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Casio Introduces New 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera
Features Large 2.8-inch Wide and Bright LCD Display
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DOVER, NJ, APRIL 26, 2006 — Casio, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., LTD., have announced the release of the EX-Z1000, the latest exciting addition to Casio's stylish series of Exilim Zoom digital cameras. The EX-Z1000 captures images of remarkable quality for its very compact size, and its new wide-format Super Bright LCD display gives users the power to enjoy instant, high-impact images of their shots.

The new Exilim Zoom EX-Z1000 packs a powerful punch in a sleek, compact package. Small enough to be held in the palm of the hand, its 10.1 megapixel digital camera still captures super high-resolution images that reproduce crystal-clear even in very large sizes—perfect for printing or on-screen viewing of those priceless, once-in-a-lifetime shots. And there's more. This new model is the first in the series to incorporate a large 2.8-inch, Wide and Bright LCD display. Casio makes the most of this extra screen space to offer great new functions like simultaneous viewing of a wide angle and a telephoto shot, and a convenient right-side set of icon controls.

High resolution 10.1 megapixel digital camera with large CCD

The EX-Z1000 has an effective 10.1 million pixels, powered by a large 1/1.8-inch format, high resolution CCD.  Add the Exilim Engine high-performance image processor and the camera delivers highly expressive images and reproduces a wide tonal range. 

Large 2.8-inch, Wide and Bright display

The EX-Z1000's LCD display is a large, crystal-clear 2.8-inch monitor in an attractive wide format. This high-resolution, 230,400 pixel LCD displays images and data with outstanding clarity and fine detail. With a maximum brightness of 1200cd/m2, the EX-Z1000's Wide and Bright display makes viewing in bright outdoor light easier than ever before.

Since the moment of its debut in 2002, the Exilim series has been transforming the digital camera market. Exilim cameras are slim and stylish, packed with superior functionality, and astonishingly easy to use. Users appreciate Exilim's unique combination of compact size, intuitive controls, large displays, and long battery life. And the series continues to break new ground, with the recent introduction of functions like Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blurring due to unsteady hands or moving subjects, and the Super Bright display.

“We are very excited to announce the addition of our EX-Z1000 to the Exilim Zoom series of compact, stylish and easy-to-use digital cameras”, said Bill Heuer, Senior Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division.  “The high resolution and large, bright 2.8” LCD in the new EX-Z1000 offers consumers even more possibilities in capturing and sharing their memories, and Casio is proud to be able to offer such cutting edge technology”, he continued. 

The EX-Z1000 will have a suggested retail price of $399.99 and will be available at retail in June.

Exilim Zoom EX-Z1000 Main Features

Superior performance, amazing image quality, and functionality for beautiful photographs

· 10.1 million effective pixels.

· A high dynamic range, 1/1.8-inch CCD, which delivers low-noise imaging.

· The ability to zoom between 4.3X and 17.1X*1 with no reduction in image quality.

· BEST SHOT function with high-sensitivity shooting mode, up to a maximum of ISO 3200.

· Anti Shake DSP, which is built into the EXILIM Engine image processor, reduces blurring due to unsteady hands or moving subjects.

· Rapid Flash function enables up to three shots per second, enabling high-speed flash photography.

· Fast power-on function, so the first shot can be taken just 1.3 seconds*2 after switching on.

· Release time lag of only approximately 0.002 seconds,*3 allowing the shot to be captured practically instantaneously with the push of the shutter button.

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