Casio Releases EXILIM Digital Cameras that

Casio Releases EXILIM Digital Cameras that
PRESS INFORMATION
Casio Releases EXILIM Digital Cameras that Automatically Detect
Photo Subjects with New Intelligent AF
Enhancing the Fun of Creating Composite Moving Images with Improved Dynamic Photo
Norderstedt,
Norderstedt, August 18, 2009 — Casio Europe GmbH and its parent company Casio Computer Co.,
Ltd., today announced the addition of two new models to the EXILIM digital camera line-up, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z450 and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z90. Both are equipped with Intelligent AF, a new function
that can detect even a non-human photographic subject, which means it automatically determines the
focus and exposure area. The new models also come with a CD-ROM containing graphics that can be
used with Dynamic Photo, a unique function for creating composite moving images. With the graphics
and Dynamic Photo, users can easily create fun and dynamic images for animated electronic greeting
cards and other purposes.
Intelligent AF automatically detects the intended subject
In addition to usual face detection, just by pointing the camera at a desired shot, Intelligent AF automatically detects non-human photo subjects in the whole composition and determines the focus and
exposure area. So when taking a picture of a pet or even scenery, Intelligent AF can help minimize the
number of photos that have an out-of-focus subject, thanks to the high-speed image processing technology and image analysis technology of the EXILIM Engine 4.0.
Dynamic Photo expands the possibilities for easy and fun image creation
Further advancements have been achieved for Dynamic Photo, which enables users to cut out images of a moving subject and combine them with a different still image. In the past, it was necessary
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to take photos twice in order to cut out the moving subject, but now a moving subject can be cropped
from a single shooting, as long as the background is flat and in one color. The new EXILIM models
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come with a CD-ROM containing a selection of more than 150 types of graphics, including Animated
Characters such as a cake or a firecracker. These can be added to still images, ideal for the creation
of animated electronic greeting cards. The CD-ROM also contains the Dynamic Photo Manager software for PCs, which enables users to easily attach composite moving images to emails. Dynamic
Photo offers endless possibilities for touching the hearts of family and friends.
*1. Capturing separate photos with and without the subject, while keeping the camera in the same position.
*2. Including still and moving graphics
Two New Models
EX-Z450
This stylish model is a 12.1 effective megapixel digital camera boasting a wide-angle 28 mm 4X optical zoom lens (35 mm film camera equivalent). In addition to a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism, the EX-Z450 features a Landscape Mode for taking more beautiful scenery shots, and a
Makeup Mode that enhances the beauty of human faces.
EX-Z90
With an effective resolution of 12.1 megapixels and a 3X optical zoom lens, the EX-Z90 offers advanced base performance and a wide range of functions. Compact enough to fit into the palm of a
hand, the EX-Z90 has been designed to feel like a fashion accessory.
EXILIM Zoom EX-Z450 and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z90
Digital Cameras that Automatically Detect Photo Subjects with Intelligent AF
Both models have an effective resolution of 12.1 megapixels
EX-Z450
This stylish model features a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 230,400 dots of high resolution, as well
as a lens ranging from 28-mm wide angle (35 mm film camera equivalent) all the way to 4X optical
zoom. Its advanced base performance is supported by a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism,
and a longer battery life lasting about 550 shots on a single full charge.
EX-Z90
Compact enough to fit in the palm of a hand, the EX-Z90 comes in a range of colors that appeal to
sophisticated women, and is designed to feel like a fashion accessory. In order to accent the camera’s
attractive color, the 3X optical zoom lens barrel is rendered in black.
Shooting functions made possible by high-speed image processing
Intelligent AF
When the camera is pointed at a desired shot, the Intelligent AF function automatically detects the
photo subject even if it is not a human face, and determines the focus and exposure area accordingly.
Landscape Mode
This mode is for taking beautiful scenery shots. Users can choose between the Vivid Landscape option, which enhances only impressive colors or the Mist Removal option, which produces clearer pictures when the atmosphere is misty or hazy.
Makeup Mode
The camera helps create beautiful pictures of people’s faces. This function ensures that faces are
correctly focused and well exposed, adjusts the smoothness of skin, and softens facial shadows
caused by sunlight.
