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Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America Inc. Casio announces Exilim Zoom EX-Z29
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 10:01 EST)

Casio has today announced a new entry-level digital camera for its EXILIM Zoom lineup.

The Casio Exilim EX-Z29 combines a 10.1 megapixel CCD imager with an Exilim-branded 3x optical zoom lens that has a rather tight 37.5mm wide angle. Maximum aperture on the Casio EX-Z29 varies from f/2.8 to f/5.2 across the zoom range. There's no optical viewfinder on the Casio EXILIM Z29, with images being framed and reviewed solely on a 2.7" LCD display.

Aimed at affordability and ease-of-use, the Casio Z29 includes 23 "Best Shot" scene modes. There's also a Face Detection function , and the EX-Z29 also offers an 848 x 480 pixel Motion JPEG movie mode. Z29 movies do include sound, and again focusing on keeping things simple, Casio's YouTube capture mode makes an appearance in the Casio Z29, aiming to ease the process of uploading videos to the popular website.

Available from April 2009, the Casio EXILIM EX-Z29 is set for pricing of about $150. Body colors for the Casio EX-Z29 will include black, light blue, and silver. For more details, read our Casio Z29 preview.

Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29
Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeUltra Compact
Model NumberEX-Z29
Dimensions3.7 x 2.2 x 0.9"
93.0 x 55.0 x 23.0mm
Weight125.0 g
4.4 oz
Planned Price$149.99
Planned Availability 2009
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
10.35 megapixels (total)
10.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
3648 x 2048 (7.5 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 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
LCD2.7", 114,960 pixels
Playback Zoom8.0x max
Lens TypeEXILIM Optical; 6 elements in 5 groups, including aspherical element
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length6.2 - 18.6mm (actual)
38 - 113mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 (wide) / f/5.2 (tele) - f/8
Focusing SystemContrast detect with face detection; Spot, or Multi with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed4 - 1/2000 second
Metering ModesMulti-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot by imaging element
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV i ncrements
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction
Range: 0.15 - 2.8 m (W), 0.4 - 1.5 m (T)
Scene Modes23 "Best Shot" scene modes
Digital ZoomUp to 4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary NP-60
Product Bundle
SoftwareCasio CD-ROM
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary NP-60 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory17.8MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America Inc. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Casio Introduces Stylish New 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

EX-Z29 Offers Increased Portability and 23 Best Shot Modes to EXILIM Zoom Series of Digital Cameras

LAS VEGAS, NV, MARCH 3, 2009 — Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., introduced the latest addition to its stylish series of EXILIM digital cameras today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29. This newest member of the EXILIM line features a stylish, slim and compact design to increase portability, and provides an improved 10.1 megapixels of image resolution with 3X optical zoom.  The EX-Z29 will be on display at Casio’s booth at the Photo Marketing Association International Convention and Tradeshow. 

This new model stays true to the user-friendly features that have become standard to the EXILIM Zoom series. The 2.7-inch wide LCD display enables users to easily navigate camera operations and enhance the review of images, while the 23 Best Shot Modes and face detection technology help users take high quality photos without having to adjust camera settings.

 “Casio is dedicated to creating digital cameras that feature superior technology while maintaining an ease of use for the consumer,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Sales for Digital Imaging Division at Casio America, Inc.  “We continue to be a leader in the digital camera industry, providing fun and convenient ways to capture quality photographs.”

The EX-Z29 comes loaded with other useful features including Anti-Shake DSP which reduces photo blur from shaky hands or moving subjects, allowing users to shoot images with ease and confidence.  Easy Mode simplifies the camera settings to three easy menus (image size, flash and self timer).  With Easy Mode, the camera is set to take great photos in every situation without having to check presets or accidentally making a wrong adjustment. Casio’s Face Detection Technology maintains a sharp focus and the correct exposure for the human face.

Available at retail in April, the EX-Z29 will be available in black, pink, blue, silver and purple with an MSRP of $149.99.

A sleek & sturdy digital camera with a compact design

Design achieves a lightweight, yet durable image
Designed to fit the concept of “Sleek & Sturdy,” this camera has a compact form, measuring just 3.64” wide x 2.16” high x .91” thin. The edging that frames the body presents a light, casual feel, but at the same time gives the user the sense that this camera is tough and reliable. In addition, the camera color is not limited to a single hue. Rather, the control panel, frame, and rear casing boast contrasting colors, presenting a whole new idea in camera color schemes.

An effective 10.1-megapixel camera with a 3X optical zoom lens
In addition to offering the ability to reproduce a detailed image of the subject, this camera is very responsive and easy to operate. It has an effective 10.1-megapixel resolution, and delivers excellent performance. Images taken at high resolution can be enjoyed as beautiful photographs whether printed large or cropped before printing.

Easy-to-see 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
This camera features an easy-to-see widescreen 2.7-inch LCD monitor. Shooting information is shown in an “operating panel” on the right hand side of the screen, which makes it easy to quickly change camera settings while shooting.

Fun widescreen movie recording
Just by pressing the movie button, widescreen movies can be recorded with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The camera also offers YouTube Capture Mode, which records and saves movies at the ideal settings for the world’s largest video sharing site, YouTube. Recorded video can be easily uploaded to YouTube using the special included computer software.

Customizable focusing frames and menu screens

Focus frames
As well as the rectangular focusing frame usually displayed on the LCD monitor, users can choose designs such as a heart or a butterfly for the frame design. When the camera is correctly focused, a beautiful heart can be displayed, and when correct focus is not achieved the heart pattern breaks up. This makes it easy to ensure correct focus, and it is fun, too.

Menu screens
Menu screens can be freely selected from a total of six colors — black, chocolate, cinnamon, rose, sky blue and olive green.

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