PRESS RELEASE May 21, 2007
CASIO Introduces Flagship EXILIM Zoom Digital Camera with 12 Megapixels
Featuring a slim, stylish look packed with superior functions like auto-tracking AF with motion analysis technology and a CCD-shift anti-shake mechanism
EX-Z1200 EX-Z1200 black
EX-Z1200 EX-Z1200 black
Norderstedt, May 21st, 2007 - CASIO Europe GmbH and its parent company, CASIO Computer Co., Ltd., announced the release of the newest model in the stylish series of EXILIM digital cameras, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200. The new camera is CASIO's flagship EXILIM Zoom, boasting a world-leading 12.1 effective megapixels to deliver both high resolution and premium performance.

It has only been a year since CASIO released the revolutionary EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1000, the first digital camera in the world to deliver 10.1 megapixel resolution in a size that fits easily in the palm of the hand. The EX-Z1000 won acclaim for making it simpler than ever to capture images at a remarkably high resolution, and its trend-setting performance put it at the forefront of the market.

Now, going one step beyond the EX-Z1000, the new flagship EX-Z1200 offers 12.1 megapixel resolution - the highest available in any compact digital camera. At this amazing level of detail, photos print crystal-clear even in large sizes or when trimmed to show just one part of the image. It incorporates CCD-shift image stabilization and the latest EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processing module with motion analysis technology. These innovative features work together to help prevent blurry shots due to shaky hands, subject movement or poor focus when photographing moving subjects such as children or pets. In addition, the auto-tracking AF system now combines both face detection and motion analysis technologies. With this revolutionary new system, once the focus is locked in, it follows a moving subject's face, maintaining both sharp focus and correct exposure.

Main Features
  • 12.1 million effective pixels; 3X optical zoom
  • CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism
  • Incorporates the latest EXILIM Engine 2.0 image processing module featuring motion analysis technology
    • Blur-reduction technologies:
      • Automatically analyzes the velocity and vector of a moving subject and sets the most appropriate ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.
      • Anti Shake DSP reduces blur due to shaky hands and subject movement, using high shutter speeds and high sensitivity settings.
      • Movie mode with electronic camera shake compensation function.
    • Tonal range control reduces loss of detail in bright and dark areas, and helps to achieve smoother expression of skin tones and clear blue skies.
    • Auto-tracking AF system maintains both sharp focus and correct exposure for a human face using both face detection* and motion analysis technologies
  • Maximum 3 shot/second** shutter speed (when set at 3.0 megapixel image size)
  • 2.8-inch Wide and Bright LCD display (maximum brightness of 1400cd/m2 at center of screen) makes viewing in bright outdoor light easier than ever before
* "Face Detection feature" includes a face detection technology provided by OKI's face image processing engine, FSE (Face Sensing Engine).
** Number of shots can vary depending on the memory card used.

EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200 Specifications
Effective Pixels: 12.1 million
Imaging Element: 1/1.7-inch square pixel color CCD (total pixels: 12.39 million)
Image File Format: Still images: JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: H.264/AVC, MOV format
Audio: WAV (monaural)
Recording Media: Built-in flash memory (image area: 11.4MB), SDHC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / Multimedia Card / Multimedia Card plus compatible
Image Size (Pixels): Still images: 4000×3000, 4000×2656 (3:2), 4000×2240 (16:9), 3264×2448, 2560×1920, 2048×1536, 640×480
Movies: 848×480 (UHQ Wide/HQ Wide), 640×480 (UHQ/HQ/Normal), 320×240 (LP)
Data Size:
Still images Image Size (Pixels) Image Quality / Recording Time File Size Built-in Flash Memory (11.4 MB) SD Memory Card 1GB *1
4000×3000 Fine / Normal / Economy Approx. 7.87 MB / 4.13 MB / 2.76 MB Approx. 1 shot / 2 shots / 4 shots Approx. 122 shots / 234 shots / 350 shots
640×480 Fine / Normal / Economy Approx. 330 KB / 190 KB / 140 KB Approx. 34 shots / 60 shots / 82 shots Approx. 2930 shots / 5090 shots / 6908 shots
Movies 640×480 (UHQ) Maximum Recording Time per File. 10 minutes Approx. 5.8 Megabits per Second (20 frames/second) Approx. 16 seconds Approx. 22 minutes, 50 seconds
848×480 (UHQ Wide) Approx. 7.0 Megabits per Second (20 frames/second) Approx. 13 seconds Approx. 18 minutes, 54 seconds
640×480 (HQ) Approx. 2.8 Megabits per Second (20 frames/second) Approx. 33 seconds Approx. 47 minutes, 30 seconds
848×480 (HQ Wide) Approx. 3.4 Megabits per Second (20 frames/second) Approx. 27 seconds Approx. 39 minutes, 4 seconds
640×480 (Normal) Approx. 1.4 Megabits per Second (20 frames/second) Approx. 1 minute, 7 seconds Approx. 1 hour, 34 seconds
320×240 (LP) Approx. 845 Kilobits per Second (20 frames/second) Approx. 1 minutes, 51 seconds Approx. 2 hour, 35 second
* When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed SD Memory Card.
Operating Speed: Power on to first shot: approximately 1.7 seconds*
Shutter release time lag: approximately 0.009 second*
Image playback: 0.1 second/image
Shot to shot time: approximately 2.0 seconds*/**
Continuous shutter: approximately 1.6-second intervals**
High-speed continuous shutter: maximum is 3 frames per second***
Rapid Flash: approximately 3 frames per second
* With built-in flash off.
** With image size set at 4000x3000 and using normal image quality.
*** Image is fixed at 2048x1536 and using normal image quality.
Lens/Focal Distance: F2.8 to 5.4, f=7.9 to 23.7 mm (equivalent to approximately 37 to 111 mm on a 35 mm film camera), 7 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
Zoom: 3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom (image size: 4000x3000 pixels, 12X in combination with optical zoom)
Focusing: Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes: Auto Focus (still image only), Macro Mode, Pan Focus (movie recording only), Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area: Spot, Multi or Tracking; with AF assist lamp
Approximate Focus Range: Auto Focus: 40 cm* to , Macro: 6 cm to 50 cm*, Infinity Mode: , Manual Focus: 6 cm* to
* Range is affected by optical zoom.
Exposure Control: Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure: Program AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter: CCD shutter, mechanical shutter,
Program AE: 1/4 to 1/2000 second*, Aperture Priority AE: 1 to 1/2000 second*, Shutter Speed Priority AE and Manual
Exposure: 30 to 1/2000 second*
* Shutter speed range may be different depending on the BEST SHOT scene.
Aperture: F2.8/F8.0*, auto switching
* Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change. F8.0 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.
White Balance: Auto, fixed (6 modes), manual
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*: Still images: Auto**, ISO50, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400
Movies: Auto
* SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.
** When using Anti Shake function, maximum is ISO 800. When using BEST SHOT "High Sensitivity" function, maximum is ISO 1600.
Recording Functions: Still images; still images with audio (maximum around 30 seconds); macro; self-timer; continuous shutter (normal speed, high speed, rapid flash, zoom continuous), BEST SHOT, movies with audio, MOVIE BEST SHOT, voice recording
Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash: Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range: approx. 0.1 to 4.0 m (W), approx. 0.3 to 2.1 m (T)
Rapid Flash: approx. 0.3 to 2.4 m (W), approx. 0.3 to 1.2 m (T)
Monitor Screen: 2.8-inch TFT color LCD (14:9), 230,400 pixels (960×240)
Timekeeping Functions: Date and time: recorded with image data; Auto Calendar: To 2049
On-image time stamp function
World Time: 162 cities in 32 time zones, City name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals: USB cradle connector, USB2.0 (Hi-Speed) compatible
Microphone: Monaural
Speaker: Monaural
Power Requirements: Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40) x 1
Battery Life: Approx. 340 still images* (CIPA Standards)
Continuous playback: approx 8 hr. 10 min. (still images)
Continuous recording: approx 9 hr. 40 min. (voice recording)
* Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting
Dimensions: 93.3 (W) x 58.5 (H) x 22.4 (D) mm (excluding projections, 19.9 mm at thinnest part)
Weight: Approximately 152 g (excluding battery and accessories)
Bundled Accessories: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, USB cradle, USB cable, AV cable, Special AC adaptor, AC power cord, strap, CD-ROM

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. "FSE" is a product provided by Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. For more information about "FSE", visit OKI's website at http://www.oki.com/. 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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