Pre-PMA 2005: Casio has today announced to new additions to its Exilim range with the 7.2 megapixel Exilim EX-Z750 and the 5 megapixel Exilim EX-Z57, which boasts Casio's biggest LCD yet at 2.7 inches. The Z750 offers a wide shutter speed range of 60 - 1/6000 sec and MPEG-4 movie capture, which has a Past Movie function enabling video recording to begin from five seconds before the shutter is pressed. The Z57 does away with a viewfinder altogether as it's replaced by that large LCD, and a proprietary Super Life battery is said to give 400 shots per charge. Both cameras come with an AC adapter cradle for recharging batteries and viewing stills and movie footage on a television via AV out. The Exilim EX-Z750 and Exilim EX-Z57 will be available in April.

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CASIO expands the EXILIM ZOOM digital camera range with two new models

A powerful 7 megapixel compact, the EX-Z750, and its largest ever TFT display with the EX-Z57, grow the CASIO EXILIM range

February 15, 2005, London, UK - CASIO ELECTROINCS CO., LTD. has announced two exciting additions to its popular EXILIM ZOOM series. The new CASIO EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z750 is equipped with an astonishing 7.2 megapixels and an array of manual features, while the new 5.0 megapixel CASIO EXILIM EX-Z57 boasts an extra large 2.7” display – CASIO’s biggest screen ever! Both models offer extended battery life, making them ideal for use during long vacations, business travel, and other occasions requiring the amazing stamina that these cameras offer.

The CASIO EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z750
The EX-Z750’s 7.2 megapixel CCD delivers excellent picture quality with remarkably high definition, while the optical 3 x zoom lens and large 2.5” TFT colour display makes framing and sharing shots a breeze. In addition to standard automatic operation, an extremely versatile array of shooting functions enables users to achieve a variety of photo effects. Using MPEG-4 format, high quality movies can also be taken in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. CASIO has included its EXILIM Engine to reduce power consumption and its SUPER LIFE battery to enable an impressive 325 shots (CIPA standards) on a single charge. When set in its cradle, an AV out connection allows the user to view and share the photos or movies taken on their television.

The CASIO EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z57
The extra-large 2.7” TFT colour display represents an amazingly brilliant picture for framing and viewing without compromising the compact and sleek design. The EX-Z57 features 5 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens for capturing photos of remarkable quality. The extra-long battery life of approximately 400 shots (CIPA standards) on a single battery charge assures users that they can enjoy shooting and sharing at their pictures over and over again without ever worrying about running out of power.

CASIO’s cameras are now well known worldwide for their advanced miniaturisation and digital technology. The entire range encompasses slim, compact bodies coupled with the latest in digital imaging, making them faster, smaller, and more powerful. CASIO’s unique developments, such as the EXILIM Engine and SUPER LIFE battery technology, along with sleek design put the CASIO EXILIM cameras at the cutting edge of the digital camera world.

Both cameras will be available in the UK from the beginning of April 2005, from all good photographic stores. Recommended retail prices will be confirmed closer to the time of availability.

EX-Z750 features:

7.2 MEGAPIXEL QUALITY WITH VERSATILE SHOOTING FUNCTIONS:

  • Imaging CCD with an effective 7.2 megapixels, along with a 3x optical zoom lens enables high-quality, high-resolution photographs.
  • SUPER-LIFE battery enables up to 325 shots on a single charge (CIPA standards).
  • AF assist light makes focus operation easier even in dark settings.
  • High-speed startup enables shooting approximately 0.9 seconds*1 after the power is turned on.
  • Release time lag of only 0.007 seconds means images are recorded approximately 0.007 seconds after the shutter is released.*2
  • High-speed picture playback of approx. 0.1 seconds interval.
  • Continuous shutter function enables photos to be taken in approximately 0.9 seconds intervals (using normal photo quality, 3072 x 2034 size).
  • Manual exposure mode enables greater flexibility for more image control.
  • Manual settings can be quickly set on a single screen via the EX Button.
  • “Continuous Zoom” enables automatic framing function that crops and resizes pictures to create optimally framed images, taking 2 images with a single press of the shutter.
  • “ART SHOT” function enables pastel, illustration or cross-filter effect processing on the liquid crystal monitor during shooting to deliver the creation of artistic images.
  • ID photo function enables with a single press of the shutter, the automatic layout and shooting of five differently sized portrait photos saved as 1 image, ideal for resumes and drivers licenses.
  • “BESTSHOT” *3 function enables the user to choose the desired setting from samples.

