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Casio Pushes Video in New Still Camera

Dover, N.J. — Casio announced a new member in its Exilim Pro line of digital cameras today, emphasizing a series of enhanced movie-recording features that compliment its still-photo features.

The 5-megapixel EX-P505 features a 5x optical zoom, a 2-inch swivel LCD screen, and the ability to take MPEG-4 videos at VGA resolution at 30 frames per second (fps) with a bit-rate of 4.2Mbps. The camera can record video to the length of an SD memory card.

To complement the video recording, Casio incorporated several movie shooting modes and in-camera movie editing in the P505. A Movie Best Shot mode lets the user choose a video recording style from a selection of sample scenes. A Short Movie mode lets the user record an eight-second movie with a single press of the shutter button, while a Movie Print mode lets users print out a sequence of video frames on one print.

Other movie features include a Past Movie mode that starts recording five seconds before the shutter is pressed.

The camera is PictBridge enabled and offers 7.5MB of internal memory. It offers a macro focus to 1 cm, aperture and shutter priority, full manual shooting, 220 pictures per battery charge, five preset scene modes, automatic pop-up flash and the company’s Best Shot mode.

The P505 ships in February for a suggested retail price of $499.99.