Casio announced its new flagship EXILIM EX-ZR200 16-megapixel compact digital camera with Premium AUTO PRO and a new Rapid Shutter feature that snaps photos in as little as 0.27 seconds between shots. The camera also comes with Casio’s HDR-ART function, which creates impressive artistic images with nothing more than a press of the shutter button. The Blurred Background function processes images to make a soft background that accentuates the subject, and the manual shooting function gives users control over shooting parameters.
EXILIM ENGINE HS with high-speed shooting and high-speed image processing
Premium AUTO PRO function produces beautiful photos with just a press of the shutter button
The Premium AUTO PRO function incorporates all the features of Premium AUTO mode-which automatically analyzes the shooting scene to choose the best settings and perform image processing-while making it even better. Premium AUTO PRO can now automatically combine images from high-speed continuous shooting according to shooting conditions, to create gorgeous photos. Users can easily take sophisticated photos at the press of the shutter button, thanks to the automatic activation of functions such as HDR technology for high-contrast conditions, High Speed Night Scene mode for night shots, and High Speed Anti Shake for high-power zoom shooting.
HDR technology faithfully reproduces images as they really appear
With Casio’s HDR technology, each press of the shutter button actually takes several shots at different exposures and instantly combines them into a single image with a high dynamic range. This minimizes over exposed or under exposed areas in the image, creating a photograph that captures all the rich tonal gradation of the scene just as it appears in real life. The HDR technology also reduces the blur caused by a subject’s movements during continuous shooting, leaving only beautifully crisp, clear photographs.
HDR-ART creates artistic photographs
The EX-ZR200 features Casio’s HDR-ART function for enabling anyone to create truly artistic photographs at the press of the shutter button, unlike anything possible with conventional cameras before. The function works by combining continuous shots with differing exposures and performing highly precise image analysis to locally change levels of contrast and color saturation. Users can select from three different processing levels of art effects. The HDR-ART function can also be applied to movies (only one level of art effect available), allowing them to produce dramatic movies from everyday scenes.
Blurred Background function lets users take impressive photographs like a single-lens reflex camera
Casio has employed its high-speed burst shooting technologies to create an original technique for processing the background scene of a shot like the soft blur effect attainable using a single-lens reflex camera, thereby accentuating the subject of the photo.
Wide Shot function
The EX-ZR200 combines continuous shots taken with high-speed burst shooting when the user is moving the camera, enabling powerful super-wide-angle shots. Users can choose wide-angle shooting modes equivalent to 14 mm or 18 mm.
Casio’s Multi Frame SR Zoom maintains refined image quality to a maximum zoom of 25x
The wide-angle 24 mm, 12.5x optical zoom lens offers zoom performance equivalent to a maximum of 25x optical zoom with Casio’s Multi Frame SR Zoom, which actually combines a number of still images to maintain the image quality needed for high-resolution photography.
Full HD movies
The EX-ZR200 enables beautiful high-resolution Full HD movies. Even while shooting a movie, users can take still 16-megapixel high-resolution images with high-speed burst shooting using the Snapshot In Movie function, and can also use the optical zoom and continuous auto focus.
Mode dial for rapid access to shooting modes
The mode dial enables users to choose from 10 shooting modes, including scene modes and Premium AUTO PRO, Multi Frame SR Zoom and HDR modes.
Features and Specifications
- Approximately 16.1 megapixels
- 1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS
- 3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 460,800 dots (960×480)
- H.264 High Definition Movie (1080p)
- 12.5x Optical Zoom
- 24mm Wide-angle Lens
- Slide Panorama captures 360-degree panoramic images
- Multi Frame SR Zoom (SR = Super Resolution)
- Eye-Fi Card compatible
- USB charging
- HDMI output [mini]
- Built-in Stereo Microphone
- Battery Life: Approx. 480 Continuous Playback (Snapshots)
- Approx. 5 hr. 40 min. Continuous Recording
- Approx. 2 hr. 25 min. (FHD movie recording)
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (NP-130)
- 30 fps [Max.] Ultra High Speed CS (Up to 30 images total)
- 1000 fps High Speed Movie
Price and Availability
The EX-ZR200 will be available in Black, White, Red and Blue and will ship in April 2012 for $379.99.