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Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Wednesday 20th, August 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

Casio announced the release of a new, high-profile addition to its Exilim family of digital cameras. The 10.1 effective megapixels Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z300 delivers beautiful high resolution images and outstanding functionality made possible by a new Casio imaging engine for high speed image processing. The Casio Z300 combines high resolution and high speed image processing to produce beautiful photos of people and night scenes Thanks to Casio’s new Ex Engine 3.0, the new Casio Exilim EX-Z300 camera produces beautiful image quality with low noise and moiré. We expect to see the Casio Z300 in action at the Photokina.

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Casio Exilim EX-Z300 digital camera
The new Casio Exilim Z300 is a high resolution model, and it boasts excellent resolving power, offering precise, smooth rendering of images. The image processing speed and power of Casio’s new engine make possible entirely new functions that deliver fantastic photos of people's faces, night scenes and other subjects that have challenged photographers for years. The Casio Z300 automatically detects and corrects for difficult situations, such as night scene photography where camera shake could be a problem, or backlit subjects where faces often come out too dark.

Casio Exilim Engine version 3
This is an image processing module that packages a new, dedicated high speed image processing CPU (central processing unit) with the high performance CPU used to date. Digital cameras are constantly developing and evolving new levels of "beautiful imagery" and "convenient shooting functions." This new module quickly processes complex images, making it possible for customers to shoot and view wonderful photos with simplicity and ease.

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Casio Exilim image stabilization system
Just as if multi-exposure had been used, the Casio Exilim EX-Z300 can take a series of shots of a moving subject and combine them in a single photo (image size must be set to 3 megapixels.) Camera shake is compensated for by the mechanical movement of the imaging element in the camera. Of course, both cameras also incorporate Anti Shake DSP, which reduces photo blur due to moving subjects by raising the camera's sensitivity and allowing faster shutter speeds.

Casio Photo Makeup function
This all means that users get great, well-balanced photos of family and friends against any background with no more worry than it takes to press the shutter button. The Casio EX-Z300 digital camera also features a Makeup function that creates beautiful photographs of people's faces: high end image processing can smooth skin and soften facial shadows caused by sunlight. The photographer gets to choose to apply such image processing at one of twelve levels, from weak through strong, and can shoot while checking the results of the effects in the LCD monitor. At last, a camera that brings out all the beauty of the human face, creating images worthy of keeping forever as special memories.

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

Casio Exilim EX-Z300 shoots high-resolution photos
The Casio Z300 Exilim is a high quality digital camera with excellent functionality that allows users to take beautiful pictures of people's faces and night scenes. Thanks to Casio’s original image processing technologies, this camera achieves an extremely precise, smooth rendering of high-resolution images, reducing a great deal of noise in pictures taken at high sensitivity levels. This is the result of Casio’s pursuit of the beautiful image quality that users expect from a camera with very high resolution.

Casio Exilim Z300 functions
When blue skies are washed out, or when faces are dark because subjects have their backs to the light, this cameras is able to automatically detect such situations and select just the right balance between light and dark. Washed out and overly dark areas are controlled, allowing for a natural tonal range to be reproduced, so both people and backgrounds are evenly exposed. When users want to smooth facial skin, or reduce the depth of facial shadows in sunlight, etc., they can apply image processing from a relatively low level 1 right through to a high level 12, all the while checking the effect of the processing level chosen in the LCD monitor. The high-end model Casio Exilim Z300 also has a "Makeup button" that allows effects to be applied with one touch.

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

High Definition movie recording and Large LCD playback
The Casio Exilim Z300 comes equipped with a high definition movie recording function, which allows beautiful movies with an image size of 1280 by 720 pixels to be recorded with just a push of the Movie button. It also features the H.264 video standard, which records beautiful, high quality movies in highly compressed video files. The Casio EX-Z300 uses a large, clear 3.0 inch LCD monitor. The high contrast screen produces sharp, bright images that can be viewed easily from any angle, and the monitor's high brightness means that it can be easily viewed even when the surrounding light is bright.

Casio creative digital photography
The lens zooms from 28mm to 112mm (35mm film camera equivalent). Users can enjoy a wide range of shooting options, from wide angle photography that is convenient when shooting large objects or many people in a small space, to telephoto shooting which brings distant subjects close. The Casio Exilim EX-Z300 can automatically detect night situations where there would normally be camera shake if a tripod wasn't used. Users get clear, bright photographs of both people and night scenes as the camera compensates for camera shake.

Casio Exilim EX-Z300

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