Handheld Night Scene function* or Lighting function
The camera can automatically detect difficult situations, such as night scenes where there would normally be camera shake, and backlit scenes where faces or backgrounds can be poorly exposed, and
then make the most appropriate settings. All the user has to do is to press the shutter button to take
great pictures.
* EX-Z450 only
Dynamic Photo can create composite moving images ideal for animated electronic greeting cards
Without the need for a computer, Dynamic Photo enables users to cut out images of a moving subject
that have been photographed, and combine them with a different still image that forms the background. The result is a unique still photo containing a moving subject. Dynamic Photo can be used to
create highly original and creative electronic greeting cards. Thanks to improvements made to Dynamic Photo, fun composite moving images can now be created even more easily.
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A moving subject can be cropped from a single shooting, as long as the background is flat
and in one color.
It is now possible to expand or shrink the size of the cut-out subject to suit the still image that
it will be combined with.
A Dynamic Photo can be converted into a Motion JPEG movie file right on the camera.
Using the included PC software, Photo Transport, still images can also be uploaded to the
camera for use in composite moving image creation.
Eight different Animated Characters (such as a heart or a dinosaur) are included in the camera so that users can have fun decorating their still images.
Comes with a CD-ROM containing a selection of more than 150 types* of graphics, including
Animated Characters, for use in composite moving image creation.
Using the included PC software, Dynamic Photo Manager, composite moving images can be
easily attached to emails.
* Including moving and still graphics
High Resolution HD Movies
The camera also features an HD Movie function. Just press the dedicated Movie button to take beautiful movies at 1280x720 pixels.
On the following pages you will get further information on the new EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280:
More photo fun for the whole family:
The new EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280 from CASIO
The new digital camera offers comprehensive features for versatile use
The new EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280 from CASIO is a delight with its captivating functions and is the ideal
camera for the whole family. Whether a birthday party with friends, a joint weekend trip or portraits of
relatives – the new EXILIM Zoom camera from CASIO transforms the happiest of moments into unforgettable memories. The EX-Z280 combines high performance and lots of fun in its slim and compact
casing:
A high-performance, stylish digital camera
The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280 is a 12.1 effective megapixel digital camera boasting a wide-angle 26 mm
4X optical zoom lens (35 mm film camera equivalent) in a stylishly slim, compact body. Needless to
say, it comes complete with Casio’s usual high-performance features, such as a CCD-shift image
stabilization mechanism and Face Detection function.
EXILIM Engine 4.0 built-in
The EXILIM Engine 4.0 features a high-speed dedicated image processing CPU in addition to an ordinary CPU, allowing the camera to perform complex processing such as is required to allow users to
combine images right on the camera. Casio developed the new engine to make possible beautiful,
high-quality images, with outstanding color reproduction and a rich tonal range that guarantees superior visual expression, and noise reduction at high-sensitivity levels.
Various new functions make the most of the new EXILIM Engine 4.0
Dynamic Photo function
This innovative function makes it possible to extract multiple motifs from one series of photos and turn
them into an animated sequence. This can then be placed into another photo and now also be
enlarged or minimised as well as optimally adjusted to the background within the newly created picture. The photographer can refine his photos even further simply by adding one of the already installed animations. The dynamic photo can subsequently be turned into a film file while still in the
camera. This not only makes taking pictures fun, but also the creation of one's own photo and video
compositions.
Make-up function
In addition to recognizing faces and adjusting focus and exposure accordingly, the camera can make
adjustments to smooth skin in images and soften facial shadows caused by sunlight, creating beautiful
photographs of people’s faces. The photographer can choose from one of twelve levels of skin beauty
using different strengths of image processing, and can shoot after viewing the results in the LCD
monitor.
Handheld Night Scene function and Lighting function
The camera can automatically detect difficult situations, such as night scenes where there would normally be camera shake, and backlit scenes where faces or backgrounds can be poorly exposed, and
then make the most appropriate settings. All the user has to do is to press the shutter button to take
great pictures.
Tracking AF
The camera incorporates an autofocus function that automatically follows a moving subject. When a
subject leaves the frame the camera makes a record of it, and when the same subject once again
enters the frame it is recognized by the camera, and auto focusing is resumed.
