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Casio EX-Z100, EX-Z200: First 28mm equiv. for Casio

By dpreview staff on Jan 7, 2008 at 15:54 GMT

CES 2008: Casio's EX-Z100 and EX-Z200 are 10.1 megapixel compacts featuring, for the first time on a Casio, 28 - 112mm equivalent zoom lenses. Both models feature Auto Shutter and Auto Best Shot, whereby the camera analyses the scene and shooting conditions and selects the appropriate exposure settings. The EX-Z200 also includes CCD-Shift image stabilization. The pair will be available from March 2008, the EX-Z100 priced at $279.99 and the EX-Z200 $329.99.

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EXILIM Zoom EX-Z200 and EX-Z100 — two 10.1 megapixel digital cameras with a wide 28 mm lens and 4x optical zoom

The high resolution, 10.1 megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z200 and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z100 models feature an EXILIM series first — a 4x optical zoom lens that can shoot as wide as 28 mm (equivalent). Also, in addition to the usual recognition technologies, the intelligence of these cameras has been enhanced. They incorporate automatic scene differentiation and allow the shutter to be released automatically, thanks to Casio’s commitment to keep improving the convenience offered by digital cameras.

Wide-angle 28 mm lens with 4x optical zoom
These cameras allow zoom photography between 28 mm and 112 mm (35 mm film camera equivalent). This increases photographic enjoyment, from wide angle photography suitable for capturing large subjects or shooting up close in small spaces, right through to telephoto work.

10.1 million effective pixels for high resolution photographs
The new thinner, smaller bodies of these two models were made possible without sacrificing high resolution image quality using a newly developed 1/2.3 inch CCD. Their high resolution images can be used to create beautiful prints even when enlarged or when the image is cropped.

CCD shift anti shake function in the EX-Z200
The EX-Z200 employs an anti shake function that compensates for blur by moving the imaging element. Of course, both models incorporate Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blur by raising the camera’s sensitivity and therefore increasing shutter speeds.

2.7-inch wide and bright LCD offers high contrast
These cameras incorporate 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.

AUTO BEST SHOT analyzes scenes to determine an appropriate shooting mode
These cameras can automatically analyze the scene to be captured and choose an appropriate shooting mode. The six scenes that can be distinguished are: people, scenery, night scenes, night scenes with people, close-ups, and moving subjects. These cameras were also designed to be very user-friendly, and it is easy to quickly change to another shooting mode associated with the scene type that the camera recognizes.

H.264 video, which can be enjoyed in wide format
These cameras utilize the H.264 video standard, which lets users record beautiful movies with the latest high compression technology. Users can enjoy wide format movies in a 16:9 aspect ratio. These cameras also feature a Movie Button for easy movie recording.

Casio EX-Z100, EX-Z200 specifications

Casio EX-Z100
Casio EX-Z200
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 × 480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide)
• 640 × 480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal),
• 320 × 240 (LP)
File formats • Stills: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
• MOV format, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Lens • f= 4.9 to 19.6mm
• Approx. 28 to 112mm
• F2.6 (W) to 5.8 (T)
• 7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens
Image stabilization No CCD-Shift
Digital zoom Up to 4x
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 • Auto Focus: Approx. 40cm to ∞ (W)
• Macro: Approx. 10cm to 50cm (W)
Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot
ISO sensitivity TBA
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter speed TBA
Scene modes • BEST SHOT Included: 39 scenes
• AUTO BEST SHOT
• YouTube™ Capture Mode Included
• Face Recognition Included
• Auto Shutter Included
• Voice Recording Included
White balance Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, manual WB
Self timer 2 or 10 sec, triple self timer
Flash TBA
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-40) x 1
Weight (no batt) 111 g (3.9 oz) 119 g (4.2 oz)
Dimensions 93 x 55 x 21.2 mm
(3.7 x 2.2 x 0.8 in)
93 x 55 x 22.7 mm
(3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9 in)
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