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Casio Releases Three New Exilim Digital Cameras
 August 20, 2008

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CASIO RELEASES THREE NEW EXILIM DIGITAL CAMERAS

EX-Z300 and EX-Z250 Features New Imaging Engine for Superb Photography; EX-Z85, a Stylish New 9.1 Megapixel Camera

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST 20, 2008 — Casio America, Inc., in conjunction with it’s parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd. today announced the release of three new high-profile additions to its EXILIM family of digital cameras. The 10.1 effective megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z300 and the 9.1 effective megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z250 both deliver beautiful high resolution images and outstanding functionality made possible by a new Casio imaging engine for high speed image processing. The 9.1 effective megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 camera features a stylish design and is packed with the kind of innovative features users have come to expect from Casio.

EX-Z300 and EX-Z250 combine high resolution and high speed image processing to produce beautiful photos of people and night scenes
Thanks to Casio’s new EXILIM Engine 3.0*, these two cameras produce beautiful image quality with low noise and moiré. Both are high resolution models, boasting excellent resolving power and offering precise, smooth rendering of images. The image processing speed and power of Casio’s new engine make possible entirely new functions that deliver fantastic photos of people’s faces, night scenes and other subjects that have challenged photographers for years. These cameras automatically detect and correct for difficult situations, such as night scene photography where camera shake could be a problem, or backlit subjects where faces often come out too dark. This all means that users get great, well-balanced photos of family and friends against any background with no more worry than it takes to press the shutter button.

* EXILIM Engine 3.0: This is an image processing module that packages a new, dedicated high speed image processing CPU (central processing unit) with the high performance CPU used to date. Digital cameras are constantly developing and evolving new levels of “beautiful imagery” and “convenient shooting functions.” This new module quickly processes complex images, making it possible for customers to shoot and view wonderful photos with simplicity and ease.

These cameras also feature a Makeup function that creates beautiful photographs of people’s faces: high end image processing can smooth skin and soften facial shadows caused by sunlight. The photographer gets to choose to apply such image processing at one of twelve levels, from weak through strong, and can shoot while checking the results of the effects in the LCD monitor. At last, a camera that brings out all the beauty of the human face, creating images worthy of holding onto for a lifetime.

EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 — 9.1 effective megapixel camera with stylish design
The EX-Z85 comes with a Face Recognition function that can detect the presence of up to 10 people’s faces and then give priority to the faces of pre-registered people for correct focus and exposure, and an Auto Shutter function, which automatically takes a photo the instant camera shake ceases, as well as a Movie button that lets users easily record widescreen movies. The design of the focus frame and the color of the menu screen can be customized in accordance with each user’s wishes.  The EX-Z85 delivers high performance with a compact, stylish look.

“We are proud to welcome three new additions to the EXILIM family of sleek and attractive digital cameras,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “The new EXILIM engine for high speed image processing takes these point-and-shoot digital cameras to a new level of functionality.”

The three new cameras will be available at retail in October in the following colors:  The EX-Z300, MSRP $299.99, will be available in silver, black and pink; the EX-Z250, MSRP $249.99 will be available in silver and black and the EX-Z85, MSRP $179.99, will be available in brown and orange. 

More details on the powerful features of the three new cameras are provided on the following pages.

EX-Z300 Silver
EX-Z300 Black
EX-Z300 Pink
EX-Z250 Silver
EX-Z250 Black
Click here to download High Resolution Images

EXILIM Zoom EX-Z300 and EX-Z250 — Two high quality digital cameras with excellent functionality that allows users to take beautiful pictures of people’s faces and night scenes

One model with 10.1 effective megapixels and the other with 9.1 effective megapixels
The two new cameras are the 10.1 effective megapixel EX-Z300 and the 9.1 effective megapixel EX-Z250. Thanks to Casios original image processing technologies, these cameras achieve an extremely precise, smooth rendering of high-resolution images, reducing a great deal of noise in pictures taken at high sensitivity levels. This is the result of Casios pursuit of the beautiful image quality that users expect from cameras with very high resolution.

28mm wide angle, 4X optical zoom lenses
These lenses zoom from 28mm to 112mm (35mm film camera equivalent). Users can enjoy a wide range of shooting options, from wide angle photography that is convenient when shooting large objects or many people in a small space, to telephoto shooting which brings distant subjects close.

