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Casio's logo. Click here to visit the Casio website! Booth Report: Casio Inc.
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, February 20, 2005 - 17:00 EST)

Casio Inc. has a medium-sized booth at PMA this year, and the company is showing off three brand-new digital camera models.

The Casio EXILIM Pro EX-P505 is without doubt the company's flagship digital camera announcement for the show, marking the company's first footsteps into the "SLR-style" digital camera market. A five megapixel CCD based model with 5x optical zoom lens and 2.0" swivelling TFT LCD viewfinder, the P505 offers no optical or electronic viewfinders. The camera really looks the part, particularly with the large pop-up flash raised high above the lens barrel - but it will be interesting to see how the camera fares against rivals that offer an electronic viewfinder to reduce battery consumption, or offer better visibility in strong sunlight.

Two other announcements from the company are more traditional point and shoot models. The Exilim ZOOM EX-750 offers a 7.2 megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom, 2.5" LCD and optical viewfinder. The Exilim ZOOM EX-Z57 is similar to the past EX-Z50 and EX-Z55 models, but with a slightly larger CCD.

Past models announced at the Consumer Electronic Show last month, or towards the end of last year, are also on display. These include the EX-P700, EX-S100, EX-Z50, EX-Z55, and QV-R62 digital cameras. Of these, the EX-S100 is particularly notable as the first ever digital camera to include a lens manufactured from transparent polycrystalline ceramic material, rather than the more common glass and plastic lenses found in other cameras.

Casio Booth
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Casio Products
EX-P505
Casio Exilim PRO EX-P505
5.0 Megapixels
5.0x Zoom
38 - 190mm (35mm equivalent)
Specs
 EX-P505 shot at 1:2 with [a]
 EX-P505 shot at 2:1 with [a]  EX-P505 shot at 2:2 with [a]
 EX-P505 shot at 3:1 with [a]  EX-P505 shot at 3:2 with [a]
EX-P700
Casio EXILIM PRO EX-P700
7.2 Megapixels
4.0x Zoom
33 - 132mm (35mm equivalent)
Specs
 EX-P700 shot at 4:2 with [b]
 EX-P700 shot at 5:1 with [b]  EX-P700 shot at 5:2 with [b]
EX-S100
Casio EXILIM PRO EX-S100
3.2 Megapixels
2.8x Zoom
36 - 102mm (35mm equivalent)
(First camera with a ceramic lens)
 EX-S100 shot at 6:2 with [c]
 EX-S100 shot at 7:1 with [c]  EX-S100 shot at 7:2 with [c]
EX-Z50
Casio Exilim ZOOM EX-Z50
5.0 Megapixels
3.0x Zoom
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
 EX-Z50 shot at 8:2 with [d]
 EX-Z50 shot at 9:1 with [d]  
EX-Z55
Casio Exilim ZOOM EX-Z55
5.0 Megapixels
3.0x Zoom
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
(Similar to Z50, slightly larger,
heavier, slightly larger 2.5" LCD)
 EX-Z55 shot at 9:2 with [e]
 EX-Z55 shot at 10:1 with [e]  EX-Z55 shot at 10:2 with [e]
EX-Z57
Casio Exilim ZOOM EX-Z57
5.0 Megapixels
3.0x Zoom
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Specs
(Similar to Z55, but bigger 2.7" LCD)
 EX-Z57 shot at 11:2 with [f]
 EX-Z57 shot at 12:1 with [f]  EX-Z57 shot at 12:2 with [f]
EX-Z750
Casio Exilim ZOOM EX-Z750
7.2 Megapixels
3.0x Zoom
38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Specs
 EX-Z750 shot at 13:2 with [g]
 EX-Z750 shot at 14:1 with [g]  EX-Z750 shot at 14:2 with [g]
QV-R62
Casio Exilim ZOOM QV-R62
6.0 Megapixels
3.0x Zoom
39 - 117mm (35mm equivalent)
 QV-R62 shot at 15:2 with [h]
 QV-R62 shot at 16:1 with [h]  QV-R62 shot at 16:2 with [h]
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