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Press Release - February 12, 2004




Casio Announces the 6 Megapixel EXILIM PRO With 4X Optical Zoom

Stylish New Top-of-the-Line EXILIM Model Bridges the Gap Between The Amateur and Professional Photographer

Casio EX-P600

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio, Inc., in conjunction with it's parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, announced the EXILIM PRO EX-P600, a stunning new addition to the growing family of EXILIM(R) series of digital cameras. With the ease of operation typically expected from compact cameras, this EX-P600 can take users to new heights of photographic expression with its multitude of functions, including the high-performance 6-megapixel CCD and the 4X optical zoom.

The camera will be on display at Casio's Booth # L100 at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show that opened in Las Vegas today. The EX-P600 will be available at retail in April 2004, with an MSRP of .99.

The EXILIM brand of compact cameras has become synonymous throughout the world for amazing features and styling. Most notable of these features is the thin, card-sized body of every model, offering go-anywhere style, together with rapid shutter response that captures every special moment. The introduction of the 3X optical zoom and large LCD of Casio's EXILIM ZOOM brought a new wave of fun to images, added even more momentum to EXILIM's popularity, and proved Casio's engineering and development capabilities.

"The new EXILIM PRO EX-P600 offers not only the style and features of a compact camera, but it represents a new series of digital cameras exhibiting mobility with speedy response, while offering functions usually found only on full-fledged high-end models," said John Clough, president of Casio, Inc. The EX-P600 brings a whole new meaning to the excitement of photography, with a flexibility that hasn't been possible with today's fully automatic cameras. "This camera bridges the gap between the amateur and professional photographer," Clough added.

Casio EX-P600

MAIN FEATURES

  • High-resolution 6-megapixel imaging A 6-megapixel CCD housed in a compact and refined stainless steel body, with high-resolution and low noise allowing for a rich variety of expression. The EX-P600 uses a high-performance Canon 4X optical zoom lens.

  • High speed response In addition to a start-up time of approximately 2-seconds and approximately 0.01 second release time lag, the EX-P600 has a high- speed continuous shutter function to take 3 photos per second, up to 6 photos in succession, moving the camera up a level in terms of speed response.

  • Variety of imaging made possible with full-scale specifications

  • Auto Bracketing With one press of the shutter, variations of exposure, white balance and focus position can be set. The multi-bracketing feature allows for a variety of images with different color effects, contrast levels, etc. to be taken.

  • Quick response manual shooting With a large 2.0" high-definition TFT LCD, all the necessary information about shooting and effects is displayed clearly. Manual settings can be changed on-screen easily, enabling quick shooting.

"CASIO plans to increase the stylish and high-performance EXILIM lineup of digital cameras, continually providing users with a new shooting style and a wider range of features. With it's ease-of-use, high-speed response and imaging capabilities, we expect the EX-P600 to be a hit with serious photographers who are interested in experiencing the latest in digital photography," Clough concluded.




EXILIM PRO EX-P600 SPECIFICATIONS

Recording Element: 1/1.8-inch square pixel primary color CCD (6.37 million total pixels; 6 million effective pixels)
File Record Format: Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG); Audio: WAV (monaural)
Recording Medium: Built-in flash memory (approx. 9MB recordable area), supports SD memory card/Multi Media card
Recorded Image Sizes: Snapshots: 2816 x 2112 / 2816 x 1872 (3:2) / 2048 x 1536 /
1600 x 1200 / 1280 x 960 / 640 x 480 pixels
Movies: 320 x 240 pixels

Resolution:

 Fine / Normal / Economy / TIFF
Lens: Canon Lens (8 lenses in 7 groups, including aspherical lens) F2.8(W) to 4.0(T); f=7.1(W) to 28.4(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 33.0 to 132.0 mm when converted to 35mm film); Lens barrier
Zoom: 4X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (16X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focusing: Phase difference sensor AF/ Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, 7-point multi, free AF area switching, continuous AF); macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus; focus lock
Approximate Focus Range: Normal: 15.75 cm to 8; Macro: 3.94" to 19.69"
Exposure Control: Metering: Multi-pattern by imaging element
Control: program; aperture; shutter speed; manual exposure; AE lock
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
   
Shutter: CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; Bulb, 60 to 1/2000 shutter speed (manual exposure)
Aperture: 10 stage aperture; F2.8 to F8.0(W), F4.0/F11.1(T)
White Balance: Auto; Fixed (7 modes); Manual
Recording Functions: Snapshot / audio snapshot (up to 30 seconds); high-speed continuous shutter (3 shots / second, max. 6 shots); Auto Bracketing (AE/WB/AF); Multi Bracketing (color/portrait/sharpness/saturation/contrast); Macro; Best Shot, movie with audio; voice recorder
Self-timer: 10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer; Remote control; 2 second remote control self timer
Built-in Flash: Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.66 to 9.51 Feet(W); 0.66 to 6.56 feet (T)
Viewfinder: Monitor screen and optical viewfinder
Monitor Screen: 2.0-inch high-definition TFT color LCD, 115,200 pixels (480240)
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
World Time: 162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; summer time
Input/Output Terminals: External power (DC IN); USB/AV connection (NTSC/PAL compliant); External flash sync terminal; microphone / speaker
Power Requirements: Proprietary lithium ion rechargeable battery; AC adapter
Continuous Image Playback: 250 minutes
Dimensions: 3.84" (W) x 2.66" (H) x 1.78" (D) (excluding projections)
Weight: Approximately 7.94 oz (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Lithium Ion rechargeable battery; Battery charger; Card remote control; USB cable; AV cable; Strap; CD-ROM
Optional Accessories: Conversion lens adapters (wide and tele); proprietary lithium ion battery; battery charger

Specifications subject to change without notice.

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO. LTD. Canon is a registered trademark of Canon Inc. 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. Casio, Inc., markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, portable color TVs, timepieces (Wrist Technology), cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio, the unexpected extra -- for more information visit our web site at http://www.casio.com.







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