PRESS RELEASE August 04, 2005
Five-Hundred Sharp Shots on a Single Charge
New EXILIM Zoom Features Anti Shake DSP and Large 2.7-inch Screen
EX-Z57 EX-Z57
EX-Z500 EX-Z500 Black
August 4, 2005, Norderstedt, Germany - CASIO Europe GmbH, in conjunction with its parent company CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announced the release of the latest addition to its lineup of high quality digital cameras with the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z500. The new 5.0 megapixel EX-Z500 with 3x optical zoom boasts CASIO's Anti Shake DSP technology, a large high-resolution 2.7-inch TFT color LCD display, and the longest battery life of the entire CASIO range - up to 500 shots on a single charge. These cutting-edge features are packaged in a sleek new ergonomically shaved body design, further enhancing the sharp and distinctive look of the EXILIM Zoom series.

CASIO's EXILIM series of digital cameras epitomize advanced miniaturization culminating in slim, compact bodies, and digital technologies that make them faster, smaller, and more powerful. CASIO's EXILIM Engine with Anti Shake DSP, large high resolution LCD displays, and super long battery life help position the EXILIM range at the forefront of the digital camera market. The latest EXILIM Zoom model is a perfect balance of form and function personified by its advanced features and contemporary look.

Built into the slim and beautiful body is the Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blurring caused either by shaking hands or moving subjects, while the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions ensure that photos are properly focused. In addition, the High Sensitivity Mode produces clear shots with a bright background without the flash, even when lighting is dim The extra-large 2.7-inch TFT color LCD display features fine resolution of 153,600 pixels, yet battery life is further lengthened, facilitating an amazing 500 shots per charge. Convenient one-touch DIRECT ON buttons that enable fast start up for quick shots and photo viewing, as well as a practical 31scene BEST SHOT button make the EX-Z500 even more easy to use.

With all the performance and functions users have come to expect from CASIO packaged in a stylish new body, the EX-Z500 provides convenient, longer-lasting portability combined with cutting-edge technology, ensuring beautiful pictures to last a lifetime. EX-Z500 Main Features

High Performance, Advanced Capabilities
  • 5.0 megapixel high resolution CCD and retracting 3X optical zoom
  • High quality images, high speed, and long lasting battery in a miniaturized package with EXILIM Engine image processing module
  • The latest version of the EXILIM Engine features the Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blurring caused by shaking hands or moving subjects
  • Super Life Battery allows up to 500 still pictures per charge on CIPA standard
  • High-resolution 153,600 (640 x 240) pixel large 2.7-inch digital interface TFT LCD display
  • AF assist light function allows for perfect focus in dark places
Slim, Ergonomically Shaved Design
  • Slim retractable 3X optical zoom lens results in a camera that is just 20.5 mm thick (18.6 mm at thinnest point)
  • LCD display convexity has been eliminated, resulting a completely flat rear camera surface
  • Zoom lever and shutter button combined into one
  • Equipped with a one-touch "BEST SHOT" button that allows you to select the appropriate mode for your shot
Enhanced Quick Responsiveness
  • Once powered on, the camera is ready to take pictures in approximately 0.9 seconds1)
  • After the shutter is snapped, picture is taken almost instantaneously with an approximately 0.007 seconds2) release time lag
  • High-speed picture playback of approximately 0.1 seconds interval
  • Continuous shutter function enables photos to be taken in approximately 0.9 second3) intervals, limited to available space on memory card
  • The "DIRECT ON" button function allows quick startup in both shooting and playback modes
1) using internal memory, with internal flash turned off
2) with internal flash turned off
3) depending on the type of memory card used

Convenient and Multivariate Functions
  • Perfect pictures and movies can be taken using one of the 31 different "BEST SHOT" 4 settings
  • The "Quick Shutter" function reduces mistakes by facilitating simple and easy high-speed focusing
  • The "Auto Macro" mode allows for automatic switching between macro mode and auto focus mode
  • The "Icon Help" function provides pop-up icon guidance when adjusting camera settings
  • The "Flash Assist" mode compensates for poorly illuminated areas of the shot
4) 31 BEST SHOT scenes include "Anti Shake", which reduces blurring caused by both shaking hands and moving subjects, as well as "High Sensitivity", which enables bright pictures in a dim place even without the flash.

