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Casio Introduces Two Stylish New EXILIM® Digital Cameras with YouTube™ Capture™ Mode
 July 10, 2007

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Casio Introduces Two Stylish New EXILIM® Digital Cameras with YouTube™ Capture™ Mode
Agreement with Popular Video Sharing Site, YouTube™ Connects Casio with Video Enthusiasts

DOVER, NJ, JULY 10, 2007 – Casio, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of two new digital cameras with the cutting-edge EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processing module. In conjunction with the release of these cameras, Casio, Inc. announced today their agreement with YouTube to include a unique YouTube Capture mode and bundle software to provide ideal settings for recording, storing and uploading video on the company's newest EXILIM digital cameras – EX-S880 and EX-Z77.  This agreement represents an effort by Casio, Inc. to directly engage the YouTube community by simplifying the process of creating and sharing videos.

"The increased popularity of video sharing Web sites such as YouTube offers a great opportunity for innovation," said John Homlish, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Casio, Inc. "We recognized that there was a demand for an easier way to upload high-quality video and are thrilled to be the first digital camera company to be able to offer a solution for consumers."

Casio's YouTube Capture mode records in next-generation MPEG-4 H.264 high quality video format; this provides an ideal compression ratio that allows users to record longer without having to sacrifice the quality of their movies.  This mode also provides sharp resolution (640 x 480) and a frame rate of up to 30 frames per second. Casio is providing consumers with a groundbreaking tool to get videos recorded and uploaded directly to YouTube in as few as two steps! Casio has also included an exclusive software application that makes it seamless to upload movies to YouTube.  This technology will also allow users to upload multiple videos at once, making it easier than ever before to share original content online.

"We are constantly looking for ways to make it simpler for our community to create and share videos," said Hunter Walk, YouTube product management.  "The YouTube Capture mode featured on these Casio EXILIM cameras is remarkably innovative and easy to use, and will further expand and diversify the incredible range of originally-created content for which YouTube is known."

The stylish 8.1 megapixel EXILIM Card EX-S880 is the latest addition to the popular EXILIM Card series, known for its sophisticated design in a thin card size. The sophisticated 7.2 megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z77 joins Casio's successful EXILIM Zoom series, whose excellent balance of superior functionality and stylish, compact look characterize the EXILIM brand. Both models add enhanced movie functionality and are the first within the line to feature YouTube Capture mode.

The new cameras also feature a blur reduction function that uses motion analysis technology, an auto-tracking AF system, and face detection technology. The combination of face detection technology and the auto-tracking AF system ensures that, once the focus locks on to a person's face, it will stay sharp and maintain the right exposure, even if the person moves. Casio has made it much easier to capture beautiful portraits.

Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., and featured in the EX-S880 and the EX-Z77 is the eBay® Best Shot Mode.  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.  For ease of use, eBay photos are stored in a special eBay directory. 

The EX-S880 is available in red and black with an MSRP of $299.99.  The EX-Z77 is available in black, blue, pink and silver with an MSRP of $229.99.  Both cameras will be available at retail in August.

Casio will have the marketing exclusivity for the YouTube feature during the Holiday '07 season.  All cameras that feature YouTube Capture mode will feature a custom YouTube sticker logo, licensed by YouTube.  YouTube Capture mode will be included in Casio's 2007 Holiday line-up of EXILIM digital cameras.  The cameras with YouTube Capture mode and the upload functionality software will be available in a bundle package to be sold during the holiday season, allowing users to receive all the hardware and software necessary for upload for one price.

Main Features of EXILIM Card EX-S880 & EXILIM Zoom EX-Z77 
  • High-quality movies using the H.264 standard
    • YouTube Capture Mode allows users to shoot movies at the optimum size, quality and other settings for uploading to YouTube™.
    • Comes with unique "YouTube Uploader for CASIO" software that enables users to upload movies to YouTube™ in two easy steps.
  • The combination of face detection*1 technology and the auto-tracking AF system using motion analysis technology maintains both sharp focus and correct exposure for a human face.
  • Blur reduction technologies driven by the EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processing module
    • Based on motion analysis technology, 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 image stabilization function.
    Other Features of the EXILIM Card EX-S880
    • 8.1 million effective pixels, 3X optical zoom
    • Wide viewing angle, 2.8-inch Bright wide screen LCD display (maximum brightness of 1000 cd/m2 at the center of the screen)
    • Maximum 4 shot/second*2 high-speed continuous shutter (only at 2.0 megapixel image size)
    • Data Storage function enables users to carry data transferred to the camera from a computer
    • Choice of two body colors: black and red


    Other Features of the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z77
    • 7.2 million effective pixels, 3X optical zoom
    • 2.6-inch widescreen LCD display
    • Easy Mode, which displays simple shooting menus on the right side of the monitor.
    • Maximum 5 shot/second*2 high-speed continuous shutter (only at 2.0 megapixel image size)
    • Choice of four body colors: silver, black, blue and pink