New functions that take advantage of the high speed image processing of Casios newly developed EXILIM Engine 3.0:

Handheld night scene: The cameras can automatically detect night situations where there would normally be camera shake if a tripod wasnt used. Users get clear, bright photographs of both people and night scenes as the camera compensates for camera shake.
Lighting function: When blue skies are washed out, or when faces are dark because subjects have their backs to the light, these cameras are able to automatically detect such situations and select just the right balance between light and dark. Washed out and overly dark areas are controlled, allowing for a natural tonal range to be reproduced, so both people and backgrounds are evenly exposed.
Makeup function: When users want to smooth facial skin, or reduce the depth of facial shadows in sunlight, etc., they can apply image processing from a relatively low level 1 right through to a high level 12, all the while checking the effect of the processing level chosen in the LCD monitor. The higher-end model EX-Z300 also has a “Makeup button” that allows effects to be applied with one touch.
Multi-motion: Just as if multi-exposure had been used, the EX-Z300 (only) can take a series of shots of a moving subject and combine them in a single photo (image size must be set to 3 megapixels.)

CCD shift stabilization
Camera shake is compensated for by the mechanical movement of the imaging element in the camera. Of course, both cameras also incorporate Anti Shake DSP, which reduces photo blur due to moving subjects by raising the camera’s sensitivity and allowing faster shutter speeds.

EX-Z300 comes with HD Movie function, which enables high definition (1280x720 pixel) movie recording
The EX-Z300 comes equipped with a high definition movie recording function, which allows beautiful movies with an image size of 1280 by 720 pixels to be recorded with just a push of the Movie button. They also feature the H.264 video standard, which records beautiful, high quality movies in highly compressed video files.

iTunes-compatible H.264 video
Both cameras use the H.264 video standard, which utilizes the AAC audio codec widely used in Apple’s iPod and other mobile devices.

Large, high definition 230,000 pixel 3.0 inch LCD monitor
These cameras use a large, clear 3.0 inch LCD monitor. The high contrast screen produces sharp, bright images that can be viewed easily from any angle, and the monitor’s high brightness means that it can be easily viewed even when the surrounding light is bright.

EX-Z85 Brown
EX-Z85 Orange
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EXILIM Zoom EX-Z85 — Stylish 9.1 effective megapixel digital camera

Compact 9.1 effective megapixel camera with 3X optical zoom
This high performing model with 9.1 million effective pixels takes high definition photographs. It features a stylish design contained within a compact size. Body measurements for the EX-Z85 are 3.53” wide by 2.04” high by .75” thick.

EX-Z85 features focus frames and menu screens that can be customized according to users’ preferences

Focus frames: In addition to the usual rectangular focus frame that is indicated on the LCD monitor, users can choose from frame designs featuring a heart shape or a butterfly, for example. When the scene is properly focused, a clear heart shape is displayed, and when the scene is out of focus the heart shape breaks up. This makes it easy to see when the picture is in focus, and users will enjoy it, too.
Menu screens: Users can choose their preferred option from six different colors (black, chocolate, cinnamon, rose, sky blue and olive) as the color for the menu screens.

Auto Shutter function on the EX-Z85 shoots automatically when the subject smiles or when there is no blur
Using blur detection technology, the EX-Z85 can automatically take a photo the instant that hand shake or subject movement stops, even without the need to push the shutter button. This reduces photo blur caused by the movement involved in pressing the shutter. The camera will also automatically release the shutter at the moment of a smile or the moment subject blur ceases in a panning shot. A shot can also be taken the moment the user’s face fills the frame when taking a self-portrait.

EX-Z85 records video in iTunes-compatible H.264 video standard
The camera uses the H.264 video standard, which utilizes the AAC audio codec widely enjoyed in Apple’s iPod and other mobile devices. It also enables recording of movies in an attractive wide-screen format. The camera also features a Movie Button that makes movie recording a snap.

EX-Z85 features automatic face recognition or face detection functions
The Face Recognition function in the EX-Z85 allows users to detect the presence of up to 10 people’s faces, and then, prior to shooting, the camera automatically recognizes the pre-registered face or faces that should be most clearly photographed, and gives those faces priority for correct focus and exposure.

Easy Mode makes it simple for beginners to operate the EX-Z85
The settings menu in the easy mode has been pared down to just three items — flash, self timer and image size — making it easy for even beginners to understand and use.

EX-Z85 features a 2.6 inch widescreen LCD
This camera comes with a highly visible 2.6 inch widescreen display. Information on camera settings is displayed in the “Control Panel” on the right hand edge of the screen, so settings can be changed quickly and easily.

