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Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio: EXILIM EX-Z150 announced
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(Monday, July 14, 2008 - 19:08 EDT)

Casio has today announced a new digital camera model that includes much of the feature set of its existing EXILIM EX-Z200, but in a slightly slimmer body with a touch less resolution, and at a somewhat reduced cost to boot.

The Casio EX-Z150 features a 4x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide angle, 8.1 megapixel CCD, and CCD shift type anti-shake. The Casio Z150 also features the largest LCD ever included in an EXILIM camera, at a full 3.0 inches diagonal. Other features of the Casio EXILIM Z150 include contrast detection AF with face detection, AVI (Motion JPEG) video capture, as well as no less than twenty two "Best Shot" scene modes.

The Casio EXILIM EX-Z150 accepts SD / MMC cards, and also has 18MB of built-in memory. A proprietary NP-70 lithium-ion battery pack provides the Casio Z150's power source. Impressively given its wide-angle lens and mechanical image stabilization, the Casio EX-Z150 is described by the company as being the world's slimmest 4x optical zoom camera with a 28mm wide angle.

The Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 digital camera lists at US$200, and ships from September 2008. For more detailed information take a look over our Casio EX-Z150 preview. For specifications and the official press release, read on below.

Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150
Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera TypeUltra Compact
ManufacturerCasio
Model NumberEX-Z150
Dimensions3.8 x 2.3 x 0.8"
96.8 x 57.4 x 20.1mm
Weight125.0 g
4.4 oz
Planned Price$199.99
Planned Availability 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
8.29 megapixels (total)
8.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1840 (6.0 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 Quality3 levels
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderNo
LCD3.0", 230,400 pixels
Lens
Lens TypeEXILIM Optical; 7 elements in 6 groups, including aspherical element
4x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.7 - 18.6mm (actual)
28 - 112mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.6 - f/7.7 (W) / f/5.9 to ? (T)
Focusing SystemContrast detect with face detection; Spot or Multi
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing RangeNormal: 16" - infinity (40 cm - infinity)
Macro: 6.1" - 20" (15 cm - 50 cm)
Exposure
ISO SensitivityAuto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600* (High Sensitivity mode)
Shutter Speed4 - 1/2000 second
Metering Mode Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction
Range: Wide: 0.15m (0.49 ft) to 3.2m (10.5 ft); Tele: 0.6m (1.97 ft) to 1.5m (4.92 ft)
Creative
Scene Modes22 "Best Shot" scene modes
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG, MA-ADPCM) with audio
Storage
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Power
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary NP-70
Product Bundle
SoftwareCasio CD-ROM
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary NP-70 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory17.9MB Internal
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
 

Original Source Press Release:

Casio introduces the worlds slimmest* digital camera with a wide-angle 4x optical zoom

Features CCD-shift anti-shake function and a large 3.0 inch LCD display

DOVER, NJ, JULY 14, 2008 - Casio America, Inc. announced today the release of the newest model in its EXILIM® digital camera series - the stylish, slim EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150, which features a wide-angle zoom lens, a CCD-shift anti-shake function, a 3.0” LCD monitor and an 8.1 effective megapixel resolution.

The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 contains the features and functions needed to meet the demanding requirements of today’s digital camera users, all within a slim form factor.  The EX-Z150 comes complete with a built-in wide-angle 28 mm (35 mm film equivalent) and 4X optical zoom lens, at just .79” thick (.74” at the thinnest section).

“This camera is the perfect accessory for the picture taking enthusiast as it is compact, attractive and comes equipped with face detection technology which is a popular feature,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “The EX-Z150 stays true to the user-friendly features that have become standard to the EXILIM Zoom series.

To complement the slim, stylish look, the new EXILIM offers all the premium functionality you would expect in a much bigger digital camera, including a CCD-shift anti-shake function and face detection technology. It also features a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor, a first for the EXILIM series, making it even easier to compose shots and adding to the fun of viewing the images taken.

* As at July 14, 2008, for a digital camera with a wide-angle 28 mm equivalent 4X optical zoom lens. Based on Casio survey.

Available at retail in September, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z150 will be available in silver and black, as well as colorful red, pink and green with an MSRP of $199.99.

MAIN FEATURES OF THE EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z150

  • 8.1 effective megapixel model for high resolution photography
  • Slim, compact size: 3.81” wide x 2.26” high x .79” thick (.74” at the thinnest section)
  • 28 mm-equivalent wide-angle 4x optical zoom lens enables users to conveniently photograph scenes such as tall buildings or get shots of big groups of people in a small room, while still allowing zoom photography to capture distant subjects
  • CCD-shift anti-shake function for beautiful image quality, free from effects of camera-shake
  • Face detection technology that senses people's faces
  • Large 3.0 inch, high resolution LCD monitor with 230,400 dots

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. “FSE” is a product provided by Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. For more information about “FSE”, visit OKI’s website at http://www.face-sensing-engine.com. YouTube is a registered trademark of YouTube, LLC. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

Casio America, 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 equipment solutions, established in 1957.  Casio America, 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

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