||Mar. 14 2002
|CASIO presents the thinnest (11 mm), smallest,
and lightest digital camera in the world.*:
EXILIM leads the way in lifestyle digital cameras
Hanover CeBIT, March 14, 2002.
CASIO presents the EXILIM, a world first in digital photography with a unique design and fun factor. The credit-card-sized lifestyle camera is a design gem and only 11.3 mm thick or—should we say—thin, 88 mm long, 55 mm wide and weighs in at a lightweight 86g**. The unique design of this elegant camera combines a cool, high-quality appearance with a wide range of possible applications. The EXILIM EX-S1 is designed to be a constant companion at work, during sporting events, on evenings out, trips away or anywhere you take it. Unique moments, unusual snapshots, memorable situations—nothing will be lost, as the EXILIM is always at hand. The camera won’t be visible in a shirt pocket nor does it require any bulky camera bag.
Its sister model, the EXILIM EX-M1, is equipped with an integrated MP3-player, a movie player (with sound) and recording function. Only 1.1 mm thicker, this model has a total depth of 12.4 mm, and all other dimensions remain the same.
| The name EXILIM is based on the Latin “eximius,” meaning “extraordinary” or “special,” and the English word “slim.” Together the name means “extraordinarily slim.”
The elegant, shimmering silver finish of the all-metal camera emphasizes its high quality. The small, flat, miniature design offers a range of convenient operating functions. The EXILIM EX-M1, with MP3 function, permits short movie recording with sound, as well as stills, pictures using the self-timer feature and stills with sound.
This silver “credit card” has an outstanding dual image control system. The optical viewfinder is supplemented by an innovative 1.6" digital display, delivering clear, bright, high-contrast pictures.
"CASIO pioneered the personal digital camera market with the introduction of the QV-10 back in 1995," said Kazuo Kashio, president of CASIO Computer Co., Ltd. "The EXILIM marks the beginning of a totally new direction that breaks from the more-pixels-more-functions approach pursued until now by creating a new genre of digital cameras so thin and compact that they can be taken just about anywhere. Once again, CASIO is aiming at creating product-driven innovative new applications and markets."
Hiroshi Nakamura, Managing Director of CASIO Europe GmbH, added: "With innovative and efficient products, CASIO has consistently secured itself a solid position in the market for digital cameras. Thanks to a new marketing strategy for the EXILIM, we will continue to expand and strengthen this position across Europe and beyond its boundaries. And we will be supporting our trading partners in particular in this process."
The EXILIM 1/2.7" CCD achieves a resolution of 1.34 million pixels in total, corresponding to an image format of 1280 x 960 pixels. Sophisticated software also permits images of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The lens has a speed of F=2.5 and a fixed focal length of f=5.6 mm, which corresponds to a focal length of 37 mm for 35 mm cameras. The built-in flash is activated in unfavorable lighting conditions.
The EXILIM saves images in its internal memory. SD/MMC cards can also be used as a storage medium. The USB docking station has dual functionality as an interface for transferring image data to PC, as well as a charger for the battery. The power supply itself is a high-efficiency rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.
The EXILIM is supplied with a Lithium-Ion battery, strap, USB docking station with cable, and extensive software on CD-ROM. The MP3 version, the EX-M1, is also supplied with stereo headphones and remote control. Both models will go on sale in photo shops in early July.
The new technology behind the EXILIM
One-Unit-Module of Lens and CCDThe CASIO-developed technology of integrating aspherical lenses and a high-sensitivity CCD into a single component contributes tremendously to the thinness of the EXILIM.
High-sensitivity CCDA new 1/2.7-inch progressive CCD, which is larger than the current mainstream 1/3.2-inch CCD, gives the EXILIM the largest cell size (4.1 micron pitch) in its class, resulting in an extremely high sensitivity (fast) CCD. This CCD reduces blurring due to hand and subject movement, and makes it possible to take pictures without flash in low lighting.
Multi Chip Module (MCM) Newly developed CPU, ASIC, SDRAM, and Flash memory by CASIO make it possible to significantly reduce power consumption. In addition, by incorporating these 4 chips into a multi-chip module, the space of the circuit board is reduced by 70%.
***Digital Interface TFT LCD The world's first digital interface TFT LCD for a digital camera was specially designed and produced by CASIO for the EXILIM. The digital interface eliminates the need for a converter, which cuts required space by 10%**** and greatly reduces the number of required components.
* digital camera with built-in LCD monitor, as of March 14, 2002,
** weight excluding batters and memory card
*** compared with currently available CASIO digital cameras.
**** compared with the TFT LCD technology used in CASIO’s currently available digital cameras.
Technical Profile of the EXILIM
Recording element: 1/2.7" square-pixel primary-color progressive CCD
Effective pixels: 1.24 million (total of 1.31 million pixels)Image file record format: JPEG, supports DPOF and DCF
Record medium: internal flash memory (approx. 12 MB), SD/MMC
Image sizes: still images(EX-M1 also allows sound recording); 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels; movies (EX-M1 also allows sound recording) 320 x 240 pixels
Voice storage : storage by built-in memory and SD or MMC cards (EX-M1 only)
Music player: MP3 format (EX-M1 only)
Image deletion: single image, all images in memory (with memory protection)
Lens: F2.5, f=5,6 mm (equivalent to 37 mm in 35 mm format)
Zoom: digital 4x
Focusing: fixed focus
Exposure control: center-weighted metering by CCD, program AE control
Exposure compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in steps of 1/3 EV)
Recording mode: snapshot, self-timer, movie, still image with sound recording (EX-M1 only), voice memo
Shutter: CCD shutter, mechanical shutter
White: automatic / fixed (4modes) / manualSelf-timer: 10 seconds
Built-in flash: flash modes: auto, flash on, flash off, red eye reduction
Monitor: 1.6" TFT color LCD (84,960 pixels; 354 x 240)
Viewfinder: monitor screen and optical viewfinderTimekeeping function: date and time recording with image data
Input/output terminals: for USB Docking Station
Power requirements: Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Dimensions/weight: EXILIM EX-S1: 88 (W) x 55 (H) x 11.3 (D) mm (excluding projections) / approx. 86 g (excluding battery and memory card)
EXILIM EX-M1: 88 (W) x 55 (H) x 12.4 (D) mm (excluding projections)/ approx. 87 g (excluding battery and memory card)
Bundled accessories: USB docking station, AC adapter for docking station, USB cable, strap, Lithium-Ion battery, CD-ROM; EX-M1 also includes stereo headphones and remote control
Design and technical specifications subject to change without notice.