Casio Exilim

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Casio Exilim EX-Z1000, the first compact digital camera to reach the 10 Megapixel mark.[1]
EX-S1 and EX-S600 compared
EX-Z40

Exilim is a brand of digital cameras introduced in 2002 by Casio.

The Exilim Card series was notably thinner than other small digital cameras at the time of its introduction, typically 10–15 millimetres thick compared to other manufacturers' comparable models that were 25–35 millimeters thick. This sparked competition to make slimmer compact digital cameras, with other manufacturers bringing out lines of comparably thin cameras from 2004.

Features[edit]

The Exilim Card series are ultra-compact models. The cameras were first branded as "Wearable Card Cameras" and are about the size of a credit card and 9 mm-16 mm thick. The early models only had digital zoom, though more recent models have optical zoom as well.

The Exilim Zoom series is the all-purpose line, all including an optical zoom. Several newer models support H.264 video compression which uses much less storage than Motion JPEG format.

The Exilim Professional is the bridge digital camera line, with higher-quality optics and greater zoom.

All models use Secure Digital (SD) or Multi Media Card (MMC). They come with a small amount of internal memory and are not bundled with a memory card. Many Exilim cameras come with a bundled charging and docking cradle. The cradle is used to recharge the camera's battery and to connect the camera to a PC or PictBridge compatible printer.

Images are recorded as JPEGs with Exif data. Raw images from the CCD are not available by default, though on some models a service menu can be accessed allowing images to be recorded as the raw data.[2]

The cameras use a Casio "proprietary" lithium ion battery. All the later models have 2.5" or wider LCD screens and come with more than 20 shooting modes.

MPEG-4 video with H.264 compression[edit]

In 2007, several Exilim models introduced support for highly compressed H.264 video in 848x480(HQ Wide), 640x480(HQ/Normal), 320x240(LP) modes. One benefit of H.264 is that it uses much less storage than Motion JPEG, a popular video format for consumer digital cameras. However, videos are deliberately limited to 10 minutes in China, DI, and EU, because of customs import tariffs discriminating between picture and movie cameras.

Exilim models such as the EX-Z1200 that incorporate MPEG-4 video benefit from extended recording times due to higher quality compression. On "normal" quality, MPEG-4 allows more than an hour of 640x480, 30frame/s video to be recorded on a 1 GB memory card.

High-speed photography[edit]

A picture taken with EX Z-50

Some cameras allow high-speed photography. The EX-FC100 and EX-FS10 allow taking short bursts of 30 pictures per second and shooting video up to 1000 frames per second, the EX-FH20 offers bursts of 40 pictures per second and 1000 frame/s video, and the EX-F1 offers bursts of 60 pictures per second and video of 1200 frame/s. However, the resolution of the video decreases drastically with increasing speed; in case of EX-F1, 300 frame/s are at 512x384 pixels, 600 frame/s at 432x192, and 1200 frame/s at 336x96. The burst shots are at full resolution.[3] The EX-FC100 records 480x360 at 210 frame/s, 224x168 at 420 frame/s, and 224x64 at 1,000 frame/s.[4] The Casio EX-FH25 is able to shoot at up to 1,000 frame/s at 224x64.

Common problems[edit]

Certain Casio models exhibit problems at a higher rate than industry standard. Aperture unit failures are common - this results in a washed-out image with horizontal TV-like lines through the image. Also, the onboard CMOS battery is exhausted after several years, resulting in the camera unable to retain settings on shutdown. The CMOS battery is not replaceable.

Bundled software[edit]

Exilim cameras come with bundled software:

A picture taken with the EX-Z700
A picture taken with the EX-Z60
  • PhotoLoader — Casio's software to automatically copy pictures to a hard drive.
  • Photohands — Casio's image editing software. Photohands allows rotation and resizing of images and print a picture with the date superimposed.
  • Camera User's Guide — the manual for the camera.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader — to read the Camera User's Guide, which is a PDF.
  • AVI Importer
  • Ulead Movie Wizard — used for editing movies software (bundled with the EX-Z750, EX-V7 and EX-Z850).

Table of models[edit]

Cameras whose model number ends in U (e.g. EX-Z4U) are models only released in North America, without some of the functions of the non-U models.

M models are based on the corresponding S model but also record audio (as WAV) and play back WAV and MP3.

Casio's NP-20 batteries are claimed to hold 700 mAh of charge, while the thicker NP-40 is rated for 1230 mAh and the NP-90 has 1700mAh..

