Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1

Med Exilim Pro EX-F1 introduserer Casio en ny era for digitale konsumentkamera. Det er interessant at dette kommer fra en produsent som ikke har mange årene bak seg i kamerabransjen. Det er imidlertid rimelig å forvente at flere produsenter vil komme etter i nær fremtid.

I utgangspunktet er ikke 6 megapiksler, 12x zoom 2,8 tommers LCD-skjerm, full manuell kontroll, samt støtte for RAW all verden, men Exilim Pro EX-F1 kan ta videoopptak med opp til 1200 bilder pr. sekund, noe som er vesentlig raskere enn det som ble lovet for kort tid siden. Med denne hastigheten får du riktignok bare 336x96 piksler, men du oppnår hele 300 bilder pr. sekund i 512x384 og 600 bilder pr. sekund i 432x192. Dette reflekterer hva prosessoren i kameraet klarer å ta unna. Video i HD-format (1920x1080) oppnår hele 60 bilder pr. sekund.

Du kan ta inntil 60 stillbilder pr. sekund i full oppløsning (6 megapiklser), men dette kan selvsagt justeres ned til en rekke lavere nivåer. Kameraet har en prerecord-funksjon, som medfører at du kan "fotografere" kontinuerlig til bufferminnet før du trykker ned utløseren.

Kameraet har også andre ekstreme egenskaper. Du kan stille lukkertiden manuelt mellom 60 og et 1/40 000 sekund. Med sterk belysning kan du dermed fryse ekstremt kjappe bevegelser.

Pressemelding fra Casio:

CASIO TO INTRODUCE NEW EXILIM DIGITAL CAMERAS OFFERING ENHANCED BURST SHOOTING PERFORMANCE AND PREMIUM DESIGN QUALITY

One high speed model, with ultra-high speed burst shooting
Four models with stylish new designs

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6, 2008 – Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced plans today to introduce an entirely new lineup of EXILIM® digital cameras just in time for Spring. The new lineup will include five new convenient, user-intuitive models which make the most of Casio's newest technologies to enable entirely new forms of digital photography.

One of the new models is a high speed digital camera featuring a revolutionary improvement in burst shooting speed that is expected to create entirely new markets. The other four models, while naturally offering significant enhancements in function and performance, focus on style with a new body shape that keeps height to a minimum and exudes a sense of premium design quality.

High speed model unveils powerful new technologies

EXILIM Pro EX-F1, with the world's fastest* burst shooting performance
This model incorporates a high speed CMOS sensor and a high speed LSI processor. With this model, Casio has achieved an ultra-high speed 60 frames per second (fps) burst rate for still images, together with 1,200 fps high speed movie recording that captures movement faster than the eye can see for ultra-slow motion replay. Moreover, the new model can record movies at full High-Definition.

* As of January 6, 2008, based on a Casio survey for the consumer market digital cameras.

EXILIM Pro EX-F1 — a high speed digital camera boasting the world's fastest* burst shooting performance

The EXILIM Pro EX-F1 incorporates a new high speed CMOS sensor and high speed LSI processor. After building in 6.0 million effective pixels and a 12X optical zoom, the developers focused on achieving a burst shooting speed capability that was hitherto unheard of. Using the camera's ultra-high speed burst shooting for still images or its high speed movie recording mode, users can capture a split second's movement with greater detail than before, allowing them to catch each decisive moment, and even motion that the human eye cannot ordinarily perceive.

* As of January 6, 2008, based on a Casio survey for the consumer market digital cameras.

Full resolution photography using 60 fps ultra-high speed burst mode captures the crucial moment
Using the still image burst mode, users can shoot at an ultra fast 60 frames per second. In burst mode, the frame rate can also be varied from between 1 and 60 frames per second while shooting. Up to 60 shots can be taken at once, so 60 shots per second for one second, or 5 shots per second for 12 seconds, are possible.

Don't miss that crucial moment, Prerecord Still Images, using ultra-high speed burst function
Users can record images not just at the instant they press the shutter button, but before! Continuously recording at up to 60 images per second, a maximum of 60 images can be saved in the camera's own buffer memory even before the shutter button is depressed. Even if users press the shutter a little late, they will still be able to catch that vital moment.

Slow Motion View function lets users view and capture that critical moment in slow motion during still photography
Users can take photographs while, in the monitor, the momentary action that is before their eyes is displayed in slow motion. It is just as if they have slowed down the passing of time. Users can unhurriedly observe the motion of the subject as they press the shutter, ensuring that they never miss that crucial moment.

Rapid Flash function allows continuous shooting even in low light
It is possible while using flash to take up to 20 continuous shots at a speed of up to 7 frames per second, so even in low light, no more missed shots. Also, the internal LED light allows high speed burst shooting at between 10 and 60 frames per second.

