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New Casio firmware and the Hello Kitty Casio |EX-Z2

Casio releases firmware version 1.01 for the EX-S6 and EX-Z2 digital cameras. Contrary to Casio's practice, the firmware carries the cryptic description "Improved certain operation". In my quest for more information on the update I came across another - limited edition - of the Casio Exilim EX-Z2: The Z2 X Hello Kitty limited edition. The body of the camera is in a soft pink color with Swarovski diamonds dotted around the lens and body decorations; the impeccable design is perfect for all who love pink and bling-bling...
All about (and pre-order) the Hello Kitty Casio Exilim EX-Z2 digital cameraCasio firmware download pages:

Casio EX-S6 Firmware Update Version 1.01
Casio EX-Z2 Firmware Update Version 1.01


Hello Kitty Casio Exilim EX-Z2

Hello Kitty has entered their 35th anniversary. To celebrate, CASIO launched an exclusive CASIO Z2 X Hello Kitty dreamy pink limited edition design, not only on the camera shell but in the overall appearance. Pink with Swarovski diamond dotted outer lens and body decorations and impeccable design is perfect for all girls! Great photos can last for generations, and the EX-Z2 can help you capture them. A 12.1 effective Megapixel camera with 3X optical zoom, and two color options, the EX-Z2 combines advanced technology with advanced style. Its sleek and compact design means you can get be ready to shoot great moments any time.

Features:

-12.1 Megapixel Resolution
-2.7 Inch LCD Monitor
-3x Optical Zoom
-Easy Mode
-Auto Shutter
-Movie Button
-Drag and Drop Videos into iTunes

Specifications:

-File Format Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2, DCF1.0, DPOF) Movies: MOV format, H.264/AVC, AAC (monaural) -Recording Media: 41.2MB built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MMC (MultiMediaCard), MMCplus (MultiMediaCardplus) compatible
-Number of Pixels: Still Images: 9M(3456x2592)/3:2(3456x2304)/16:9(3456x1944)/7M(3072x2304)/4M(2304x1728)/2M(1600x1200)VGA(640x480) Movies: 848x480(WIDE) / 640x480(STD) / 320x240(LP)
-Image Deletion: One image / All images With memory protect function
-Effective # of Pixels: Approx. 9.1 megapixels
-Imaging Element: 1/2.5-inch square pixel CCD
-Total Pixels: 9.30 megapixels
-Zoom: 3 x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (12 times both with optical and digital zoom) HD Zoom Maximum 16x (at VGA, both with optical and digital zoom)
-Focusing: Focus Type - Contrast Detection Auto Focus; Focus Modes - Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity mode, Manual focus AF Area - Spot, Multi or Tracking
-Focus Range (from lens surface): Auto Focus - Approx. 15.7" - Infinity (W); Macro - Approx. 3.9" - 19.7" (W); Infinity Mode - infinity (W)
-Manual Focus - Approx. 3.9" - Infinity (W)
-Exposure Control: Metering: Multi pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by CCD
-Control: Program AE; Exposure compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
-Shutter Type: CCD electronic shutter and mechanical shutter
-Shutter Speed: Auto: 1/2 - 1/2000 second; Night Scene: 4 - 1/2000 second
-Aperture: F3.1(W) - F5.6(W) (ND filter is being used.)
-White Balance: Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, manual WB
-Sensitivity (SOS/REI): Still images: Auto/ ISO64/ ISO100/ ISO200/ ISO400/ ISO800/ ISO1600 Movie: Auto
-Self-Timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
-Built-in Flash: Flash modes: Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Soft Flash, Red eye reduction
-Flash range: Approx. .33' to 8.53' (W), approx. 1.97' to 4.60' (T); Flash Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.31' to 4.60' (W), approx. 1.97' to 2.30' (T)
-Recording Functions: Snapshot, Marco, Self-timer, Continuous shooting(Normal Speed CS/High Speed CS/Flash CS), BEST SHOT, Auto shutter, Face Recognition, easy Mode, Movie(Normal Movie, Prerecord Movie, and For YouTube), Voice Recording * Audio recording is monaural
-Monitor Screen: 2.6-inch TFT color LCD 114,960 dots (479 x 240)
-Playback: Playback Zoom(8X), 12-image Screen, Calendar Screen, Start-up Images, Rotate, Re-size, Trimming, Copy, BGM Slideshow, Brightness, White Balance, Keystone, Color Correction, Layout Print, MOTION PRINT
-Finder: LCD Monitor
-Input/Output: USB/AV connection
-Timekeeping: Built-in quartz digital clock
-Date and time: Recorded with image date, Time stamp, Auto calendar up to the year 2049
-Microphone/Speaker: Monaural Microphones / Monaural Speaker
-Power Source: Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-60) x1
-Power Consumption: 3.7V DC, Approximately 3.5W
-Dimensions: 3.5"(W) x 2.0"(H) x 0.7"(D) (excluding projections ; 0.7" at thinnest point)
-Weight: Approximately 3.5 oz (excluding battery and bundled accessories)

Product Size: 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 x 3/4 inches.

Additional information: All about (and pre-order) the Hello Kitty Casio Exilim EX-Z2 digital camera
August 24, 2009
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