Casio announced two more point and shoot digital cameras today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280 and EX-Z33.  They’re designed for the entry level photographer and offer such features as simplified controls, face detection and in camera touch up effects.

First up is the big brother of the two, the EX-Z280.  It boasts a 12.1 megapixel sensor with CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism, 4x optical zoom, a 26mm wide angle lens and ‘Easy Mode’, which simplifies the camera’s settings.  In addition to a regular CPU, Casio says they’ve added a dedicated image processing CPU – all part of the EXILIM Engine 4.0 – that allows users to add animated clip art to any picture without a computer or software, which they hope is uploaded to popular social networking sites or used as an e-greeting card.  Lastly, the EX-Z280 includes a 720p HD video mode as well as a YouTube optimized video mode.

The little brother, the EX-Z33, rocks a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom and the usual point and shoot features that shuns it into the garden variety class.

Both cameras will be available this September for $179.99 and $119.99.

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Capture Life’s Elements on Exilim Digital Cameras from Casio

Sleek Stylish EX-Z280 and EX-Z33 Feature Easy Mode for Novice Users & Photo Enthusiasts

DOVER, NJ — AUGUST 31, 2009 — Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., is proud to announce the release of two new digital camera models today, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280 and EX-Z33. The newly designed EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280 and EX-Z33 are the ideal cameras for new comers to digital photography or families seeking a second or replacement camera. Both models feature modernized features and improved image processing that simplify capturing images of family, friends, special events, holidays and everything in between with ease.

The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z280 is a 12.1 effective megapixel digital camera boasting a wide-angle 26 mm 4X optical zoom lens in a stylish and slim compact body. It comes complete with Casio’s standard high-performance features, such as CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism and Face Detection function.  The Easy Mode function helps new comers grasp camera settings by offering a simplified menu screen for seamless navigation.

At the heart of the new EX-Z280 is the EXILIM Engine 4.0, which delivers higher image quality and lower power consumption in an even more compact body.  The high-speed dedicated image processing CPU, in addition to an ordinary CPU, allows the camera to perform complex processing right on the camera.  An update to Casio’s Dynamic Photo feature now lets users add animated clip art to any picture without software and using only the camera.  These creations can be printed or output as an e-greeting videos that can be emailed or posted on social networking sites.  Casio’s innovative function retains a prior function for cutting out moving people or objects as if from a Hollywood green screen, and placing them into other still backgrounds without the need of special software.

Reflecting Casio’s commitment to producing high quality photographs, the new cameras provide feature rich and enjoyable photography functions — beautiful imaging and easy of use for all level of user.  Other noteworthy features include Makeup function which not only recognizes faces but adjusts focus and exposure offering optimal conditions for the perfect picture.  Handheld Night Scene function and Lighting function automatically detects and corrects difficult situations due to poor lighting, camera shake and backlit scenes where subjects-people or scenery can be poorly exposed.

The EX-Z280 also features a 720p HD Movie function which takes quality videos at 1280×720 pixels.  YouTube™ mode also enhances this feature by allowing users to record video and save at the ideal size and quality settings for fast and easy inclusion on the popular video sharing site.

The EXILIM EX-Z33 is a 10.1 megapixel digital camera with a 3X optical zoom lens.  The EX-Z33 features a quick access dedicated movie button that allows users to record widescreen movies with a 16:9 aspect ratio.  Additionally, the EX-Z33 is compatible with commercially available SD memory cards.   This camera combines a stylish, slim body with high-powered features that allow on-the-go photographers the ability to capture a memorable moment where ever they are.

“Casio strives to develop innovative digital cameras with exciting features for new comers and professional photographers that enhances their photo taking experience,” says Toshiyuki Iguchi, Senior General Manager of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division at Casio America, Inc. “We are thrilled to expand the popular EXILIM lineup with the additions of the EX-Z280 and EX-Z33.”

The EX-Z280, available this September 2009, will have an MSRP of $179.99 and will be offered in a silver body color.  The EX-Z33 will also be available in September with an MSRP of $119.99.  The EX-Z33 will boast stylish new colors, including black, light pink, vivid pink, silver and blue.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."