Shooting

Approx. 3 shots/second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (up to 3 shots)

Lens

Construction

6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens

F-number

F2.9 (W) ~ F5.4 (T)

Focal Length

 

f = 6.3 ~ 18.9 mm

35mm-Film Equivalent

Approx. 35.5 ~ 106.5mm (equivalent to 35mm film)

Zoom Ratio

3 x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (12 times both with optical and digital zoom)
HD Zoom Maximum 18.7x (@VGA, both with optical and digital zoom)

Focus

Focus Type

Contrast Detection Auto Focus

Focus Mode

Auto Focus, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual focus

AF Area

Intelligent AF, Spot AF, Multi AF, Tracking AF

Focus Range*5 (From Lens Surface)

Auto Focus

Approx. 3.9 in ~ infinity (W)

Macro

Approx. 3.9 in ~ 19.7 in (First step from widest setting)

Super Macro

Approx. 3.1 in ~ 19.7

Infinity Mode

infinity

Manual Focus

Approx. 3.9 in ~ infinity (W)

Exposure Control

Exposure Metering

Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CCD

Exposure Control

Program AE

Exposure Compensation

-2EV ~ +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter

 

CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed*6

Auto

1/2 ~ 1/2000 second

Night Scene

4 ~ 1/2000 second

Aperture*5

F2.9 (W) ~ F7.3 (W)*7

White Balance

Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, manual WB

ISO Sensitivity
(SOS/ REI*8)

Still Images

Auto/ ISO64/ ISO100/ ISO200/ ISO400/ ISO800/ ISO1600

Movies

Auto

Other Recording Functions

Premium Auto

Yes

Single SR Quality

Yes

 

Dynamic Photo

Yes

BEST SHOT

Yes

Multi-motion Image*8

Yes

YouTube™ Capture Mode

Yes

Voice Recording

Yes

Face Detection

Yes

Auto Shutter

Yes

Self-Timer

10 seconds, 2 seconds, triple self-timer

Built-in Flash

Flash Mode

Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red eye reduction

Flash Range*5

Approx. . 0.3ft ** - 10ft (W), Approx. 2ft – 5ft (T)

Monitor

2.7-inch TFT color LCD
230,400 dots (960 x 240)

Timekeeping Function

Date and Time

Built-in quartz digital clock; Recorded with image data

On-image Time Stamp Function

Yes

Auto Calendar

To 2049

World Time

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

External connection terminals

USB port (Hi-Speed USB compatible, USB charging) / AV output terminal (NTSC/PAL)

Microphone

Monaural

Speaker

Monaural

Power Requirement

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80)

Battery Life

Number of Shots
(CIPA*9 Standards)

Approx. 270 shots

Continuous Playback (Still Images)

Approx. 3 hr. 50 min.

Continuous Voice Recording Time

Approx. 4 hr. 40 min.

Dimensions

W x H x D
(CIPA Standards)

3.89(W) x 2.30(H) x 0.85(D) in.

Weight (CIPA Standards)

Approx. 4.94 oz. (including battery and memory card*3)
Approx. 4.20 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)

Bundled Accessories

Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM

*1. Built-in memory capacity after formatting. *2. Compatible with Eye-Fi Card, an SD memory card-type wireless LAN. *3. When using Panasonic Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card. *4. Within limits of memory and battery life. *5. Range is affected by optical zoom. *6. May differ according to camera settings. *7. F7.5 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *8. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *9. When LCD monitor is set to standard brightness.

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