PRESS RELEASE Aug. 1 2002
01.08.2002
CASIO extends EXILIM range:
EX-S2 and EX-M2 with 2 megapixels from September


 
Norderstedt, August 2002 - CASIO's EXILIM family is growing. The EXILIM EX-S2 and the EXILIM EX-M2, two new 2-megapixel models will be launched in September, just in time for the Photokina. This pioneering lifestyle line hit the market in June this year with the 1.2-megapixel EX-S1 and EX-M1 models. The EXILIM's credit card format was a technological highlight at this year's CeBIT, where it caused quite a stir. The EXILIM heralds a new generation of digital cameras so thin and compact that they fit in even the smallest breast bag, allowing them to be taken anywhere.
The EXILIM EX-S2 is a high-quality camera packed into a uniquely designed, elegant metal casing. It is a mere 88 mm wide, 55 mm high and 11.3 mm deep or - to put it more precisely - thin, and weighs in at about 88 g*. These dimensions open up an extremely wide range of uses, as the EXILIM is always with you wherever you may be, at work, sports, leisure, travel, or any other occasion. Irretrievable moments, unusual snapshots, special situations - nothing will ever be lost again. The EXILIM is right at your fingertips and ready to use in a second.
The sister model EXILIM EX-M2 features an integrated MP3 player, movie player (with sound) and sound recording function, is only slightly thicker at 12.4 mm and all other dimensions being the same, weighs 90 g*. EXILIM is an artificial word made up of Latin and English elements: "eximius" (extraordinary, special) and "slim" (slender, thin) and so stands for "especially thin".
Both models are in a top-quality steel body in liquid silver that emphasizes their value and quality. As miracles of miniaturisation, they offer a range of convenient operating functions. With its MP3 function, for example, the EXILIM EX-M2 can be used for short films with sound and for recording and playback of MP3 music, as well as the
picture modes single shot, self-timer and single shot with sound. Both models also offer the popular Best Shot function, a feature familiar from other CASIO digital cameras. Its simple operation ensures perfect photos even in difficult photographic situations or poor light conditions. Six pre-set motif programmes - portrait, landscape, night scene, sepia, twilight and black-and-white - can be selected at the push of a single button.
This technological marvel features two picture control systems, with the optical viewfinder supplemented by a newly developed 1.6" digital display which shows bright, brilliant, high-contrast images.
The EXILIM's 1 /1.8" CCD achieves 2.11 million pixels total resolution, corresponding to a picture format of 1600 x 1200 pixels. If needed, there is also a 4x digital zoom. The F=3.2 lens has a fixed focal length of f=7.5 mm, corresponding to a focal length of 36 mm for 35-mm cameras. Under unfavourable lighting conditions, the built-in 4-function flash is activated automatically.
The EXILIM cameras have 12 MB internal image memory, with SD/MMC cards available as an additional storage medium. The USB docking station serves as the connection to the PC, for transfer of photo data, and for recharging of the camera's high-performance lithium-ion battery.
The EXILIM comes complete with lithium-ion battery, carrying strap and USB docking station with USB and connection cable, plus extensive software on CD-ROM. The MP3 version (EX-M2) also includes stereo headphones and LCD remote control.

* Weight not including batteries and memory card

New technology with the EXILIM range
CASIO has developed and implemented completely new technologies for the production of the EXILIM, and a total of 30 international patents have been granted.

Combination of lens and CCD
The integration of aspherical lenses and a highly sensitive CCD into a single module developed by CASIO is what makes the EXILIM one of the world's thinnest cameras.

Highly sensitive CCD
By developing a modern 1/1.8" CCD, CASIO has achieved high sensitivity. Pictures can be taken without flash even at low light levels.

Multi-chip module (MCM)
CASIO's new developments of CPU, ASIC, SDRAM and flash memory help save on energy consumption and substantially increase speed. The integration of these four chips into a multi-module chip also means a drastic reduction in memory chip size.

Digital TFT LCD interface
The world's first digital TFT LCD interface for a digital camera was developed by CASIO especially for the EXILIM. The digital interface renders a converter superfluous, thus reducing the number of components required.


