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Casio's logo. Click here to visit the Casio website! Casio Z2300: 14mpix, 5x zoom compact camera unveiled
(Monday, September 20, 2010 - 08:00 EDT)

Announced today by Casio Computer Co. Ltd., the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z2300 digital camera is not currently slated for US availability.

The Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z2300 is based around a fourteen megapixel CCD image sensor behind a 5x optical zoom lens which features a useful 26mm wide angle. Images and movies are framed and reviewed on a 3.0" LCD display, and the Casio Z2300 doesn't include any form of true optical viewfinder. The Casio EXILIM Z2300 uses contrast detection autofocusing, and include face detection capability.

The Casio EX-Z2300's ISO sensitivity ranges as high as a maximum of ISO 3,200 equivalent. Images are stored on Secure Digital / SDHC cards, or in 34.9MB of internal memory. Power comes from a proprietary NP-110 lithium ion rechargeable battery.

Japanese-market pricing and availability for the Casio EX-Z2300 had not been announced at press time. For more details, read our Casio Z2300 preview.

Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z2300
Camera TypeCompact
Model NumberNorth America: EX-Z2300
Dimensions4.0 x 2.3 x 0.8 in.
(101 x 59 x 20 mm)
Weight5.3 oz (149 g)
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.3" (approx. 0.00 in. diagonal)
14.48 megapixels (total)
14.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4320 x 3240 (14.0 megapixels)
4320 x 2880 (12.4 megapixels)
4320 x 2432 (10.5 megapixels)
3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
460,800 dots (153,600 pixels)
Lens Type7 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
5x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.7 - 23.5mm (actual)
26 - 130mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 - f/7.9 (wide) / f/6.5- ??? (tele)
Focusing SystemContrast Detection Auto Focus: Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 5" - infinity (12 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 20" (5 cm - 50 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed4 - 1/1000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesMulti pattern, center weighted, spot by CCD< td>
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, soft flash, red eye reduction
Range: Approx. 0.12 ~ 4.9 m (W), Approx. 0.6 ~ 2.1 m (T)
Self TimerYes, 2, 10, Triple seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatAVI Motion JPEG IMA-ADPCM mono with 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-110
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary NP-110 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory34.9MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo

Original Source Press Release:

Casio Releases EXILIM with Single Frame SR Zoom

High-Performance Camera with Super Resolution Zoom and Stylish Design Features the Fun Composite Moving-Image Function, Dynamic Photo

TOKYO, September 20, 2010 – Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of a new model in the EXILIM lineup of digital cameras—the EX-Z2300. Designed with a stylish camera body and a resolution of 14.1 million effective pixels, the camera features highly advanced capabilities such as Casio’s new Single Frame SR Zoom for extending the zoom range while maintaining super resolution image quality. The EX-Z2300 offers all sorts of unique ways to have fun with photography including Casio’s highly original Dynamic Photo function.

The EX-Z2300 is equipped with the EXILIM Engine 5.0 and super resolution technology. Its Single Frame SR Zoom maintains image quality up to 1.5 times the maximum telephoto range of the optical zoom. A very stylish digital camera, the EX-Z2300 also boasts Single Frame SR Quality, Casio’s super resolution technology for producing exceptional quality images that look so real they hardly seem like photographs.

When used with Casio’s Single Frame SR Zoom function, the camera’s wide-angle 26mm optical 5X zoom lens offers a maximum 7.5X zoom range that maintains the image quality needed for 14.1-megapixel high-resolution photography. The EX-Z2300 is also equipped with Casio’s advanced, fully automatic Premium Auto function, which distinguishes the type of scene being photographed, such as night scenes, backlit shots, and sunsets, detects faces as well as non-human subjects, and applies the most appropriate correction to raise image quality for every type of subject, including people and scenery. Each of these high-level image-processing functions is applied automatically to allow users to take beautiful shots with just a press of the shutter button. In addition to these functions, the EX-Z2300 features a three-inch, high-resolution 460K Super Clear LCD, Casio’s CCD-shift image stabilization for reducing photo blur from hand movement, HD movie capability, and high-speed auto focus. The long-life battery lasts about 580 photos on a single full charge.*
*CIPA Standards

Casio’s Dynamic Photo function for creating composite moving images is another attractive feature of the EX-Z2300. This function allows users to combine multiple characters moving independently of one another with a background of moving images of up to 20-seconds long. Along with this, the camera is equipped with Casio’s Art Effect function that makes saved images look like artwork. These features make it possible to enjoy photography in a unique way only possible with a Casio digital camera.

Designed with the concept of “slim and speedy,” the EX-Z2300 redefines the look of the digital camera while enhancing camera operability with a comfortable, accessible design. The camera is designed for a highly attractive appearance in the hand, and is available in five colors: gold, black, pink, purple, and blue.

EX-Z2300 Features

Single Frame SR Quality delivers images with exceptional clarity and resolution
EX-Z2300 uses super resolution technology to analyze and optimally process the respective areas of the photo that are contoured, textured or flat, delivering photos of exceptional quality and resolution.

Single Frame SR Zoom extends the maximum telephoto range of the optical zoom
EX-Z2300 uses super resolution technology to respectively enhance edges, flat areas and textures when enlarging images, by analyzing and adjusting the contours in images and the relief of the subject. The Single Frame SR Zoom extends the maximum telephoto range of the optical zoom up to 1.5 times, while maintaining super resolution image quality. EX-Z2300 offers a 7.5X zoom range that maintains the image quality needed for 14.1-megapixel high-resolution photography when using the optical zoom with the Single Frame SR Zoom.

Premium Auto function produces beautiful photos with just a press of the shutter button
Premium Auto enables the camera to automatically analyze the scene being photographed — including distinguishing night scenes, backlit shots, a blue sky, green trees or a sunset — as well as sensing whether there is a face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject, and whether a tripod is being used. It simultaneously optimizes settings for exposure, ISO sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range and color balance, and level of noise reduction. Images are analyzed pixel by pixel to apply different correction to people and backgrounds. Premium Auto delivers an advanced level of full auto photography, ensuring high quality photos with just a press of the shutter button.

Dynamic Photo function for creating composite moving images
The new camera offers Casio’s original Dynamic Photo function, which makes it easy for users to create “moving photos” right on the camera by cutting moving subjects from the background in images taken with continuous shooting, and combining those images on a different still or moving image background. Moving images of up to 20-seconds long can be used as a background, and it is also possible to make multiple characters move independently of one another. The preset memory includes 26 kinds of animal characters including dogs, cats, and monkeys that move in a comical manner, such as a dog riding a bicycle and a monkey doing a handstand. Users can enjoy not only creating such images, but also use the software included with the camera to upload them to YouTubeTM or a blog, thereby broadening the enjoyment of viewing their original creations.

Art Shot and Art Effect functions create photos with the look of a painting
The Art Shot function makes use of the image processing technology in EXILIM Engine 5.0 to take photos of scenery or human subjects that have the look of an oil painting, crayon, or a water color. With the Art Effect function, it is now possible to apply the same look as the Art Shot function to saved images.

EXILIM, Dynamic Photo 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 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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