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Casio Introduces Slim And Stylish Digital Camera With A Wide-Angle 4x Optical Zoom
 July 14, 2008

Announced on July 14, 2008
Revised on August 20, 2008

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CASIO AMERICA, INC.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CASIO INTRODUCES SLIM AND STYLISH DIGITAL CAMERA
WITH A WIDE-ANGLE 4X OPTICAL ZOOM

Features CCD-shift anti-shake function and a large 3.0 inch LCD display

DOVER, NJ, JULY 14, 2008 — Casio America, Inc. announced today the release of the newest model in its EXILIM® digital camera series — the stylish, slim EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150, which features a wide-angle zoom lens, a CCD-shift anti-shake function, a 3.0” LCD monitor and an 8.1 effective megapixel resolution.

The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 contains the features and functions needed to meet the demanding requirements of today’s digital camera users, all in a slim and stylish form factor, just .79” thick (.74” at the thinnest section).  The EX-Z150 comes complete with a built-in wide-angle 28 mm (35 mm film equivalent) and 4X optical zoom lens.

“This camera is the perfect accessory for the picture taking enthusiast as it is compact, attractive and comes equipped with face detection technology which is a popular feature,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “The EX-Z150 stays true to the user-friendly features that have become standard to the EXILIM Zoom series.

To complement the slim, stylish look, the new EXILIM offers all the premium functionality you would expect in a much bigger digital camera, including a CCD-shift anti-shake function and face detection technology. It also features a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor, a first for the EXILIM series, making it even easier to compose shots and adding to the fun of viewing the images taken.

Available at retail in September, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 will be available in silver and black, as well as colorful red, pink and green with an MSRP of $199.99.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z150

  • 8.1 effective megapixel model for high resolution photography
  • Slim, compact size: 3.81” wide x 2.26” high x .79” thick (.74”; at the thinnest section)
  • 28 mm-equivalent wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens enables users to conveniently photograph scenes such as tall buildings or get shots of big groups of people in a small room, while still allowing zoom photography to capture distant subjects
  • CCD-shift anti-shake function for beautiful image quality, free from effects of camera-shake
  • Face detection technology that senses people’s faces
  • Large 3.0 inch, high resolution LCD monitor with 230,400 dots

EX-Z150 Specifications

 

EXILIM Zoom

EX-Z150

Number of Effective Pixels

8.1 million

Image Sensor

 

1/2.5-inch square pixel CCD

Total Pixels

8.29 million

File Format

Still Images

JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)

Movies

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

Audio (Voice Recording)

WAV format (monaural)

Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)

17.9MB

Recording Media

SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus compatible

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still Images

3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176 (3:2), 3264 x 1840 (16:9),
2816 x 2112, 2304 x 1728, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

Movies

640 × 480 (HQ/Normal, 30 fps), 320 × 240 (LP, 15 fps)

Recording Capacity
(When Set at Maximum Image Size)

Still Images

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 3 shots (Fine) / 7 shots (Normal) / 10 shots (Economy)

SD Memory Card 1GB*1

Approx. 210 shots (Fine) / 392 shots (Normal) / 578 shots (Economy)

Movies

Recording Time

Maximum Recording Capacity per File: 4GB*2

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 11 seconds

SD Memory Card 1GB*1

Approx. 11 min. 43 seconds

Operating Speed

Power on to First Shot*3*4

Approx. 2.0 seconds

Shutter Release Time Lag*3*4

Approx. 0.05 second

Shot to Shot Time*4*5

Approx. 1.5 seconds

Normal Speed Continuous Shutter*5

Approx. 0.8 second intervals

Lens

Construction

7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens

F-number

F2.6 (W) to 5.9 (T)

Focal Length

 

f= 4.65 to 18.6mm (4X)

35mm Film Equivalent

Approx. 28 to 112mm (4X)

Focusing

Focus Type

Contrast Detection Auto Focus

Focus Modes

Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus

AF Area

Spot, Multi

Focus Range*6
(From Lens Surface)

Auto Focus

Approx. 15.75”  to ∞ (W)

Macro

Approx. 5.91”  to 19.69”  (W)

Infinity Mode

∞ (W)

Manual Focus

Approx. 5.91”  to ∞ (W)

Exposure

Exposure Metering

Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element

Exposure Control

Program AE

Exposure Compensation

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

Shutter Type

 

CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed*7

Auto

1/2 to 1/2000 second

Night Scene
(BEST SHOT)

4 to 1/2000 second

Aperture*8

F2.6 (W) to F7.7 (W)*9, auto switching

White Balance

Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB

Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*10

Still Images

Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600

Movies

Auto

Other Recording Functions

BEST SHOT

Included: 22 scenes

YouTube™ Capture Mode

Included

Face Detection

Included

Voice Recording

Included

Self-timer

10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Built-in Flash

Flash Modes

Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction

Flash Range

Normal: approx. .49’ to 10.50’ (W), approx. 1.97’ to 4.92’ (T)

Monitor Screen

3.0-inch TFT color LCD, 230,400 dots (960x240)

Timekeeping Functions

Date and Time

Recorded with image data

On-image Time Stamp Function

Included

Auto Calendar

To 2049

World Time

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

Input/
Output Terminals

 

USB/AV port

USB

USB

Microphone

Monaural

Speaker

Monaural

Power Requirements

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-70) x 1

Battery Life

Number of Shots*11

Approx. 280 still images (CIPA standards)

Continuous Playback

Approx 4 hr. 20 min. (still images)

Continuous Recording

Approx. 4 hr. 50 min. (voice recording)

Dimensions (Excluding Projections)

3.81” (W) x 2.26”  (H) x .79  (D)

Thinnest part: .74”

Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)

Approx. 4.44 oz

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.

*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card. *2. Within limits of memory and battery life. *3. When using built-in memory. *4. With built-in flash off. *5. When set at maximum image size and normal image quality. *6. Range is affected by optical zoom. *7. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene. *8. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. *9. F7.7 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *10. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *11. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. “FSE” is a product provided by Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. For more information about “FSE”, visit OKI’s website at http://www.face-sensing-engine.com. YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube, LLC. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

Casio America, 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 America, 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

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