High speed movie recording at up to 1,200 fps
The EXILIM Pro EX-F1 can record high speed movie footage of motion too fast for the human eye, for ultra slow motion playback. Users can select a recording speed of 300 fps, 600 fps or 1,200 fps. There is also a Movie Button that lets users quickly start movie recording without first switching from still image mode.

Full High-Definition movies
The camera features Full High-Definition movie recording capability. Users can record beautiful movies at a screen size of 1920 x 1080 pixels, at a rate of 60 fields per second. The camera can be connected to an HD compatible television with a separately available HDMI cable to enjoy viewing movies.

EXILIM Card EX-S10 — the world's smallest and thinnest* stylish 10.1 megapixel digital camera

Casio's EXILIM series was born with the appearance in 2002 of a "wearable card camera" — a digital camera with a very slim form. The new EXILIM Card EX-S10 maintains all of the powerful functionality of the cameras that were later developed in that line (high pixel count, zoom functionality, LCD monitor, photo functions, etc.) but it also embodies a return to a stylish thin form and a strong design presence.

* As of January 6, 2008, for 10-megapixel class digital cameras. Based on Casio survey.

Thin form with a refined design
The camera's stylish body, measuring 3.71" wide, 2.15" high and .59" thin (.54" at the thinnest part) is the product of Casio's relentless pursuit of thinness. It is finished according to two design requirements — a high quality feel created by the stainless steel body, and a unique beauty derived from its coloring. The camera comes in four colors — red, blue, silver, and black.

10.1 million effective pixels, and a 3x optical zoom lens
This new camera's thinner, smaller body was made possible without sacrificing high resolution image quality using a newly developed 1/2.3 inch CCD. Its high resolution images can be used to create beautiful prints even when enlarged or when the image is cropped.

2.7-inch wide and bright LCD offers high contrast
The camera 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.

Auto Shutter function automatically records the moment of a smile or the instant when hand shake ceases
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.

iTunes-compatible H.264 video
The camera uses the H.264 video standard, which utilizes the AAC audio codec widely enjoyed in Apple's iPod, etc. It is also possible to record movies in an appealing wide format. The camera also features a Movie Button which makes movie recording easy.

EXILIM Zoom EX-Z80 — a small 8.1 megapixel digital camera with a smart design

The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z80 is a digital camera that features a very compact, tightly formed design which offers the functionality needed to easily take photos and shoot movies, yet also offers a design feel conducive to carrying it around almost like a fashion accessory. It is available in six body colors — pale pink, vivid pink, green, blue, black, and silver. With this model, Casio has sought to create both functionality and design that are "easier" and "more fun."

A smallish, smart form
This camera's smart form, with height kept to a minimum, makes it compact enough to be cradled in the palm of the hand. The body features a finely brushed finish, and the contrast with the mirror finish on the ring surrounding the lens accentuates the camera's scintillating presence.

8.1 million effective pixels and a 3x optical zoom lens
Thanks to the use of the EXILIM Engine 2.0 high-performance image processing module, which makes full use of Casio's proprietary technologies, users can enjoy taking beautiful pictures with very low noise with this high performance 8.1 megapixel model.

Auto Shutter function automatically records the moment of a smile or the instant when hand shake ceases
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.

iTunes-compatible H.264 video
The camera uses the H.264 video standard, which utilizes the AAC audio codec widely enjoyed in Apple's iPod, etc. It is also possible to record movies in an appealing wide format. The camera also features a Movie Button which makes movie recording easy.

Fun and easy to use focusing frames
In addition to the usual rectangular focusing frame found on the LCD monitor, users can also choose other playful design, such as a heart shape, for the focusing frame. When the subject is crisply in focus a clear heart shape is displayed, but when the image is not in focus the heart shape breaks up. Not only fun, this is a useful tool that makes it easier than ever to get the focus right.

Face detection function* finds faces of family members and focuses on them
If the faces of the people who users want to be in sharpest focus are prerecorded, the camera can use face detection technology to simultaneously detect up to ten faces. When it recognizes any of the prerecorded faces, it prioritizes them when determining correct focus and exposure. This feature can be useful when ordinary face detection technology would have trouble focusing as desired, such as when a number of people are lined up for a portrait and the picture-taker's family members are at the rear of the group.

*The face detection feature includes a face detection technology provided by OKI's face image processing engine, FSE (Face Sensing Engine).

EXILIM Zoom EX-Z200 and EX-Z100 — two 10.1 megapixel digital cameras with a wide 28 mm lens and 4x optical zoom

The high resolution, 10.1 megapixel EXILIM Zoom EX-Z200 and EXILIM Zoom EX-Z100 models feature 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.

