updated 02:00 pm EST, Mon January 8, 2007
Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-V7
Casio today announced the release of the 7.2-megapixel EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-V7, a compact zoom camera in the stylish EXILIM series. Billed as the "world's slimmest digital camera with a 7X optical zoom lens," it easily fits in a shirt pocket or small purse, according to the company. Casio's new SD-compatible offering also introduces an innovative function for reducing photo blur, using Casio's mechanical CCD shift technology and combining Casio's Anti-Shake DSP, which reduces blur due to shaky hands or a moving subject by using higher ISO sensitivity and faster shutter speeds, with new motion analysis technology that uses the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed to capture a moving photo subject. The company says that even at high zoom settings, the EX-V7 reduces most occurrences of image blur. [images available]
The camera features a non-protruding, internal 7x optical lens and is 59.8 mm x 95.5 mm x 25.1 mm (H X W X D). It offers a newly designed EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processor that features a new "Auto Tracking AF" function to follow moving subjects and keep them continuously in focus until the photo is taken. New Tonal control technology lets users keep bright areas of the scene bright by limiting the occurrence of dark pixels. It also offers ability to selectively eliminate noise in designated color regions, such as the sky.
Users can also capture high-quality movies using next-generation H.264 video encoding method. Casio also said using H.264 new code, the camera records about 1.5 times longer, with the same capacity and same picture quality as conventional MPEG-4. It can records 16:9 wide-aspect movies for compatibility with wide-screen TVs (848×480).
The camera features a hi-res 2.5-inch TFT color LCD, offers timekeeping functions, image with audio recording, various shooting modes, stereo microphone recording functions, and more. It ships with 11.6MB built-in memory and a 256MB SD card, rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, AV cable, Special AC adaptor, AC power cord, and strap. The camera will be available for retail in March for $400.