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Casio EX-S10: World's slimmest 10MP compact

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2008 at 13:53 GMT

CES 2008: Casio has launched the world's slimmest 10 megapixel camera today in the form of the EXILIM EX-S10. A mere 15mm thick, this latest 'Wearable Card Camera' sports a 3x optical zoom and the usual complement of Casio scene modes including YouTube™ Capture Mode, using H.264 encoding for high quality movies with small file sizes. A 2.7", 230k screen fills the rear of the camera and a shutter release control ensures camera shake has subsided before taking a picture. You may also set smile detection and have the shutter trip based on the quality of your subject's grin. The EX-S10 will be available in Red, Blue, Silver and Black when it hits US shores in February priced at $249.99.

Press Release:

EXILIM Card EX-S10 — the world’s smallest and thinnest* stylish 10.1 megapixel digital camera

Casio’s EXILIM series was born with the appearance in 2002 of a “wearable card camera” — a digital camera with a very slim form. The new EXILIM Card EX-S10 maintains all of the powerful functionality of the cameras that were later developed in that line (high pixel count, zoom functionality, LCD monitor, photo functions, etc.) but it also embodies a return to a stylish thin form and a strong design presence.
*As at January 6, 2008, for 10-megapixel class digital cameras. Based on Casio survey.

Thin form with a refined design
The camera’s stylish body, measuring 94.2 mm wide, 54.6 mm high and 15.0 mm thin (13.8 mm at the thinnest part) is the product of Casio’s relentless pursuit of thinness. It is finished according to two design requirements — a high quality feel created by the stainless steel body, and a unique beauty derived from its coloring. The camera comes in four colors — red, blue, silver, and black.

10.1 million effective pixels, and a 3x optical zoom lens
This new camera’s thinner, smaller body was made possible without sacrificing high resolution image quality using a newly developed 1/2.3 inch CCD. Its high resolution images can be used to create beautiful prints even when enlarged or when the image is cropped.

2.7-inch wide and bright LCD offers high contrast
The camera incorporates Casio’s newly developed Super Clear LCD. This produces extremely sharp and vivid images, thanks to its high contrast ratio and its 230,160 dot high resolution. The display can be viewed easily from above, below, left or right thanks to its wide viewing angle, and it is extremely bright, making it easy to see even in daylight.

Auto Shutter function automatically records the moment of a smile or the instant when hand shake ceases
Using motion blur detection technology, the camera can automatically take a photo at the instant when hand shake or subject movement ceases. Users can also automatically capture the moment of a smile, the instant when subject movement due to panning ceases, or the moment when their own face fills the frame as they point the camera towards themselves.

iTunes-compatible H.264 video
The camera uses the H.264 video standard, which utilizes the AAC audio codec widely enjoyed in Apple’s iPod, etc. It is also possible to record movies in an appealing wide format. The camera also features a Movie Button which makes movie recording easy.

Casio EXILIM EX-S10 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3 " Type CCD
• 10.34 million pixels total
• 10.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3648 x 2736
• 3648 x 2432 (3:2)
• 3648 x 2048 (16:9)
• 3072 x 2304
• 2304 x 1728
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• 848 x 480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide, 30 fps)
• 640 × 480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal, 30 fps)
• 320 × 240 (LP, 15 fps)

File formats • Still Images: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
• Movies: MOV format, H.264/AVC, AAC (monaural)
• Audio: (Voice Recording) WAV format (monaural)
Lens

• f=6.3 to 18.9mm
• Approx. 36 to 108mm (35mm equiv.)
• F2.8 (W) to 5.3 (T)
• 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens

Image stabilization No
Focus • Contrast Detection Auto Focus
• Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF area modes Spot, Multi or Tracking
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Autofocus: Approx. 40cm to ∞ (W)
• Macro: Approx. 15cm to 50cm (W)
• Manual focus: Approx. 15cm to ∞ (W)
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shuttter speed • Auto: 1/2 - 1/2000 sec
• Night Scene: 4 sec - 1/2000 sec
White balance Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, manual WB
Scene modes • BEST SHOT Included: 36 scenes
• YouTube™ Capture Mode Included
• Face Recognition Included
• Auto Shutter Included
• Voice Recording Included
Self timer 2 or 10 sec, triple self timer
Continuous shooting • Shot to Shot Time: Approx. 1.9 seconds
• Normal Speed Continuous Shutter: Approx. 1.0 second intervals
• High-speed Continuous Shutter: Maximum is 4 frames per second
• Flash Continuous Shutter: Maximum is 3 frames per second
Flash • Flash Modes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
• Flash Range Normal: Approx. 0.2 to 2.8m (W), approx. 0.4 to 1.5m (T)
• Flash Continuous Shooting: Approx. 0.4 to 1.8m (W), approx. 0.4 to 1.0m (T)
LCD monitor • 2.7-inch wide TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD)
• 230,160 dots (959×240)
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out
Storage SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus compatible
Power Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1
Weight (no batt) 113 g (4.0 oz)
Dimensions 94.2 x 54.6 x 15 mm (3.7 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
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