PRESS RELEASE January 31, 2005
Scene style in twin-pack:
The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z55 comes with two Special Editions
EX-Z55 "Black Panther" EX-Z55 "Deep Blue"
EX-Z55 "Black Panther" EX-Z55 "Deep Blue"
Norderstedt, January 2005 - EXILIM is well-known for innovative technology coupled with stylish design. Now the EX-Z55 is surprising with two Special Editions in trendy colour variations. The "Black Panther" in deep black and the "Deep Blue" in classic royal blue with 5 megapixels and 3x optical zoom stand for high-resolution photos and are real eye-catchers. All pictures can be admired immediately on the extra-large 2.5-inch TFT colour display. The slim, flat measurements of the "Black Panther" and the "Deep Blue" are also impressive: due to the integration of the optical viewfinder into the display with the aid of FIL technology, the little gems fit into any pocket, no matter how small.

Excursions with friends through the scene locations sometimes last longer than planned - it's a good thing that the SUPER LIFE battery is so reliable. After charging the powerful lithium-ion storage battery, the EXILIM "Black Panther" and EXILIM "Deep Blue" each take up to approx. 400 pictures1). The cameras are impressively fast: they are ready to use in approx. 1.6 seconds2) and captivate with a shutter-release time lag3) of only approx. 0.01 seconds. This makes snapshots effortless. The change between close-ups and photos of motifs in the distance succeeds with the Auto Macro function. It switches independently from the Autofocus into the Macro Mode and back again as required. If the bar is only dimly lit, the Flash Assist function automatically mostly brightens up pictures that have turned out too dark. With the BEST SHOT function, the only thing both beginners as well as experts will find difficult is choosing between the 23 pre-set motif programs. Varied photo scenarios in different situations provide uncomplicated photography here.

Wonderful experiences with your friends definitely have to be recorded on film so they remain vivid memories. In the Movie function, the "Black Panther" and "Deep Blue" record films with sound with no time limit4). With all the functional diversity, the Icon Help function always shows the scene photographer in which mode he is currently operating.

In order to transfer picture data to the hard disk of the computer, the USB docking station produces the connection to the PC. The camera also comes complete with a SUPER LIFE battery, USB cable, detailed software on CD-ROM as well as a carrying strap. The matching underwater casing EWC-55, the mobile charger BC-30L and diverse camera bags are optionally available.

The cameras are available from February 2005.

1) Acc. to CIPA standard
2) Turned-off LCD and flash
3) After focusing
4) Depending on the size of the memory card

Should you have any further questions, please contact:
Bönig & Company GmbH - Brand Communications
Meike Schuster
Tel.: + 49 (0)40/42 32 40 - 69
Fax: +49 (0)40/42 3240 - 41
Internet: www.boenigcompany.de
Specifications EXILIM Zoom EX-Z55 "Black Panther" and EX-Z55 "Deep Blue"

Modell: EXILIM Zoom EX-Z55"Black Panther" / EX-Z55 "Deep Blue"
Recording Format: JPEG (Exif, Ver. 2.2), AVI (Motion JPEG), WAV (mono)
DPOF- und DCF-Complient
Recording Medium / Capacity: Internal Flash Memory approx 9.3MB, Card slot for SD-Card / MMC
Snapshots:
Image Size
(Pixels)
Resolution Approximate File Size Approximate Memory Capacity (Images)*
Built-in Memory
(~9,3 MB)**
SD Memory Card* 64 MB
2560 x 1920 Fine 2.2 MB 4 26
Normal 1.8 MB 4 32
Economy 1.3 MB 6 44
2560 x 1712
(3:2)
Fine 2.0 MB 4 29
Normal 1.6 MB 5 36
Economy 1.1 MB 7 51
2048 x 1536 Fine 1.6 MB 5 34
Normal 1.2 MB 6 45
Economy 630 KB 13 88
1600 x 1200 Fine 1.05 MB 8 53
Normal 710 KB 12 79
Economy 370 KB 23 154
1280 x 960 Fine 680 KB 12 82
Normal 460 KB 19 126
Economy 250 KB 33 221
640 x 480 Fine 190 KB 44 294
Normal 140 KB 58 386
Economy 90 KB 94 618

