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Press Release - September 16, 2008




CASIO Introduces New HIGH SPEED EXILIM Digital Camera with Ultra High-Speed Burst Shooting Faster Than an SLR

Camera Takes 40 shots per second and records high speed movies at 1000 fps





DOVER, NJ, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 - Casio America, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, today announced the release of its newest EXILIM® digital camera, the HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20. This remarkable new camera is capable of ultra high-speed burst shooting at 40 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1,000 fps.

In March of this year, Casio released the EXILIM Pro EX-F1, the world’s fastest digital camera*. The EX-F1 is capable of ultra-high speed burst shooting at 60 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1,200 fps, helping users catch each decisive moment, and even capturing motion that the human eye cannot ordinarily perceive. These features have created a totally new genre of digital photography and won the respect and admiration of camera enthusiasts and professional photographers alike.

*As of September 16, 2008, based on a Casio survey for consumer market digital cameras.

While maintaining the ability to perform at speeds unmatched by the world’s top digital SLRs, the new HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20 is designed to appeal to a broader range of users. In addition to simplifying controls by placing all shooting mode settings on a single dial, Casio also gave the EX-FH20 a 20X optical zoom on a surprisingly compact body, 27% smaller and 28% lighter than the EX-F1. Its speed and ease of use truly puts this camera in a class of its own. In recognition of these unique characteristics, with today’s release of the new EX-FH20, Casio has launched the new HIGH SPEED EXILIM series, which includes this camera and the even faster EX-F1. Casio expects the revolutionary capabilities of its HIGH SPEED EXILIM cameras to generate entirely new applications for digital photography.

"Casio continues to create a new digital camera market focusing on high speed capabilities with the introduction of the innovative HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20," said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Sales for Casio’s Digital Imaging Division.  "The new HIGH SPEED EXILIM series allows for images to be captured faster than ever before without compromising image quality."

The EX-FH20, MSRP .99, will be available in black at retail stores in October.

9.1 effective megapixels and a high power, wide angle zoom lens
The EX-FH20 is equipped with a 26 mm-equivalent wide angle zoom lens that can close in on subjects with a powerful 20X optical zoom. The camera also features a CMOS shift anti-shake function to support power-zoom shots.

Never miss a photographic opportunity, with high speed burst shooting up to 40 fps
The EX-FH20 can capture action in high definition, 7 megapixel (3072 x 2304 pixel) images with ultra-high speed burst shooting at up to 40 fps. Users can select from seven burst settings, allowing them to capture from 1 fps up to 40 fps in a single burst. Further, users can prerecord up to 40 still images not just at the instant they press the shutter button, but before! Even if they press the shutter a little late, they will still catch that vital moment.

High speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps
The EX-FH20 can record high speed movie footage of motion too fast for the human eye, for ultra slow motion playback. Users can select from recording speeds of 1,000 fps, 420 fps or 210 fps and can also switch from the standard speed of 30 fps to high speed recording at 210 fps during recording at the touch of a button. The EX-FH20 makes it easy to capture critical moments on video.

High Speed Anti-Shake function
This function corrects images by automatically synthesizing multiple images captured during high speed burst shooting.

High Speed Night Scene setting
With or without a tripod, this feature ensures that high speed night shots come out clear and beautiful.

HD Movie function
The EX-FH20’s HD Movie function records at 1280 x 720 pixels, at 30 fps. 



