Pre-CES 2011: Casio has released the Exilim EX-H30 compact superzoom with 12.5x (24-300mm equiv.) zoom lens. According to the company, the 16Mp camera's low power consumption extends its battery life to capture up to 1000 images per charge (with CIPA standard testing). Features include 460K dot 3.0" LCD, 720p HD recording, P/A/S/M shooting modes and SDXC compatibility. It will be available from March 2011 at a retail price of $249.99.

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CASIO EXTENDS EXILIM® HI-ZOOM RANGE OF CAMERAS WITH THE EX-H30


H30 Offers 24mm, 12.5x Optical Zoom Lens and Can Take 1,000 Photos on a Single Charge*

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 5, 2011 ― Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today added even more depth to its popular EXILIM® family of digital cameras with the announcement of the 16.1 megapixel EX-H30. With an impressive 24mm, ultra-wide-angle, 12.5x optical zoom lens as well as the ability to capture up to 1,000 photos on a single battery charge (*in accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association standards), the new EX‑H30 offers the versatility that today’s travelers are looking for in a compact digital camera.

“Optics and battery performance are two qualities which should be top of mind for any consumer in the market for a camera to take with them while traveling or on vacation, and the new H30 excels in both areas,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “Whether you’re near or far, the H30’s powerful zoom and ultra-wide angle lens will help you capture the image you want, while the camera’s exceptional battery performance will allow you to focus on capturing those memories rather than worrying about running out of power or the need to recharge.”

Battery Performance When it Counts
Thanks to Casio’s industry-leading, energy-saving technologies and a high-capacity, rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-130), the new EX-H30 outperforms the competition when it comes to battery life. With one full charge of the battery, consumers can head out for the day, or in some cases, even the week, and document their travels knowing that they’ll have the ability to snap at least 1,000 photos.

Extending the Range
With a powerful 24mm-300mm (35mm equivalent) focal length, the EX-H30’s optics are sure to impress; however, that range can be further extended with no loss in image quality by leveraging Casio’s Single Frame SR Zoom. With Single Frame SR Zoom, users can extend the maximum telephoto range by 1.5x, putting an effective zoom of 18.8x right in the palm of their hand and in a camera body measuring under an inch thick (.95-inches). The ultra‑wide angle capabilities of the EX-H30 are also enhanced with Casio’s Slide Panorama technology, which will allow users

to capture natural panoramic images. Furthermore, when panning across the scene, Slide Panorama will automatically recognize moving subjects, and will omit them from the combined points of the final image (maximum of 240-degree panning).

High-Resolution Images and Video
The new EX-H30 couples a high-performance, 16.1 megapixel CCD with Casio’s sensor-shift technology to produce beautiful images with stunning detail. Moreover, the advanced image processing capability provided by Casio’s EXILIM ENGINE 5.0 ensures that color reproduction is clear and bright, and that images have a rich tonal gradation.  The new EX-H30 also boasts Casio’s super-resolution technology which will analyze and optimally process the respective areas of the photo that are contoured, textured with a detailed pattern, or flat, to deliver photos of exceptional quality and resolution.

 In addition to high-resolution still images, the EX-H30 also offers 720p high-definition video recording with continuous auto-focus. While recording video, users can also take advantage of the camera’s full optical zoom so that they capture the action no matter how far away they are. All images and video can be reviewed right on the camera’s large, three-inch LCD display (460k).

Options for the Enthusiast or Beginner
For the enthusiast shooter looking for more control, Casio includes manual shooting modes on the new EX-H30, such as Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority. For those who value simplicity and want to capture beautiful images with each press of the shutter, Casio’s Premium Auto is the mode to use. When set to Premium Auto, the EX-H30 will automatically analyze the scene being photographed and simultaneously optimize settings for exposure, ISO, sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range, color balance, and level of noise reduction.

Premium Auto will automatically distinguish night scenes, back lighting, a blue sky, green trees or a sunset and can sense whether there is a person’s face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject, and whether a tripod is being used. All images are analyzed pixel by pixel to apply different corrections depending on the subject. For example, if Premium Auto recognizes that the subject of the image is a person, it will automatically apply Makeup Mode, and will automatically apply Landscape Mode if it detects that the subject of the image is a landscape.

Useful for travelers is the EX-H30’s Silent Mode. Users can set the EX-H30 to Silent Mode instantly, which will prevent the camera from emitting any sound or flash, so as to not disturb those around you. Users can also get creative and have a little fun with their images using the EX-H30’s Dynamic Photo function. With Dynamic Photo, users can combine moving characters preloaded to the camera’s memory, with a still image or movie background of their choice.

The Casio EX-H30 will be available in four colors, including sliver, black, red, and gold, and will ship in March 2011 for $249.99.

* In accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards: Temperature 23°C, LCD screen on, alternating between wide angle and telephoto zoom every 30 seconds, flash usage once every two shots, and powering on and off after every tenth shot.

Casio Exilim EX-H30 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 16.57 million effective pixels
• 16.1 million total pixels

Image sizes

• 12M (4608 x 3456)
• 3:2 (4608 x 3072)
• 16.9 (4608 x 2592)
• 10M (3648 x 2736)
• 5M (2560 x 1920)
• 3M (2048 x 1536)
• VGA (640 x 480)

Movie clips

• HD: 1280 x 720 (24 fps)
• STD: 640 x 480 (30 fps)

File formats

• Stills: JPEG (Exif Version 2.3), DCF 2.0 standard, DPOF compliant
• Movies: AVI format, Motion JPEG
• IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Lens • F3.0 (W) to F5.9 (T)
• Approx. 4.24 to 53.0mm
• Approx. 24 to 300mm (equiv)
• 9 lenses in 8 groups, including aspherical lens
Image stabilization Yes, sensor-shift
Optical zoom 12.5x
Digital zoom 4x
Focus • Contrast Detection Auto Focus
• Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF area modes Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
AF assist lamp Yes
Metering Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shuttter speed • 1 to 1/2000 second (Auto)
• 8 to 1/2000 second (Manual)
Aperture F3.0 (W) to F5.9 (T)
White balance • Auto WB
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Shade
• Day White FL
• Daylight FL
• Tungsten
• Manual WB
Self timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
LCD monitor • 3.0-inch TFT color LCD
• 460,800 dots (960 x 480)
Connectivity • Hi-Speed USB
• HDMI
• AV out
Storage • SDXC/ SDHC / SD Memory Card
Power

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-130)

Wieght (no batt) 161g (5.7oz)
Weight (inc batt & card) 201g (7.1)oz
Dimensions 4.13' x 2.33' x 1.13'
105(W) x 59 (H) x 29 (D)mm

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