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Casio Releases New EXILIM PRO Digital Camera

Best of both worlds with high quality digital photos and video (January 31, 2005)

Casio's EXILIM PRO EX-P505

Casio's EXILIM PRO EX-P505

Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has released the newest model in its popular EXILIM digital camera series. The new EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is a stylish digital camera equipped with a 5.0 megapixel imaging element and a 5X optical zoom. It not only takes superbly detailed digital photos, it is also capable of shooting extended video scenes with high-image quality. The EXILIM PRO EX-P505 will be available at retail the end of February, MSRP $499.99.

¡°We are very excited about this new addition to our award-winning EXILIM line. With the new EX-P505 you can now shoot videos and take quality digital photos. Casio¡¯s top-of-the-line EXILIM cameras are engineered for high image quality, high-speed operation, lower power consumption, and extremely compact dimensions,¡± said John Clough, president of Casio, Inc. ¡°We achieved these objectives through the use of Casio¡¯s remarkable ¡°EXILIM engine,¡± an extremely compact image module that represents the crystallization of Casio¡¯s advanced technology.¡±

The new EXILIM PRO EX-P505 is a high-performance digital camera with an amazing high-quality video capability. The EX-P505 features a 5X optical zoom, an imaging CCD with 5.0 mega effective pixels, Casio¡¯s ¡°EXILIM engine¡±, and a large 2-inch TFT color rotating screen that makes angle shots a snap. It offers the same manual operation made famous by the EX-P600, as well as high-quality video shooting capability of 30 frames per second, in VGA size, thanks to the incorporation of MPEG-4 technology.

The very first EXILIM PRO model, the ground-breaking EX-P600, is equipped with a 6.0 megapixel imaging element and a 4X optical zoom, along with user selectable aperture, shutter speed and other effects, assuring the exact desired results when taking portraits or other types of photos. Manual operation is so easy that beginners can enjoy taking great pictures right away. The EX-P700, the second in the series, continued the tradition of the EXILIM PRO series, and remains hugely popular with photographers of all levels.

* Authentic manual operation puts the user in control
With a CCD imaging element with 5.0 mega effective pixels, along with the advanced Exilim engine, remarkably detailed images can be taken with ease. The 5X optical zoom lens has macro capability down to 1 cm, as well as aperture priority or shutter priority automatic setting, along with manual exposure mode for completely manual operation.

* High quality video shooting
The adoption of MPEG-4 technology enables full-scale high quality video shooting in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. ¡°Movie BEST SHOT¡± allows the user to select from sample scenes for a wide range of shooting styles. ¡°Short Movie¡± lets users film short movies during a single shutter, while other shooting and editing functions such as ¡°MOTION PRINT¡± can be used to obtain a still image from a movie.

EX-P505 Main Features

Authentic manual shooting of photo subjects

* CCD with 5.0 mega effective pixels and the Exilim engine assure detailed images
* Optical 5X zoom lens with macro shooting down to 1 cm
* Super Life Battery gives approx. 220 pictures per battery charge (CIPA standards(1))

(1) CIPA standard ¡°Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption¡±:

Until recently there has been no standard measurement for battery life. This has resulted in inconsistencies between camera products and their catalogs and instruction manuals. As of December 2003, CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) established the Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption, and hopes to reduce confusion among consumers by having this adopted by the world¡¯s digital camera manufacturers and retailers.

* High-speed startup enables shooting only 0.8 seconds after the power is turned on(2)

(2) With internal flash off, using internal memory

* Release time lag of only 0.01 sec. means images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds after the shutter is released(3)

(3) With internal flash off

* High-speed picture playback of approx. 0.1 sec. interval
* Automatic power ON/OFF when the LCD panel is opened and closed
* ¡°BEST SHOT¡± function: 22 different types of shooting possible by simply selecting a scene from various samples
* Flash automatically pops up when needed. (Auto pop-up flash)
* Aperture priority, shutter speed priority and manual exposure modes can be selected
* ¡°EX Finder¡± shows shooting information by easy-to-understand graphics
* Various manual settings can be quickly set on a single screen (EX Button)
* Various shooting effects possible by changing the manual settings are shown in sample images (Manual Assist)

High-quality video shooting
* MPEG-4 format used to enable long-playing video shooting
* VGA size (640 x 480) pixels), 30 frames/sec, stereo audio high-quality video possible
* Optical 5X zoom lens with macro shooting down to 1 cm
* Movie BEST SHOT: select a scene(4) from among the samples to achieve the desired shooting effect

