PRESS RELEASE Mar. 2 2003
The New 3.2 Megapixel EXILIM
Thin, card-size digital camera with large LCD monitor screen
High-speed startup and 0.01-second release time lag
 
EX-S3
EX-S3
CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. is proud to announce the new EX-S3 digital camera that packs 3.2 million effective pixels and a 2.0-inch LCD monitor screen into an 11.7mm thin configuration. The EX-S3 is the latest addition to the EXILIM™ Series of card-size digital cameras.

The new EX-S3 is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel CCD for high-resolution, clear images, and a 2.0-inch LCD monitor screen for composing and viewing images. Everything comes packed in a thin and stylish design. A lens barrier protects the lens from impact and dust by opening and closing whenever the camera is turned on and off. The case is made of lightweight magnesium alloy, for a body that weighs a mere 72 grams. High-speed startup minimizes the time until the camera is ready to shoot after being turned on and a 0.01 release time lag records the image virtually as soon as you press the shutter release button. All of this means that you are able to record all those special moments whenever they happen.
Card-size stylish configuration
The stylish card-size configuration measures 89.5 (W) × 57 (H) ×11.7 (T) mm. Everything is packed into a 72-gram* lightweight magnesium alloy case for take along anywhere portability.
    *The weight is about 72g, the world lightest among 3 million class digital camera
Quick response ensures you get the images you want
Start up control processes*1 are optimized to ensure high-speed operation. This plus the world's fastest*2 release time lag (0.01 second) helps to ensure that you are able to capture that special moment as it happens.
    *1. Start up time on recording mode : about 1.0 seconds (Under flash off, LCD on, no splash screen, using     internal memory
    *2 As of March 2, 2003
Big 2.0-inch digital interface TFT LCD monitor screen
The big 2.0-inch LCD monitor screen (EX-S2/M2 has a 1.6-inch screen) helps to make image viewing easier and more enjoyable. A Photo Stand feature lets you view images while the camera is on its cradle. A Calendar function shows a full-month calendar with a thumbnail of the first image recorded on each date
EXILIM EX-S3 Features
Slim and stylish card-size configuration
Hyper CCD-Lens integration (HCLi) incorporates both the lens and CCD into a single module, and Stack MCM* (Multi-Chip Module) mounting makes it possible to achieve a higher degree of mounting density in a smaller space by stacking chips vertically. The lens is protected against impact and dirt by a lens barrier that opens and closes automatically when the camera is turned on and off.
* Requires 40% less space than the MCM area of the 2 megapixel EX-S2/M2.
Quick response captures those special moments
An original LSI system minimizes power up time and also achieves a release time lag (time it takes for exposure to start after the shutter release button is pressed) of only 0.01 second.*
* Monitor screen and flash turned off.
Big 2.0-inch LCD monitor screen
The big 2.0-inch TFT LCD monitor screen of the EX-S3 features a digital interface for clearer display images. The monitor screen can be used to arrange images, and a collection of display features help to make image viewing simpler and more fun than ever before.
Photo Stand Feature
Placing the EX-S3 onto its cradle and pressing the Photo button starts a slideshow of images currently in image memory. You can even set up the camera to display the images you want whenever it is placed on the cradle.
Calendar Screen
Each date of the full month calendar screen shows a thumbnail of the first image recorded on each date. This visual diary of images makes it possible for you to quickly search for and locate the image you want.
High-resolution, high-sensitivity CCD for clear images
3.2 million effective pixels and a high-resolution, high-sensitivity 1/1.8-inch progressive CCD enhance flesh tones, and capture rich and vibrant natural colors. Images virtually come alive with beautiful clarity.
Best Shot Mode for instant setups
The Best Shot Mode provides optimum camera setups in an instant. Simply select the sample scene that is similar to the image you want to record, and the camera's light metering, exposure compensation, saturation, and other settings are configured accordingly. The EX-S3 has total of 21 sample scenes built in, including "Coupling Shot" and "Pre Shot."
Coupling Shot
When there are only two people present, Person A composes the image of Person B against a background and presses the shutter release. This freezes the image on the monitor screen. Then they switch places, and Person B composes the final image now with Person A included. The final recorded image shows both Person A and Person B, as if the were both standing in front of the camera.
Pre Shot
With Pre Shot, you compose the background you want and press the shutter release. This freezes the background image on the monitor screen. Then you can ask someone else to record your image, using the frozen background as a composition guide. The final recorded image shows you against the background you want.
Triple Self-timer
The Triple Self-timer records three consecutive shots with a single shutter release button operation. Then you can select the best of the three and keep it.
Useful World Time and Alarm functions
World Time lets you select one of 162 cities in 32 time zones around the world as your home time. When traveling to another time zone, simply select the applicable city, and time and date settings are adjusted automatically. A total of three independent alarms help to make sure you are on time all the time. You can even have a specific image appear when an alarm time is reached.
Automatic image transfer to a computer with the press of the cradle's USB button
Photo Loader
Simply connect the cradle to your computer, place the EX-Z3 onto the cradle, and press the cradle's USB button, and PhotoLoader automatically transfers all JPEG and AVI files in image memory to the computer.
Photohands
Photohands provides you with image editing capabilities for color, contrast, brightness, and other parameters. To start up Photohands, simply click the Photo Loader print button.
Bundled Software
Name Functions Provider Windows Macintosh
Photo Loader Image transfer, e-mail attachment*1 CASIO XP/2000/Me/98 OS 7.6.1 - 9
Photohands Image retouching, printing XP/2000/Me/98
USB Driver USB connection XP*2, 2000, Me, 98 OS 8.6 - 9,10.1 - 10.2*2
Internet Explorer Web browser and e-mail Microsoft OS 7.6.1 - 9,10.1
DirectX Playback of video clips XP/2000/Me/98
Acrobat Reader PDF file reader Adobe Systems 2000/Me/98/95/NT4.0 OS 8.6-9,10.1
*1 E-mail attachment is supported by the Windows version only.
*2 Windows XP users and users of Macintosh OS9 and greater should use the standard driver that comes with their operating system.
Album feature
The EX-S3 stores images in a Web browser-viewable that allows you to browse images in an album format. The album feature uses HTML format, which means you can incorporate an album directly into a Web site, and even print directly from the album.
SD/MMC memory card slot
In addition to its 10MB of built-in Flash Memory, the EX-Z3 also supports use of thin, compact SD memory cards and MMC cards (not included). An easy operation copies images between a memory card and built-in memory.
Favorites folder keeps important images private
320 x 240 size images can be copied to a Favorites folder located in camera built-in memory. Images in the Favorites folder do not display during normal image playback, which means you can keep your personal images private when carrying them around in camera memory.
Key Customization
You can assign one functions (recording mode, white balance, flash, etc.) each to the left-right and up-down operations of the control button. Once you do, you can perform the assigned function using the control button without going through the display menus.
ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching II compliant
ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and PRINT Image Matching II support helps to make printed images look better than ever before.
EPSON "USB DIRECT-PRINT" compliant
You can connect the camera's USB cable directly to an EPSON "USB DIRECT-PRINT" compatible printer for printing without going through a computer.
EXILIM EX-S3 Specifications
Recording Element 1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD
(Approximate Total Pixels: 3.35 million)
Effective Pixels 3.2 million
Image File
Record Format
Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.2), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Recording Media Built-in flash memory (10MB),
SD memory card/Multi Media card
Recorded Image Sizes Snapshots
Image Size(Pixels) Resolution Approximate
File Size
Approximate Memory Capacity (Images)
Built-in Memory
(10MB)
SD Memory Card*
64MB
2048x1536 Fine 1.6 MB 6 34
Normal 1.2 MB 8 45
Economy 630 KB 15 88
1,600x1,200 Fine 1.05 MB 9 53
Normal 710 KB 14 79
Economy 370 KB 27 154
1,280x960 Fine 680 KB 14 82
Normal 460 KB 21 126
Economy 250 KB 40 220
640x480 Fine 190 KB 52 294
Normal 140 KB 71 386
Economy 90 KB 111 618

