Casio has today announced its latest slimline addition to the Exilm Card range in the form of the EX-S600, which boasts Anti-shake DSP mode to reduce blurring in moving subjects. Other novel features of this six megapixel camera include a new Best Shot mode called Revive Shot, which refreshes faded colors of old album photos. Aside from the resolution, a not-so-impressive 15cm macro mode, longer battery life and the extra scene mode, specification is pretty similar to the S500 launched in Europe in July this year. The EX-S600 is currently only available in Japan and other Asian markets. In comes in four colors: 'sparkle' silver, 'fiesta' orange, 'mistral' blue and 'luminous' gold.

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CASIO’s EXILIM CARD Boasts Advanced Movie Recording Capability

New Digital Camera Reduces Camera Shake in Movies, Takes Quality Photos

October 24, 2005, Tokyo, Japan -- CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announced the release of the latest addition to its EXILIM digital camera series with the EXILIM CARD EX-S600, the next evolution in this popular line of ultra-slim card-sized high resolution digital cameras. In addition to 6 mega pixel photos, a major addition to this line is the EX-S600’s ability to reduce camera shake instantaneously when recording quality MPEG-4 movies.

The EX-S600’s ability to take state-of-the-art movies instantly and easily adds to the versatility and fun of this powerful and high quality digital camera. The EX-S600 fits conveniently in any pocket to go where ever you go, ready to quickly capture special moments. No matter how spontaneous the situation, the EXILIM engine’s Anti Shake DSP reduces blurring caused by shaky hands and/or moving subjects, and the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions ensure that photos are properly focused.

In addition to enhanced resolution, the EX-S600’s 3X zoom and increased battery life allowing up to 300 shots per battery charge provide significant photographic flexibility. The BEST SHOT menu includes the new Revive Shot, created specifically for taking digital pictures of old album photos. Revive Shot adjusts for obliquity as well as brightly refreshes faded colors. Whether framing a shot, reviewing images, or watching movies, everything is brighter when displayed on the adjustable 2.2 inch LCD—approximately twice as bright as previous models, making it ideal for outdoor use. Small enough to conveniently carry wherever you go, the EX-S600 has one-touch buttons that allow quick start up of the camera to view images and take pictures, as well as one for taking movies, all designed to quickly capture special moments. The EX-S600 connects easily to a TV or PC via the multi cradle, which also doubles as the battery charger.

The EX-S600 continues the EXILIM CARD tradition of offering cutting-edge technology packed into a small, slim, and stylish body. With high quality photos, advanced movie recording capabilities, and a tremendous range of remarkable functions, CASIO once again exceeds expectations by providing a conveniently portable means of preserving memories to be cherished for a lifetime.

EXILIM CARD EX-S600 Main Features

High Performance, Card-Sized Highlights

  • 6 mega pixel CCD makes for high resolution picture taking
  • Ultra slim digital camera with a retracting 3X optical zoom employing high-density packaging technology resulting in a 16.1 mm thickness (thinnest point: 13.7 mm)
  • The Super Life Battery allows up to 300 still pictures per charge on CIPA standard
  • The Super Life Battery provides 1 hour and 50 minutes of movie recording per battery charge
  • The Anti Shake DSP (digital signal processor) reduces blurring caused by shaking hands or moving subjects
  • The bright new digital interface TFT LCD 2.2 inch screen is easier to see when using the camera outdoors

Convenient and Multivariate Functions

  • “Revive Shot” refreshes faded colors of old album photos, bringing them back to life in digital format
  • When photographing subjects with multiple focus points, the 9-Point Multi AF function takes simultaneous meter readings at nine different points, automatically selecting the best ones, resulting in a clearly focused shot
  • The “Quick Shutter” function reduces mistakes by facilitating simple and easy high-speed focusing
  • The “Auto Macro” mode allows for automatic switching between macro mode and auto focus mode
  • Perfect pictures and movies can be taken using one of the 34 different “BEST SHOT” settings

Assorted High Quality Movie Functions

  • MPEG-4, VGA (640×480 pixels), 30 frames/second enables high quality movie recording
  • The movie stabilizer function instantaneously reduces camera shake when recording movies*1
  • 1 hour of movies can be taken in “Normal” mode using a 1GB SD memory card
  • The “Direct Movie” function instantly starts movie recording with a press of the Movie button
  • The “Snapshot-In-Movie” allows you to take a snapshot during movie recording
  • Using the “MOTION PRINT”, movies can be converted into a series of nine or just one snapshot for printing
  • The “Past Movie” starts movie recording from 5 seconds before the Movie button is pressed
  • The “Short Movie” enables movie recording for up to a total of 8 seconds, adjustable before or after the shutter is snapped
  • The USB cradle not only charges the camera battery, but is also a simple way to connect the camera to a PC or TV to enjoy photos and movies with no need for additional equipment


    *1 Camera shake reduction achieved electronically

Enhanced Quick Responsiveness

  • Once powered on, the camera is ready to take pictures in approximately 1.0 second*1
  • After the shutter is snapped, picture is taken almost instantly, with only an approximately 0.007 second*2 release time lag
  • High-speed picture playback of approximately 0.1 seconds interval
  • The “DIRECT ON” button function allows quick startup in both shooting and playback modes

Casio Exilim Card EX-S600 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 6.2 million pixels total
• 6.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 2816 x 2112
• 2816 x 1872 (3:2)
• 2304 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 15 fps
• Movie stabilizer function instantaneously reduces camera shake when recording movies
File formats

• Still: JPEG
• Movie: MPEG-4
• Sound: WAV

Lens • 38 - 114mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.7 - 5.2
Image stabilization Anti-shake mode
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus

Contrast detection auto focus

AF assist lamp Yes
AF modes 9-point Multi AF
Focus distance • Normal: 40cm to infinity
• Macro:15 - 50cm
Metering • Spot
• Multi
• Center-weighted
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 1600 - only in Anti-shake or High Sensitivity mode
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Shutter speed • 1/8 - 1/2000 sec
• 4 - 1/2000 Night Scene mode
• 2 secs (fixed) Fireworks mode
Aperture F 2.7 - 4.3 auto switching varies with optical zoom
Modes • Program
• Manual focus
• Pan focus
Scene modes 34 BEST SHOT modes
White balance • Auto
• Six modes
Self timer • 10 or 2 secs
• Triple self-timer
Continuous shooting Yes
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto Flash, On, Off, Red eye reduction
• Flash Range: 0.4 to 2.8 m (W); 0.4 to 1.4 m (T)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.2 " TFT LCD
• 84,960 pixels
Connectivity • USB
• Docking cradle
• AV out
Print compliance • DPOF
• Exif 2.2
Storage • SD card
• 8.3 MB card supplied
Power • Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-20)
• Cradle included
Weight (no batt) 115 g (4.1 oz)
Dimensions 90 x 59 x 16 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)

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