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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.
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).
1/2.5" Type CCD
3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176 (3:2), 3264 x 1840 (16:9),
848 x 480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide, 30 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)
f=6.3 to 18.9mm
|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)
|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)
|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)|