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Casio Exilim Z200 digital camera

Ralf Jurrien
CES report
Monday 7th, January 2008
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced introduces the new Casio Exilim Z200 just in time for Spring. The Casio Exilim EX-Z200, while naturally offering significant enhancements in function and performance, focuses on style with a new body shape that keeps height to a minimum and exudes a sense of premium design quality. With its newly developed lens, the Casio Z200 camera gives users the freedom to enjoy a range of different photo styles, from wide angle to telephoto. The Casio Exilim EX-Z200 includes a highly visible Super Clear LCD as well as Casio’s AUTO BEST SHOT scene recognition function that automatically chooses an appropriate shooting mode.

Casio Exilim Z200

Casio Exilim Z200 - Shutter
The new Casio Z200 also features the Auto Shutter function, which enables users to take the picture just at the moment of a lovely smile or at the instant that hand shake ceases. Using Auto Shutter, the camera automatically detects the right moment and takes the photo. “We are continuously developing new features that take advantage of digital technology, and we introduced the Snap Video mode on our digital cameras. By using Apple’s superior video technology we believe people will find more ways to enjoy Snap Video,” said Susumu Takashima, a managing director and head of digital camera development at Casio Computer Co., Ltd.

Casio Z200 camera - iLife and iPhoto
"Every new Mac ships with iLife '08, featuring a major new version of iPhoto and a completely reinvented iMovie," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Casio's fantastic new line of EXILIM digital cameras works seamlessly with iLife'08, which makes creating incredible video and still photos easier than ever."

Casio Exilim cameras - User friendly and Customers
By constantly pursuing new applications for the latest technologies and functionality, Casio has been able to offer its customers beauty, enjoyment and convenience in digital camera-based photography that was not previously possible. With the release of this new lineup of Exilim digital cameras, which are extremely user friendly and can be used in many new ways, Casio hopes that many more customers will have even more enjoyable experiences with cameras.

Casio Exilim EX-Z200 - Zoom and Wide angle
The high resolution, 10.1 Megapixel Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z200 features an EXILIM series first - a 4x optical zoom lens that can shoot as wide as 28 mm (equivalent). Also, in addition to the usual recognition technologies, the intelligence of these cameras has been enhanced. They incorporate automatic scene differentiation and allow the shutter to be released automatically, thanks to Casio’s commitment to keep improving the convenience offered by digital cameras. The Casio Z200 allows zoom photography between 28 mm and 112 mm (35 mm film camera equivalent). This increases photographic enjoyment, from wide angle photography suitable for capturing large subjects or shooting up close in small spaces, right through to telephoto work. The new thinner, smaller body of the Casio Exilim EX-Z200 was made possible without sacrificing high resolution image quality using a newly developed 1/2.3 inch CCD. The high resolution images can be used to create beautiful prints even when enlarged or when the image is cropped.

Casio Exilim Z200 compact camera - CCD shift anti shake function and LCD
The Casio EX-Z200 employs an anti shake function that compensates for blur by moving the imaging element. Of course, both models incorporate Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blur by raising the camera’s sensitivity and therefore increasing shutter speeds. The Casio Exilim Z200 incorporates Casio’s newly developed Super Clear LCD. This produces extremely sharp and vivid images, thanks to its high contrast ratio and its 230,160 dot high resolution. The display can be viewed easily from above, below, left or right thanks to its wide viewing angle, and it is extremely bright, making it easy to see even in daylight.

Casio Z200 photo camera - Subject movement
Using motion blur detection technology, the camera can automatically take a photo at the instant when hand shake or subject movement ceases. Users can also automatically capture the moment of a smile, the instant when subject movement due to panning ceases, or the moment when their own face fills the frame as they point the camera towards themselves.

Casio Exilim EX-Z200 digital compact camera - Scenes and H.264
The new Casio Z200 camera can automatically analyze the scene to be captured and choose an appropriate shooting mode. The six scenes that can be distinguished are: people, scenery, night scenes, night scenes with people, close-ups, and moving subjects. The Casio Exilim EX-Z200 digital camera was also designed to be very user-friendly, and it is easy to quickly change to another shooting mode associated with the scene type that the camera recognizes. The camera utilizes the H.264 video standard, which lets users record beautiful movies with the latest high compression technology. Users can enjoy wide format movies in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Casio Z200 also features a Movie Button for easy movie recording.

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