Casio announced four new entry-level, 16-megapixel digital cameras with easy mode and Premium Auto. The new EXILIM family includes the EX-ZS150, EX-ZS20, EX-ZS12, and EX-ZS6, each of which have dedicated buttons for the basic digital camera operations of capturing, reviewing, and deleting images. They also feature the “easy Mode” interface, which clearly displays frequently used functions with large lettering and icons. By following instructions from the on-screen guide, users can take photos with the optimal photographic settings. Also, by merely pointing the camera at a subject, the new models automatically focus on the face of the subject or on the landscape. Once the focus frame turns green, the user just presses the shutter button, and a sharply focused image is captured. The new EXILIM cameras are designed to be easy for everyone to operate, even novices.
Photo: Casio EX-ZS150
The EX-ZS150 is equipped with a 24mm wide-angle lens and a 12.5x optical zoom ready to capture any kind of scene, while the EX-ZS20 is equipped with a 26mm wide-angle lens and a 6x optical zoom in a slim, stainless-steel body. Both models come with Premium Auto mode, which automatically analyzes the shooting scene to choose the best settings and performs image processing. When set to Premium Auto mode, the cameras will automatically analyze the scene being photographed and simultaneously optimize settings for exposure, ISO, sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range, color balance, and level of noise reduction. Premium Auto mode will automatically distinguish night scenes, back lighting, a blue sky, green trees or a sunset and can sense whether there is a person's face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject, and whether a tripod is being used. All images are analyzed pixel by pixel to apply different corrections depending on the subject. For example, if Premium Auto mode recognizes that the subject of the image is a person, it will automatically apply Makeup Mode, and will automatically apply Landscape Mode if it detects that the subject of the image is a landscape. For those who value simplicity and want to capture beautiful images with each press of the shutter, Casio's Premium Auto is the mode to use.
Meanwhile, the EX-ZS12 and EX-ZS6 are equipped with a 26mm wide-angle lens and a 5x optical zoom. The EX-ZS12 features a slim, stainless-steel body for a high-quality look.
All four models come in a wide variety of colors and offer BEST SHOT Mode, which optimizes photo settings when the user selects the type of scene about to be photographed. Every BEST SHOT Mode was designed to help users capture the best images possible of a wide range of subjects in just about any environment. Users will also benefit from helpful images and descriptions which accompany each mode and give a detailed explanation of when to use them and what each will provide in regard to results. The new EXILIM models also offer a self-portrait function that automatically takes a beautiful shot when the camera detects the user's face and focuses on it. What's more is that each camera is also capable of HD movie recording (1280 x 720) for stunning clips.
In addition, the cameras feature a 2.7-inch LCD screen as well as USB charging, which provides users the ability to recharge the battery in camera while connected to a computer.
|Number of Effective Pixels||16.1 megapixels||16.1 megapixels||16.1 megapixels||16.1 megapixels|
|Lens (Full Wide)
Converted to 35mm film format
|24mm wide-angle||26mm wide-angle||26mm wide-angle||26mm wide-angle|
|Blur Correction/ Blur Reduction||CCD Shift Stabilization||Anti Shake Mode||Anti Shake Mode||Anti Shake Mode|
|HD Movie (1280×720)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Monitor Screen||2.7 inches||2.7 inches||2.7 inches||2.7 inches|
|4.02×2.32×1.23 (0.83) inches||3.74×55.9×2.2 (0.65) inches||3.74×56.3×2.22 (0.65) inches||3.77×2.24×0.82 (0.76) inches|
|Colors||Black, Gold, Green and Vivid Pink||Black, Silver, White, Pink, Red and Blue||Black, Silver, Red and Blue||Black, Silver, Pink and Red|
Each camera will be available April 2012.