Steve's Digicams - Breaking News - Casio 08/24/2004 Press Release




Casio

Press Release - August 25, 2004




New Exilim Zoom Models Feature 5 Megapixel CCD And Long Battery Operation

2.5-inch LCD EX-Z55 and 2-inch LCD EX-Z50 Models Available

Casio Exilim EX-Z55


DOVER, NJ, August 25, 2004 – Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, announces the release of the 5-megapixel EX-Z55 and EX-Z50, two new models in the EXILIM ZOOM range of digital cameras with long battery operation and large LCD viewing screens.

Earlier this year, CASIO introduced the 4-megapixel EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z40, a thin-body digital camera with a large 2.0-inch TFT LCD screen. This model offered high picture quality, high-speed response and energy saving circuitry in a compact unit. Thanks to the incorporation of CASIO’s proprietary compact image processing module, the EXILIM Engine, the model also offered superior portability and exceptional performance, providing 2.5 times longer battery life (comparison between EX-Z4U and EX-Z40), and representing a significant improvement over what remains a common drawback with conventional digital cameras. This attention to the needs of consumers in terms of features and usability ensured the EX-Z40’s extraordinary popularity.

"Our new EXILIM ZOOM models, the EX-Z50 and the EX-Z55, both incorporate Casio’s heralded EXILIM Engine, the compact image processing module with a 3 layer stack LSI that enables high picture quality and speedy response using a 1.8V low-power system," said John Clough, President of Casio, Inc. "They now feature circuitry enabling even lower power consumption providing users with a much longer battery life, allowing them to take up to 400 pictures on a single charge. This means that these cameras are perfect for work or travel applications where it may not be possible to regularly charge the battery." In addition, continued Clough, "both the EX-Z50 and the EX-Z55 introduce the ‘Business Shot’ function. This enables users to take a trapezoidal distorted picture of a projector, white board, document or business card from a side angle and correct it to a rectangle automatically. This empowers the professional consumer with enormous convenience and flexibility."



Casio Exilim EX-Z55


The EX-Z55 is equipped with a high resolution 5-megapixel CCD, a 3X optical zoom lens and a larger 2.5-inch LCD screen incorporating an optical viewfinder. With its compact and stylish design, the EX-Z55 can take approximately 400 pictures (based on CIPA* standards) on a single charge. The EX-Z50 has a 2 inch LCD screen and can take approximately 390 pictures. Both models offer extended battery life, making them ideal for use during long vacations and business travel, in fact any occasion requiring the amazing stamina that these cameras now offer.

Like all models in the EXILIM series, they offer superior portability and excellent picture quality, along with extremely high-speed operation for quick response in a variety of shooting situations. One example is the Best Shot function that allows the user to select settings automatically by choosing from sample scenes. In addition, several new functions have been incorporated to assure a higher level of performance, such as the "Auto Macro" function which automatically switches between macro mode and AF mode; "Flash Assist" which operates during flash photography to compensate for brightness levels in darker areas not reached by the flash; "Icon Help" which uses an on-screen display to guide the user during the switching of settings; and the "Business Shot" function which provides automatic correction for photos taken at an angle.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE EX-Z55/Z50

High performance operation in an easy-to-use, compact design

  • High-resolution images captured by the CCD with 5 million effective pixels.

  • 3X optical zoom in a compact body

  • Large 2.5-inch digital interface TFT LCD screen (2.0-inch for the EX-Z50)

  • The viewfinder has been built into the LCD screen allowing the use of an optical viewfinder in addition to the image provided on the LCD screen (EX-Z55)

  • High quality lightweight aluminum body with comfortable handgrip.

Long battery life for extended shooting on a single battery charge

  • 10% longer battery life than the previous model (EX-Z40), with a greater number of pixels and a larger display screen (EX-Z55)

  • Up to 400 photos can be taken on a single charge, based on CIPA standards for battery life measurement. (390 photos for the EX-Z50)

Quick response thanks to high-speed design

  • The camera automatically selects fixed-focus, Auto Pan Focus mode for instantaneous response when the shutter is pressed rapidly.

  • Direct On function for one-touch operation of either picture taking or playback modes.

  • Rapid start-up allows shooting approximately 1.6 seconds* after the power is turned on.

  • Images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds* after the shutter is released.

  • 0.1-second high-speed playback for photo scrolling.

*With the flash off

More convenient functions

  • Business Shot function compensates for photos taken at an angle and records them as though taken from straight ahead.

  • Best Shot allows settings to be chosen by selecting from a collection of sample images.

  • Extended shooting of video with sound can be performed until the memory is full.

  • Noise Reduction processing makes night scenes more beautiful.

  • Auto Macro function enables automatic switching between Macro and AF modes.

  • 7-point Multi-Auto Focus automatically selects the optimum focus point location.

  • Flash Assist function provides exposure compensation for areas not reached by the flash.

  • Icon Guide function uses a pop-up guide to help the user when switching settings.

Features for fun

  • Voice recording function with playback from the camera’s speaker.

