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Casio EX-Z80

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2008 at 14:39 GMT

CES 2008: The new EXILIM EX-Z80 is a smart looking little camera: 8.1 megapixels and a 3x zoom wrapped in a compact and solid shell. Interesting features on this model include Auto Shutter to delay taking a picture until there is minimal camera shake and/or the subject has cracked a smile - face detection also makes an appearance. A new system of focus confirmation allows the user to choose an image which coalesces when focus has been achieved or breaks up if the camera will not lock on. Availability is scheduled for March 2008 with a price of $199.

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EXILIM Zoom EX-Z80 — a small 8.1 megapixel digital camera with a smart design

The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z80 is a digital camera that features a very compact, tightly formed design which offers the functionality needed to easily take photos and shoot movies, yet also offers a design feel conducive to carrying it around almost like a fashion accessory. It is available in six body colors — pale pink, vivid pink, green, blue, black, and silver. With this model, Casio has sought to create both functionality and design that are “easier” and “more fun.”

A smallish, smart form
This camera’s smart form, with height kept to a minimum, makes it compact enough to be cradled in the palm of the hand. The body features a finely brushed finish, and the contrast with the mirror finish on the ring surrounding the lens accentuates the camera’s scintillating presence.

8.1 million effective pixels and a 3x optical zoom lens
Thanks to the use of the EXILIM Engine 2.0 high-performance image processing module, which makes full use of Casio’s proprietary technologies, users can enjoy taking beautiful pictures with very low noise with this high performance 8.1 megapixel model.

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.

Fun and easy to use focusing frames
In addition to the usual rectangular focusing frame found on the LCD monitor, users can also choose other playful design, such as a heart shape, for the focusing frame. When the subject is crisply in focus a clear heart shape is displayed, but when the image is not in focus the heart shape breaks up. Not only fun, this is a useful tool that makes it easier than ever to get the focus right.

Face detection function* finds faces of family members and focuses on them
If the faces of the people who users want to be in sharpest focus are prerecorded, the camera can use face detection technology to simultaneously detect up to ten faces. When it recognizes any of the prerecorded faces, it prioritizes them when determining correct focus and exposure. This feature can be useful when ordinary face detection technology would have trouble focusing as desired, such as when a number of people are lined up for a portrait and the picture-taker’s family members are at the rear of the group.
*The face detection feature includes a face detection technology provided by OKI’s face image processing engine, FSE (Face Sensing Engine).

Casio EXILIM EX-Z80 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 8.29 million pixels total
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176 (3:2), 3264 x 1840 (16:9),
2816 x 2112, 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. 38 to 114 mm (35mm equiv.)
• F3.1 (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 No
Focus distance • Autofocus: Approx. 40cm to ∞ (W)
• Macro: Approx. 10cm to 50cm (W)
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter 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: 30 scenes
• YouTube™ Capture Mode Included
• Face Recognition Included
• Auto Shutter Included
• Voice Recording Included
Self timer 2 or 10 sec, triple self timer
Flash • Flash Modes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
• Flash Range Normal: Approx. 0.1 to 2.6m (W), approx. 0.6 to 1.4m (T)
• Flash Continuous Shooting: Approx. 0.4 to 1.4m (W), approx. 0.6 to 0.7m (T)
LCD monitor • 2.6-inch wide TFT color LCD
• 114,960 dots (479 ×240)
Connectivity • USB
• AV out
Storage SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus compatible
Power Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1
Weight (no batt) 100 g (4.0 oz)
Dimensions 89.7 x 51.7 x 19.0 mm (3.5 x 2.0 x 0.7 in)
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