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Sep 20, 2010

Casio Releases Sleek Entry-Level Exilim EX-Z16

Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the addition of the entry-level EX-Z16 to its EXILIM® family of digital cameras. Marrying Casio’s sleek design with a host of easy-to-use capabilities – including Easy Mode, YouTube™ capture and a simplified user interface – the EX-Z16 makes taking great pictures amazingly simple.

This newest member of the EXILIM family boasts superb 12MP image quality, as well as 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capabilities. The Easy Mode interface offers a simplified menu, dedicated movie button, and a YouTube capture feature that enables users to record and share live-action videos with just a few clicks.

Casio Exilim EX-Z16

Casio Exilim EX-Z16

“We wanted to round out our Exilim digital camera line to include simplified functionality that is beneficial to consumers, and the EX-Z16 definitely achieves this goal,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “The EX-Z16 doesn’t just take outstanding photos and videos, it captures beautiful, natural and organic shots that you’ll share and cherish with friends and family.”

Sleek, Stylish Design

Casio Exilim has redefined digital camera “style” by introducing the world’s first super-slim and sleek camera models. The new EX-Z16 is no different, embodying the smooth design and functionality that Exilim is known for. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and features smooth lines and an array of beautiful colors to choose from.

New Simplified Easy Mode User Interface Makes Taking Great Pics a Snap

Even the most inexperienced photographer can take gorgeous pics with the EX-Z16’s Easy Mode User Interface. The only settings you have to adjust on our 2.7-inch high-density LCD touch screen are image size, flash and self timer – the camera does the rest! Best of all, your options are displayed on a simplified menu, making your adjustments quick and easy. Add in automatic Face Detection technology that automatically provides optimum focus — even in less than optimal lighting — and the EX-Z16 can help you take the best shots of your life.

The EX-Z16 also offers BEST SHOT technology, which automatically analyzes your scene and applies the best settings for capturing perfect images and video.

Integrated YouTube Capture Mode for Easy Video Sharing

This feature enables you to easily record family moments or fun times with friends. Video is optimized to a web-friendly 640 x 480, H.264 format for quick transfer to YouTube, through Casio’s YouTube Uploader software. Then simply share with a few clicks of your mouse.

Big, Bright High-Density LCD Touch Screen Brings Your Scenes to Life

Our 2.7-inch high-density LCD (230K) touch screen provides an increased brightness and higher contrast, which gives you better image contrast, even in bright light situations. The wide 180-degree viewing angle makes it easy to line up your shots from any perspective, ensuring that what you see is what you get.

BEST SHOT Function Produces Beautiful Photos with Just a Touch

The EX-Z16 also offers BEST SHOT technology, which automatically analyzes your scene and applies the best settings for capturing perfect images and video. This feature applies face detection, auto focus and exposure settings to a total of 23 types of scenes, offering optimal configuration in just about any setting or situation.

The EX-Z16 will be on store shelves in September and retail for $99.99.

EX-Z16 Specifications

Number of Effective Pixels12.1 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
Total Pixels12.54 megapixels
File FormatStill ImagesJPEG (Exif Ver2.3, DCF2.0, DPOF)
MoviesAVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording)WAV format (monaural)
Built-in Memory*114.9MB
Recording MediaSDHC memory card and SD memory card*2 compatible
Number of Recorded PixelsStill Images

12M (4000x3000) / 3:2 (4000x2656) /

16:9 (4000x2240) / 8M (3264x2448) /

5M (2560x1920) / 3M (2048x1536) /


Movies848x480 (WIDE) / 640x480 (STD)

Recording Capacity

(Maximum Image Size Setting)

Still Images

(Fine/ Normal)

SD Memory Card 1GB*3

Fine: Approx. 103 shots

Normal: Approx. 199 shots

MoviesRecording TimeMaximum recording time per file: 29min.*4
SD Memory Card 1GB*3Approx. 7 min. 14 sec. (HD)
Continuous ShootingHigh-speed Continuous Shooting

Approx. 10 shots/second at 1280 x 960 pixels (up to 20 shots),

Approx. 4 shots/second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (up to 8 shots)

Flash Continuous ShootingApprox. 3 shots/second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (up to 3 shots)
LensConstruction6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
F-numberF2.9 (W) ~ F5.4 (T)
Focal Lengthf = 6.3 ~ 18.9 mm
35mm-Film EquivalentApprox. 35.5 ~ 106.5mm (equivalent to 35mm film)
Zoom Ratio

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

HD Zoom Maximum 18.7x (@VGA, both with optical and digital zoom)

FocusFocus TypeContrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus ModeAuto Focus, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual focus
AF AreaIntelligent AF, Spot AF, Multi AF, Tracking AF
Focus Range*5 (From Lens Surface)Auto FocusApprox. 3.9 in ~ infinity (W)
MacroApprox. 3.9 in ~ 19.7 in (First step from widest setting)
Super MacroApprox. 3.1 in ~ 19.7
Infinity Modeinfinity
Manual FocusApprox. 3.9 in ~ infinity (W)
Exposure ControlExposure MeteringMulti pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CCD
Exposure ControlProgram AE
Exposure Compensation-2EV ~ +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
ShutterCCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed*6Auto1/2 ~ 1/2000 second
Night Scene4 ~ 1/2000 second
Aperture*5F2.9 (W) ~ F7.3 (W)*7
White BalanceAuto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, manual WB

ISO Sensitivity

(SOS/ REI*8)

Still ImagesAuto/ ISO64/ ISO100/ ISO200/ ISO400/ ISO800/ ISO1600
Movies Auto
Other Recording FunctionsPremium Auto Yes
Single SR QualityYes
Dynamic PhotoYes
Multi-motion Image*8Yes
YouTube™ Capture ModeYes
Voice RecordingYes
Face DetectionYes
Auto ShutterYes
Self-Timer10 seconds, 2 seconds, triple self-timer
Built-in FlashFlash ModeAuto, Flash off, Flash on, Red eye reduction
Flash Range*5 Approx.. 0.3ft ** - 10ft (W), Approx. 2ft – 5ft (T)

2.7-inch TFT color LCD

230,400 dots (960 x 240)

Timekeeping FunctionDate and TimeBuilt-in quartz digital clock; Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp FunctionYes
Auto CalendarTo 2049
World Time162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
External connection terminalsUSB port (Hi-Speed USB compatible, USB charging) / AV output terminal (NTSC/PAL)
Power RequirementRechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80)
Battery Life

Number of Shots

(CIPA*9 Standards)

Approx. 270 shots
Continuous Playback (Still Images)Approx. 3 hr. 50 min.
Continuous Voice Recording TimeApprox. 4 hr. 40 min.

W x H x D

(CIPA Standards)

3.89(W) x 2.30(H) x 0.85(D) in.
Weight (CIPA Standards)

Approx. 4.94 oz. (including battery and memory card*3)

Approx. 4.20 oz. (excluding battery and memory card)

Bundled AccessoriesRechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM
  • *1. Built-in memory capacity after formatting.
  • *2. Compatible with Eye-Fi Card, an SD memory card-type wireless LAN.
  • *3. When using Panasonic Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card.
  • *4. Within limits of memory and battery life.
  • *5. Range is affected by optical zoom.
  • *6. May differ according to camera settings.
  • *7. F7.5 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.
  • *8. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.
  • *9. When LCD monitor is set to standard brightness.

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