Casio has announced a 5 megapixel camera, the Exilim Zoom EX-Z5, offering a 3x zoom, 2.5-inch screen and Anti Shake DSP packaged in a neat matt-brushed black body. The EX-Z5 will be available in the US and continental Europe only, from the end of May.

Press Release:

A new digital camera to start your digital photography experience:

The black EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5 by CASIO

Norderstedt, April 2006 - The new EXILIM EX-Z5 is the perfect companion for the summer. With its matt-brushed, black surface it is a well-designed eye-catcher in every situation. At the same time the easy-to-handle digital camera convinces due to its simple operability and innovative EXILIM technologies. Users appreciate the 5 mega-pixel resolution with 3x optical zoom for fantastic photo quality, as well as the 2.5-inch TFT color display to view the photo motifs in comfort.

A large number of BEST SHOT motif programs, which can be easily activated via the BEST SHOT button, makes it easy to take photographs at selected moments. Beginners therefore also have the possibility of setting their digital camera specifically to outside motif conditions. The freely selectable Easy Mode prevents inadvertent adjustment of the technical settings and makes it easier than ever to take pictures. The DIRECT ON function rounds off the user-friendly operability of the EX-Z5.

The integrated Anti Shake DSP (Digital Signal Processor) electronically reduces the risk of camera shaking. The Auto Macro function, Quick Shutter function and multi auto focus also safeguard correct focusing. The innovative Revive Shot function complements the pallet of functions of the EX-Z5. Old and faded photos can be photographed directly out of the photo album and replenished by means of Color Restoration technology. Thanks to Casio's own digital restoration including trapezium correction, photos shine resplendent in their new color gloss. The Rapid Flash function takes three pictures with flash in succession in only one second. Additional flash functions for beautiful photo results with little ambient light are the Flash Assist function and the 4-function flash with Red Eye Reduction and Soft Flash. The internal memory of the new EXILIM digital camera can be increased with commercially available SD-/MMC cards.

The EX-Z5 delivery package includes a lithium-ion storage battery (NP-20), USB cable, AV cable, extensive software on CD-ROM and a hand carrying-strap. USB docking station, camera bags, neck straps and other comprehensive accessories are available optionally in the latest EXILIM look.

The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z5 is available from the end of May 2006.

Exilim Zoom EX-Z5 specifications

Sensor

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

Image sizes • 2560 x 1920
• 2560 x 1712 (3:2)
• 2304 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15fps
• AVI Motion JPEG with WAV sound
File formats • JPEG Exif v2.2
• DCF 1.0
• DPOF
Lens • 38-114mm equiv
• F3.1-4.4
• 3x optical zoom
Image stabilization Anti Shake DSP
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus • Contrast -AF (Spot, Multi)
• Manual
• Pan Focus
• Macro
• Infinity Focus
Focus distance • Normal: 40cm to infinity
• Macro: 10cm to 50cm
• Manual: 10cm to infinity
Metering • Multi-Pattern
• Center weighted
• Center spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation -/+2EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shuttter speed 1/2-1/2000 sec
Aperture F3.1-4.4
Modes • Single image
• 28 BESTSHOT modes
• Movie with sound
• Single image with voice
• Continuous shutter
• Voice recording
• Macro
White balance • Auto
• Fixed (6 modes)
• Manual switching
Self timer • 10 or 2 sec
• Triple self timer
Flash • Auto
• On/Off
• Red-eye reduction
• Soft Flash
• Range: 0.1m-3.7m (wide) 0.6m-1.9m (tele)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch TFT
• 115,200 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Full speed)
• USB/AV interface (NTSC/PAL compliant)
Storage • SD/MMC compatible
• 8.3 MB internal flash memory
Power Lithium-ion battery NP-20
Weight (no batt) 118 g
Dimensions 95.2 x 60.6 x 19.8 mm