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Casio launches Exilim EX-Z16 budget compact

By dpreview staff on Sep 20, 2010 at 12:03 GMT

Pre-Photokina 2010: Casio has introduced the Exilim EX-Z16 budget compact camera. Sporting an image-stabilized 12.1 Mp sensor, 2.7 inch LCD and 3x optical zoom (35.5 to 106.5mm equiv), it includes an Easy Mode, widescreen video recording and a YouTube capture mode. The Z16 will be available from the end of this month at retail price of $99.99

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CASIO INTRODUCES SLEEK ENTRY-LEVEL EXILIM EX-Z16


Stylish Design Blends with Easy Functionality for Outstanding Pictures

DOVER, NJ, September 20, 2010 — Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the addition of the entry-level EX-Z16 to its EXILIM® family of digital cameras. Marrying Casio’s sleek design with a host of easy-to-use capabilities – including Easy Mode, YouTube™ capture and a simplified user interface – the EX-Z16 makes taking great pictures amazingly simple.

This newest member of the EXILIM family boasts superb 12MP image quality, as well as 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capabilities. The Easy Mode interface offers a simplified menu, dedicated movie button, and a YouTube capture feature that enables users to record and share live-action videos with just a few clicks.

“We wanted to round out our Exilim digital camera line to include simplified functionality that is beneficial to consumers, and the EX-Z16 definitely achieves this goal,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “The EX-Z16 doesn’t just take outstanding photos and videos, it captures beautiful, natural and organic shots that you’ll share and cherish with friends and family.”

EX-Z16 Features

Sleek, Stylish Design
Casio EXILIM has redefined digital camera “style” by introducing the world’s first super-slim and sleek camera models. The new EX-Z16 is no different, embodying the smooth design and functionality that EXILIM is known for. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and features smooth lines and an array of beautiful colors to choose from.

New Simplified Easy Mode User Interface Makes Taking Great Pics a Snap
Even the most inexperienced photographer can take gorgeous photos with the EX-Z16’s Easy Mode User Interface. The only settings you have to adjust on our 2.7-inch LCD screen are image size, flash and self timer – the camera does the rest! Best of all, your options are displayed on a simplified menu, making your adjustments quick and easy. Add in automatic Face Detection technology that automatically provides optimum focus -- even in less than optimal lighting -- and the EX-Z16 can help you take the best shots of your life.

Integrated YouTube Capture Mode for Easy Video Sharing
This feature enables you to easily record family moments or fun times with friends. Video is optimized to a web-friendly 640 x 480, H.264 format for quick transfer to YouTube, through Casio's YouTube Uploader software. Then simply share with a few clicks of your mouse.

Big, Bright LCD Screen Brings Your Scenes to Life
Our 2.7-inch LCD (230K) screen provides an increased brightness and higher contrast, which gives you better image contrast, even in bright light situations. The wide 180‑degree viewing angle makes it easy to line up your shots from any perspective, ensuring that what you see is what you get.

BEST SHOT Function Produces Beautiful Photos with Just a Touch
The EX-Z16 also offers BEST SHOT technology, which automatically analyzes your scene and applies the best settings for capturing perfect images and video. This feature applies face detection, auto focus and exposure settings to a total of 23 types of scenes, offering optimal configuration in just about any setting or situation.

The EX-Z16 will be on store shelves in September and retail for $99.99.

Casio Exilim EX-Z16 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 12.1 million effective pixels
• 12.54 million total pixels

Image sizes

• 12M (4000 x 3000) 4:3
• 12M (4000 x 2656) 3:2
• 12M (4000 x 2240) 16:9
• 8M (3264 x 2448)
• 5M (2560 x 1920
• 3M (2048 x 1536)
• VGA (640 x 480)

Movie clips

• WVGA : 848 x 480 (30fps)
• VGA :640 x 480 (30fps)

File formats

• Stills: JPEG (Exif Version 2.3), DCF 2.0 standard, DPOF compliant
• Movies: Motion JPEG
• IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Lens • F2.9 (W) to F5.4 (T)
• Approx. 6.3 to 18.9mm
• Approx. 35.5 to 106.5mm (equiv)
• 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
Image stabilization CCD-shift image stabilization
Optical zoom 3x
Digital zoom 4x
Focus • Contrast Detection Auto Focus
• Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF area modes Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
AF assist lamp Yes
Metering Multi-pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CCD
ISO sensitivity Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shuttter speed • 1/2 to 1/2000 second (Auto)
• 4 to 1/2000 second (Night)
Aperture F2.9 (W) to F5.4 (T)
White balance • Auto WB
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Shade
• Day White FL
• Daylight FL
• Tungsten
• Manual WB
Self timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
LCD monitor • 2.7-inch TFT color LCD
• 230,400 dots (960 x 240)
Connectivity • Hi-Speed USB
• AV out
Storage • SDHC / SD Memory Card
Power

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80)

Wieght (no batt) 121g
Weight (inc batt & card) 148g
Dimensions 101(W) x 59 (H) x 20 (D)mm

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