Model Announcement
date
Sensor (effective pixels) Lens (35 mm equiv),
optical zoom
Battery Size (mm), weight (inc batt) Photo Notes
EX-S1 2002 1.3MP (1280×960), 1/2.7" 37 mm, f/2.5 NP-20 ×11.3 mm
EX-M1 2002 1.3MP (1280×960), 1/2.7" 37 mm, f/2.5 NP-20 EX-S1 with audio recording and MP3 playback
EX-S2 2002 2MP (1600×1200), 1/1.8" 36 mm, f/3.2
Casio Exilim EX-S2.jpg
Casio Exilim EX-S2 back.jpg
EX-M2 2002 2MP (1600×1200), 1/1.8" 36 mm, f/3.2
Casio Exilim EX-M2.jpg
EX-S2 with audio and MP3
EX-Z3 January 2003 3MP (2048×1536), 1/2.5" 35–105 mm, f/2.6-4.8 (3×) NP-20 87 × 67 × 23 mm, 146 g [1]
EX-S3 March 2003 3MP, 1/1.8" 35 mm, f/4.2 NP-20 90 × 57 × 12 mm
EX-S20(U) August 2003 2MP (1600×1200), 1/2.7" 37 mm, f/3.5 83 × 53 × 11 mm Macro
EX-M20(U) August 2003 2MP (1600×1200), 1/2.7" 37 mm, f/3.5 83 × 53 × 11 mm EX-S20(U) with audio and MP3, headphones and wired remote control
EX-Z4 August 2003 4MP (3×)
EX-Z4(U) August 2003 4MP (3×) EX-Z4U (North America) has no video functions
EX-Z30 February 2004 3MP (3×) PictBridge
EX-Z40 February 2004 4MP (3×) NP-40
Exilim z40.jpg
PictBridge
EX-P600 February 2004 6MP (4×) Canon branded
Casio Exilim EX-P600 Digital Camera.JPG
TIFF, PictBridge, infrared remote, manual controls
EX-S100 August 2004 3MP, 1/3.2" 36–102 mm, f/4.0-6.6 (2.8×)
Casio Exilim EX-S100.JPG
Lumicera ceramic lens, PictBridge
EX-Z50 August 2004 5MP (3×) NP-40 PictBridge
EX-P700 August 2004 7MP (3072×2304), 1/1.8" 33–132 mm, f/2.8-4.0 (4×) Canon branded NP-40 98 × 68 × 45 mm, 261 g TIFF, PictBridge, infrared remote, manual controls [2]
EX-Z55 August 2004 5MP (3×) NP-40 PictBridge
EX-P505 January 2005 5MP (2560x1920) 1/2.5" 38–190 mm, f/3.3-3.6 (5×) NP-40 MPEG-4, supermacro (1 cm), PastMovie, PictBridge, swivel LCD, manual controls.
EX-Z750 February 2005 7.2MP (3072×2304), 1/1.8" 38–114 mm, f/2.8-5.1 (3×) NP-40 89 × 59 × 22 mm, 165 g PictBridge, MPEG-4, manual controls [3]
EX-Z57 February 2005 5MP (3×) NP-40 PictBridge, 2.7" LCD
EX-S500 June 2005 5MP, 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/2.7-5.2 (3×) NP-20 90 × 59 × 16.1 mm Anti Shake DSP, PictBridge, MPEG4
EX-Z500 August 2005 5MP (3×) NP-40 PictBridge, MJPEG movie, Anti Shake DSP
EX-Z10 August 2005 5MP (3×) AA PictBridge, MJPEG movie, manual controls
EX-Z110 August 2005 6MP (3×) AA PictBridge, MJPEG movie, manual controls
EX-Z120 August 2005 7.2MP (3×) AA PictBridge, MJPEG movie, manual controls
EX-S600 October 2005 6MP, 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/2.7-5.2 (3×) NP-20 90 × 59 × 16.1 mm
Casio EX-S600 front.jpg
Casio EX-S600 back.jpg
Anti Shake DSP, PictBridge, MPEG4, 8Gb+ SDHC (with firmware 1.02)
EX-Z600 January 2006 6MP (3×) NP-40 PictBridge, MJPEG movie, Super Bright LCD
EX-Z60 February 2006 6MP (3×) NP-20 Anti Shake DSP, PictBridge, MJPEG movie
EX-Z850 February 2006 8.0MP (3264×2448), 1/1.8" 38–114 mm, f/2.8-5.1 (3×) NP-40 89 × 58.5 × 23.7 mm, 185 g PictBridge, MPEG-4, Super Bright LCD, movie light, manual controls [4]
