CES 2003: Casio has today announced the ultra compact EX-Z3 digital camera, The EX-Z3 has a three megapixel CCD sensor and utilizes Pentax's sliding lens mechanism which we first saw yesterday in the 'Optio S'. Size wise the EX-Z3 is only a little bigger than the 'Optio S' but at the back has a much larger two inch LCD monitor. The EX-Z3 also has a cradle for the charging and transfer of images, this can also be put into 'photo stand' mode which initiates the camera to display a slideshow of images. The EX-Z3 will be available from the beginning of March (in Japan).

Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z3 Specifications

Casio EX-Z3 Silver (also Metallic Grey) Casio EX-Z3 in cradle

Sensor 1/2.5" 3.34 megapixel CCD (primary CFA)
Effective pixels 3.2 million
Image format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Image sizes

 • 2048 x 1536
 • 1600 x 1200
 • 1280 x 960
 • 640 x 480

Movie clips 320 x 240, max 30 sec clip, AVI (Motion JPEG codec)
Lens  • Pentax lens, six elements in five groups
 • 35 - 105 mm equiv, 3x optical zoom
 • F2.6 - F4.8
Focus modes  • Auto focus (Normal / Macro)
 • Manual focus
Focus range  • Normal: 40 cm - Infinity (1.3 ft - Infinity)
 • Macro: 6 - 50 cm (2.4 - 19.7 in)
Sensitivity  • Auto
 • ISO 50
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
Exposure compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Shutter speed 1 - 1/2000 sec
Apertures Two, at wide angle: F2.6 / F4.3
White balance  • Auto
 • Preset (four modes)
 • Manual
Self timer 2 or 10 seconds
Flash modes  • Auto
 • Fill flash
 • Flash cancel
 • Red eye reduction
Flash range  Wide angle: 0.4 - 2.3 m (1.3 - 7.5 ft)
Storage SD/MMC slot
Viewfinder Optical
LCD Monitor  • 2.0" TFT LCD
 • 84,960 pixels
Connections USB cradle connector
Power Lithium-Ion battery (charger included - via cradle)
Dimensions 87 x 67 x 23 mm (3.4 x 2.6 x 0.9 in)
Weight (no batt) 126 g (4.4 oz)
Included accessories  • Lithium-Ion battery
 • SD storage card (inclusion varies by region)
 • USB cradle
 • USB cable
 • AC adapter / charger
 • Strap
 • CD-ROM