Wide-angle 28 mm lens with 4x optical zoom
These cameras allow 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.

10.1 million effective pixels for high resolution photographs
The new thinner, smaller bodies of these two models were made possible without sacrificing high resolution image quality using a newly developed 1/2.3 inch CCD. Their high resolution images can be used to create beautiful prints even when enlarged or when the image is cropped.

CCD shift anti shake function in the EX-Z200
The 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.

2.7-inch wide and bright LCD offers high contrast
These cameras incorporate 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.

Auto Shutter function automatically records the moment of a smile or the instant when hand shake ceases
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.

AUTO® BEST SHOT analyzes scenes to determine an appropriate shooting mode
These cameras 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. These cameras were 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.

H.264 video, which can be enjoyed in wide format
These cameras utilize 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. These cameras also feature a Movie Button for easy movie recording.

EXILIM CARD EX-F1 SPECIFICATIONS

Number of Effective Pixels
6.00 million
Imaging Sensor
1/1.8-inch high-speed CMOS
Total Pixels
Still Images RAW (DNG*1), JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
Movies MOV format, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM (stereo)
Built-in Flash Memory
To be advised
Number of Recorded Pixels
Still Images RAW, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1872 (3:2), 2816 x 1586 (16:9), 2304 x 1728, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
STD Movies 640 × 480 (30 fps)
HD Movies 1920 × 1080 (FHD HQ/FHD Normal, 60 fields per second), 1280 × 720 (HD LP, 30 fps)
Hi-Speed Movies 512 × 384 (300 fps), 432 × 192 (600 fps), 336 × 96 (1200 fps)
Recording Capacity(when set at maximum image size)
To be advised
Operating Speed
To be advised
High-speed Continuous Shutter Maximum is 60 frames per second
Flash Continuous Shutter Maximum is 7 frames per second
Lens
Construction 12 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lens
F-number F2.7 (W) to 4.6 (T)
Focal Length/35mm film equivalent f=7.3 to 87.6mm/Approx. 36 to 432mm
Zoom
Optical Zoom 12X
Digital Zoom 4X (48X in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing
Focus Type Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area Spot, Free or Tracking
AF Assist Lamp Included
Focus Range
Auto Focus Approx. 15.75"*2 to infinity (W)
Macro Approx. 1.97"*2 to 19.69" (W)
Infinity Mode infinity (W)
Manual Focus Approx. 1.97"*2 to infinity (W)
Exposure
Exposure Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Control Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type
CMOS electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed*3 Auto 1 to 1/2000 second
Aperture Priority AE 1 to 1/2000 second
Shutter Speed AE 60 to 1/40000 second
Manual Exposure 60 to 1/40000 second
Aperture
F2.7 (W) to F15*5 (W), auto switching
Aperture Priority AE/Manual Exposure F2.7 (W) to F7.5 (W)
White Balance
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS/REI) *6
Still Images Auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Movies Auto (Hi-Speed Movie when Manual Exposure mode: ISO100,ISO200,ISO400,ISO800,ISO1600)
Other Recording Functions
Prerecord still images Maximum speed: 60 fps, Maximum recording capacity: 60 images
Slow Motion View 2 seconds by 30fps
Auto Bracketing AE, WB, Focus
BEST SHOT Included
YouTube™ Capture Mode Included
Face Recognition Included
Self-timer
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash
Flash Modes Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction, External Flash
Flash Range Approx. 1.64' to 34.12' (W), approx. 3.61' to 20.67' (T)
Finder
Monitor Screen 2.8-inch wide TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,160 dots (959 × 240)
Electronic View Finder 0.2-inch, 201,600 dots
Timekeeping Functions
Date and Time Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp Function Included
Auto Calendar To 2049
World Time 162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals
USB/AV port, HDMI™ Mini Connector (output), hot shoe, external microphone jack, AC adaptor connection (DC-IN)
Hi-Speed USB
Microphone
Stereo
Speaker
Monaural
Power Requirements
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-100) x 1, AC adaptor
Battery Life
To be advised
Dimensions (excluding projections)
5.03 (W) x 3.13" (H) x 5.12" (D)
Weight (excluding battery and accessories)
Approx. 23.67 oz
Bundled Accessories
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, lens cap, lens hood, remote shutter release, CD-ROM

Specifications subject to change without notice.

*1. DNG file format is one type of RAW image file, and it is recommended by Adobe Systems for use as a standard image file format. *2. Range is affected by optical zoom. *3. Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene. *4. Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. *5. F15 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used. *6. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.

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