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Casio EXILIM EX-S500
5 Megapixel compact digital camera, 2.2 inch LCD screen, 3x optical zoom, 33 BESTSHOT scene modes, antishake system

News: Casio EXILIM EX-S500 Digital Camera Press release

Photo and movie fun in checkcard format:
The new EXILIM EX-S500 with 5 megapixels and movie function

Quickly grab your digital camera and the snapshot is perfect. But can't the situation be conveyed a little more vividly in moving images? The new EXILIM Card EX-S500 von CASIO can do both. The ultra-slim and multifunctional digital camera is quick to hand, records high-quality movies in MPEG-4 format and takes impressive photos with 5 megapixels and 3x optical zoom. The big 2.2-inch TFT colour display leaves nothing to be desired and provides fantastic film and photo pleasure. The elegant EX-S500 is available in three trend colours. The variation 'Brilliant Grey' stands for understatement, Nordic Silver provides gloriously clear moments and Latin Orange brings Southern European awareness of life closer. The design of the camera in checkcard format sets stylistic trends and causes a sensation not just among lovers of digital photography.

The clear lines of the EX-S500 make it simple to use: every function can be selected and operated with only one hand. The change from photo to movie mode is possible without complicated menu-adjustment by pushing the Direct Movie Button resp. the shutter release. The high-quality MPEG-4 movie format in VGA size, which takes 30 pictures per second, provides the movie quality. Despite classic lens design with 3x optical zoom, CASIO has succeeded in building a particularly flat1 and fast camera. The EXILIM EX-S500 is ready for operation in only 1 second2 and fits into every trouser pocket or handbag, thus making it the ideal companion for spontaneous photo and film situations.

The EX-S500 is the first digital camera in the company's history to have an Anti-Shake DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for photo-stabilisation. Contrary to traditional optical stabilisation systems, the CASIO's specially developed Anti-Shake DSP balances out trembling hands, prevents blurry photos through a self-movement of the motif, and also provides sharp images even with a combination of both causes of error.

The integrated flash and the new Autofocus auxiliary light provide good photos even in bad light conditions. A large number of integrated BESTSHOT motif programs optimise the picture during sport or close-up shots, for example. For the first time they are equally planned for the photo and movie function and are activated through the practical BESTSHOT button directly next to the display. Once pressed, a clearly structured multiscreen appears on the large display with all pre-set photo scenarios. The function that allows photos with up to 5 megapixels to be taken and stored during movie recording deserves a special mention, as does the editing of a movie, the so-called MOVIE EDIT, or zooming while the movie is being played back, MOVIE enlargement playback, are new, helpful additional functions of the super-compact camera.

The new and fast EXILIM Engine provides maximum utilization of the EX-S500. It allows the compact structural shape as well as a high photo and movie quality at simultaneously low energy consumption. Together with the SUPER LIFE battery it provides the camera with the necessary power once loaded, up to 200 shots are possible.

The USB docking station with high-speed USB 2.0 is used for the transmission of the image data on to the PC and supports PictBridge and USB Direct Print Standard. Movies and photos in fantastic quality can be very easily viewed directly on television by means of the AV output at the docking station or the optionally available AV cable so there's nothing more standing in the way of your photo fun at home.

USB cable, extensive software on CD-ROM and hand carrier straps are included in the delivery scope, as are SUPER LIFE battery and docking station. A fast-charger, portable AV cable for connecting the camera directly to the television set as well as camera bags and neck straps, a media case for storing memory cards and other accessories are optionally available in the latest EXILIM look.

EXILIM Card EX-S500 Availability

The EXILIM Card EX-S500 is available from retailers from July 2005.

•Image Deletion: One image, all images
•Recording Element: 1/2.5 CCD-Chip (5.25 MP total / 5.0 MP effective)
•Lens: F2.7 (W) - 5.2 (T), f = 6.2 (W) 18.6 mm (T) (equivalent to approx. 38 -114 mm for 35mm cameras), 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
•Zoom: 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (12 times both with optical and digital zoom), lens cover
•Aperture: F2.7 / 4.3, automatic
•Focus Mode: Contrast-AF (Spot, Multi), manual focus (MF), Pan Focus, macro, auto macro, infinity, AF Assist light
•Focus Range:
•Normal: 40cm
•Macro: 17cm-50cm
•Manual: 17cm
•Light Metering: Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Center Spot
•Exposure: Programmed-AE
•Exposure Compensation: -2 up to +2 EV (1/3 EV units)
•Shutter: CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
•Shutter Speed: Normal: 1/8 - 1/2.000 sec. (above shutter speeds do not apply when using a BEST SHOT scene).
•Sensitivity: AStill ISO 50 / 100 / 200 / 400(automatic/manual)
•Movie: Auto
•White Balance: Automatic, fix (6 modes), manual switching
•Self-timer: 10 sec. / 2 sec. / triple self-timer
•Recording functions: Single image, BESTSHOT, movie with sound, single image with voice, voice recording, macro, self-timer, continuous shooting
•Additional functions: Flash Assist function, Icon Help function
•Microphone / Speaker: Monaural
•Audio Recording Time: Audio Snapshot: Approx. 30sec. / image
•Voice Recoding: Approx. 25min. (within built-in memory)
•After Recording: Approx. 30sec. / image
•Flash System: Auto, manual-on, manual-off, Red Eye-Reduction
•Flash Range: Approx 0.4m - 2.8m (W) / Approx. 0.4m - 1.4m (T)
•Monitor/Viewfinder: 2.2 inch TFT color display (84,960 pixels 354 x 240)
•Playback Functions: Playback zoom, Resize, Trimming, Movie Playback, Movie Edit, 9-image screen, Rotate, Calendar Screen, Slideshow (Photo Stand), Customizable Startup screen, Image Roulette
•Timekeeping Functions: Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
•World Time: 162 cities (32 time zones); city names; date and time
•Others: USB-DIRECT PRINT, PictBridge, Auto power off, RGB histogram, favorites folder
•Communication: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible
•Input/Output Terminals: USB-Cradle with AC-Adapter, AV connection (NTSC/PAL compliant) via cradle
•Power Requirements: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery NP-20 (incl.), docking station with integrated power supply and charging function
•Battery Life (with Li-Ion battery): Normal Recording*(1) Approx 100 min., up to 200 shots (CIPA)
•Continuous Recording*(2) - Approx. 100 min., up to 410 shots
•Continuous Playback*(3) - Approx. up to 160 min.
•Voice recording*(4) - Approx. 160 min.
•Continuous movie recording*(5) - Approx. up to 80 min
•Dimensions: 90 x 59 x 16.1 mm ( W x H x D, excluding protrusions)
•Weight: Approx. 115 g (w/o Lithum-Ion battery and Memory-Card)
•Standard Accessories: USB docking station, AC-Adapter for docking station, hand strap, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (NP-20), CD-ROM, USB-Cable, AV-Cable

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