Technical data: EXILIM EX-S2

Recording system:
JPEG (Exif 2.2) DPOF and DCF format support

Recording medium:
12-MB internal memory, memory card slot for SD and MMC memory cards

Sensor:
1/1.8" CCD chip (2,110,000 pixels in total, 2,000,000 effective)

Start-up time:
Less than one second

Resolution:
Photo: 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Movie: 320 x 240, max. 30 sec. per movie

Colour matrix:
True-Color (24 bit)

Lens:
F3.2, f=7.5 mm (corresponds to approx. 36 mm for 35-mm camera).
4x digital zoom, fixed focus

Focus range:
1m - ∞

Exposure measurement:
Multi-field exposure measurement

Exposure control:
Programme AE

Exposure correction:
-2 to +2 EV (in gradations of 1/3 EV)

Shutter:
Electronic, mechanical

Shutter speeds:
1/4 to 1/6.400 sec.

White balance:
Automatic, manual (4 modes), manual switching

Self-timer:
10 sec.

Menu languages
German / English / Spanish / French / Italian / Japanese

Photo modes:
Single photo, Best Shot, self-timer, movie

Flash:
Auto, manual-on, manual-off, red-eye reduction

Flash range:
Approx. 1 to 2 m

Monitor/viewfinder:
1.6" digital TFT colour display
Optical viewfinder

Data transfer:
USB

Inputs/outputs:
Docking station with integrated power supply / battery recharger

Power supply:
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, docking station with integrated power pack and battery recharger

Dimensions:
88 x 55 x 11.3 mm (W x H x D)

Delete modes:
Single photo, all photos

Weight:
Approx. 88 g (without lithium-ion battery and memory card)

Standard equipment:
USB docking station, AC adapter for docking station, USB cable, carrying strap, lithium-ion battery, CD-ROM

Accessories:
Leather bag (EX-CASE1) with neck strap
Leather bag, green, blue, black and grey (ESC-2)
Leather bag, green, blue, black and grey (ESC-1)
Lithium-ion battery (NP-20)
Docking station with adapter (CA-20)


Technical Data of the EXILIM EX-M2

Recording system:
JPEG (Exif 2.2) DPOF and DCF format support

Recording medium:
12-MB internal memory, memory card slot for SD and MMC memory cards

Delete modes:
Single photo, all photos

Sensor:
1/1.8" CCD chip (2,110,000 pixels in total, 2,000,000 effective)

Start-up time:
Less than one second

Resolution / recording:
Photo: 1600 x 1200, 1,280 x 960, 640 x 480
Single photo, single photo with sound recording, max. 30 sec.
Movie with sound recording: 320 x 240, max. 30 sec. per movie, voice-memo function, approx. 50 min. max. on internal memory

Music playback:
MP3 (sampling frequency: 32 / 44.1 / 48 kHz, Bit rate: 32 - 320 kbps)

Voice recording:
WAV format

Colour matrix:
True-Color (24 bit)

Lens:
F3.2, f=7.5 mm (corresponds to approx. 36 mm for 35-mm camera).
4x digital zoom, fixed focus

Focus range:
1m - ∞

Exposure measurement:
Multi-field exposure measurement

Exposure control:
Programme AE

Exposure correction:
-2 to +2 EV (in gradations of 1/3 EV)

Shutter:
Electronic, mechanical

Shutter speeds:
1/4 to 1/6.400 sec.

White balance:
Automatic, manual (4 modes), manual switching

Self-timer:
10 sec.

Menu languages
German / English / Spanish / French / Italian / Japanese

Photo modes:
Single photo, single photo with sound, voice-memo function, Best Shot, self-timer, movie with sound

Flash:
Auto, manual-on, manual-off, red-eye reduction

Flash range:
Approx. 1 to 2 m

Monitor/viewfinder:
1.6" digital TFT colour display
Optical viewfinder

Data transfer:
USB

Inputs/outputs:
USB docking station with integrated power supply / battery recharger

Power supply:
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, docking station with integrated power pack and battery recharger

Dimensions:
88 x 55 x 12.4 mm (W x H x D)

Delete modes:
Single photo, all photos

Weight:
Approx. 90 g (without lithium-ion battery and memory card)

Standard equipment:
Docking station with adapter, USB connection cable, lithium-ion battery, stereo headphones, remote control with LC display, carrying strap, CD-ROM

Accessories:
(EX-CASE1) Leather bag with neck strap
(EX-CASE2) Hard case with belt clip
(EX-CASE3) Neoprene case with belt loop
(ESC-1) Leather bag black
(ESC-2) Leather bag green, black and grey
(ESC-3) Leather bag shining blue
Lithium-ion battery (NP-20)
Docking station with adapter (CA-20)
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