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Casio's EXILIM EX-Z600 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio USA announces EX-Z600
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 10:00 EST)

As this year's PMA 2006 trade show is about to kick off, Casio USA has officially announced the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z600, a camera that was announced in late January in the rest of the world.

Full details can be found in our coverage of the earlier announcement. To recap, though, the EX-Z600 is a six megapixel ultracompact model with a 3x optical zoom lens, and a large 2.7" LCD display. The camera offers a generous helping of scene modes (dubbed "Best Shot" modes in Casio parlance), including the unusual "Angle Correction" and "Color Restoration" modes we've seen in certain past Casio models. (Angle Correction mode corrects oblique shots, while Color Restoration mode aims to restore correct colors to photographs of faded film prints). The camera also offers a VGA movie mode, and the rather unusual ability to digitally zoom the movies during playback.

Original Source Press Release:

STYLISH NEW EXILIM ZOOM FEATURES BIG 2.7-INCH SUPER BRIGHT LCD

Dramatically Improved Display Nearly 3X Brighter, Easier to See Outdoors

FEBRUARY 26, 2006, ORLANDO, FL – Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announced the release of the latest addition to its EXILIM ZOOM digital camera series with the EX-Z600 at the 2006 PMA Show that opened in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL today. The new EXILIM will be on display at Casio’s Booth # 4609.

The latest evolution in this popular series offers 6.0 megapixel high resolution photos in a stylish, compact, and pocket-sized package. The extra large 2.7-inch Super Bright LCD is approximately three times brighter than the previous EX-Z500 model, producing an impressive luminance of 1200 candelas per square meter. This significant advancement makes the LCD easier to see, especially when viewed in the sunny outdoors. In auto mode, the LCD automatically adjusts to the brightness of the surrounding environment. The EX-Z600’s Super Life Battery now has an even longer battery life, supporting a staggering 550 shots per charge.

The EXILIM line is a culmination of CASIO’s core technologies of miniaturization and digital technology resulting in a smaller, higher resolution camera—the established trend leader in stylish, quick responding, large LCD, and long battery life digital cameras. The EX-Z600 includes the latest version of the EXILIM Engine, featuring the Anti Shake DSP, which along with the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions, considerably reduces the incidence of blurred photos due to moving subjects or shaky hands.

New to the EX-Z600 is the Rapid Flash function, which enables three consecutive high speed flash photos in only one second, allowing you to completely capture the moment without losing precious seconds between shots. The EX-Z600 includes “Old Photo” Best Shot Mode, used to take still images of old photos for long term preservation and enjoyment. “Old Photo” digitally revives faded colors and automatically adjusts for obliquity, even when photos are shot while still in the album. The EX-Z600 is equipped with a BEST SHOT Button, allowing convenient one-touch access to this popular feature that offers 33 different scene selections, including Anti Shake and Old Photo, for hassle-free photos every time.

“We are proud to introduce the latest addition to our award winning EXILIM series of stylish and compact digital cameras,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “The EX-Z600 embodies CASIO’s continuing commitment to offer digital camera users cutting-edge technology and convenient user-friendly functionality in a small, stylishly designed package. Providing the freedom to take high quality pictures and movies anywhere, anytime, the new EX-Z600 makes taking memories as easy and fun as making them, he continued”

The EX-Z600 will have an MSRP of $299.99 and will be available at retail in March in silver and black.

Casio, 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 equipments solutions, established in 1957. Casio 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

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

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