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Casio's EXILIM EX-Z60 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio USA: EXILIM EX-Z60 announced
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 10:00 EST)

Casio USA has today announced its new EXILIM EX-Z60 digital camera.

Announced in Europe and Asia on February 21st, the EX-Z60 will reach US shores by mid April, with two variants - black and silver body colors respectively - both being available priced at $249.99. The Z60 is a six megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, 2.5" LCD display, USB 2.0 High-Speed and NTSC/PAL video connectivity. It stores images on SD / MMC cards and 8.3MB of built-in memory, and draws power from an NP-20 lithium ion rechargeable battery.

Original Source Press Release:

NEW EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z60 LOADED WITH CONVENIENT FEATURES

Combines Cutting-Edge Technology With User-Friendly Functionality and Compact Style

FEBRUARY 26, 2006, ORLANDO, FL – Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announced the release of a new addition to its stylish and high-resolution EXILIM ZOOM digital camera series at the PMA 2006 Show that opened in Orlando, FL today. The simple to use EX-Z60 offers 6.0 megapixel images and a 3X optical zoom packed into a slim body enhanced by rounded edges. The camera features a large, easy-to-see 2.5” LCD monitor, as well as the Anti Shake DSP which, along with the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions, considerably reduces the incidence of blurred images due to moving subjects or shaking hands, ensuring that beautiful images can be created and enjoyed by anyone. The EX-Z60 comes with many other convenient and user-friendly features, including Easy Mode, a simplified camera menu that facilitates effortless picture taking. The camera will be on display at Casio’s Booth # 4609.

The EXILIM line is a culmination of CASIO’s core technologies of miniaturization and digital technology resulting in a smaller, higher resolution camera—which has created the current digital camera trend with stylish, compact and fast action functions. The EX-Z60 is the latest in CASIO’s pursuit of a digital camera that is both high tech and hassle-free—bringing the fun and enjoyment of digital photography to everyone.

In addition to its compact and stylish design, a noteworthy EX-Z60 functions include “Old Photo” Best Shot Mode, which refreshes faded colors of old photos by bringing them back to life in digital format, automatically adjusts for obliquity even when photos are shot while still in the album. The Rapid Flash function enables three consecutive, high-speed flash photos in only one second, ensuring that no special moments are missed. The Easy Mode setting provides a simplified, easy to understand, and convenient version of the settings menu and camera interface, designed especially for first time users but also helpful to those who prefer a basic camera settings interface as well. The BEST SHOT Button enables convenient, one-touch access to 33 scenes chosen from an image menu and providing the user with a wide range of camera settings for taking hassle-free photos every time.

“Casio’s new EX-Z60 is a stylish and easy to use digital camera that takes high quality images and comes loaded with the latest features and functions that everyone can enjoy, said Bill Heuer, Senior Vice President of Sales for Casio’s Digital Imaging Division”. “Once again, CASIO brings the fun and versatility of digital photography to new users everywhere in a stylish and compact design, he continued”.

The EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z60 will have a suggested retail of $249.99 and will be available by mid April in black and silver.

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 ZOOM EX-Z60 MAIN FEATURES

Stylish, Slim, Compact Size High Performance Model

  • 6.0 mega pixel high resolution CCD and 3X optical zoom lens
  • Large easy-to-see 2.5-inch TFC LCD display
  • The EXILIM Engine features the Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blurring caused by shaky hands or moving subjects
  • Width (3.75”) X Height (2.39”) X Thickness (.78”), slim compact size
  • Slim body enhanced by rounded edges and shape; stylish design accentuated by a sophisticated framework
  • Once powered on, the camera is ready to take pictures in approximately 1.4 seconds1
  • After the shutter is snapped, the picture is taken almost instantly, with only an approximately 0.002 seconds2 release time lag
  • High-speed picture playback in approximately 0.1 seconds
  • A bright, easy-to-see display monitor allows for easy shooting under low light conditions

*1 using internal memory, with internal flash turned off
*2 with internal flash turned off

Various functions to make incredibly beautiful pictures possible

  • “Rapid Flash” enables three consecutive, high speed flash photos in only one second
  • “Soft Flash” prevents over exposure when taking shots in macro, etc.
  • “Old Photo” refreshes the colors of old, faded photos and saves them in digital format
  • The 33 scene “BEST SHOT” enables selection of the appropriate camera setting for both still photos and movies via a sample image menu

Numerous Easy to Use Functions

  • The “Easy Mode” menu is a simplified camera interface for user-friendly operation
  • The “Auto Macro” mode allows for automatic switching between macro and auto focus modes
  • The “9-Point Multi AF” clearly indicates areas of focus when photographing subjects with multiple focus points
  • The “Quick Shutter” function reduces mistakes by facilitating simple and easy high-speed focusing
  • The “Flash Assist” mode compensates for poorly illuminated areas within the shot
  • The “Exposure Warning” mode warns over or under exposure via an on-screen display
  • The “Icon Help” function provides icon guidance when adjusting camera settings
  • The “Direct On” button allows quick startup in both shooting and playback modes
  • Equipped with a one-touch “BEST SHOT” button that allows you to select the appropriate mode for your shot

Movie Functions

  • Movies recorded in VGA (640 x 480 pixels) size, 30 frames per second (Motion JPEG)
  • Using the “Motion Print” function, movies can be converted into a series of nine or just one snapshot for printing
  • Movies can be zoomed in during replay
  • The “Movie Editing” operation offers three ways (beginning, middle, end) to cut unwanted scenes from a movie

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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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