Casio has expanded its range of Exilim compact cameras with the announcement of four new models.

CES 2010 logo The EX-FH100 expands Casio’s range of ultra-high speed cameras, and adds a 10x optical zoom with 24mm wideangle.
The

new Exilim EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550 all boast Casio’s Dynamic Photo

feature which lets you insert animated clip art images into your photos.

Full details below…

EX-FH100

Above: The Casio EX-FH100

 

Z550

Above: The Casio EX-Z550

 

Z2000

 Above: The Casio EX-Z2000

 

H15

Above: The Casio EX-H15

 

Press Release:

CASIO RELEASES FOUR NEW EXILIM DIGITAL CAMERAS
LED BY HIGH-POWER ZOOM LENS MODELS

One Compact, High Speed Model with 10X Optical Zoom, and
Three Models that Can Combine Different Moving Images

LAS

VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2010 – Casio America, Inc., and its parent

company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today unveiled four new models in

its award-winning EXILIM product line. Advancing the company’s

performance-driven digital camera offerings, each new model builds on

Casio’s tradition of delivering technological innovation and creativity

to users. The first, the HIGH SPEED EXILIM® EX-FH100, featuring Casio’s

heralded high-speed burst shooting, ensures users never miss a crucial

shot again and packs a high-power zoom lens into a compact body.  The

next three, the EXILIM EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550 all feature Casio’s

unique Dynamic PhotoTM function that lets users edit and combine

different moving images right on the camera.

The leading

models of this lineup, the EX-FH100 and EX-H15 are 10X optical zoom

cameras, providing users with the ability to capture images from close

or far distances. While the EX-FH100 makes the most of Casio’s

unsurpassed high-speed burst shooting, the other three feature

high-speed image-processing technology – not only to improve image

quality, which has always been a key element of camera performance, but

also to offer users entirely new ways of enjoying photography.

Thanks

to the high-speed image-processing capability of the cameras, moving

subjects can be dynamically “cut out” and pasted into a different still

shot that forms the background. Before this technology was introduced

by Casio in 2009, this Hollywood-like green-screen effect was only

possible with professional equipment or software, but this technology

is available in EXILIM digital cameras as an in-camera process. Casio’s

Dynamic Photo feature was further enhanced through the ability to add

animation art stored on the memory card to still photos captured by the

camera. These animated images can be emailed, posted on social networks

and even printed out at home!
“Casio is proud to introduce four

new additions to the EXILIM line of digital cameras powered by Casio’s

high-speed technologies,” said Toshi Iguchi, senior general manager of

Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “Casio continues to create digital

cameras that enhance the photo taking and sharing experience while also

providing consumers with convenience, accessibility and quality packed

into a slim, sleek body.”

HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH100
This

10.1 effective megapixel high-speed digital camera boasts a wide-angle

24 mm 10X optical zoom lens in a compact body that makes it easy to

carry anywhere. It also gives users a maximum burst rate of 40 shots

per second for still images (maximum image size of 9.0 megapixels and

maximum shooting capacity of 30 shots) that can now be used to

photograph distant subjects thanks to the high-power zoom. It also

enables up to 1,000 fps high-speed movie recording that captures motion

that is ordinarily too fast for the human eye to see.

The

EX-FH100 allows users ranging from advanced amateur photographers to

beginners to enjoy high-speed burst shooting. It is equipped with a

mode dial that enables manual exposure burst shooting and also has a

mode that makes high-speed burst shooting easy, a feature that sets the

burst shooting speed to the optimal rate just by selecting the type of

scene. With this model, Casio also achieves low-noise, high-quality

photography even in dim indoor lighting by using a highly sensitive

CMOS sensor.

EXILIM EX-H15 / EX-Z2000 / EX-Z550
These

three models are all 14.1 effective megapixel high-performance digital

cameras driven by Casio’s newly developed EXILIM Engine 5.0. Great

advancements have been achieved in the Dynamic Photo function, which

enables users to cut out images of a moving subject and paste them on a

different still image that acts as a background. With these powerful

new cameras, moving images can be combined not only on a still image

but also on other moving images. This new capability increases the

power of expression of images even more than before. Going further,

these models not only increase the “fun of creating images,” but also

increase the “fun of sharing images” by, for instance, making it easy

to upload composite moving images to YouTubeTM using the included software or post them to a blog.

The

three cameras also come with Premium Auto, which is a state-of-the-art,

fully automatic function that enables users to take beautiful photos

just by pushing the shutter button. Premium Auto automatically adjusts

to achieve optimal image quality by discerning the point of focus and

the type of scene, whether a night scene, a backlit scene, or a sunset.

It processes the image according to the details in the frame, for

instance, by making different corrections for human subjects and

background. In addition, the leading model, EX-H15, features 10X

optical zoom.
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HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH100
A Highly Sensitive, High-Speed Digital Camera with a Powerful Zoom in a Compact Body

Wide-angle 24 mm 10X optical zoom lens in a compact body
The

EX-FH100 features a high-power zoom lens in a compact body measuring

just 105.0 mm wide x 63.2 mm tall x 29.9 mm thick.* The lens delivers

all the freedom of zoom photography – from a wide-angle 24 mm to a 10X

optical zoom that brings distant subjects right up close.
* In accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards.
Ultra-high speed burst shooting captures crucial moments at a speed of 40 shots per second
This

model can take up to 30 shots of 9.0 megapixel high-resolution images

with high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of 40 shots per

second. What is more, if the camera is set to Prerecord Continuous

Shutter, users will not miss those critical moments even if they press

the shutter a little late, since the camera starts shooting when the

shutter button is only depressed halfway.

