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Casio Adds Budget-Friendly EXILIM EX-Z29

Casio Adds Budget-Friendly EXILIM EX-Z29

Casio unveiled its latest budget-friendly compact camera today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z29. While not a major departure from previous EXILIM Zoom cameras, the EX-Z29 adds a higher resolution sensor to the series. This new model maintains the EXILIM line’s user-friendly features and compact design.

The EXILIM EX-Z29 will feature a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, and a 2.7 inch LCD. Targeting casual photographers, the camera features 23 Best Shot modes with pre-programmed settings for a variety of shooting conditions. Face detection also helps users take quality Casio EXILIM EX-Z29photos without adjusting camera settings.

Other useful features include Anti-Shake DSP, which reduces blur caused by shaky hands or moving subjects. The EX-Z29 also features an Easy Mode, which presents the camera settings in three easy menus (image size, flash, and self timer). While shooting in Easy Mode, the user doesn’t have to check presets or make adjustments.

While shooting, you’ll see an operating panel on the right side of the LCD. This panel provides easy access to quickly change camera settings. There’s also a movie button for recording widescreen movies with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Another movie recording mode called YouTube Capture Mode will record and save movies at the ideal settings for YouTube.

Casio describes the camera as “Sleek & Sturdy,” thanks to its 3.64 x 2.16 x .91 inch (WxHxD) body. Look for the EX-Z29 in April for a suggested retail price of $149.99. It will be available in black, pink, blue, silver, and purple. Full specifications are below.

 

EXILIM Zoom

EX-Z29

Number of Effective Pixels

10.1 million

Image Sensor

 

1/2.5-inch square pixel CCD

Total Pixels

10.35 million

File Format

Still Images

JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)

Movies

AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Audio (Voice Recording)

WAV format (monaural)

Recording Media

17.8MB built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still Images

10M (3648 x 2736), 3:2 (3648 x 2432), 16:9 (3648 x 2048),

7M (3072 x 2304), 4M (2304 x 1728), 2M (1600 x 1200), VGA (640 x 480)

Movies

848 x 480 (WIDE) / 640 x 480 (STD) / 320 x 240 (LP)

Lens

Construction

6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens

F-number

F2.8 (W) to F5.2 (T)

Focal Length

 

f=6.2 – 18.6mm

35mm Film Equivalent

Approx. 37.5 to 112.5mm equivalent to 35mm film

Zoom

Optical Zoom

3X

Digital Zoom

4X (12X in combination with optical zoom)

Focusing

Focus Type

Contrast Detection Auto Focus

Focus Modes

Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus

AF Area

Spot or Multi

Exposure

Exposure Metering

Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by CCD

Exposure Control

Program AE

Exposure Compensation

-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter Type

 

CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed*1

Auto

1/2 to 1/2000 second

Night Scene (BEST SHOT)

4 to 1/2000 second

Aperture

F2.8 (W) – F8.0 (W) (ND Filter is being used)

(Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change)

White Balance

Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten,

Manual WB

Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*

Still Images

Auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600

Movies

Auto

*SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity.  REI: Recommended Exposure Index.

 

EXILIM Zoom

EX-Z29

Self-timer

10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Built-in Flash

Flash Modes

Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction

Flash Range

Normal: Approx. 0.15 – 2.8 m (W)

         Approx: 0.4 – 1.5 m (T)

*Range is affected by optical zoom.

Flash Charge Time

Approximately 6 seconds

Recording Functions

Snapshot, Macro, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting (Normal Speed CS), BEST SHOT, Face Detection,

 Movie (Normal Movie, For YouTube), Voice Recording

*Audio recording is monaural

Playback Functions

Playback Zoom (8X), 12-image Screen, Star-up Images, Rotate, Re-size, Trimming, Copy,

BGM Slideshow

Other Functions

Key Customization, PictBridge, Video Output (NTSC/PAL)

Image Deletion

One image / All images

With memory protect function

Approximate Maximum Audio Recording Times

After Recording: 30 seconds per image

Voice Recording: 53 minutes 11 seconds (when using built-in memory)

Monitor Screen

2.7-inch wide TFT color LCD, 114,960 dots (479 x 240)

Viewfinder

LCD Monitor

Timekeeping Functions

Date and Time

Recorded with image data

On-image Time Stamp Function

Yes

Auto Calendar

To 2049

World Time

162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time

Input/Output Terminals

 

USB/AV port

USB

USB

Microphone

Monaural

Speaker

Monaural

Power Source

Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x 1

Power Consumption

3.7V DC, Approximately 3.4W

Dimensions (Excluding Projections)

3.64” (W)   x 2.16” (H)  x .91” (D)

Thinnest part: .8”

Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)

Approx. 125g (excluding battery and bundled accessories)

Bundled Accessories

Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM

 *1. May differ according to camera setting. *2. Aperture changed by optical zoom or recording mode. *3. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index. 

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