EX-FH20 SPECIFICATIONS

Number of Effective Pixels9.10 million
Image Sensor1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS
Total Pixels10.29 million
File FormatStill ImagesRAW (DNG*1), JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
MoviesAVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)31.9MB
Recording MediaSDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus compatible
Number of Recorded PixelsStill ImagesRAW, 3456 x 2592, 3456 x 2304 (3:2), 3456 x 1944 (16:9), 3264 x 2448, 3072 x 2304, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
STD Movies640 x 480 (30 fps)
HD Movies1280 x 720 (30 fps)
Hi-Speed Movies (HS)480 x 360 (210 fps, 30-210 fps), 224 x 168 (420 fps), 224 x 56 (1000 fps)
Recording Capacity
(With Still Image at Maximum Image Size Setting)
Still Images (JPEG)Built-in Flash MemoryApprox. 5 shots (Fine) / 10 shots (Normal) / 16 shots (Economy)
SD Memory Card 1GB*2Approx. 170 shots (Fine) / 322 shots (Normal) / 478 shots (Economy)
MoviesRecording TimeMaximum Recording Time per File: 10 min.
Built-in Flash MemoryApprox. 8 seconds (HD) / Approx. 10 seconds (HS 1000 fps)
SD Memory Card 1GB*2Approx. 4 min. 22 seconds (HD) / Approx. 5 min. 14 seconds (HS 1000 fps)
Operating SpeedShutter Release Time Lag*3*4Approx. 0.01 second
Image PlaybackApprox. 0.1 second/image
Shot to Shot Time*4*5Approx. 0.8 second
High-speed Continuous ShutterMaximum 40 frames per second at 3072 x 2304 pixels
Maximum 30 frames per second at 3264 x 2448 pixels
Flash Continuous ShutterMaximum 5 frames per second (up to 10 images) at 3264 x 2448
LensConstruction14 lenses in 11 groups, including aspherical lens
F-numberF2.8 (W) to 4.5 (T)
Focal Lengthf=4.6 to 92.0mm
35mm Film EquivalentApprox. 26 to 520mm
ZoomOptical Zoom20X
Digital Zoom4X (80X in combination with optical zoom)
HD Zoom108.0X (image size: 640 x 480 pixels)
FocusingFocus TypeContrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus ModesAuto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Manual Focus
AF AreaSpot, Free or Tracking
AF Assist LampYes
Focus Range*6 (From Lens Surface)Auto FocusApprox. 40cm to 8 (W)
MacroApprox. 12cm to 50cm (W)
Super MacroApprox. 1cm to 12cm
Manual FocusApprox. 12cm to 8 (W), Approx. 1cm to 8 (zoom lens position: super macro)
ExposureExposure MeteringMulti-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure ControlProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter TypeCMOS electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed*7Auto1 to 1/2000 second
Aperture Priority AE1 to 1/2000 second
Shutter Speed Priority AE30 to 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)
Manual Exposure30 to 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)
Aperture*8F2.8 (W) to F7.9 (W)
Aperture Priority AE/Manual ExposureF2.8 (W) to F7.9 (W)
White BalanceAuto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS)*9Still ImagesAuto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
MoviesAuto (Hi-Speed Movie when in Manual Exposure mode: ISO100,ISO200,ISO400,ISO800,ISO1600)
Other Recording FunctionsImage Stabilization MechanismCMOS-shift image stabilization
Prerecord Still ImagesMaximum speed: 40 fps, maximum recording capacity: 40 images
Prerecord MovieYes
YouTube™ Capture ModeYes
BEST SHOTYes: 18 scenes
High Speed Anti ShakeYes
High Speed Night SceneYes
Digital PanningYes
Multi-motion ImageYes
Move Out Continuous ShutterYes
Move In Continuous ShutterYes
Face DetectionYes
Self-timer10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in FlashFlash ModesAuto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range*6Approx. 0.4 to 7.0m (W), approx. 1.3 to 4.4m (T)
Flash continuous shutter*10: Approx. 0.6 to 2.3m (W), approx. 1.3 to 1.4m (T)
FinderMonitor Screen3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,400 dots (960 x 240)
Electronic Viewfinder0.2-inch LCD, Equal to 201,600 dots
Timekeeping FunctionsDate and TimeRecorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp FunctionYes
Auto CalendarTo 2049
World Time162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output TerminalsUSB/AV port, AC adaptor connection (DC-IN)
USBHi-Speed USB
MicrophoneMonaural
SpeakerMonaural
Power RequirementsAA-size alkaline battery (LR6) x 4, AA-size rechargeable Ni-MH battery (HR6) x 4, AC adaptor
Battery LifeNumber of Shots*11
(CIPA Standards)
Approx. 230 still images (alkaline battery), approx. 400 still images (rechargeable Ni-MH battery)
Continuous Playback
(Still Images)
Approx 5 hr. 20 min. (alkaline battery), approx 6 hr. 20 min. (rechargeable Ni-MH battery)
Dimensions (Excluding Projections)4.83" (W) x 3.20" (H) x 3.33" (D)
Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)Approx. 17.04 oz.
Bundled AccessoriesAA-size alkaline battery (LR6) x 4, USB cable, AV cable, strap, lens cap, cap holder, CD-ROM
*1.  DNG file format is one type of RAW image file, and it is recommended by Adobe Systems for use as a standard image file format.
*2.  When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card.
*3.  When using built-in memory.
*4.  With built-in flash off.
*5.  When set at maximum image size and normal image quality.
*6.  Range is affected by optical zoom.
*7.  May differ according to camera setting.
*8.  Aperture changed by optical zoom or recording mode.
*9.  SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity.
*10. In 5 shot flash continuous shutter mode.
*11. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.
EXILIM and BEST SHOT are registered trademarks of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube, LLC.
Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

Further information on www.casiousa.com.

Important facts about CASIO:
CASIO is one of the leading international manufacturers of electronic consumer goods. True to its guiding principle of “creativity and contribution�, since it was founded in 1957 the company has dedicated itself to the development of products which are distinguished by having the latest technology and innovative design language. Today, the broad range of CASIO products includes watches, digital cameras, mobile telephones, electronic dictionaries, computers, musical instruments, system equipment and electronic components such as LC displays. There are more than 13,000 employees working for CASIO Computer Co. Ltd. throughout the world. Over 100 million products are supplied a year and in the fiscal year April 2007 to March 2008 alone, the company achieved a net turnover of 623 billion yen (approx. 5.95 billion US dollars). Further information about CASIO products and our latest innovations can be found on the internet on www.casiousa.com.




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