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.
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.

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Above: The Casio EX-FH100



Above: The Casio EX-Z550



 Above: The Casio EX-Z2000



Above: The Casio EX-H15


Press Release:


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

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.

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.”

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.

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
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.

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.
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
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
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
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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:

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.

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

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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