EX-Z300 / EX-Z250 SPECIFICATIONS


EXILIM Zoom

EX-Z300

EX-Z250

Number of Effective Pixels

10.1 million

9.1 million

Image Sensor


1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD

1/2.5-inch square pixel CCD

Total Pixels

10.34 million

9.30 million

File Format

Still Images

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

Movies

MOV format, H.264/AVC, AAC (monaural)

Audio (Voice Recording)

WAV format (monaural)

Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)

38.5MB

Recording Media

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

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still Images

3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2432 (3:2),
3648 x 2048 (16:9), 3072 x 2304,
2304 x 1728, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

3456 x 2592, 3456 x 2304 (3:2),
3456 x 1944 (16:9), 3072 x 2304,
2304 x 1728, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

Movies

1280 x 720 (HD, 24 fps), 640 x 480 (STD, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (LP, 15 fps)

848 x 480 (WIDE, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (STD, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (LP, 15 fps)

Recording Capacity
(When Set at Maximum Image Size)

Still Images

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 6 shots (Fine) / 11 shots (Normal) / 17 shots (Economy)

Approx. 6 shots (Fine) / 13 shots (Normal) / 19 shots (Economy)

SD Memory Card 1GB*1

Approx. 151 shots (Fine) / 286 shots (Normal) / 426 shots (Economy)

Approx. 170 shots (Fine) / 322 shots (Normal) / 478 shots (Economy)

Movies

Recording Time

Maximum recording time per file: 10 min.

Maximum recording capacity per file: 4GB*2

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 37 seconds (HD)

Approx. 1 min. 9 seconds (WIDE)

SD Memory Card 1GB*1

Approx. 16 min. 32 seconds (HD)

Approx. 30 min. 10 seconds (WIDE)

Operating Speed

Power on to First Shot*3*4

Approx. 2.1 seconds

Approx. 2.3 seconds

Shutter Release Time Lag*3*4

Approx. 0.008 second

Image Playback

Approx. 0.1 second/image

Shot to Shot Time*4*5

Approx. 2.3 seconds

Approx. 2.1 seconds

Normal Speed Continuous Shutter*5

Approx. 2.3 second intervals

Approx. 2.2 second intervals

High-speed Continuous Shutter*6

Maximum is 4 frames per second

Flash Continuous Shutter

Maximum is 3 frames per second

Lens

Construction

7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens

F-number

F2.6 (W) to 5.8 (T)

F2.6 (W) to 5.9 (T)

Focal Length

 

f= 4.9 to 19.6mm

f= 4.65 to 18.6mm

35mm Film Equivalent

Approx. 28 to 112mm

Zoom

Optical Zoom

4X

Digital Zoom

4X (16X in combination with optical zoom)

HD Zoom

22.8X (640 x 480 pixels, both with optical and digital zoom)

21.3X (640 x 480 pixels, both with optical and digital zoom)

Focusing

Focus Type

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

Yes

No

Focus Range*7
(From Lens Surface)

Auto Focus

Approx. 15.75” to ∞ (W)

Macro

Approx. 3.94” to 19.69” (W)

Approx. 5.91” to 19.69” (W),
Approx. 1.97” to 19.69”
(First step from widest-angle setting)

Infinity Mode

∞ (W)

Manual Focus

Approx. 3.94” to ∞ (W)

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*8

Auto

1/2 to 1/2000 second

Night Scene
(BEST SHOT)

4 to 1/2000 second

 

 

   

Aperture*9

F2.6 (W) to F7.0 (W)*10, auto switching

F2.6 (W) to F7.7 (W)*11, auto switching

White Balance

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

Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*12

Still Images

Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600, ISO3200

Movies

Auto

Other Recording Functions

BEST SHOT

Yes: 38 scenes

Yes: 37 scenes

AUTO BEST SHOT

Yes

Make-up Shot

Yes

Lighting

Yes

Handheld Night Scene

Yes

YouTube™ Capture Mode

Yes

Face Detection

 

Yes

Face Recognition

Yes

Auto Shutter

Yes

Voice Recording

Yes

Self-timer

10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Built-in Flash

Flash Modes

Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction

Flash Range

Normal: approx. .67’ to 14.76’  (W), approx. 1.64’ to 6.56’ (T)

Normal: approx. .49’ to 12.47’ (W), approx. 1.97’ to 5.58’ (T)

Flash continuous shooting: Approx. 1.31’ to 7.22’ (W), approx. 1.64’ to 3.28’ (T)

Flash continuous shooting: Approx. 1.31’ to 5.58’ (W), approx. 1.97’ to 2.30’ (T)

Monitor Screen

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

Timekeeping Functions

Date and Time

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

Input/
Output Terminals

 

USB/AV port

USB

Hi-Speed USB

USB

Microphone

Monaural

Speaker

Monaural

Power Requirements

Rechargeable lithium ion battery
(NP-40) x 1

Rechargeable lithium ion battery
(NP-70) x 1

Battery Life

Number of Shots*13

Approx. 300 still images (CIPA standards)