Movie With Audio
Image Size(Pixels) Maximum
Movie Length
Approximate
File Size
Approximate Memory Capacity
Built-in Memory
(10MB)
SD Memory Card*
64MB
320x240 30 seconds 130KB/second
(12frames/second)
1 minute
20 seconds
8 minutes
20 seconds
 
* Matsushita products. Capacity differs according to manufacturer.
Image Deletion Single image; all images in memory (with memory protection)
Lens F4.2
f = 7.1 mm; equivalent to approximately 35.0mm when converted to 35mm film
Zoom 4X digital zoom
Focusing Fixed Focus
Approximate
Focus Range
Approx. 80 cm to
Exposure Control Metering: Multi-pattern by imaging element
Control: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter CCD electronic shutter/mechanical shutter; 1 to 1/2000 shutter speed
White Balance Auto; Fixed (4 modes); Manual
Sensitivity Auto, Auto, ISO80, ISO160, ISO320, ISO640
Recording Modes Normal, Best Shot, Movie
Self-timer 10-second or 2-second countdown; Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Flash Range: 80 cm to 2.0 m (W)
Viewfinder Monitor screen and optical viewfinder
Monitor Screen 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD
(84,960 pixels; 354x240)
Playback Functions Playback zoom (4X); Resize; Trimming; Movie Playback;
9-image Screen; Invert; Rotate; Calendar Screen;
Slideshow (Photo Stand)
Timekeeping Functions Date and time
(Current date and time is stored with image data.)
Auto Calendar up to 2049
World Time 162 cities (32 time zones); city names;
date and time; summer time
Other Histogram; alarm with image; album feature; favorites folder
Input/Output Terminals USB cradle contact terminals
Power Requirements Special lithium ion battery
Dimensions 87(W) x 57(H) x 22.9(D) mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approximately 72g (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled Accessories Special rechargeable lithium-ion battery; Special USB cradle; Special USB cable; strap, CD-ROM, AC adapter
*Specifications are subject to change without notice
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