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Casio's EXILIM EX-Z16 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America, Inc. Casio Z16: Entry-level 12mpix, 3x zoom compact
(Monday, September 20, 2010 - 08:00 EDT)

Rounding out its Photokina announcements for the day, Casio America Inc. has unveiled the EXILIM EX-Z16 digital camera.

The Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z16 features the combination of a twelve megapixel CCD image sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens with a rather tight 35.5mm wide angle. On the rear of the Casio EX-Z16's 0.9-inch thick body lies a 2.7-inch color TFT LCD display, the only method of framing or reviewing movies, as the EX-Z16 lacks any form of true optical viewfinder.

The Z16 can capture still images to a maximum of 4,000 x 3,000 pixels, and movie clips at up to 848 x 480 pixels. Sensitity ranges from ISO 64 to ISO 1,600 equivalents. The Casio Z16's images and movies are stored on SD or SDHC cards (but not the newest SDXC types), as well as in 14.9MB of built-in memory. . Power comes from an NP-80 lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. Connectivity includea USB 2.0 High-Speed data, and a standard-definition NTSC / PAL video output.

The Casio EXILIM Z16 ships from September 2010 in the US market. Pricing is set at around US$100. For more details, read our Casio Z16 preview.

Casio's EXILIM EX-Z16 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America, Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberNorth America: EX-Z16
Dimensions3.9 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
(99 x 58 x 22 mm)
Weight4.9 oz (140 g)
Planned Price$100
Planned AvailabilitySeptember 2010
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.3-inch type
12.54 megapixels (total)
12.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4000 x 3000 (12.0 megapixels)
4000 x 2656 (10.6 megapixels)
4000 x 2240 (9.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
LCD2.7 in. diagonal
230,400 dots (76,800 pixels)
Lens TypeExilim Optical, 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
3x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length6.3 - 18.9mm (actual)
36 - 107mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.9 - f/7.3 (wide) - f/5.4 - ??? (tele)
Focusing SystemContrast Detection Auto Focus: Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
Does not have AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 40" - infinity (99 cm - infinity)
Macro: 32.2" - 204" (79 cm - 500 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesMulti pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CCD
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, manual WB
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red eye reduction
Range: Approx. 0.3ft - 10ft (W), Approx. 2ft – 5ft (T)
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 2, 10, Triple seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatAVI Motion JPEG IMA-ADPCM mono ith audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.3)
VideoStandard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary NP-80
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary NP-80 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory14.9MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Casio's EXILIM EX-Z16 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America, Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's EXILIM EX-Z16 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America, Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's EXILIM EX-Z16 digital camera. Photo provided by Casio America, Inc. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Casio Introduces Sleek Entry-level Exilim Z-16

Stylish Design Blends with Easy Functionality for Outstanding Pictures

DOVER, NJ, September 20, 2010 — Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the addition of the entry-level EX-Z16 to its EXILIM® family of digital cameras. Marrying Casio’s sleek design with a host of easy-to-use capabilities – including Easy Mode, YouTube™ capture and a simplified user interface – the EX-Z16 makes taking great pictures amazingly simple.

This newest member of the EXILIM family boasts superb 12MP image quality, as well as 3x optical and 4x digital zoom capabilities. The Easy Mode interface offers a simplified menu, dedicated movie button, and a YouTube capture feature that enables users to record and share live-action videos with just a few clicks.

“We wanted to round out our Exilim digital camera line to include simplified functionality that is beneficial to consumers, and the EX-Z16 definitely achieves this goal,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “The EX-Z16 doesn’t just take outstanding photos and videos, it captures beautiful, natural and organic shots that you’ll share and cherish with friends and family.”

EX-Z16 Features

Sleek, Stylish Design
Casio EXILIM has redefined digital camera “style” by introducing the world’s first super-slim and sleek camera models. The new EX-Z16 is no different, embodying the smooth design and functionality that EXILIM is known for. It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and features smooth lines and an array of beautiful colors to choose from.

New Simplified Easy Mode User Interface Makes Taking Great Pics a Snap
Even the most inexperienced photographer can take gorgeous photos with the EX-Z16’s Easy Mode User Interface. The only settings you have to adjust on our 2.7-inch LCD screen are image size, flash and self timer – the camera does the rest! Best of all, your options are displayed on a simplified menu, making your adjustments quick and easy. Add in automatic Face Detection technology that automatically provides optimum focus -- even in less than optimal lighting -- and the EX-Z16 can help you take the best shots of your life.

Integrated YouTube Capture Mode for Easy Video Sharing
This feature enables you to easily record family moments or fun times with friends. Video is optimized to a web-friendly 640 x 480, H.264 format for quick transfer to YouTube, through Casio's YouTube Uploader software. Then simply share with a few clicks of your mouse.

Big, Bright LCD Screen Brings Your Scenes to Life
Our 2.7-inch LCD (230K) screen provides an increased brightness and higher contrast, which gives you better image contrast, even in bright light situations. The wide 180‑degree viewing angle makes it easy to line up your shots from any perspective, ensuring that what you see is what you get.

BEST SHOT Function Produces Beautiful Photos with Just a Touch
The EX-Z16 also offers BEST SHOT technology, which automatically analyzes your scene and applies the best settings for capturing perfect images and video. This feature applies face detection, auto focus and exposure settings to a total of 23 types of scenes, offering optimal configuration in just about any setting or situation.

The EX-Z16 will be on store shelves in September and retail for $99.99.

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

About Casio America, Inc.
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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