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Mar 6, 2008

Casio Announces Stylish New 8.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

Casio America, Inc. introduced the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIM® digital cameras today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z9. This newest member of the EXILIM line features a stylish, slim and compact design to increase portability, and provides an improved 8.1 megapixels of image resolution with 3X optical zoom.

HD Zoom Maximum 15.1x (@VGA, both with optical and digital zoom) Focus Focus Type Contrast Detection Auto Focus   Focus Mode Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity mode, Manual focus   AF Area Spot, Multi   Focus Range Auto focus: Approx.

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This new model stays true to the user-friendly features that have become standard to the EXILIM Zoom series. The 2.6-inch wide LCD display enables users to easily navigate camera operations and enhance the review of images, while the 23 Best Shot Modes and face detection technology help users take high quality photos without having to adjust camera settings.

Whether you are taking snap shots of your family at the park or your friends at a concert, this high-quality digital camera is sure to satisfy all of your photographic wants and needs,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division. “Casio's innovative YouTube Capture Mode allows videos to be recorded and uploaded directly to YouTube in as few as 3 steps, making the EX-Z9 perfect for online video enthusiasts.

The EX-Z9 comes loaded with other useful features including Anti Shake DSP which reduces photo blur from shaky hands or moving subjects, allowing users to shoot images with ease and confidence. Easy Mode simplifies the camera settings to three easy menus (image size, flash and self timer). With Easy Mode, the camera is set to take great photos in every situation without having to check presets or accidentally making a wrong adjustment. Casio's Face Detection Technology maintains a sharp focus and the correct exposure for the human face.

Available at retail in March, the EX-Z9 will be available in pink, black, silver and orange and will have an MSRP of $159.99.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Stylish, slim, compact model featuring 8.1 million effective megapixels and 3x optical zoom.
  • Generous 2.6-inch wide LCD display
  • 23 Best Shot Modes for high quality images
  • Anti Shake DSP for reducing photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects
  • Easy Mode for simplifying the camera settings
  • Casio's Face Detection technology for maintaining a sharp focus

SPECIFICATIONS

File Format  

Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2, DCF1.0, DPOF)

Movies: Motion JPEG, AVI format, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Audio (Voice Recording): WAV format (monaural)

Recording Media   18.6MB built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MMC (Multimedia Card), MMC plus (Multimedia Card plus) compatible
Number of Recorded Pixels  

Still images:

8M (3264x2448) / 3:2 (3264x2176) /16:9 (3264x1840 / 6M (2816x2112) /

4M (2304x1728) / 2M (1600x1200) /VGA (640x480)

Movies:

848 x 480 (HQ Wide)640 x 480 (HQ/Normal) / 320 x 240 (LP)

Number of Effective Pixels   Approx. 8.1 megapixels (/million)
Image Sensor  

1/2.5-inch square pixel CCD

Total Pixels: 8.29 megapixels

Lens/Focal Length  

F2.8(W) - F5.2(T) / f=6.2 - 18.6mm

(Approx. 37.5 - 112.5mm equivalent to 35mm film)

6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens.

Zoom Ratio  

3 x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (12 times both with optical and digital zoom)

HD Zoom Maximum 15.1x (@VGA, both with optical and digital zoom)

Focus Focus Type Contrast Detection Auto Focus
  Focus Mode Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity mode, Manual focus
  AF Area Spot, Multi
  Focus Range Auto focus: Approx. 15.79" - Infinity (W)
  (Still Image) Macro: Approx. 5.91"* - 19.69" (W)
    Infinity Mode: Infinity (W)
    Manual focus: Approx. 5.91* - Infinity (W)
    * Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change.
Exposure Meeting   Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CCD
Exposure Control   Program AE
Exposure Compensation   -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type   CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed  

Auto : 1/2 - 1/2000 second

Night Scene : 4 - 1/2000 second

(Depending on user's setting of Camera)

Aperture  

F2.8(W) - F5.6(W) (ND filter is being used.)

(Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change.)

White Balance   Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, manual WB

Sensitivity

(SOS/REI)

 

Still images: Auto/ ISO64/ ISO100/ ISO200/ ISO400/ ISO800/ ISO1600Movies: Auto

* SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.

Self-Timer   10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Flash Mode   Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Soft Flash, Red eye reduction
Flash Range  

Normal:

Approx..49'-9.19' (W) Approx. 1.31'-4.92' (T)

* Range is affected by optical zoom.

Flash Charge Time   Approximately 7 seconds
Recording Functions  

Snapshot, Marco, Self-timer, Continuous shooting(Normal Speed CS), BEST SHOT, Face Detection, Movie(Normal Movie, For YouTube), Voice Recording

* Audio recording is monaural

Playback Functions   Playback Zoom (8X), 12-image Screen, Start-up Images, Rotate, Re-size, Trimming, Copy, BGM Slideshow
Other Functions   Key Customization, PictBridge, Video Output(NTSC/PAL)
Image Deletion  

One image / All images

With memory protect function

Appoximate Maximum Audio Recording Times  

After Recording: 30 seconds per image

Voice Recording: 56 minutes 4 seconds (when using built-in memory)

Monitor   2.6-inch TFT color LCD114,960 dots (479 x 240)
Viewfinder   LCD monitor
Timekeeping Functions  

Built-in quartz digital clock

Date and Time: Recorded with image data

With time stamp function

Auto Calendar: To 2049

World Time  

162 cities in 32 time zones

City name, date, time, summer time

Input/Output Terminals   USB/AV port (USB compatible)
Microphone   Monaural
Speaker   Monaural
Power Source   Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1
Power Consumption   3.7V DC, Approximately 3.2W
Dimensions   3.64" (W) x 2.17" (H) x.91" (D) (excluding projections;.80” at thinnest point)
Weight   Approximately 4.48 oz. (excluding battery and bundled accessories)

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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