Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Casio 01/08/2007 Press Release
Press Release - January 8, 2007
Casio Introduces the World’s Slimmest Digital Camera with a 7X Optical Zoom Lens
Motion Analysis Technology Reduces Photo Blur, Enables Auto Tracking AF Function and Built-in Camera Shake Compensation Uses Mechanical CCD Shift Technology
In recent years, a number of compact, high-performance digital cameras have appeared on the market, but the trade-off between zoom power and camera size was evident in those models. Users who wanted to capture subjects at a distance were forced to buy bulkier cameras while other consumers sacrificed zoom for portability.
"The newest edition to the EXILIM line, the EX-V7, solves this problem, giving users the best of both worlds," said Bill Heuer, Senior Vice President of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. "It’s an exceptionally portable, great-looking digital camera with a powerful zoom lens — just what the world has been waiting for."
The new camera also introduces an innovative function for reducing photo blur, made possible by Casio’s mechanical CCD shift technology. It also combines Casio’s well-received Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blur due to shaky hands or a moving subject by using higher ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds, with new motion analysis technology that uses the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to capture a moving photo subject. Even at high zoom settings, the EX-V7 reduces most occurrences of image blur. Everyone from first-time photographers to seasoned professionals will love this latest photographic marvel from Casio.
* As of January 8, 2007, for digital cameras with a zoom ration of 7x or above. Based on a Casio survey.
Exclusive to the Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras in the U.S., is the eBay® Best Shot mode. The eBay Best Shot mode is one of 33 Best Shot Modes featured in the EX-V7. eBay Best Shot takes photos at a size that is image optimized for display on eBay, allowing picture takers to more quickly and easily create photos for selling items on eBay. eBay Best Shot mode also includes Auto Macro, an ideal setting for capturing images of small items such as jewelry, tags, etc., thus automatically adjusting the focus from acquiring fine details in close up shots to capturing large items from a distance. eBay Best Shot mode allows users to capture optimized images at an ideal size for eBay. For ease of use, eBay photos are stored in a special eBay directory.
The EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7 will have a suggested retail price of .99 and will be available at retail in March.
EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-V7 Specifications
|Effective Pixels||7.20 million|
|Imaging Element||1/2.5-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 7.41 million)|
|Image File Format||Still images: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant|
|Movies||H.264/AVC, MOV format (Motion JPEG AVI format when the image quality setting is "LP")|
|Recording Media||Built-in flash memory (image area: 11.6 MB), SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card compatible|
|Image Size (Pixels)||Still images: 3072×2304, 3072×2048 (3:2), 2560×1920, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480|
|Movies||848×480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide), 640×480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal), 320×240 (LP)|
Image size (pixels)
640 x 480
Maximum Recording Time per File
6.0 Megabits per Second
848×480 (UHQ Wide)
7.2 Megabits per Second
3.0 Megabits per Second
*1. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) 256 MB card.
*2. Within limits of memory and battery life.
|Operating Speed:||Power on to first shot: approximately 1.2 second*3|
Shutter release time lag: Approximately 0.008 second*3
Image playback: 0.1 second/image
Shot to shot time: Approximately 1.0 seconds*3*4
Continuous shutter: Approximately 0.7-second intervals*4
High-speed continuous shutter and Rapid Flash: approximately 3 frames per second
*3. With built-in flash off
*4. With image size set at 3072x2304 and using normal image quality
|Lens/Focal Distance:||F3.4 to 5.3, f=6.3 to 44.1mm (equivalent to approximately 38 to 266mm on a 35mm film camera), 12 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lens|
|Zoom:||7X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (Image size: 3072x2304 pixels, 28X in combination with optical zoom)|
|Focusing:||Contrast Detection Auto Focus,|
Focus Modes: Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area: Spot, Multi or Tracking; with AF assist lamp
|Approximate Focus Range:||Auto Focus: 11.81"*5 to 8, Macro: 3.94" to 15.75"*5, Infinity Mode: 8, Manual Focus: 3.94"*5 to 8*5. Range is affected by optical zoom.|
|Exposure Control:||Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element|
Exposure: Program AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
|Shutter:||CCD shutter, mechanical shutter |
Program AE: 1/2 to 1/800 second*6, Aperture Priority AE: 1 to 1/800 second*6, Shutter Speed Priority AE and Manual Exposure: 60 to 1/800 second*6,
*6. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene.
|Aperture:||F3.4/4.6/9.2*7; auto switching|
*7. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. F9.2 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.
|White Balance:||Auto, fixed (6 modes), manual|
|Sensitivity:||Still images: Auto*8, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800|
*8. Maximum sensitivity is ISO1600 when "High Sensitivity" BEST SHOT scene is selected.
Still images; still images with audio (maximum around 30 seconds); macro; self-timer; continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash), BEST SHOT, movies with audio (Normal Movie, Short Movie, Past Movie, Movie BEST SHOT), voice recording
|Self-timer:||10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer|
|Built-in Flash:||Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction|
Flash Range: approx. .3’ to 7.2’ (W), approx. 3.3’ to 4.6’ (T)
Rapid Flash: approx. 1.3’ to 6.9’ (W), approx. 3.3’to 4.6’ (T)
|Monitor Screen:||2.5-inch TFT color LCD, 230,400 pixels (960×240)|
|Timekeeping Functions:||Date and time: Recorded with image data; Auto Calendar: To 2049|
On-image time stamp function
|World Time:||162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time|
|Input/Output Terminals:||USB cradle connector, USB2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatible|
|Power Requirements:||Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-50) ×1|
|Battery life:||Approx. 240 still images*9 (CIPA Standards) |
Continuous playback: approx 6 hr. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx 1 hr. 40 min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx 4 hr. 20 min. (voice recording)
*9. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting
|Dimensions:||3.76" (W) x 2.35" (H) x 1.0" (D) (excluding projections, .82" at thinnest part)|
|Weight:||Approximately 5.26 oz (excluding battery and accessories)|
|Bundled Accessories:||Rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, AV cable, Special AC adaptor, AC power cord, strap, CD-ROM|
Specifications subject to change without notice.
EXILIM is a registered trademark of Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.
Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipments solutions, established in 1957. Casio, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.