    *1. The face detection feature includes a face detection technology provided by OKI's face image processing engine, FSE (Face Sensing Engine). *2. Number of shots can vary depending on the memory card used.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    EXILIM Card EX-S880
    EXILIM Zoom EX-Z77
    Effective Pixels
    8.1 million
    7.2 million
    Imaging Element
    1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD
    Total Pixels
    8.29 million
    7.38 million
    Image File Format
    Still Images
    JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
    Movies
    H.264/AVC,MOV format
    Audio
    WAV (monaural)
    Memory
    Built-in Flash Memory
    Image area: 10.8MB
    Image area: 11.4MB
    Recording Media
    SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card / Multimedia Card plus compatible
    Image Size (pixels)
    Still Images
    3264×2448, 3264×2176 (3:2), 3264×1840 (16:9), 2816×2112, 2304×1728, 1600×1200, 640×480
    3072×2304, 3072×2048 (3:2), 3072×1728 (16:9), 2560×1920, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480
    Movies
    848×480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide), 640×480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal), 320×240 (LP)
    Data Size
    (when set at maximum image size)
    Still Images
    Built-in Flash Memory
    Approx. 2 shots (Fine) / 4 shots (Normal) / 6 shots (Economy)
    Approx. 2 shots (Fine) / 4 shots (Normal) / 7 shots (Economy)
    SD Memory Card 1GB*1
    Approx. 210 shots (Fine) / 393 shots (Normal) / 579 shots (Economy)
    Approx. 224 shots (Fine) / 418 shots (Normal) / 616 shots (Economy)
    Movies
    Recording Time
    Maximum Recording Capacity per File: 4GB*2
    Maximum Recording Time per File: 10 minutes
    Built-in Flash Memory
    Approx. 10 seconds
    Approx. 13 seconds
    SD Memory Card 1GB*1
    Approx. 18 minutes 53 seconds
    Approx. 18 minutes 55 seconds
    Operating Speed
    Power on to First Shot*3
    Approx. 1.0 seconds
    Approx. 1.4 seconds
    Shutter Release Time Lag*3
    Approx. 0.008 second
    Approx. 0.004 second
    Image Playback
    Approx. 0.1 second/image
    Shot to Shot Time*3*4
    Approx. 1.6 seconds
    Approx. 1.3 seconds
    Continuous Shutter*4
    Approx. 1.0-second intervals
    Approx. 0.7-second intervals
    High-speed Continuous Shutter*5
    Maximum is 4 frames per second
    Maximum is 5 frames per second
    Rapid Flash
    Maximum is 3 frames per second
    Maximum is 3 frames per second
    Lens
    Construction
    6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
    Maximum Aperture
    F2.7 to 5.2
    F3.1 to 5.9
    Focal Distance
    f=6.2 to 18.6mm
    f=6.3 to 18.9mm
    35mm film equivalent
    Approx. 38 to 114mm
    Zoom
    Optical Zoom
    3X
    Digital Zoom
    4X (12X in combination with optical zoom)
    Focusing
    Contrast Detection Auto Focus
    Focus Modes
    Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
    AF Area
    Spot, Multi or Tracking
    AF Assist Lamp
    Included
    Not included
    Focus Range
    Auto Focus
    Approx. 15.75" *6 to ∞
    Macro
    Approx. 5.9" to 19.69" *6
    Approx. 3.94" to 19.69*6
    Infinity Mode
    Manual Focus
    Approx. 5.9" *6 to ∞
    Approx. 3.94"*6 to ∞
    Exposure Control
    Metering
    Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
    Exposure
    Program AE
    Exposure Compensation
    -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
    Shutter*7
    CCD shutter, mechanical shutter
    Program AE
    1/2 to 1/2000 second
    Night Scene (BEST SHOT)
    4 to 1/2000 second
    Aperture*8
    F2.7/F8.0*9, auto switching
    F3.1/F4.4, auto switching
    White Balance
    Auto, fixed (6 modes), manual
    Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*10
    Still Images
    Auto*11, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800
    Auto*11, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800
    Movies
    Auto
    Other Recording Functions
    Still Images with Audio
    Audio Recording: maximum around 30 seconds
    BEST SHOT
    39 scenes
    41 scenes
    Voice Recording
    Yes
    Self-timer
    10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
    Built-in Flash
    Flash Modes
    Auto, Off, On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
    Flash Range
    Approx. .49' to 12.8' (W), approx. 1.31' to 6.56' (T)
    Approx. .33' to 11.48' (W), approx. 1.97' to 6.23' (T)
    Rapid Flash
    Approx. 1.31' to 5.58' (W), approx. 1.31' to 2.95' (T)
    Approx.1.31' to 5.58' (W), approx. 1.97'  to 2.95' (T)
    Monitor Screen
    2.8-inch TFT color LCD (14:9),
    230,400 pixels (960×240)
    2.6-inch TFT color LCD (14:9),
    114,960 pixels (479×240)
    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 cradle connector
    USB/AV connector
    USB
    USB2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatible
    USB2.0 (Full-Speed) compatible
    Microphone
    Monaural
    Speaker
    Monaural
    Power Requirements
    Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-20) x 1
    Battery Life
    Number of Shots*12
    Approx. 220 still images (CIPA Standards)
    Approx. 190 still images (CIPA Standards)
    Continuous Playback
    Approx 4 hr. (still images)
    Approx 3 hr. 10 min. (still images)
    Continuous Recording
    Approx 5 hr. 10 min. (voice recording)
    Approx 3 hr. 10 min. (voice recording)
    Dimensions (excluding projections)
    3.72" (W) x 2.38" (H) x .68 (D)
    3.74" (W) x 2.32" (H) x .78" (D)
    Thinnest Part: .54"
    Thinnest Part: ,64"
    Weight (excluding battery and accessories)
    Approx. 4.52 oz
    Approx. 4.16 oz
    Bundled Accessories
    Rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, AV cable, Special AC adaptor, AC power cord, strap, CD-ROM
    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. With built-in flash off. *4. When set at maximum image size and normal image quality. *5. Image is fixed at 1600x1200 pixels 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. F8.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *10. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *11. When using Anti Shake function, maximum is ISO 800. When using BEST SHOT "High Sensitivity" function, maximum is ISO 1600. *12. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.

    About Casio
    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, 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

    About YouTube™
    YouTube is the world's largest online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos.  YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google, Inc.

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