HIGH QUALITY MOVIE MODE

  • MPEG-4 format used at VGA size (640 × 480 pixels), at 30 frames/sec. for high-quality smooth video.
  • 3x optical zoom lens, with macro mode allowing shooting down to as close as 10 cm.
  • Movie BEST SHOT: select a scene*4 from among the predefined scenarios to achieve the best results
  • Approx. 2 hours and 50 minutes of movie shooting on a single battery charge (continuous recording).
  • Past Movie function enables video recording to begin from five seconds before the shutter is pressed.
  • Short Movie function enables up to eight seconds of movie to be taken during a single shutter release.
  • MOTION PRINT function enables either 9 or 1 frames to be converted to a still photo.
  • Movie Playback Zoom function enables zoom display during video playback.
  • Three types of Movie Editing operation (before, during or after) can be used to eliminate unwanted scenes.

OTHER FEATURES

  • Large 2.5” TFT colour LCD with optical viewfinder.
  • Two levels of brightness for clear viewing even in sunlight
  • High-speed USB 2.0 compatible for high-speed image transfer.
  • AV out via cradle for viewing of both still images and video images on a television or monitor.
  • Photo Loader software included to enable automatic transfer of images to the user’s personal computer.
  • Windows Media Player 9 video playback and Ulead Video Studio video editing software included.
  • Menu display can be set in 10 languages, including Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Compatible with PictBridge specifications for direct connection to a printer.
  • ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching III compatibility.

*1: with internal flash off, using internal memory
*2: with internal flash off
*3: ART SHOT (pastel, illustration or cross-filter), Includes ID photo, and Business Shot
*4: Includes Fireworks, Against the light, and Silent

EX-Z57 features:

HIGH PERFORMANCE OPERATION IN AN EASY TO USE, COMPACT DESIGN:

  • Extra-large, easy-to-view 2.7” digital interface TFT colour LCD that brings out the true quality of images.
  • High-resolution images captured by the CCD with 5.0 million effective pixels.
  • 3x optical zoom lens in a very compact design.
  • Sleek, stylish lightweight aluminum body with an ergonomic grip
  • SUPERLIFE BATTERY FOR EXTENDED SHOOTING ON A SINGLE CHARGE:
  • Same battery life as the EX-Z55, but with a larger 2.7” LCD
  • Approximately 400 shots can be taken on a single battery charge (CIPA standards).

QUICK RESPONSE THANKS TO HIGH-SPEED DESIGN:

  • Automatic selection of Auto Pan Focus mode for quick response when the shutter is depressed in one push.
  • Direct On function for one-touch start up in either picture recording or playback modes.
  • High-speed startup enables shooting approximately 1.6 seconds*1 after the power is turned on.
  • Shutter release lag time of only 0.01 seconds means images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds after the shutter is released.*2
  • High-speed playback of approx. 0.1sec. interval between images (scroll though 100 images in 10 secs).

CONVENIENT USER FUNCTIONS:

  • Business Shot function compensates for photos taken at an angle and records them as though taken from straight ahead, useful for taking pictures of white boards and business cards.
  • “BESTSHOT” allows settings to be chosen by selecting from a collection of sample images.
  • Extended shooting of video with sound can be performed until the memory is full.
  • Noise Reduction processing makes night scenes more true.
  • Auto Macro function enables automatic switching between Macro and AF modes.
  • 7-point Multi-Auto Focus automatically selects the optimum focus point location.
  • Flash Assist function provides exposure compensation for areas not reached by the flash.
  • Icon Help function uses on-screen pop-up guides to help the user when switching settings.

