Pre-PMA 2006: Casio announce today two additions to its Exilim range of cameras, starting here with the Exilim Zoom EX-Z850, which replaces the well-respected EX-Z750 at the top of the range. The 8.1 megapixel Z850 offers both manual aperture and shutter speed priority AE, an optical viewfinder, 3x zoom, a large 2.5-inch screen and 'Anti Shake' DSP.

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High Resolution 8.1 Megapixel Images Highlight EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z850

New Digital Camera Offers Big Performance In A Small, Sleek Package

FEBRUARY 21 2006, LONDON, UK–CASIO ELECTRONICS CO. LTD., in conjunction with its parent company CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announces the release of the latest addition to its EXILIM ZOOM digital camera series with the stylish, compact, and high-resolution EX-Z850. Offering high quality 8.1 megapixel photos, the EX-Z850 includes a 3x optical zoom, and offers both manual aperture and shutter speed priority AE options for advanced users who prefer to create customized images. The impressive 2.5” Super Bright LCD generates approximately 1,200 cd/m2 of luminescent output, making the monitor even easier to view when outdoors.

The EX-Z850 includes the latest version of the EXILIM Engine, featuring the Anti Shake DSP which considerably reduces the incidence of blurred images due to shaky hands or moving subjects, so you only have to worry about which shots to take, not how they will come out. In response to user’s high demand, the EX-Z850’s Super Life Battery supports 440 shots per charge*, providing convenient, long-lasting usability.

Notable new features on the EX-Z850 include flash functions for a variety of settings and situations, including; Rapid Flash, which enables three flash photos in only one second to completely capture a given moment; Soft Flash, which prevents overexposure of subjects photographed up close; and High Power Flash, which ensures that subjects are properly illuminated even when photographed as far away as approximately 12.1 metres. The EX-Z850 also includes Revive Shot, which refreshes faded colours of old photos by bringing them back to life in digital format, automatically adjusts for obliquity even when photos are shot while still in the album.

The EX-Z850 represents the latest technology and functions the EXILIM digital camera line has to offer. Easy to use automatically or customizable to user specifications, this camera offers the stunningly high quality images and versatility that comes only from CASIO.
*according to CIPA standards

EX-Z850 FEATURES

Highly Efficient, Advanced Performance

  • 8.1 megapixel CCD and retracting 3x optical zoom lens enable high resolution photography
  • Large 2.5-inch, super bright TFT LCD display with 1200cd/m2 brightness*1 for easy viewing outdoors; also includes optical viewfinder
  • Super Life Battery allows up to approximately 440 still images*2 per charge on CIPA standards
  • The EXILIM Engine features the Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blurring caused by shaky hands or moving subjects
  • Once powered on, the camera is ready to take pictures in approximately 1.0 second*3
  • After the shutter is pressed, the image is recorded almost instantly, with only an approximately 0.005 seconds*4 release time lag
  • High-speed picture playback of approximately 0.1 seconds interval
  • Subjects appear brightly on the display monitor even under low light conditions, enabling easy shot composition
  • Manual aperture and shutter priority AE options can be set quickly via a convenient mode dial for customized photographs

Numerous Easy to Use Functions

  • White LED light enables both still images and movies to be taken in low light conditions and acts as an AF assist light
  • “Rapid Flash” enables three consecutive, high speed flash photos in only one second
  • “High Power Flash” compensates for objects to be taken in poorly illuminated areas up to 12.1m away*5
  • “Soft Flash” prevents over exposure when taking shots in Macro, etc.
  • “Revive Shot” refreshes the colors of old, faded photos and saves them in digital format
  • Zoom Continuous Shutter creates a shot within a shot—user selects area of image to zoom, taking 2 images with a single press of the shutter
  • The 34 scene “BEST SHOT” enables selection of the appropriate camera setting for still images via a sample image menu

High quality multi-use functions

  • 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 autofocus mode
  • The “9-Point Multi AF” clearly indicates areas of focus when photographing subjects with multiple focus points
  • The one-touch “EX” button allows easy manual adjustment of multiple camera settings on one simple screen
  • The “Direct On” button allows quick startup in both shooting and playback modes
  • Equipped with a cradle for charging batteries and easy connections to AV equipment / PCs

*1 set at maximum brightness, measured in centre of screen
*2 when display is set at standard brightness
*3 using internal memory, with internal flash turned off
*4 with internal flash turned off
*5 using ISO1600

Exilim Zoom EX-Z850 specifications

Sensor

• 1/1.8 " Type CCD
• 8.32 million pixels total
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2)
• 2816 x 2112
• 2304 x 1728
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips

• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
• With audio WAV

File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif 2.2)
• Movie: AVI (MPEG-4)
Lens • 38-114mm equiv
• F2.8-5.1
• 3x optical zoom
Image stabilization Anti Shake DSP
Digital zoom up to 8x
Focus • Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, multi)
• 9-point Multi AF
• Program AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Macro mode
• Infinity mode
• Pan focus
• Manual focus
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 40cm to infinity
• Macro: 10 to 50cm
• Manual: 10cm to infinity
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto (Max ISO 1600 when using 'Anti-Shake' or' High Sensitivity' BEST SHOT modes)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• in 1/3 EV steps
Shuttter speed • Program AE: 1/2 to 1/1600 sec
• Shutter Speed Priority and Manual Exposure AE: 60 to 1/1600 sec
• Aperture Priority AE: 1 to 1/1600 sec
Aperture • Program and Shutter Speed Priority AE: F2.8-8.0 (Auto switching)
• Manual Exposure and Aperture Priority AE: F2.8/4.0 (Auto switching)
Modes • Still
• Still with audio
• Continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, flash continuous, zoom, multi)
• BEST SHOT
Scene modes 34 BEST SHOTS
White balance • Auto
• 6 modes
• Manual
Self timer • 2 or 10 secs
• Triple self-timer
Flash • Built-in
• Range: 0.1-4.3m (wide) 0.5-2.4m (tele)
• Auto
• On
• Off
• Soft Flash
• Red eye reduction
Viewfinder Yes
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch TFT
• 115,200 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• Microphone
Print compliance DPOF
Storage • 8MB internal memory
• SD / MMC compatible
Power • NP-40 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Weight (no batt) 130 g
Dimensions 89 x 58.5 x 23.7 mm

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