High Resolution HD Movies
The camera also features an HD Movie function. Just press the dedicated Movie button to take beautiful movies at 1280x720 pixels.
YouTube™ Movie Mode
Movies can be recorded and saved using the ideal size and quality settings for the world's most popular video sharing site, YouTube™. Recorded movies can be easily uploaded to YouTube™ using the
included computer software.
Easy Mode helps beginners by making camera settings easy to understand
Using Easy Mode, photo settings are restricted to just image size, flash on/off and self timer, and
these are displayed on a simplified menu screen.
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Tel.: 040 22933-264
Fax: 040 22933-242
E-Mail: [email protected]
Further information can be found at http://de.exilim.eu, http://life.exilim.eu or www.casio-europe.com.
CASIO in general
CASIO is a leading international manufacturer of consumer electronics. In line with the principle of “creativity and
contribution,” the company has been dedicated to developing products that stand out for their cutting-edge technology and innovative design ever since it was founded, in 1957.
Today, the product palette of CASIO around the world includes watches, digital cameras, mobile phones (not in
the EU), electronic dictionaries, calculators, musical instruments, projectors, cash register systems, handheld
terminals, and electronic components such as LCDs (not in the EU). In total, CASIO Computer Co., Ltd. employs
a staff of more than 12,300 people worldwide. The company ships more than 100 million products each year, and
in the fiscal year from April 2008 to March 2009 alone, CASIO posted net sales revenue of 518 billion yen (about
3.8 billion Euros). You will find news and product information about Casio at www.casio-europe.com.
EX-Z450 / EX-Z90 Specifications
EXILIM Zoom
EX-Z450
EX-Z90
Number of Effective Pixels
12.10 million
1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
Image Sensor
Total Pixels
12.39 million
Still Images
Movies
File Format
12.70 million
JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording)
WAV format (monaural)
35.7MB*1
Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)
SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card*2
Recording Media
Number of
Recorded Pixels
12M (4000 x 3000), 3:2 (4000 x 2656), 16:9 (4000 x 2240), 8M (3264 x 2448),
5M (2560 x 1920), 3M (2048 x 1536), VGA (640 x 480)
Still Images
Movies
Still
Images
(JPEG)
Recording
Capacity
(Maximum
Image Size
Setting)
Movies
HD: 1280 x 720 (24 fps) / STD: 640 x 480 (30 fps) / LP: 320 x 240 (15 fps)
SD Memory
Card 1GB*3
Recording
Time
Flash Continuous Shutter
Construction
F-number
Lens
Focal
Length
Zoom
Maximum Recording Time per File: 10 min.
SD Memory
Card 1GB*3
High-speed Continuous
Shutter
Continuous
Shutter
Approx. 122 shots (Fine) / 234 shots (Normal) / 350 shots (Economy)
35mm Film
Equivalent
Approx. 5 min. 27 seconds (HD)
Approx. 10 frames per second at 1280 x 960 pixels
(Up to 20 shots)
Approx. 4 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels
(Up to 8 shots)
Approx. 3 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (Up to 3 shots)
7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens
6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
F2.6 (W) to F5.8 (T)
F3.1 (W) to F5.9 (T)
f=4.9 to 19.6mm
f=6.3 to 18.9mm
Approx. 28 to 112mm
Approx. 35 to 105mm
Optical Zoom
4X
3X
Digital Zoom
4X (16X in combination with optical zoom)
4X (12X in combination with optical zoom)
25.0X (image size: 640 x 480 pixels)
18.7X (image size: 640 x 480 pixels)
HD Zoom
Focus Type
Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes
Focusing
Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area
Intelligent, Spot, Multi or Tracking
AF Assist Lamp
Yes
No
Auto Focus
Approx. 10cm to infinity (W)
4