Movie Functions
  • Movies recorded in VGA (640x480 pixels) size, 30 frames per second (Motion JPEG)
  • Using the "MOTION PRINT" function, movies can be converted into a series of nine or just one snapshot for printing
  • Movies can be zoomed in during replay
  • The "Movie Editing" operation offers three ways (beginning, middle, end) to cut unwanted scenes from a movie
Miscellaneous Features
  • The USB cradle functions as a charger as well as a simple way to connect the camera to a personal computer and other audiovisual equipment, such as a television or DVD player.
  • LCD monitor brightness can be adjusted to one of two settings
  • Includes "Photo Loader" software which facilitates easy transfer of pictures to a PC
  • Menu display language can be set to Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Compatible with PictBridge and USB Direct Print for direct connection to printing device
  • Compatible with ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) as well as PRINT Image Matching?
Specifications EXILIM Zoom EX-Z500

Imaging Element: 1/2.5-inchsquare pixel color CCD (total pixels: 5.25 million, effective pixels: 5.0million)
Image Files Format: Snapshots: JPEG (Exif Ver.2.2),DCF1 standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Audio: WAV
Recording Media: 8.7 MB Built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, MultimediaCard
Image Size (Pixels): Snapshots: 2560×1920, 2560×1712 (3:2), 2304×1728, 2048×1536, 1600×1200, 640×480
Movies: 640×480 (HQ), 640×480 (Normal), 320×240 (LP)
Snapshots:
Image Size
(Pixels)
Resolution Approximate File Size Approximate Memory Capacity (Images)*
Built-in Memory
(8,3 MB)
SD Memory Card* 265 MB
2,560 x 1,920 Fine 3.0MB 2 78
Normal 2.0MB 4 116
Economy 1.0MB 7 211
640 x 480 Fine 360 KB 22 625
Normal 240 KB 33 938
Economy 120 KB 62 1742

Movie with Audio:
Image Size
(Pixels)
Maximum Movie Length Approximate File Size Frames/sec Approximate Memory Capacity
Built-in Memory
(8,3 MB)
E.g. :SD Memory Card*
256 MB
640 x 480 (HQ) Each movie clip
can be recorded
up to the data amount full in memory
10.2Mbit/sec 30 max. 7 sec. max. 3 min. 16 sec
640 x 480 (NORMAL) 6.1Mbit/sec 30 max. 11 sec max. 5 min. 27 sec
320 x 240 (LP) 2.45Mbit/sec 15 max. 29 sec max. 13 min. 35 sec.
Based on Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., LTD. products. Capacity depends on card manufacturer.
Lens/Focal Distance: F2.7(W) to 5.2(T), f=6.2 to 18.6mm
(equivalent to approximately 38 to 114 mm for 35 mm film),
6 lenses in 5 groups, with aspherical lens
Zoom: 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (12x in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing: Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Mode: Auto Focus, Macro mode, Auto Macro, Pan Focus,
Infinity mode, manual focus, AF Area: spot, multi, AF Assist Light
Approximate Focus Range: Auto Focus: 40cm to
Macro:17cm to 50cm
Infinity Mode:
Manual:17 cm to
(using optical zoom causes the above ranges to change)
Exposure Control: Light metering: Multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot by CCD
Exposure: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to + 2EV (1/3EV units)
Shutter: CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed: Snapshot mode (auto): 1/8 to 1/2000 second
Aperture: F2.7/F4.3, auto switching (using optical zoom causes the aperture to change)
White Balance: Auto WB/ fixed (6 modes) / manual switching
Sensitivity: Snapshots: Auto* / ISO50/ISO100/ISO200/ISO400
Movies: Auto
*Max ISO sensitivity is 800 when taking pictures with Anti Shake or High Sensitivity
Recording Functions: Single image, BEST SHOT, movie with sound, single image with voice, voice recording, macro, self-timer, continuous shooting
Self-timer: 10 seconds. 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash: Flash Modes; Auto Flash, On, Off, Red eye reduction
Flash Range: 0.4 to 2.4 meters (W); 0.4 to 1.3 meters (T)
Viewfinder: Monitor screen
Monitor: 2.7-inch TFT color LCD, 153,600 pixels (640×240)
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time…Recorded with image data; Auto Calendar…To 2049
World Time: 162 cities in 32 time zones, City, Date, Time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals: Cradle connector
USB: USB 2.0 (Full-Speed) compatible
Microphone/Speaker: Monaural
Power Requirements: Proprietary Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40)
Battery life: Approx. 170 snapshots (CIPA Standards)
Continuous shooting: approx. 1330 snapshots (approx 4hr. 30 min.)*
Continuous playback: approx. 7 hr. 50 min. (snapshots)
Continuous recording: approx. 3hr. 40 min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx. 7hr. 40 min. (voice recording)
Dimensions: 88.5 (W) x 57 (H) x 20.5 (D) mm (excluding projections, 18.6 mm at thinnest part)
Weight: Approximately 112g (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, Special AC adaptor, AC power cord, USB cable, AV Cable, Strap,CD-ROM
LCD monitor ON, Flash disabled, alternating between wide-zoom and telephoto-zoom every 12 seconds

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO. LTD. PENTAX. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

Specs are subject to change w/o notice.
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