Movie with Audio:
Image Size
(Pixels)
Maximum Movie Length Approximate File Size Approximate Memory Capacity
Built-in Memory
(~9,3 MB)**
E.g. :SD Memory Card*
64 MB
320 x 240 Each movie clip can
be recorded up to
the data amount full in memory
300 KB / Sekunde 30 seconds 3 minutes 20 seconds

Voice recording:
Maximum voice recording Approximate File Size Built-in Memory (~9,3 MB)**
Each movie clip can be recorded up to the data amount full in memory. 4 KB / second 39 minutes
Capacity differs according to manufacturer.
**  Some built-in memory is used for storage of system data. Because of this, the amount of built-in memory available to you for storage may be less than the indicated capacity.
Image Deletion: One image, all images
Recording Element: 1/ 2.5" CCD-Chip (5.25 MP total / 5.0 MP effective)
Image Resolution: Image: 2,560 x 1,920, 2,560 x 1,712 (3:2), 2,048 x 1,536, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,280 x 960, 640 x 480, single image
Movie with sound: 320 x 240, 15fps
Lens: F2.6-4.8, f = 5.8 - 17.4 mm (equivalent to approx. 35 -105 mm for 35mm cameras), optical 3x zoom, Pentax-Optic (6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens), lens cover
4x digital zoom
Aperture: F2.6 / 4.3, automatic
Focus Range: Normal: 40 cm -
Macro: 6 cm - 50 cm
Focus Mode: Contrast-AF (Spot, Multi), manual focus (MF), auto pan focus, pan focus, macro, auto macro, infinity, focus lock
Light Metering: Multi Pattern Metering
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 - 1/2000 sec.
Nightmode 4 - 1/2000 sec.
Fireworks: 2 sec. (fix)
Sensitivity: ISO 50 / 100 / 200 / 400 (automatic/manual switching)
White Balance: Automatic, fix (6 modes), manual switching
Selftimer: 10 sec. / 2 sec. / triple selftimer
Menu Language: German / English / Spanish / French / Italian / Portuguese / Japanese
Recording Mode: Single image, BEST SHOT (23 pre-recorded scenes), single image with voice (max. approx. 30 sec./image), selftimer, movie with sound, macro, auto macro, voice recording
Additional Functions: Flash Assist function, Icon Help function
Audio (mono): Microphone, speaker
Flash System: Auto, manual-on, manual-off, Red-Eye-Reduction
Flash Range: Approx. 0.4 - 2.6 m
Monitor/Viewfinder: 2,5 inch TFT color display (115,200 pixels - 480 x 240)
Optical viewfinder
Playback Functions: Playback zoom (4x), Resize, Trimming, Movie Playback, 9-image screen, Rotate, Reverse, Calendar Screen, Slideshow (Photo Stand)
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: EPSON USB-DIRECT PRINT, PictBridge, Auto power off, RGB-histogram, alarm with image, album feature, favorites folder
Communication: USB
Input/Output Terminals: USB-Cradle with AC-Adater
Power Requirements: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery NP-40 (incl.), docking station with integrated power supply and charging function
Battery Life: Normal Recording* - Approx. up to 3 hr 20 min., up to 400 shots (CIPA)
Continuous Recording** - Approx. 3 hr. 30 min., approx. 1070 shots
Continuous Playback*** - Approx. 6 hr. 50 min.
Voice recording**** - Approx. 6 hr. 20 min.
Dimensions: 87 x 58 x 22.5 mm (W x H x D, excluding projections)
Weight: Approx. 130 g (w/o Lithum-Ion battery and Memory-Card)
Standard Accessories: USB docking station, AC-Adapter for docking station, USB cable, hand strap, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, CD-ROM
CIPA Standard
**  Continuous Recording Conditions: Temperature: 23°C (73°F), Monitor screen: On, Flash: Off, Image recorded every 15 seconds, alternating full wide-angle and full telephoto zoom
***  Continuous Playback Conditions: Temperature: 23°C (73°F), Scroll one image about every 10 seconds
****  Voice recording times are based on continuous recording.

EXILIM is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO. LTD. PENTAX is a registered trademark of Pentax Corporation. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies

Specs are subject to change.


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