High-speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps
The

EXILIM EX-FH100 can record high-speed movies of motion that is

ordinarily too fast for the human eye to see. Users can select a

recording speed of 1,000 fps, 420 fps, 240 fps, or 120 fps. This model

also has a mode that lets users to switch to high-speed recording at

240 fps or 120 fps by pressing a single button during normal movie

recording (30 fps). High-speed recording allows users to enjoy

dramatic, ultra slow-motion playback.*
* For example, one second of actual movie recorded at a speed of 420 fps can be played back over 14 seconds at 30 fps.


Highly sensitive CMOS sensor

Casio

continues the quest for ever-higher picture quality, the foundation of

every camera’s performance. This model incorporates a back-illuminated

CMOS sensor that boasts nearly twice the usual sensitivity. This lets

users take beautiful photos outside as well as high-quality, low-noise

photos indoors or in other dim lighting. And of course, the model also

comes with CMOS-shift image stabilization.

BEST SHOT® modes facilitate high-speed burst shooting and high-speed movie recording:


High-speed Night Scene and Portrait

With

the EX-FH100, users can take beautiful photos – even of human subjects

at night – without worrying about photo blur. The camera can do this by

internally combining images taken with a single press of the shutter

button using highly sensitive high-speed burst shooting with the flash

into a single, crystal-clear image.

High-speed Lighting
The

EX-FH100 takes three images using high-speed burst shooting, adjusting

the exposure for normal (standard), bright, and dim subjects,

respectively, with a single press of the shutter button. These images

are then combined into a single image inside the camera, enabling

reproduction of full brightness throughout the photo and helping to

avoid bad photos with washed out or overly dark areas when the scene is

strongly backlit.

High-Speed Burst Shooting BEST SHOT / High-Speed Movie BEST SHOT
The

EX-FH100 also has “High-Speed Burst Shooting BEST SHOT” and “High-Speed

Movie BEST SHOT” modes that optimize the burst shooting or high-speed

movie settings simply by selecting the type of scene to be photographed

– such as a child, pet, or sports scene – at the critical moment or in

slow motion.

High-resolution HD Movie function
The

EX-FH100 also features an HD Movie function. Just press the dedicated

Movie button to take beautiful movies at 1280×720 pixels. The camera is

equipped with an HDMITM terminal and stereo microphone,

which enable users to enjoy a beautiful picture and realistic sound by

connecting the camera to a large display TV.
 
EXILIM EX-H15, EX-Z2000, and EX-Z550
Digital

Cameras Equipped with a More Advanced Dynamic Photo Function for

Combining Moving Images, Plus State-of-the-Art, Fully Automatic Features

Newly developed EXILIM Engine 5.0
Casio

has made even further advances from its EXILIM Engine 4.0, which

contained both an ordinary CPU and a high-speed dedicated image

processing CPU. The new Engine 5.0 increases image processing speed by

30% and produces beautiful images through advanced color reproduction

and rich tonal gradation and by removing noise from photos in high

sensitivity mode.
Dynamic Photo: Make composite images of different moving images
Casio

has achieved great advancements in Dynamic Photo, a function that

creates “moving photos” by cutting moving subjects from the background

in images taken with continuous shooting and combining those images on

a different still image. In addition to composites made with a still

image background, cut-out moving images can now be pasted on other

moving images. This new capability raises the power of expression of

images. Thus, while increasing the “fun of creating images,” these

models will also increase the “fun of sharing images” by making it easy

to upload images to YouTubeTM using the included software or post them to a blog.

Premium Auto: Take beautiful photos just by pressing the shutter button
This

function enables the camera to automatically analyze the scene being

photographed – including distinguishing night scenes, back lighting, a

blue sky, green trees, or a sunset – as well as sensing whether there

is a face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject, and

whether a tripod is being used. It simultaneously optimizes settings

for exposure, ISO sensitivity, point of focus, photo blur correction,

tonal range and color balance, and level of noise reduction. Premium

Auto is a state-of-the-art, fully automatic function that makes it easy

for users to take superior quality photos just by pushing the shutter

button, by analyzing the image at the level of individual pixels and

performing different corrections for human subjects and the background.

Art Shot Function: Shoot photographs that look like paintings
The

Art Shot Function makes use of the image processing technology in the

EXILIM Engine 5.0 to create photos of scenery or human subjects that

have the feel of a painting. The view in the LCD screen of the subject

in front of the user can be switched between an oil painting, a crayon

drawing, or a watercolor painting, allowing the user to select the

preferred art style in which to photograph the scene.

A camera for everyone:

EX-H15
This

14.1 effective megapixel model packs a wide-angle 24 mm 10X optical

zoom lens and a 3.0-inch Super Clear LCD screen with a high resolution

of approximately 460,000 pixels into a compact body. The camera is also

loaded with advanced standard features including CCD-shift image

stabilization, long 1,000-shot* battery life on a single full charge,

and the high-resolution HD Movie function.
* In accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards.

EX-Z2000
This

14.1 effective megapixel model comes with a wide-angle 26 mm 5X optical

zoom and a 3.0-inch Super Clear LCD screen with a high resolution of

approximately 460,000 pixels in a compact, thin body. The camera comes

with CCD-shift image stabilization and HD Movie function, as well as a

long-life battery, making it possible to take 580 shots* on a single

full charge. With this model, Casio has also realized a fresh new

digital camera design, creating an innovative form finished in natural

curves.
* In accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards.

EX-Z550
This

camera features a wide-angle 26 mm 4X optical zoom lens and a clear

2.7-inch LCD screen. A 14.1 effective megapixel model, it is equipped

with CCD-shift image stabilization and HD Movie function.
 
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