20. September 2010

Casio Releases Compact EXILIM Camera with Hybrid-GPS
World's First Camera Combining GPS with Motion-Sensor Driven Autonomic Positioning

Ideal for Planning, Mapping and Making Travel Memories
Displays User's Location and Photos Taken on a Map


Norderstedt, September 20, 2010 - Casio Europe GmbH and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of a new model in its EXILIM Hi-Zoom lineup of compact digital cameras with a high-power optical zoom lens-the EX-H20G. A digital camera perfect for traveling, the EX-H20G employs Casio's unique Hybrid-GPS system, which can track a user's position, even while indoors, against map data stored in the camera's internal memory. This enables the camera to display the user's location and the photos and movies taken at any place on the map on the screen.

The EX-H20G offers exciting new ways to use a digital camera. It is equipped with a Hybrid-GPS system that combines a GPS engine with autonomic positioning made possible by a motion sensor, and runs on Casio's original low power consumption technology. The EX-H20G is also the first digital camera capable of tracking a user's position while indoors. This enables users to take a photo with position information no matter where they are. In addition to these features, the camera is pre-loaded with world atlas data and information on about 10,000 sightseeing photo spots around the globe. The camera can display the user's location and the photos and movies taken on the map on the screen.

These functions can dramatically change how people use their digital camera when travelling. The EX-H20G allows users to plan travel while viewing destinations on the on-screen map before departing, and then to confirm their present location, planned destinations, photo locations, photo angles, and route traveled on the map during their trip. After returning home, using computer applications that offer location data such as Picasa and Google Earth, where they and their friends can vividly imagine their travel by making the connection with the locations visited and photos. By integrating camera and map as well as location data and photos, this camera creates a whole new way to enjoy traveling.

Equipped with the new EXILIM Engine HS, the EX-H20G features all of the essential capabilities expected from a camera. When used with Casio's Single Frame SR Zoom function, the wide-angle 24mm optical 10X zoom lens actually offers a 15X zoom range that maintains the image quality needed for 14.1-megapixel high-resolution photography. This represents 1.5 times the range of the optical zoom, with significantly reduced loss in quality. Other features include a three-inch, high-resolution 460K super clear LCD that is easy to view even when outdoors. The EX-H20G also comes with Casio's advanced, fully automatic Premium Auto function for taking beautiful shots of scenery and people with just a press of the shutter button, and various useful functions for traveling such as Slide Panorama, which can take 360-degree photos, as well as auto-time adjustment of travel sites.

Starting with the EX-H20G, Casio is positioning the EXILIM brand as "Amazing Gear"-a brand that never fails to deliver new surprises and excitement. Casio is driving a Digital Image Revolution, creating new value by developing digital cameras that go beyond the limits of cameras in the past.

A Traveler's Camera Equipped with a Hybrid-GPS System

The first digital camera with autonomic indoor positioning through Hybrid-GPS
The EX-H20G is equipped with a Hybrid-GPS system that combines a GPS engine with autonomic positioning made possible by a motion sensor. Even if no signals are received from GPS satellites when indoors, the system consecutively tracks the user's location by employing an original algorithm using a three-way accelerometer and a three-way direction sensor. When the user goes back outside, the system automatically updates the positional information of the indoor location based on the exact location determined by GPS reception. This is an ideal system for a digital camera, allowing it to immediately track location data at any time and any place.

Highly accurate and speedy position tracking with low power consumption
Through tracking and power control suited to each situation, such as camera not in use, power on, and power-off camera being carried, the camera enables highly precise and speedy position tracking while consuming only a small amount of power.

Complete with a wide range of functions useful for traveling
  • Contains world atlas data including detailed maps of 140 world cities and 12 cities in Japan
  • User's location and photos and movies taken are displayed on a map
  • Photos are saved with the location information, including longitude and latitude, shooting direction, and place names
  • About 10,000 photos of popular sightseeing spots around the world are included in the internal memory, and the camera can determine and display the straight-line distance from the user's current position to a sightseeing spot
  • A location name database with approximately one million items is included , enabling the camera to display the name of the shooting location on the screen
  • Location name and other data can be embedded in the photo when taken
  • The routes taken during the user's journey are recorded into the memory even when the power is off
  • H.264 video format HD Movies can be taken for a long time
  • Travel memories can be reproduced vividly on a large-screen TV in a slide show using an HDMI terminal
Premium Auto function produces beautiful photos with just a press of the shutter button
Premium Auto enables the camera to automatically analyze the scene being photographed - including distinguishing night scenes, back lighting, a blue sky, green trees or a sunset - as well as sensing whether there is a face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject, and whether a tripod is being used. It simultaneously optimizes settings for exposure, ISO sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range and color balance, and level of noise reduction. Images are analyzed pixel by pixel to apply different correction to people and backgrounds. Premium Auto delivers an advanced level of full auto photography, ensuring high quality photos with just a press of the shutter button. Landscape Makeup processing, which creates clearer landscape photographs, operates automatically.

Equipped with newly developed EXILIM Engine HS
The newly developed EXILIM Engine HS for advanced image processing boasts a multi-CPU and two parallel image processors, enabling the EX-H20G to accurately capture the genuine character of photo subjects with high-speed.

Powerful zoom that maintains high-resolution image quality through 15X
The EX-H20G is fitted with a wide-angle 24mm optical 10X zoom lens. Going beyond this, the camera offers a 15X zoom range that maintains image quality for 14.1-megapixel high-resolution photography when using the optical zoom with the Single Frame SR Zoom, which maintains adequate image quality through 1.5 times the range of the optical zoom. CCD-shift image stabilization is also built in to reduce photo blur from hand movement. These features allow users to photograph any kind of scene, from enormous structures in sightseeing areas to scenic views at a distance.

Dynamic Photo function for creating composite moving images
The EX-H20G also features Casio's Dynamic Photo for creating moving photos. It works by combining moving characters from the preset memory with a background selected by the user, which can be either a still image or moving images.

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