FEATURES FOR FUN:

  • Voice recording function with playback from the camera’s in-built speaker.
  • Photostand feature allowing a slideshow of images while the camera sits in its cradle.
  • Calendar function shows thumbnail images of photos taken on any specified date.
  • World Time function allows the camera to be set to the local time in one of 162 cities in 32 time zones.
  • Store special photos or those you don’t want others to see in your own Favourites folder.
  • Create HTML albums in the camera that which can be viewed directly by Web browsers.

OTHER FEATURES:

  • The colour LCD with two levels of brightness to choose from to suit users' needs.
  • Connects directly to compatible printers via PictBridge and USB DIRECT-PRINT.
  • 9.3MB internal memory, compatible with SD memory card / Multi Media Card.
  • Menu display can be set in 10 languages, including Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Photo Loader software for automatic image transfer to a PC at the touch of a single button via
  • USB cradle.
  • Compatible with ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching III.

*1: with internal flash off, using internal memory
*2: with internal flash off

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z750 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.8" Type CCD
• 7.4 million pixels total
• 7.2 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 2304 x 2048 (3:2)
• 2560 x 1920
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 (HQ or Normal quality)
• 320 x 240
• Limited only by battery life and capacity of memory card
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: AVI (MPEG-4) @ 30 fps
• Sound: WAV

Lens • 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 5.1
Digital zoom Up to 8x
Focus

• Contrast type AF
• Auto focus
• Macro
• Infinity
• Manual focus
• Pan focus (video only)

AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance

• Normal: 40 cm to infinity
• Macro: 10 - 50 cm

Metering • Multi pattern
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed 60 - 1/6000 sec
Aperture F 2.8 / 4.0
Modes • Program
• Manual
Scene modes • BESTSHOT with 29 scene modes (still images)
• BESTSHOT with 5 scene modes (movie mode)
White balance • Auto
• Fixed (6 modes)
• Manual
Self timer

• 2 or 10 secs
• Triple self timer

Continuous shooting Yes
Flash • Modes: Auto, on/off, red-eye reduction
• Range: 0.4 m - 2.9 (W), 0.4 m - 1.6 m (T)
Viewfinder Optical
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 115,200 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
Print compliance

• PictBridge
• Exif
• PIM III

Storage • SD card
• 8.3 MB card supplied
Power • Proprietary SUPER LIFE lithium-ion rechargeable battery
• Cradle supplied
Weight (no batt) 127 g (4.5 oz)
Dimensions 89 x 59 x 22 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in)

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z57 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 5.3 million pixels total
• 5.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2560 x 1920
• 2560 x 1712 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 320 x 240
• Limited only by battery life and capacity of memory card
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG)
• Sound: WAV

Lens • 35 - 105 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.6 - 4.8
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus

• Contrast type AF
• Auto focus
• Macro
• Auto macro
• Infinity
• Manual focus
• Pan focus (video only)
• Auto pan focus
• Focus lock

AF area modes • Program AE
• 7-point multi-auto focus
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance

• Normal: 40 cm to infinity
• Macro: 6 - 50 cm

Metering • Multi pattern
• Center weighted
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed • 1/8 - 1/2000
• 4 - 1/2000 (night scene)
• 2 sec fixed (fireworks)
Aperture F 2.6 / 4.3
Modes Program AE
Scene modes BESTSHOT with 23 scene modes
White balance • Auto
• Fixed (6 modes)
• Manual
Self timer

• 2 or 10 secs
• Triple self timer

Continuous shooting No
Flash • Modes: Auto, on/off, red-eye reduction
• Range: 0.4 m - 2.6 (W), 0.4 m - 2.0 m (T)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.7" TFT LCD
• 115,200 pixels
Connectivity

• USB
• AV out

Print compliance

• PictBridge
• Exif
• PIM III
• USB Direct Print

Storage • SD card
• 9.3 MB card supplied
Power

• Proprietary SUPER LIFE lithium-ion rechargeable battery
• Cradle supplied

Weight (no batt) 130 g (4.6 oz)
Dimensions 89 x 58 x 23 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in)