Today, Casio announced the release of a fantastic little “small wonder” with it’s new EX-Z9 point and shoot digital camera. Offering the photographer a host of new features, this little camera packs a lot into it’s small body. Some of which are: 23 Best Shot modes, face detection technology, an anti-shake option, and even a new an innovative YouTube Capture Mode which allows videos to be recorded and uploaded to YouTube in as few as 3 steps. Perhaps this will be a new trend which we see in portable digital cameras, and at a MSRP of $159.99 this is sure to be a hit! Read the rest of this story to learn more about the new Casio EX-Z9.
EX-Z9 Offers Increased Portability and 23 Best Shot Modes to EXILIM Zoom Series of Digital Cameras
DOVER, NJ, MARCH 6, 2008 â€” Casio America, Inc. introduced the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIMÂ® 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.
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.
- 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
|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 (3264×2448) / 3:2 (3264×2176) /16:9 (3264×1840 / 6M (2816×2112) /
4M (2304×1728) / 2M (1600×1200) /VGA (640×480)
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 Cameraï¼‰
|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|
|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|
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)|
|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)|
|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; .80â€ at thinnest point)|
|Weight||Approximately 4.48 oz. (excluding battery and bundled accessories)|
Specifications subject to change without notice.
About Casio America, Inc.
EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. “FSE” is a product provided by Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. For more information about “FSE”, visit OKI’s website at http://www.face-sensing-engine.com. YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube, LLC. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com
YouTube is the world’s largest online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google, Inc.