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The Casio EX-S2: 2.0-Mega-Pixel, Credit-Card-Sized LCD digital damera






The Casio EX-S2: 2.0-Mega-Pixel, Credit-Card-Sized LCD digital damera - digital camera and photography news

SUMMARY

Equipped with "Best Shot" Function for Beautiful Photographs
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. will introduce two new models in the EXILIM series of LCD digital credit-card-sized cameras. The series was developed based on the concept of offering a camera that users can carry at all times and shoot images instantly whenever they want. The thin EX-S2, with a thickness of 11.3 mm, and the EX-M2, with an MP3 player, both feature a 2.0-mega-pixel digital CCD. The new products are equipped with Casio's "Best Shot" function, which allows the user to take beautiful photographs easily.  
 
• 2.0-Mega-Pixel, Credit-Card-Sized LCD Digital Cameras
The stylish EXILIM is only 11.3 mm thick, 88 mm wide, and 55 mm high (the EX-M2 is 12.4 mm thick.), with a 1/1.8-inch progressive CCD. The CCD's 4.4-micron-pitch cell size makes it highly sensitive, allowing clear, low-noise images with rich colors and accurate tone reproduction.
• Quick Response Allows Instant Photography
 
•Camera startup requires only about one second  
•Shutter-release time lag is approximately 0.01 second  
•Camera is ready for next shot about 0.9 seconds after shutter has been released  

• "Best Shot" Function for Consistently Fine Photography
Selecting a subject matter type sets the camera's white balance and saturation to their optimal values, allowing the user to take beautiful photographs easily. The cameras have six settings: portrait, scenery, night scene, retro, twilight, and monochrome.
Product name Functions
EX-S2 Still-image photography and digital video recording/playback, Best Shot function
EX-M2 Still-image photography (with sound) and digital video (with sound) recording/playback, MP3 music playback, voice recording/playback, Best Shot function
 
 
EXILIM Features

• World's Thinnest Credit-Card-Sized LCD Digital Camera
The EX-S2 is 11.3 mm thick, 88 mm wide, and 55 mm high, making it the world's thinnest LCD digital camera*. It has a one-piece lens and CCD module, designed using hyper CCD-lens integration (HCLi) technology for extraordinary thinness, and a stylish, high-quality stainless steel case that makes it strong as well as compact and slim. These cameras fit easily into a shirt pocket.

*In the category of digital cameras with LCD monitors, as of August 29, 2002.

• Superior Tone Reproduction Using 2.0-Mega-Pixel, Large-Cell CCD
A larger imaging pixel allows more precise color reproduction. The new EX-S2 and EX-M2 use a 2.0-mega-pixel progressive CCD that at 1/1.8 inches is a step larger than the industry standard of 1/2.7 inches. Its large, 4.4-micron-pitch cell size makes the CCD highly sensitive, allowing clear, low-noise images with rich colors and accurate tone reproduction.

• Quick Response Enables Instant Photography
The recently developed LSI system has enabled high-speed camera activation from standby mode of roughly one second with the flip of a switch, as well as a shutter-release time lag of approximately 0.01 second. The detrimental time loss between shutter activation and actual shots experienced with older camera models has been resolved to prevent missed photo opportunities. EXILIM enables users to take the kind of pictures they intend thanks to the 0.9-second interval between shots.
 

EX-S2
 
• Beautiful Photographs with Ease Using "Best Shot" Function
The selection of a subject-matter type sets the camera's white balance and saturation to their optimal values, allowing users to take beautiful photographs easily. The cameras have six settings: portrait, scenery, night scene, retro, twilight, and monochrome.

• Digital Interface TFT-LCD
The digital interface TFT-LCD developed for the EXILIM series enables direct input of digital signals from the LSI without being converted to analog signals. Besides realizing space conservation by eliminating use of video ICs, the TFT-LCD achieves more-vivid and beautiful images.

• Automatically Uploads Images to Computer When Placed in USB Cradle
 
• Photo Loader
When the camera body is placed in the unit's USB cradle, which is connected to a computer, image files in JPEG and AVI formats are automatically uploaded to the computer and the images are managed in HTML format. The Windows version can also handle audio files saved in WAV format.
• Photohands
Clicking the "Print" button located on the Photo Loader screen launches Photohands. In addition to offering printing functions, the software also allows the retouching of color, contrast, saturation and other image attributes.
August 29, 2002
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