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Casio's EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio Europe: new 5mpix EXILIM ultracompact
(Friday, June 23, 2006 - 15:48 EDT)

From its European headquarters in Norderstedt, Germany, electronics company Casio has unveiled a new digital camera that looks to be based on its existing EX-Z5 model.

Priced at £229.99, the Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 combines a 1/2.5" CCD imager with seven megapixels and an EXILIM-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 38 - 114mm equivalent focal range. There's no optical viewfinder, but a 2.5" LCD display with 115,200 pixels dominates the camera's rear panel. With the lens retracted, the Casio Z70's smooth, clean lines and 19.8mm thick body should prove friendly for storing in a pocket. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, or in 8.3MB of internal memory.

The Casio EX-Z70 has a whopping 33 scene modes (including five movie scene modes), dubbed "Best Shot" modes in Casio parlance. The Z70 also has some more unusual features - including a flash assist mode that selectively corrects underexposed areas in images, and a Rapid Flash mode that allows three flash shots to be captured in a single second, the trade-off being that flash range is roughly halved. An in-camera exposure warning function activates a warning of under / overexposed areas of the image when the shutter button is half-pressed, and a histogram function that allows both the more traditional function, and an RGB histogram that lets you see if a particular color channel is correctly exposed. A "Date Edit" function allows you to selectively correct the date and time recorded in EXIF metadata stored with images - useful if you forgot to set the camera's clock, or to change the time and date when travelling to a different time zone.

The Casio EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 will ship in Europe at the start of July 2006.

Casio's EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberEX-Z70
Dimensions3.7 x 2.4 x 0.8"
95.2 x 60.6 x 19.8mm
Weight118.0 g
4.1 oz
Planned Price$360.00
Planned AvailabilityJul 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
7.41 megapixels (total)
7.20 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality3 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.5", 115,200 pixels
Playback Zoom4.0x max
Lens TypeEXILIM Optical
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length6.3 - 18.9mm (actual)
38 - 114mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.1 (wide) / f/5.9 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemContrast AF (spot / multi)
Focusing RangeNormal: 16" - infinity (40 cm - infinity)
Macro: 4.1" - 20" (10 cm - 50 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800* (Anti-Shake / High Sensitivity modes)
Shutter Speed4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesMulti-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Range: Wide: 0.1 to 3.7 m; Tele: 0.6 to 1.9 m
Scene Modes33 Best Shot scene modes
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie FormatAVI (Motion JPEG) with audio
640x480 and 512x384
Max. frame-rate: 0 frames per second
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary NP-20
Product Bundle
Battery / ChargerProprietary NP-20 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory8.3MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Casio's EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.

Original Source Press Release:

CASIO Introduces EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70, A Slim, Stylish Digital Camera with 7.2 Megapixels

Features Easy Mode for Simple Camera Setup

JUNE 22, 2006, LONDON, UK -- CASIO ELECTRONICS CO. LTD. and its parent company, CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD., announced today the release of the EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z70, a new addition to its stylish series of EXILIM® digital cameras. This newest high resolution member of the EXILIM family delivers an effective 7.2 megapixels.

The EXILIM series has a reputation for transforming the digital camera market. Slim and stylish, packed with superior functionality, and astonishingly easy to use, EXILIM cameras combine the benefits of compact size, intuitive controls, large displays, and long battery life. The release of the new EX-Z70 complements the already available EX-Z60, a high-performance, 6.0 megapixel model released earlier this year. The EX-Z70 increases the resolution to 7.2 megapixels for even more detailed, beautiful photographs.

Like its forerunner, the EX-Z70 features Easy Mode, a user-friendly camera menu for beginners. Easy Mode simplifies the wide array of camera settings to three easy menus (image size, flash, and self-timer). With Easy Mode, users can make camera settings using simple onscreen descriptions, enabling even beginners to get started right away with the fun of photography. A combination of other powerful features ensures that beautiful photos are captured with just a touch of the shutter button:

  • Anti Shake DSP for reducing photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects
  • BEST SHOT function for getting optimal photo results simply by selecting a sample image of the type of scene the user wants to shoot
  • Large 2.5 inch LCD for great visibility

The camera’s lightweight aluminium body comes finished in either luxurious black or high quality silver. The top of the body is rounded to give it a soft look, and the overall design is a perfect blend of fashion and functionality. The EX-Z70 captures those priceless moments in a stylish package that puts superior image quality in the palm of every user’s hand.

The CASIO EXILIM EX-Z70 will be available in black from the beginning of July, and silver from the beginning of August, with a guide retail price of £229.99.

- ENDS -

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO. LTD.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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