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Casio's EXILIM EX-Z850 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio: Two new EXILIM digicams
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 23:36 EST)

Electronics company Casio has announced two new digital camera models in Asia and Europe that extend its EXILIM lineup.

Plans for the Casio EXILIM EX-Z60 and EX-Z850 in other markets haven't been announced at this time. The EX-Z60 is a six megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens and 2.5" LCD display, and offers USB 2.0 High-Speed and NTSC/PAL video connectivity. The Z60 stores images on SD / MMC cards and 8.3MB of built-in memory, and draws power from an NP-20 lithium ion rechargeable battery. The EX-Z850 bumps the resolution up to eight megapixels from a larger 1/1.8" imager, has a slightly brighter lens, 8MB of internal memory, and more creative controls including aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and a full manual mode. Despite this, the EX-Z850 also comes in as the slightly smaller-bodied camera in all dimensions (although it is a fairly close-run thing).

Casio EXILIM EX-Z60
Casio's EXILIM EX-Z60 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Casio
Model Number EX-Z60
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.1"
90.0 x 60.0 x 27.2mm
Weight 136.0 g
4.8 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.37 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2816 x 1872 (5.3 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 115,200 pixels
Playback Zoom 4.0x max
Lens
Lens Type 3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 6.3 - 18.9mm (actual)
38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.1 (wide) / f/5.9 (tele) - ???
Focusing System Contrast AF (spot / multi)
Focusing Range Normal: 16" - infinity (40 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 20" (10 cm - 50 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800* (high sensitivity / anti-shake modes)
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Fixed (6 modes), Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Range: 0.1 to 3.7 metres (W); 0.6 to 1.9 metres (T)
Creative
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format AVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (Exif 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NP-20
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger Proprietary NP-20 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 8.3MB built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
More Photos
Casio's EXILIM EX-Z60 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
 

Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z850
Casio's EXILIM EX-Z850 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Casio
Model Number EX-Z850
Dimensions 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.9"
89.0 x 58.5 x 23.7mm
Weight 130.0 g
4.5 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
8.32 megapixels (total)
8.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions 3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2304 x 1728 (4.0 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder Yes, Optical
LCD 2.5", 115,200 pixels
Playback Zoom 8.0x max
Lens
Lens Type 3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 7.9 - 23.7mm (actual)
38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/5.1 (tele) - f/8.0
Focusing System 9-point Contrast AF w/ free area switching with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 16" - infinity (40 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 20" (10 cm - 50 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 1600* (high sensitivity / anti-shake modes)
Shutter Speed 60 - 1/6000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Fixed (6 modes), Manual, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, High Power Flash, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Range: 0.1 to 4.3 metres (W); 0.5 to 2.4 metres (T)
Creative
Scene Modes 34 "Best Shot" modes
Digital Zoom 8x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format AVI (MPEG-4) with audio
640x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (Exif 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Camera cradle, DC In
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NP-40
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger Proprietary NP-40 Lithium Ion battery battery and charger
Flash Memory 8.0MB built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
More Photos
Casio's EXILIM EX-Z850 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
 

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