(4) Note: 5 different scenes: Portrait, Scenery, Night Scene, Fireworks, Silent

* Approx. 2 hours of movie shooting on a single battery charge (continuous recording).
* Past Movie function enables video recording to begin from five seconds before the shutter is pressed
* Short Movie function enables up to eight seconds of movie to be taken during a single shutter
* MOTION PRINT function enables either 9 or 1 frames to be converted to a still photo
* Movie Playback Zoom function enables zoom display during video playback
* Three types of Movie Editing operation (before, during or after) can be used to eliminate unwanted scenes

Other features
* New compact body reflects the high performance features of this stylish line of cameras
* Large 2-inch TFT color rotating LCD panel enables angle shooting
* High-speed USB 2.0 compatible for high-speed image transfer
* Both still images and video images can be viewed on a television or monitor
* Photo Loader PC software included to enable automatic transfer of images to the user¡¯s personal computer
* Windows Media Player 9 video playback software and Ulead Video Studio video editing software included
* Menu display can be set in 10 languages, including Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
* Compatible with PictBridge specifications for direct connection to a printer
* ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching III compatibility

EX-P505 Specifications

Imaging pixels: 1/2.5-inch CCD (5.25 million pixels total; effective 5 million pixels)

Recording formats: Still, JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2) / DCF-compliant / DPOF-compatible; video: AVI system MPEG-4 compliant; audio: WAV

Recording media: internal flash memory (image recording area 7.5MB), SD memory card / MMC compatible.

Image recording pixels: still: 2560 x 1920 / 2560 x 1712 / 2048 x 1536 / 1600 x 1200 / 1280 x 960 / 640 x 480;
video: 640 x 480 (HQ) / 640 x 480 (NORMAL) / 320 x 240 (LP)

Lens: 10 lenses in 8 groups, including aspherical lens; F3.3 ~ F3.6, f6.3 (W) ~ 31.5 (T) mm (35mm conversion; approx. 38.0 ~190.0mm)

Zoom: optical 5X, digital 8X (40X when used together)

Focal point adjustment: Contrast-detection auto-focus; spot, multi and free auto focus; macro mode; pan focus (video only); unlimited distance mode; manual focus

Focal lengths: Still photo, standard: approx. 15.75¡± ~ ¡Þ, closeup: .39¡± ~ 19.69¡± (W); video, standard: approx. 3.94¡± ~ ¡Þ, closeup: .39¡± ~ 19.69¡± (W). Varies by optical zoom.

Exposure control: Light measurement system; multi-pattern light measurement by image element, center-weighted light measurement, spot measurement;
Control systems: Program, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, manual exposure.

Exposure compensation: -2 EV+2 EV (1/3 EV units)

Shutter: CCD electronic/ mechanical shutter, aperture priority 1/8 ~ 1/2000 sec.; shutter speed priority and manual exposure 60 ~ 1/2000 sec.

Aperture:  In six stages, F3.3 ~ 7.4(W) Note: varies according to optical zoom.

White balance: Auto/fixed (7 modes) / manual

Sensitivity setting: (still photos) Auto / ISO 50/ISO 100/ISO 200/ISO 400

Shooting and recording functions: Still photos: still image with audio (approx. 30 seconds), macro, self-timer, BEST SHOT, Movie (with audio); video: Movie BEST SHOT, Short Movie, Past Movie, MOTION PRINT, Movie Editing.

Self-timer: 10 sec./ 2 sec. triple self-timer

Internal flash: Auto pop-up flash; flash modes: auto flash/flash off/flash on/red-eye reduction; operating range: approx. 1.3¡¯ to 9.8¡¯ (W) Note: varies with optical zoom.

Viewfinder: LCD panel monitor

Monitor: 2-inch TFT color rotating angle liquid crystal display; 84,960 pixel
(354 x 240)

Clock function: Date and time; recorded simultaneously with the image data, Auto calendar; up to year 2049

World time: 162 cities in 32 time zones worldwide, city name, date and time, summer time (daylight savings time)

In/out terminals: DC IN, USB/AV terminal (NTSC/PAL standard compliance, stereo audio)

Batteries: Dedicated lithium-ion rechargeable battery

Battery life: Approx. 220 images (CIPA standards); continuous shooting: approx. 550 images (approx. 1 hour 50 minutes), wide-telephoto switch approx. every 12 seconds; display ON, flash OFF; continuous playback: approx 3 hours 20 minutes (still photos); continuous video shooting: approx 2 hours.

Dimensions: 3.88¡± W x 2.19¡± H x 2.89¡± D (except protruding parts)

Weight: Approx. 7.58 oz (without battery or accessories)

Supplied accessories: Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, quick recharger, USB cable (high-speed USB 2.0 compatible), AV cable, strap, lens cap, cap holder, lens hood, CD-ROM

About Casio
Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Casio, Inc., markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, portable color TVs, timepieces (Wrist Technology), cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio, the unexpected extra ¨C for more information visit our web site at


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