Approx. 280 still images (CIPA standards)

Continuous Playback

Approx 7 hr. 50 min. (still images)

Approx 6 hr. 40 min. (still images)

Continuous Recording

Approx. 8 hr. 50 min. (voice recording)

Approx. 5 hr. (voice recording)

Dimensions (Excluding Projections)

3.81” (W) x 2.27” (H) x .91” (D)

3.81” (W) x 2.26” (H) x .78” (D)

Thinnest part: .83”

Thinnest part: .74”

Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)

Approx. 4.62 oz

Approx. 4.2 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. Image is fixed at 1600x1200 pixels and normal image quality. *7. Range is affected by optical zoom. *8. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene. *9. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. *10. F7.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *11. F7.7 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *12. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *13. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.


EX-Z85 SPECIFICATIONS

 

EXILIM Zoom

EX-Z85

Number of Effective Pixels

9.1 million

Image Sensor

 

1/2.5-inch square pixel CCD

Total Pixels

9.30 million

File Format

Still Images

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

Movies

MOV format, H.264/AVC, AAC (monaural)

Audio (Voice Recording)

WAV format (monaural)

Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)

41.2MB

Recording Media

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

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still Images

3456 x 2592, 3456 x 2304 (3:2), 3456 x 1944 (16:9), 3072 x 2304,
2304 x 1728, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

Movies

848 x 480 (WIDE, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (STD, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (LP, 15 fps)

Recording Capacity
(When Set at Maximum Image Size)

Still Images

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 7 shots (Fine) / 13 shots (Normal) / 20 shots (Economy)

SD Memory Card 1GB*1

Approx. 170 shots (Fine) / 322 shots (Normal) / 478 shots (Economy)

Movies

Recording Time

Maximum recording capacity per file: 4GB*2

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 1 min. 14 seconds (WIDE)

SD Memory Card 1GB*1

Approx. 30 min. 24 seconds (WIDE)

Operating Speed

Power on to First Shot*3*4

Approx. 1.4 seconds

Shutter Release Time Lag*3*4

Approx. 0.008 second

Image Playback

Approx. 0.1 second/image

Shot to Shot Time*4*5

Approx. 1.7 seconds

Normal Speed Continuous Shutter*5

Approx. 1.1 second intervals

High-speed Continuous Shutter*6

Maximum is 5 frames per second

Flash Continuous Shutter

Maximum is 3 frames per second

Lens

Construction

6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens

F-number

F3.1 (W) to 5.9 (T)

Focal Length

 

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)

HD Zoom

16X (640 x 480 pixels, both with optical and digital zoom)

Focusing

Focus Type

Contrast Detection Auto Focus

Focus Modes

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

AF Area

Spot, multi or tracking

Focus Range*7
(From Lens Surface)

Auto Focus

Approx. 15.75” to ∞ (W)

Macro

Approx. 3.94” to 19.69” (W)

Infinity Mode

∞ (W)

Manual Focus

Approx. 3.94” 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*8

Auto

1/2 to 1/2000 second

Night Scene
(BEST SHOT)

4 to 1/2000 second


   
 

Aperture*9

F3.1 (W) to F5.6 (W)*10, auto switching

White Balance

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

Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*11

Still Images

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

Movies

Auto

Other Recording Functions

BEST SHOT

Yes: 30 scenes

YouTube™ Capture Mode

Yes

Face Detection

 

Yes

Face Recognition

Yes

Auto Shutter

Yes

Voice Recording

Yes

Self-timer

10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Built-in Flash

Flash Modes

Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction

Flash Range

Normal: Approx. .33’ to 8.53’ (W), approx. 1.97’ to 4.60’ (T)

Flash continuous shooting: Approx. 1.31’ to 4.60’ (W), approx. 1.97’ to 2.30’ (T)

Monitor Screen

2.6-inch wide TFT color LCD, 114,960 dots (479×240)

Timekeeping Functions

Date and Time

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

Input/
Output Terminals

 

USB/AV port

USB

USB

Microphone

Monaural

Speaker

Monaural

Power Requirements

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1

Battery Life

Number of Shots*12

Approx. 240 still images (CIPA standards)

Continuous Playback

Approx 4 hr. (still images)

Continuous Recording

Approx. 4 hr. (voice recording)

Dimensions (Excluding Projections)

3.53” (W) x 2.04” (H) x .75” (D)

Thinnest part: .70”

Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)

Approx. 3.53 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. Image is fixed at 1600x1200 pixels and normal image quality. *7. Range is affected by optical zoom. *8. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene. *9. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. *10. F5.6 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *11. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *12. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.

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