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Casio Detects more than Faces with New Z450, Z90
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posted on Aug 18, 2009 at 6:48PM

Casio Detects more than Faces with New Z450, Z90

By Emily Raymond
  • Casio Z450, Z90
  • Intelligent AF
  • Dynamic Photo mode
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • HD videos
(Credit: Casio)

Casio introduced an intelligent autofocus system that detects not only faces, but other non-human subjects as well. The freshly announced Casio Exilim EX-Z450 and Z90 come with the new feature, along with 12.1 megapixels and high definition video recording capability. The two cameras will go on sale in October.

Both Z-series digital cameras are extremely compact and come with a host of automated features designed for those who appreciate convenience and ease of use. The two cameras come with an intelligent autofocus system that “can detect even a non-human photographic subject” such as a pet.

The Z90 is the smaller of the two with its diminutive 3.5 x 2 x 0.7-inch measurements and “stylish design,” according to Casio’s press release. The Z450 has slightly larger measurements – although still compact at 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.8 inches – and packs in higher quality features. The smaller Z90 will retail for $149 while the fancier Z450 will sell for $199.

The Casio Exilim EX-Z450 comes with a 4x optical zoom lens that has a wider 28mm focal length, a CCD-shift image stabilization system, and a brighter f/2.6 aperture. The Z90 has a more standard non-stabilized 35-105mm, 3x optical zoom lens with an f/3.1 aperture that doesn’t let in as much light. The Z90 also has a 2.7-inch LCD screen, but the Z450 upstages it with a 3-inch version. The Z450 also stands stronger with its 550-shot battery as opposed to the 230-shot battery included with the Z90.

Both cameras have vast numbers of Best Shot scene modes including a landscape mode that can be set specifically for days with clear or misty skies. There is a mist removal function, which is just one of several unique functions on these Exilim digital cameras. There is a Dynamic Photo function that has been included on previous models, but is faster and easier to use on the new Z450 and Z90.

The new Dynamic Photo function crops subjects from a single shot instead of two shots like on previous Exilim cameras. The catch is that the background of the single shot must be flat and of a solid color. The new models also allow users to convert the files to Motion JPEG format in the camera rather than in software and add graphic decorations like hearts and dinosaurs. Casio suggests that the Dynamic Photo function is useful for creating digital projects like animated greeting cards.

“Casio continues to create cameras that come equipped with high-powered, cutting-edge technologies such as the new Intelligent AF feature and improved Dynamic Photo function which creates a whole new picture taking and sharing experience for users,” said Toshiyuki Iguchi, the senior general manager of Casio’s digital imaging division at Casio America Inc., in the Aug. 18 press release.

The Casio Z450 will come in a champagne color, and the Casio Z90 will come in pink and black colors.



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