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The Casio's EXILIM Pro EX-P505 shoots photos and video

Casio releases the newest member of its EXILIM Pro digital camera family, following the EX-P600 and EX-P700. The new EXILIM Pro EX-P505, features a 5.0 megapixel imaging element and a 5x optical zoom. It not only takes superbly detailed digital photos, it is also capable of shooting extended video scenes with high-image quality. The EXILIM Pro EX-P505 will be available at retail the end of February for $499.99...
The Casio's EXILIM Pro EX-P505 shoots photos and video - digital camera and photography news

PRESS SUMMARY

5.0 Megapixel and 5X Optical Zoom with High Quality Movie Capability

DOVER, NJ, January 31, 2005 – Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has released the newest model in its popular EXILIM digital camera series. The new EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is a stylish digital camera equipped with a 5.0 megapixel imaging element and a 5X optical zoom. It not only takes superbly detailed digital photos, it is also capable of shooting extended video scenes with high-image quality. The EXILIM PRO EX-P505 will be available at retail the end of February, MSRP $499.99.

“We are very excited about this new addition to our award-winning EXILIM line. With the new EX-P505 you can now shoot videos and take quality digital photos. Casio's top-of-the-line EXILIM cameras are engineered for high image quality, high-speed operation, lower power consumption, and extremely compact dimensions,” said John Clough, president of Casio, Inc. “We achieved these objectives through the use of Casio's remarkable “EXILIM engine,” an extremely compact image module that represents the crystallization of Casio's advanced technology.”

The new EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is a high-performance digital camera with an amazing high- quality video capability. The EX-P505 features a 5X optical zoom, an imaging CCD with 5.0 mega effective pixels, Casio's “EXILIM engine”, and a large 2-inch TFT color rotating screen that makes angle shots a snap. It offers the same manual operation made famous by the EX-P600, as well as high-quality video shooting capability of 30 frames per second, in VGA size, thanks to the incorporation of MPEG-4 technology.

The very first EXILIM PRO model, the ground-breaking EX-P600, is equipped with a 6.0 megapixel imaging element and a 4X optical zoom, along with user selectable aperture, shutter speed and other effects, assuring the exact desired results when taking portraits or other types of photos. Manual operation is so easy that beginners can enjoy taking great pictures right away. The EX-P700, the second in the series, continued the tradition of the EXILIM PRO series, and remains hugely popular with photographers of all levels.

Authentic manual operation puts the user in control
With a CCD imaging element with 5.0 mega effective pixels, along with the advanced Exilim engine, remarkably detailed images can be taken with ease. The 5X optical zoom lens has macro capability down to 1 cm, as well as aperture priority or shutter priority automatic setting, along with manual exposure mode for completely manual operation.
High quality video shooting
The adoption of MPEG-4 technology enables full-scale high quality video shooting in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. “Movie BEST SHOT” allows the user to select from sample scenes for a wide range of shooting styles. “Short Movie” lets users film short movies during a single shutter, while other shooting and editing functions such as “MOTION PRINT” can be used to obtain a still image from a movie.
   

EX-P505 Main Features

Authentic manual shooting of photo subjects

CCD with 5.0 mega effective pixels and the Exilim engine assure detailed images
Optical 5X zoom lens with macro shooting down to 1 cm
Super Life Battery gives approx. 220 pictures per battery charge (CIPA standards*)
*CIPA standard “Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption”:

Until recently there has been no standard measurement for battery life. This has resulted in inconsistencies between camera products and their catalogs and instruction manuals. As of December 2003, CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) established the Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption, and hopes to reduce confusion among consumers by having this adopted by the world's digital camera manufacturers and retailers.

High-speed startup enables shooting only 0.8 seconds after the power is turned on*
*With internal flash off, using internal memory

Release time lag of only 0.01 sec. means images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds after the shutter is released*
* With internal flash off

High-speed picture playback of approx. 0.1 sec. interval
Automatic power ON/OFF when the LCD panel is opened and closed
“BEST SHOT” function: 22 different types of shooting possible by simply selecting a scene from various samples
Flash automatically pops up when needed. (Auto pop-up flash)
Aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual exposure modes can be selected
“EX Finder” shows shooting information by easy-to-understand graphics
Various manual settings can be quickly set on a single screen (EX Button)
Various shooting effects possible by changing the manual settings are shown in sample images (Manual Assist)
High-quality video shooting

MPEG-4 format used to enable long-playing video shooting
VGA size (640 x 480) pixels), 30 frames/sec, stereo audio high-quality video possible
Optical 5X zoom lens with macro shooting down to 1 cm
Movie BEST SHOT: select a scene* from among the samples to achieve the desired shooting effect
*Note: 5 different scenes: Portrait, Scenery, Night Scene, Fireworks, Silent

Approx. 2 hours of movie shooting on a single battery charge (continuous recording).
Past Movie function enables video recording to begin from five seconds before the shutter is pressed
Short Movie function enables up to eight seconds of movie to be taken during a single shutter
MOTION PRINT function enables either 9 or 1 frames to be converted to a still photo
Movie Playback Zoom function enables zoom display during video playback
Three types of Movie Editing operation (before, during or after) can be used to eliminate unwanted scenes
Other Features

New compact body reflects the high performance features of this stylish line of cameras
Large 2-inch TFT color rotating LCD panel enables angle shooting
High-speed USB 2.0 compatible for high-speed image transfer
Both still images and video images can be viewed on a television or monitor
Photo Loader PC software included to enable automatic transfer of images to the user's personal computer
Windows Media Player 9 video playback software and Ulead Video Studio video editing software included
Menu display can be set in 10 languages, including Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Compatible with PictBridge specifications for direct connection to a printer
ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching III compatibility
January 31, 2005
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