Focus Range* Macro
(From Lens
Infinity Mode
Surface)
Approx. 10cm to 50cm
Infinity (W)
Manual Focus
Exposure Metering
Exposure
Approx. 4 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels
(Up to 8 shots)
Approx. 10cm to infinity (W)
Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Control
Program AE
Exposure Compensation
-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Type
Shutter
Speed*5
Aperture*4
White Balance
Sensitivity
(SOS/REI)*7
Still Images
Movies
Auto
Night Scene
1/2 to 1/1000 second
1/2 to 1/2000 second
4 to 1/1000 second
4 to 1/2000 second
F2.6 (W) to F7.0 (W)*6
F3.1 (W) to F5.6 (W)
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB
Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800,
Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800,
ISO1600, ISO3200
ISO1600
Auto
EXILIM Zoom
Image Stabilization
Mechanism
EX-Z450
EX-Z90
CCD-shift image stabilization
No
Make-up Mode
Landscape Mode
Handheld Night Scene
Yes (12-level steps)
Yes (Vivid Landscape: 2-level steps / Mist Removal: 2-level steps)
Yes
No
Lighting Function
Yes
Yes: 39 scenes
Other
Recording
Functions
BEST
SHOT
Yes: 32 scenes
Dynamic Photo
Yes
Multi-motion
8
Image*
Yes
YouTube™
Capture Mode
Yes
AUTO BEST
SHOT
Yes
Voice Recording
Yes
Face Detection
Yes
Auto Shutter
Yes
Self-timer
Built-in Flash
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Flash Modes
Flash Range*4
Monitor Screen
Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Approx. 0.1 to 4.5m (W), approx. 0.5 to 2.0m (T)
Approx. 0.1 to 3.7m (W), approx. 0.6 to 1.4m (T)
3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD),
230,400 dots (960 x 240)
2.7-inch TFT color LCD, 230,160 dots (959 x 240)
Date and Time
Timekeeping
Functions
Yes
Auto Calendar
World Time
Input/Output
Terminals
Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp
Function
To 2049
162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
USB/AV port
USB
Hi-Speed USB
Microphone
Monaural
Speaker
Monaural
Power Requirements
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40) x 1
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1
Approx. 550 still images
Approx. 230 still images
Continuous Playback
(Still Images)
Approx. 9 hr.
Approx. 5 hr.
Continuous Recording
(Voice Recording)
Approx. 13 hr.
Approx. 5 hr.
96.9 (W) x 57.6 (H) x 21.4 (D)mm
89.7 (W) x 51.7 (H) x 19.4 (D)mm
Thinnest part: 19.5mm
Thinnest part: 17.8mm
Approx. 130g
Approx. 102g
Number of Shots*9
(CIPA Standards)
Battery Life
Dimensions (Excluding Projections)
Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)
Bundled Accessories
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM
*1. Built-in memory capacity after formatting. *2. Compatible with Eye-Fi Card, an SD memory card-type wireless LAN. *3. When using Panasonic
Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card. *4. Range is affected by optical zoom. *5. May differ according to camera settings. *6. F7.0 is the aperture when an
ND filter is being used. *7. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *8. Image size 2048 x 1536 pixels. *9. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.
EX-Z280 Specifications
EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280
12.1 million
Number of Effective Pixels
Image Sensor
File Format
1/2.3-inch spuare pixel CCD
Total Pixels
12.39 million
Still Images
JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Movies
Audio (Voice Recording)
Internal Memory
35.7 MB
Recording Media
SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card
4.000 x 3.000 (12 MP), 4.000 x 2.656 (3:2),
4.000 x 2.240 (16:9), 3.264 x 2.448 (8 MP),
2.560 x 1.920 (5 MP), 2.048 x 1.536 (3 MP), 640 x 480 (VGA)
Still Images
Number of
Recorded
Pixels
640 x 480 (30 fps) / 320 x 240 (15 fps)
STD / LP Movies
1280 x 720 (24 fps)
HD Movies
Recording
Capacity ( Max.
