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Casio unveils new EXILIM digital cameras

updated 12:20 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007

Casio unveils new cameras

Casio today unveiled two new cameras -- the EX-Z1050 and EX-Z75 (site not updated) -- which will be on display with the company's EX-V7 camera in March at the PMA show. The EX-Z75 is the newest addition to Casio's EXILIM series of digital cameras that features a newly developed wide LCD display for improved image viewing, and features a 7.2-megapixel sensor. The EX-Z75 retains all of the advanced functionality of Casio's EX-Z70 including anti-shake SDP for reducing photo blur as a result of shaky hands or moving subjects. The new 2.6-inch wide LCD display enables the EX-Z75 to display information on the right side of the screen separate from the subject shown on the monitor while shooting. The camera enables users to quickly change settings on the information display when taking photos, and features an easy mode with menus for simplifying a wide array of camera settings, according to the company. The EX-Z75 is expected to retail for $230 in March with four color options that include pink, blue, black, or silver. [updated]

Key features of the EX-Z75 include a slim compact form-factor with 7.2 million effective pixels and 3X optical zoom capability, as well as a 2.6-inch wide LCD display boasting a 14:9 aspect ratio. The Casio EXILIM line of digital cameras also features an eBay Best Shot mode, enabling users to shoot photos optimized for eBay auctions. eBay Best Shot mode also includes Auto Macro, a setting designed for capturing images of small items such as jewelry or tags that automatically adjusts the focus from acquiring fine details in close up shots to capturing large items from a distance.

Casio's EX-Z1050 features a newly developed image-processing module with a 10.1-megapixel sensor for capturing high resolution images. The camera is built with the EXILIM Engine 2.0, according to Casio, which improves image quality and boosts performance by delivering new motion analysis technology. The new device supports continuous shooting at 7 shots per second until memory is full, and boasts a slim form-factor like the EX-Z75 with 3X optical zoom.

The EX-Z1050 incorporates blur-reduction technologies that automatically analyze the velocity and vector of a moving subject, setting the appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed as needed. Anti shake DSP support reduces blur, and a movie mode with electronic camera shake compensation functionality supports steadier video recordings. Additionally, and "Auto Tracking AF" function follows moving subjects to keep continuous focus until a photo is taken.

The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1050 is expected to ship in pink, blue, black, and silver for $300.

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