  • Photostand feature allowing a slideshow of images while the camera sits in its cradle.

  • Calendar function shows thumbnail images of photos taken on any specified date.

  • World Time function allows the user to set the camera to the local time in one of 162 cities in 32 time zones around the world.

  • Store special photos or those you don’t want others to see in your own Favorites folder.

  • Create HTML albums in the camera, which can be viewed directly by Web browsers.

Other features

  • Connects directly to PictBridge and USB DIRECT-PRINT compatible printers.

  • 9.3MB internal flash memory, compatible with SD memory card / Multi Media Card (not included.)

  • Menu display possible in one of 10 languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.

  • Photo Loader software allows automatic transfer of images to a PC at the touch of a single button on the USB cradle.

  • Compatible with ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching?.

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO. LTD. PENTAX is a registered trademark of Pentax Corporation. 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 www.casio.com.



EX-Z50 / Z55 Specifications

Recording Element1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD (5.25 million total pixels; 5 million effective pixels)
File Record Format
Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAV (Monaural)
Recording MediaBuilt-in flash memory (9.3 MB image recordable area), SD memory card/Multi Media card
Recorded Image Sizes
Snapshots : 2560 X 1920 / 2560 X 1712 (3:2) / 2048 X 1536 / 1600 X 1200 / 1280 X 960 / 640 X 480 pixels
Movies :320 X 240 pixels
Recorded File Sizes
SnapshotsImage size
(pixels)
Resolution /
recording time
File sizeBuilt-in memory
(9.3MB)
SD
Memory
Card
64MB *1
2560
x
1920
Fine
Normal
Economy
Approx.
2.2MB
1.8MB
1.3MB
Approx.
4
4
6
Approx.
26
32
44
640
x
480
Fine
Normal
Economy
Approx.
190KB
140KB
90KB
Approx.
44
58
94
Approx.
294
386
618
Movies320x240Recording time: unlimited*2Approx. 300KB/sec.
(15frames/sec.)
Approx.
30 sec.
Approx.
3 min.
20 sec.
Audio-Recording time: unlimited*2Approx.
4KB/sec.
Approx.
39 min.
Approx.
4 hr.
20 min.
*1 when using a Panasonic 64MB card
*2 limited only by the battery life and the available memory
Lenssmc Pentax Lens (6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens) F2.6(W) to 4.8(T); f=5.8(W) to 17.4(T) mm (equivalent to approximately 35 to 105 mm when converted to 35mm film)
Zoom3X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (12X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
FocusingContrast type AF (selectable between spot, multi); pan focus; macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus
Approximate
Focus Range
Normal: 40cm to 8 ; Macro: 6cm to 50cm
Exposure Control
Metering : Multi-pattern by imaging element
Control : Program AE
Control Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
ShutterCCD electronic / mechanical shutter; 4 to 1/2000 second shutter speed (including night mode)
ApertureAuto; F2.6 / F4.3 Automatic switching
White BalanceAuto; Fixed (6 modes); Manual
SensitivityAuto; ISO50 / ISO100 / ISO200 / ISO400
Recording FunctionsSnapshot; audio snapshot; movies with audio; Best Shot; Business Shot; Auto Macro; Flash Assist; voice recorder; Icon Help; sharpness/color saturation/contrast/flash intensity settings
Self-timer10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer
Built-in FlashFlash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.4 to 2.6 meters (W); 0.4 to 2.0 meters (T)
ViewfinderLCD screen; optical viewfinder
Monitor ScreenEX-Z55: 2.5-inch digital interface TFT color LCD, 115,200 pixels (480x240)
EX-Z50: 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD, 84,960 pixels (354x240)
PlaybackZoom display (4X); 9 picture display; calendar; Photostand function
Timekeeping FunctionsDate and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to year 2049
World Time162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; daylight saving time
Other featuresHistogram display; grid display; album function; favorites folder
Input/Output TerminalsUSB cradle terminal
BatteryLithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery lifeEX-Z55: Approx. 400 snapshots (CIPA standard)
Continuous recording: approx. 1070 snapshots (3 hr. 30 min.)*
Continuous playback: approx. 6 hr. 50 min. (still photos)
Continuous recording: approx. 6 hr. 20 min. (voice recording)
EX-Z50: Approx. 390 snapshots (CIPA standard)
Continuous recording: approx. 970 snapshots (3 hr. 10 min.) *
Continuous playback: approx. 6 hr. 20 min. (still photos)
Continuous recording: approx. 5 hr. 50 min. (voice recording)
* recording wide / tele alternatively each 12 secs, LCD on, flash off
DimensionsEX-Z55: 87(W) x 58(H) x 22.5(D) mm (excluding protrusions, thinnest point 19.7mm)
EX-Z50: 87(W) x 57(H) x 22.4(D) mm (excluding protrusions, thinnest point 19.7mm)
WeightEX-Z55: Approximately 130g (excluding battery and accessories)
EX-Z50: Approximately 121g (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled AccessoriesLithium Ion rechargeable battery; USB cradle; USB cable; AC adapter; Strap; CD-ROM




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