Pre-Photokina 2010: Casio has introduced the Exilim EX-Z2300. Similar to the Z2000 introduced in January this year, it is built around a 14Mp sensor, 26-130mm optical zoom lens and 3.0" LCD, and records 720p HD videos. It features the company's latest Single Frame SR Zoom feature that extends the camera's zoom range while claiming to maintain high resolution image quality. Its 'Dynamic Photo' option enables users to add preset graphics to images, including a monkey doing a handstand and a dog riding a bicycle (yes really).

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Casio Releases EXILIM with Single Frame SR Zoom


High-Performance Camera with Super Resolution Zoom and Stylish Design

Featuring Make-Up Mode function for flawless photos

September 20, 2010 – Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the newest addition to the EXILIM range of digital cameras, the EX-Z2300. Designed with a stylish camera body and a resolution of 14.1 million effective pixels, the camera features highly advanced capabilities including Casio’s new Single Frame SR Zoom for extending the zoom range while maintaining super resolution image quality. The new EX-Z2300 offers all sorts of unique ways to have fun with photography including Casio’s popular Make-Up Mode function.

Casio’s revolutionary Make-Up Mode function enables the user to create beautiful pictures by automatically airbrushing imperfections including dark shadows, blemishes and shiny skin – ideal for creating flawless portraits whatever the situation. In addition, the EX-Z2300 features a three-inch, high-resolution 460K Super Clear LCD and a long-life battery which lasts about 580 photos on a single full charge.*
*CIPA Standards

The slim and speedy EX-Z2300 is equipped with the EXILIM Engine 5.0 and super resolution technology. Its Single Frame SR Zoom maintains image quality up to 1.5 times the maximum telephoto range of the optical zoom and the wide-angle 26mm optical 5x zoom lens offers a maximum 7.5X zoom range.
 
This stylish new model also boasts Single Frame SR Quality. Casio’s super resolution technology enables the user to capture photographs with exceptional quality, with CCD-shift image stabilisation for reducing photo blur from hand movement, HD movie capability, and high-speed auto focus.

The EX-Z2300 is available in five colours: gold, black, pink, purple, and blue and can be purchased at www.casioonline.co.uk 

EX-Z2300 Features
Single Frame SR Quality delivers images with exceptional clarity and resolution
EX-Z2300 uses super resolution technology to analyse and optimally process the respective areas of the photo that are contoured, textured or flat, delivering photos of exceptional quality and resolution.
                                                                            
Single Frame SR Zoom extends the maximum telephoto range of the optical zoom
EX-Z2300 uses super resolution technology to respectively enhance edges, flat areas and textures when enlarging images, by analysing and adjusting the contours in images and the relief of the subject. The Single Frame SR Zoom extends the maximum telephoto range of the optical zoom up to 1.5 times, while maintaining super resolution image quality. EX-Z2300 offers a 7.5 zoom range that maintains the image quality needed for 14.1-megapixel high-resolution photography when using the optical zoom with the Single Frame SR Zoom.
                                                                            
Premium Auto function produces beautiful photos with just a press of a button
Premium Auto enables the camera to automatically analyse the scene being photographed — including distinguishing night scenes, backlit shots, a blue sky, green trees or a sunset — as well as sensing whether there is a face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject, and whether a tripod is being used.

It simultaneously optimises settings for exposure, ISO, sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range and colour balance, and level of noise reduction. Images are analysed pixel by pixel to apply different correction to people and backgrounds. Premium Auto delivers an advanced level of full auto photography, ensuring high quality photos with just a press of the button.

Dynamic Photo function for creating composite moving images
The new camera offers Casio’s original Dynamic Photo function, which makes it easy for users to create “moving photos” right on the camera by cutting moving subjects from the background in images taken with continuous shooting, and combining those images on a different still or moving image background. Moving images of up to 20-seconds long can be used as a background, and it is also possible to make multiple characters move independently of one another.

The preset memory includes 26 kinds of animal characters including dogs, cats, and monkeys that move in a comical manner, such as a dog riding a bicycle and a monkey doing a handstand. Users can enjoy not only creating such images, but also use the software included with the camera to upload them to YouTubeTM or a blog, thereby broadening the enjoyment of viewing their original creations.

Art Shot and Art Effect functions create photos with the look of a painting
The Art Shot function makes use of the image processing technology in EXILIM Engine 5.0 to take photos of scenery or human subjects that have the look of an oil painting, crayon, or a water colour. With the Art Effect function, it is now possible to apply the same look as the Art Shot function to saved images.

Casio Exlimim EX-Z2300specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 14.1 million effective pixels
• 14.48 million total pixels

Image sizes

• 14M (4320 x 3240)
• 14M 3:2 (4320 x 2880)
• 14M16:9 (4320 x 2432)
• 10M (3648 x 2736)
• 6M (2816 x 2112)
• 3M (2048 x 1536)
• VGA (640 x 480)

Movie clips

• 1280 × 720 (HD, 30 fps)
• 640 x 480 (30 fps)

File formats

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

Lens • F2.8 (W) to F6.5 (T)
• Approx. 4.7 to 23.5mm
• Approx. 26 to 130mm (equiv)
• 7 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
Image stabilization CCD-shift image stabilization
Optical zoom 5x
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 by CCD
ISO sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shuttter speed • 1/2 to 1/1000 second (Auto)
• 4 to 1/1000 second (Night)
Continuous Shooting • Approx. 10 shots/second at 1280 x 960 pixels (up to 20 shots)
• Approx. 4 shots/second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (up to 8 shots)
Aperture F2.8 (W) to F6.5 (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
• AV out
Storage • SDHC / SD Memory Card
Power

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-110)

Wieght (no batt) 122g
Weight (inc batt & card) 149g
Dimensions 101(W) x 59 (H) x 20 (D)mm

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