Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z450, EX-Z90 Point-and-Shoot Cameras 4X Optical Zoom, 720p HD Video, Intelligent Auto-Focus

Casio announced today the launch of their latest PaS digital cameras,
the Exilim Zoom EX-Z450 and Exilim Zoom EX-Z90. The pair of cameras is
equipped with a new Intelligent AF system and 720p HD video recording.
Both 12MP cameras feature a slim, compact design and the latest version
of Casio's Dynamic Photo function.

Both the Z450 and Z90 will feature a new auto focus system that Casio
calls Intelligent AF. This function basically adds even more detection
algorithms to the existing face detection technology so that it will now
auto-focus on more than just faces. According to Casio, it
automatically detects the photo subject even if it is not a human face,
and should automatically adjust exposure and focus to best capture the
non-human (or human) subject.

Casio has also tweaked their Dynamic Photo function for the Z450 and
Z90. Previous Exilim cameras use a version of this technology that
allows the user to separate a moving subject from the background of a
photograph. The cut-out image can then be combined with a different
background. Previous models required the user to capture two images -
one with the subject and one without. Now, users will be able to record
just one image to achieve the same effect. The catch, however, is that
your subject will need to be in front of a flat background of a single
color.

The Exilim Zoom EX-Z450 will couple a 12.1 MP sensor with Casio's Exilim
Engine 4.0 image processor. It offers a step up in baseline specs from
the EX-Z90 with sensor-shift image stabilization, a 28mm wide-angle 4x
optical zoom lens and a slightly larger 3.0-in LCD. It's also capable of
high-speed burst shooting at up to 10 fps at a reduced resolution.

The Exilim Zoom EX-Z90 picks up some style points with a sleek, slim
body and available three color options. It sports a 3x optical zoom lens
(equivalent to 35-105mm) and a 2.7-in LCD with 230K resolution.
Look for both cameras to hit store shelves in early October. The Casio
Exilim Zoom EX-Z450 will start at $199.99 and the Exilim Zoom EX-Z90 at
$149.99.

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