EX-Z5 April 2006 5MP (2560×1920), 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/3.1-4.4 (3×) NP-20 95.2 × 60.6 × 19.8 mm, 119 g (-batt) MJPEG, Anti Shake DSP [5]
EX-Z1000 April 2006 10.1MP (3648×2736), 1/1.8" 38–114 mm, f/2.8-5.4 (3×) NP-40 92 × 58.4 × 22.4 mm, 185 g
Casio-ex-z1000.jpg
First true 10MP compact digital camera [6]
EX-Z70 June 2006 7MP (3×) NP-20 95.2 × 60.6 × 19.8 mm, 118 g Anti Shake DSP, PictBridge, MJPEG movie, SDHC (with firmware 1.01) [7]
EX-Z700 August 2006 7MP (3072×2304), 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/2.7-4.3 (3×) NP-40 88.5 × 57 × 20.5 mm, 112 g (no batt) PictBridge, MJPEG [8], SDHC (with firmware 1.01) [9]
EX-S770 August 2006 7MP (3072×2304), 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/2.7-5.2 (3×) NP-20 95 × 60 × 17 mm, 127 g (no batt) PictBridge, MPEG-4 [10]
EX-V7 January 2007 7MP (3072×2304), 1/2.5" 38–266 mm, f/3.4-5.3 (7×) NP-50 95.5 × 59.8 × 25.1 mm, 149 g (no batt) 7× zoom, CCD shift IS, MJPEG, H.264, SDHC [11]
EX-Z75 January 2007 7MP (3072×2304), 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/3.1-4.4 (3×) NP-20 95.4 × 60.6 × 19.6 mm, 122 g (no batt) MJPEG, SDHC [12]
EX-Z1050 January 2007 10.1MP (3648×2736), 1/1.75" 38–114 mm, f/2.8-8.0 (3×) NP-40 91.1 × 57.2 × 24.2 mm, 125 g (no batt)
EXILIM EX-Z1050.JPG
2.6" LCD, MJPEG, 7frame/s high-speed continuous shooting, up to ISO800 sensitivity [13]
EX-Z1200 May 2007 12.1MP, 1/1.7" 2.8" LCD, H.264 video, CCD shift IS [14]
EX-Z77 July 2007 7.2MP (3072 × 2304), 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/3.1-5.9 (3×) NP-20 95 × 59 × 20 mm, 118 g
Casio Exilim EX-Z77 BE 2007 face.jpg
Casio Exilim EX-Z77 BE 2007 back.jpg
2.6" LCD, H.264 video (YouTube-optimized), WAV, silver, black, blue, pink, white, red [15][16]
EX-S880 July 2007 8.1MP, 1/2.5" NP-20 94.5 × 60.4 × 17.3 mm, 128 g 2.8" LCD, H.264 video (YouTube-optimized), silver, black, red [17]
EX-V8 August 2007 8.1MP (3264×2448), 1/2.5" 38–266 mm, f/3.4-5.3, 7× NP-50 95.5 × 59.8 × 25.5 mm, 149 g [18]
EX-Z1080 August 2007 10.1MP (3648×2736), 1/1.75" 38–114 mm, f/2.8-5.1, 3× NP-40 91.1 × 57.2 × 24.2 mm, 125 g [19]
EX-Z12 late 2007? 7.2MP (3072 × 2304), 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/3.1-5.9 (3×) NP-20 95 × 59 × 20 mm, 118 g 2.6" LCD, H.264 video (YouTube-optimized), WAV, silver.
Specification and manual content appears identical to EX-Z77 [20]
EX-S10 January 2008 10.1MP (3648 × 2736), 1/2.3" 36–108 mm, f/6.3-18.9 NP-60 94 × 54 × 15 mm [21][22]
EX-Z80 January 2008 8.1MP (3264 × 2448), 1/2.5" 38–114 mm, f/3.1-5.3 NP-60 89.7 × 51.7 × 19 mm [23]
EX-Z100 January 2008 10.1MP (3648 × 2736), 1/2.3" 28–112 mm, f/2.6-5.8 NP-40 93 × 55 × 21.2 mm
Exilim EX-Z100 pk.JPG
[24]
EX-Z200 January 2008 10.1MP (3648 × 2736), 1/2.3" 28–112 mm, f/2.6-5.8 NP-40 93 × 55 × 22.7 mm EX-Z100 with CCD shift IS [25]
Pro EX-F1 January 2008 6.6MP (2816 × 2112), 1/1.8" 36–432 mm, f/2.7-4.6 (12×) NP-100 127.7 × 79.6 × 130.1 mm Casio Exilim EX-F1 img 1761.jpg High speed camera: Max. 60 frame/s as camera, first Exilim to use CMOS, 1,200 frame/s as video. [26]
