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Casio Exilims with 2.5 times battery life

Feb 25, 2004 at 22:36 GMT

Casio has today announced the 4-megapixel EX-Z40 and the 3.2-megapixel EX-Z30, two new models in the EXILIM® ZOOM range of digital cameras with long battery operation and 3X optical zoom. These two new cameras have a battery life of 2.5 times that of previous models (comparison between the EX-Z4 and EX-Z40), allowing up to 360 photos to be taken on a single charge. Other features common to both models include a 2.0-inch TFT LCD screen and the Direct On function for one-touch record and play modes.

Press Release:

New EXILIM ZOOM Digital Cameras with Long Battery Life

Thin, Stylish Models with 3X Optical Zoom and up to 2.5 Times Longer Battery Life

February 25, 2004, TOKYO, JAPAN - CASIO COMPUTER CO. LTD. today announced the 4-megapixel EX-Z40 and the 3.2-megapixel EX-Z30, two new models in the EXILIM® ZOOM range of digital cameras with long battery operation and 3X optical zoom.

Over the last few years the digital camera market has undergone rapid change. Not only have there been improvements in picture quality because of higher resolution, the great usability of digital cameras has also been the focus of attention as they became more compact with faster response and larger LCD monitors. One area of particular concern has been the battery life of these cameras per charge, with many users asking for digital cameras offering longer operation times.

CASIO's new EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z40 / EX-Z30 models incorporate an EXILIM Engine, a newly developed compact image processing module with a 3 layer stack LSI that achieves high picture quality and speedy response using a 1.8V low-power system and makes the cameras' compact dimensions possible. These two new cameras have a battery life of 2.5 times that of previous models (comparison between the EX-Z4 and EX-Z40), allowing up to 360 photos to be taken on a single charge (based on CIPA standard battery life measurement). This means that the cameras are not only handy for travel and work applications, they are ideal for any occasions when a lot of photos must be taken. Another handy feature is Auto Pan Focus. When photos need to be taken in a hurry, one rapid push of the shutter button will make the camera use pan focus, thus removing the need to wait for auto focus. In combination with the approximate 1.6-second high-speed start up time and approximate 0.01-second release time lag, the features of these cameras allow for even faster, more satisfying photography.

Other impressive features common to both new EXILIM models include the large 2.0-inch TFT LCD screen and the Direct On function for one-touch record and play modes. In addition to being USB DIRECT-PRINT compliant for direct connection to printers, the EX-Z40 and EX-Z30 are also compatible with the PictBridge standard.

CIPA standard "Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption"

Until recently there has been no standard measurement for battery life. This has resulted in inconsistencies between camera products and their catalogs and instruction manuals. As of December 2003, CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) established the Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption, and hopes to reduce confusion among consumers by having this adopted by the world's digital camera manufacturers and retailers.

EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z40/EX-Z30 features

High performance, easy to use thin card size
Long battery life on a single charge
Quick response
More convenient functions
Features for fun
Other features

Casio EX-Z40 and EX-Z30 Specifications

Recording Element EX-Z40: 1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD (4.23 million total pixels; 4 million effective pixels)
EX-Z30: 1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD (3.34 million total pixels; 3.2 million effective pixels)
File Record Format Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAV (Monaural)
Recording Medium Built-in flash memory (9.7MB image recordable area), SD memory card/Multi Media card
Recorded Image Sizes
Snapshots : EX-Z40: 2304 X 1728 / 2304 X 1536 (3:2) / 1600 X 1200 / 1280 X 960 / 640 X 480 pixels
EX-Z30: 2048 X 1536 / 2048 X 1360 (3:2) / 1600 X 1200 / 1280 X 960 / 640 X 480 pixels
Movies :320 X 240 pixels
Recorded File Sizes
Snapshots Image size
(pixels)
Resolution /
recording time
File size Built-in memory
(9.7MB)
SD
Memory
Card
64MB *1
EX-Z40 2304
x
1728
Fine
Normal
Economy
Approx.
1.9MB
1.5MB
1.1MB
Approx.
4
6
8
Approx.
30
37
50
EX-Z30 2048
x
1536
Fine
Normal
Economy
Approx.
1.6MB
1.2MB
630KB
Approx.
5
7
14
Approx.
34
45
88
common 640
x
480
Fine
Normal
Economy
Approx.
190KB
140KB
90KB
Approx.
46
61
98
Approx.
294
386
618
Movies 320x240 Recording time: unlimited*2 Approx. 300KB/sec.
(15frames/sec.)
Approx.
30 sec.
Approx.
3 min.
20 sec.
Audio - Recording time: unlimited*2 Approx.
4KB/sec.
Approx.
40 min.
Approx.
4 hr.
20 min.
*1 when using a Panasonic 64MB card
*2 limited only by the battery life and the available memory
Lens smc Pentax Lens (6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens) F2.6(W) to 4.8(T); f=5.8(W) to 17.4(T) mm (equivalent to approximately 35.0 to 105.0 mm when converted to 35mm film)
Zoom 3X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (12X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focusing Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, multi); pan focus; macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus; focus lock
Approximate
Focus Range
Normal: 40cm to ? ; Macro: 6 to 50cm (optical zoom 1 to 1.8X)
Exposure Control Metering : Multi-pattern by imaging element
Control :Multi-pattern by imaging element
Exposure Compensation :-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; 4 to 1/2000 shutter speed (including night mode)
Aperture Auto; F2.6 / F4.3
White Balance Auto; Fixed (5 modes); Manual
Sensitivity Auto; ISO50 / ISO100 / ISO200 / ISO400
Recording Functions Snapshot; audio snapshot; movies with audio; Best Shot; macro; voice recorder
Self-timer 10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.5 to 3.4 meters (W); 0.4 to 1.8 meters (T)
Finder LCD monitor; optical viewfinder
Monitor Screen 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD, 84,960 pixels (354x240)
Playback Zoom display (4X); 9 picture display; calendar; Photostand function
Timekeeping Functions Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
World Time 162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; summer time
Other features Histogram display; grid display; album function; favorites folder
Input/Output Terminals USB cradle terminal
Battery Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery life Approx. 360 snapshots (CIPA standard) (both models)
Continuous recording: EX-Z40 approx. 1140 snapshots (3 hr. 10 min.)
EX-Z30 approx. 1260 snapshots (3 hr. 30 min.)
*recording wide / tele alternatively each 10 secs, LCD on, flash off
Playback: Approx. 6 hours of snapshots (both models)
Voice recording: Approx. 5 hours of recording time (both models)
Dimensions 87(W) x 57(H) x 23.1(D) mm (excluding protrusions, thinnest point 19.7mm)
Weight Approximately 121g (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories Lithium Ion rechargeable battery; USB cradle; USB cable; AC adapter; Strap; CD-ROM

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