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Ceramic lens debuts in Casio Exilim EX-S100

Casio claims the world's smallest optical zoom camera with the announcement of the EX-S100 digital camera.
The EX-S100 has a 3.2 megapixel CCD and a 2.8 optical zoom ceramic lens which allows a very compact design. The Stainless steel body comes with a LCD of  2 inch.
The cameras is planned for October 2004...
Ceramic lens debuts in Casio Exilim EX-S100 - digital camera and photography news


DOVER, NJ, August 25, 2004—Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, announces the release of the world's smallest* digital camera with an optical zoom (2.8X), the EXILIM CARD EX-S100. The camera and its lens owe their exceptionally compact packaging to another world's first – the application of ceramic Lens technology providing a great advance in optical quality with even greater strength than glass. The EX-S100 will be available in October, MSRP $399.99.

“In 2002, Casio launched the first EXILIM digital camera, an ultra-thin business card-sized model with superior portability and highly responsive operation. Casio's highly-portable camera – which enabled photography for any occasion, anytime, anywhere – had a huge impact on the digital camera market overnight, helping the ultra-slim genre become a major segment of its own.” said John Clough, president of Casio, Inc. “Since that first EXILIM, Casio has continued to create even thinner cameras with more rapid responsiveness and superior performance, creating an EXILIM lineup that has expanded to become a trend-setting force in the marketplace. The new EXILIM CARD EX-S100 is the latest breakthrough model in the line.”

The new EXILIM CARD EX-S100 was developed to be the flagship model of the series, and as such, embodies all the brand concepts. Key features of the EX-S100 include use of the world's first transparent ceramic lens in an ultra-slim 2.8X optical zoom lens unit, and Casio's proprietary EXILIM Engine, an ultra-compact image processing LSI module that enables the camera to achieve high-image quality, high-speed operation and low power consumption – all within an extremely slim and compact body package. As a result, the EX-S100 is the world's smallest optical zoom-equipped digital camera, with a volume of just 79 cc and very compact measurements of 3.46” x 2.24”. Moreover, it is only .66” thick, and just .56” at the thinnest point.

The EX-S100 features a stainless steel body, a hallmark of the EXILIM CARD series, which has been polished to a brilliant shine through a special process. It is created entirely of metal, right down to the screws, for a true feeling of high quality. The front of the camera features a stylish theme of circular patterns that highlight the shape of the lens, while the back of the unit features a more square look that matches the impressively large 2.0-inch LCD screen. In keeping with the distinctive form of the other models in the EXILIM CARD series, the lens area itself protrudes slightly from the body of the camera.

With a 3.2 Megapixel CCD for superior high-resolution photo imaging, a unique quick-response design, and a Best Shot function that makes it easier to capture desired scenes, CASIO has again proven that it is the leader in ultra-compact cameras that offer astonishingly advanced performance.

Main Features of the EX-S100
2.8X Optical Zoom

2.8X optical zoom lens using the world's first transparent ceramics
3.2 Megapixel CCD
Only .66” ‘thin' – stylish body that's the size of a business card

Ultra-thin zoom lens unit and cutting-edge technology packed into a body just .66” in thickness – only .56” at the thinnest point.
Large 2.0-inch digital interface TFT LCD screen for easy viewing
Stainless steel body common to all EXILIM CARD series cameras
Ex Fine Blast Treatment surface processing for a brilliant and attractive body
Simple and timelessly beautiful body shape
Easy-to-use operation buttons based on a square design concept
All-metal construction from body and lens down to the screws for a true feeling of high quality
Comprehensive design approach for rapid response

The camera automatically switches to Auto Pan Focus when the shutter is pressed rapidly
Rapid start-up allows pictures to be taken approximately 1.4 seconds* after the power is turned on
Images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds* after the shutter is released
High-speed operation; images can be taken at approximately 1.2 second intervals, with image playback of approximately 0.1 seconds between photos when scrolling
Direct On function for one-touch operation of picture taking or playback modes
*with the flash off

Other features

Business Shot function compensates for photos taken at an angle and records them as if taken from straight ahead
Best Shot function allows settings to be selected using sample scene images
Auto Macro function enables automatic switching between Macro and AF modes
Flash Assist function provides exposure compensation for areas not reached by the flash
Icon Help function uses pop-ups to guide the user when switching settings
Noise Reduction Processing makes night scenes more beautiful
USB cradle also functions as a battery charger and photostand
EX-S100 Specifications
Recording Element:   1/3.2-inch square pixel primary color CCD (3.34 million total pixels; 3.2 million effective pixels)
File Record Format:   Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG), Audio: WAV (Monaural)

Recording Medium:   Built-in flash memory (9.3 MB image recordable area), SD memory card/Multi Media card compliant
Recorded Image Sizes:   Snapshots:
2048 X 1536 / 2048 X 1360 (3:2) / 1600 X 1200 / 1280 X 960 / 640 X 480 pixels
Movies: 320 X 240 pixels

Lens:   6 lenses in 5 groups, including transparent ceramic lens; F4.0(W) to 6.6(T); f=4.8(W) to 13.5(T) mm (equivalent to approximately 36 to 102 mm when converted to 35mm film)  
Zoom:   2.8X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (11.2X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focusing:   Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, multi); pan focus; macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus
Approximate Focus Range:
  Normal: 15.75" to Infinity; Macro: 6.69" to 19.69"  
Exposure Control:   Metering: Multi-pattern by imaging element
Control: program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)  
Shutter:   CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; 4 to 1/2000 shutter speed (including night mode)
Aperture:   Auto; F4.0 / F8.0* Automatic switching *brightness conversion F values
White Balance:   Auto; Fixed (6 modes); Manual
Sensitivity:   Auto; ISO 50 / ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Recording Functions:   Snapshot; audio snapshot; movies with audio; Best Shot; Auto Macro; Business Shot; voice recorder; Flash Assist; Icon Help; sharpness/color saturation/contrast/flash intensity settings
Self-timer:   10 seconds or 2 seconds; Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash:   Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.4 to 2.5 meters (W); 0.4 to 1.5 meters (T)
Viewfinder:   LCD screen
Monitor Screen:   2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD, 84,960 pixels (354�240)
Playback:   Zoom display (4X); 9 picture display; calendar; Photostand function
Timekeeping Functions:   Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
World Time:   162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time; daylight saving time
Other features:   RGB histogram display; grid display; album function; favorites folder
Input/Output Terminals:   USB cradle terminal
Battery:   Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery life:   Approx. 180 snapshots (CIPA standard)
Continuous recording: approx. 540 snapshots (approx 1 hr. 30 min.)
*recording wide / tele alternatively each 10 secs, LCD on, flash off
Continuous playback: approx 2 hr. 30 min. (still photos)
Continuous recording: approx 2 hr. 30 min (voice recording)  
Dimensions:   3.46” (W) x 2.24” (H) x .66” (D) (excluding protrusions, thinnest point .56”)
Weight:   Approximately 3.95 oz (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories:   Lithium Ion rechargeable battery; USB cradle; USB cable; AC adapter; Strap; CD-ROM
August 25, 2004
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