EX-Z9 March 2008 8.1MP (3264 × 2448), 1/2.5" 37.5-112.5 mm, f/2.8-5.2 NP-60 92 × 55 × 23 mm CasioExilimEX-Z9.jpg [27]
EX-FH20 October 2008 9.1MP (3456 x 2592), 1/2.3" 26–520 mm, f/2.8-4.5 (20&times) NP-60 123 x 81 x 85 mm, 483 g
EX-Z29 March 2009 10.1MP (3648 x 2736), 1/2.5" 37.5 - 112.5 mm, f/2.8-x NP-60 101 x 57 x 23 mm, 130 g
EX-S12 April 2009 12.1MP (4000x3000), 1/2.3" 36-108mm f/6.3-18.9 NP-60 94.2 x 54.6 x 14.9mm, 117g 2.7" LCD, mechanical image stabilisation, HD video recording (1280x720)[28]
EX-H10 June 2009 12MP (4000 × 3000), 1/2.3" 24–240 mm, f/3.2-5.7 NP-90 102.5 × 62 × 24.3 mm, 164 g
EX-Z90 October 2009 12MP (4000 x 3000), 1/2.3" NP-60 89.7 x 51.7 x 19.4 mm 35-105mm, f6.3-18.9 [29]
EX-FH100 January 2010 10MP (3648 x 2736), 1/2.3" 24–240 mm f/3.2-5.7 NP-90 105 x 63.2 x 29.9mm, 227g 1000 frame/s (33x slower than realtime) video, RAW DNG output, 10x optical zoom [30]
EX-S200 August 2010 14.1MP (4320 x 3240), 1/2.3" 27-108mm (4.2-19.6mm) NP-90 100.1 x 55.3 x 17.8mm, 132g 2.7" LCD, mechanical image stabilisation, HD video recording (1280x720)[31]
EX-ZR100 January 2011 12.1MP (4000 x 3000), 1/2.3" 24-300mm (4.24-53.0mm), f/3.0-5.9 NP-130 105 x 59 x 29mm, 204g 3.0" 460k LCD, HD video recording (1920x1080@30)[32]
EX-ZR200 January 2012 16.1MP, 1/2.3" 24-300mm (4.24-53.0mm), F3.0(W)-5.9(T) NP-130 104.8 x 59.1 x 28.6mm, 205g (with battery and memory card) 3.0" TFT color LCD, FHD video recording (1920x1080@30fps) [33]
EX-N5 February 2013 16.1MP, 1/2.3" 26-156 mm (4.6-27.6 mm), F3.5(W)-6.5(T) NP-80 98.5 x 58.2 x 22.3 mm, 129 g
Casio Exilim EX-N5, white, front.jpg
Casio Exilim EX-N5, white, back.jpg
available in white, black, red, and silver [34][35]
EX-100 March 2014 12MP, 1/1.7" 28-300mm (10.7x) equivalent 35mm film format, F2.8 constant widest aperture NP-130A 119.9 x 67.9 x 50.5 mm, 389 g Dual-bracketing of 9 images with 2 parameters of white balance, exposure, focus, color saturation, and shutter speed, 5-axis image stabilisation, 3.5inch tilting screen, FullHD Video with stereo sound, Manual controls, AdobeDNG raw shooting, Control ring around lens, Electronic level, 6fps continuous AF shooting, Wi-Fi built in, Time-lapse, All-in-focus macro, 1000fps high speed video (at reduced resolution)[5][6]
Model Announcement
date
Sensor (effective pixels) Lens (35 mm equiv),
optical zoom
Battery Size (mm), weight (inc batt) Photo Notes
EX-M2 and EX-S2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z1000 at DPreview; 26 April 2006
  2. ^ Delaney, Maurice. Casio raw format files; Foto Foto; Accessed September 22, 2010
  3. ^ Frucci, Adam. "Casio's EXILIM Pro EX-F1: Hands-On, 1,200 FPS Demo Video and Sample 60-Shots-per-Second Gallery" Gizmodo; January 7, 2008
  4. ^ "Casio Exilim EX-FC100 review" PC Adivsor; April 28, 2009
  5. ^ Mat Smith (February 13, 2014). "Casio's new EX-100 camera makes it harder to mess up the shot by taking nine different ones (hands-on)". 
  6. ^ "Casio Exilim EX-100 Announced In Japan". Retrieved February 14, 2014. 

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