Resolution)
Built-in Memory
Still
Images
Recording Time
Approx. 11 second (HD)
SD Memory Card 1GB*1
Approx. 5 Min. 27 second (HD)
Shutter Release Time Lag*2*3
Playback Speed
Approx. 3.5 second
Approx. 3.4 second
Construction
Max. 4 images / second
Max. 3 images / second
7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens
F2.6 (W) to F5.9 (T)
F-number
f= 4,65 to 18,6 mm
Focal Length
35mm Film equivalent
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
HD Zoom
Approx. 26 to 104mm
4X
4X (16X in combination with optical zoom)
Max. 25X @VGA
Focus Type
Focus Modes
AF Area
Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
Spot, Free or Tracking
AF Assist Lamp
Auto Focus
No
Approx. 15cm to Infinity (W)
Focus Range*6 Macro
(From Lens
Infinity Mode
Surface))
Manual Focus
Exposure Metering
Exposure
Approx. 0.1 second / image
Normal Continuous Shooting
Speed*4
Flash Continuous Shooting Speed*5
Focusing
Approx. 2.0 second
Approx. 0.008 second
Shooting Interval*3*4
Highspeed Continuous Shooting
Speed *5
Zoom Ratio
Max. recording time per file: 10 min.
Built-in Memory
Start-up Time*2*3
Lens / Focal
Length
Approx. 4 shots (Fine) / ca. 8 shots (Normal) / ca. 13 shots (Economy)
SD Memory Card 1GB*1 Approx. 122 shots (Fine) / Approx. 234 shots (Normal) / Approx. 350 shots (Economy)
Movies
Operating
Speed
WAV format (monaural)
Exposure Control
Exposure Compensation
Approx. 5cm to 50cm (W) (First step from widest setting)
Infinity (W)
Approx.. 15cm to Infinity (W)
Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Program AE
-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Type
Shutter
Speed*7
Auto
1/2 to 1/2000 Sek.
Night Scene
(BEST SHOT)
4 to 1/.2000 Sek.
EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280
Aperture*8
F2.6 (W) to F7.8 (W)*9, , auto
White Balance (WB)
Sensitivity
10
(SOS/REI)*
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB
Still Images
Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600, ISO3200
Movies
Auto
Image Stabilization Mechanism
CCD-shift image stabilization
Make-up Shot
Yes
Lighting
Yes
Handheld Night Scene
Yes
Yes: 39 scenes
Dynamic Photo
Other
Recording
Functions
Multi-motion Image*
BEST
SHOT
Yes
11
Pre Record Movie
Yes
YouTube™ Capture
Mode
Yes
AUTO BEST SHOT
Yes
Voice Recording
Yes
Face Detection
Yes
Auto Shutter
Yes
Easy Mode
Yes
Self-timer
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Flash Mode
Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Soft Flash, Red Eye reduction
Flash Range*6
Normal: Approx. 0.15 – 4.2 m (W), Approx. 0.6 – 1.9 m (T)
Flash Continuous Shooting*6
Approx. 0.6 – 1.6 m (W), Approx. 0.6 – 0.7 m (T)
Flash Charge Time
Approx. 6 seconds
Monitor Screen
Timekeeping
Functions
2.7-inch wide TFT color LCD, 114,960 dots (479 x 240)
Date and Time
On-image Time Stamp Function
Auto Calendar
World Time
Input/Output
Terminals
Yes
Recorded with image data
Yes
To 2049
162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
USB/AV port (PAL/NTSC)
USB
USB, Hi-Speed USB compatible
Microphone
Monaural
Speaker
Monaural
Power Requirements
Number of Shots (CIPA)*
Battery Life
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80) x 1
12
Continuous Playback (Still Im13
ages)*
Continuous Movie Recording
Time*14
Continuous Voice Recording
15
Time*
Dimensions (Excluding Projections)
Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)
Approx. 250 shots
Approx. 7 hrs. 30 min.
Approx. 2 hrs.
Approx. 6 hrs. 20 min.
98.2 (W) x 54.9 (H) x 20.1 (D)mm
Thinnest part: 19.6mm
Approx. 112g
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80), lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV
Bundled Accessories
cable, strap, basic reference, CD-ROM
*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card *2. When using built-in memory. *3. With built-in flash off. *4.
When set at maximum image size and normal image quality. *5. Image is fixed at 1600x1200 pixels and normal image quality. *6. Range is
affected by optical zoom. *7. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene. *8. Using optical zoom causes the
aperture to change. *9. F7.8 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *10. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. *11 Image size 2048 x 1536 pixels. *12. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting. *13. Continuous playback conditions: Temperature: 23°C (73°F), scroll one image about every 10 seconds *14. Continuous movie recording without zoom *15. Voice recording times are
based on continuous recording.
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