Casio Unveils Hybrid GPS Digicam


Dover, N.J. -

Casio America

introduced Monday what it is calling "the world's first Hybrid GPS-enabled digital camera" and a new entry Exilim point-and-shoot model that will retail for less than $100.

The highlight of the offerings is the EX-H20G (shipping in November at a $350 suggested retail), which features a 10x zoom, 14.1-megapixel CCD image sensor and Casio's Hybrid GPS system.


The GPS technology offers the ability to insert geo-tagging location data into image files, even indoors, Casio said.

The EX-H20G can display the user's current location -- as well as geo-tagged photos and videos -- on a map which can be viewed on the camera screen.

The system combines GPS with autonomic positioning, using an internal motion sensor that enables the EX-H20G to track a user's last known satellite-acquired position against map data stored in the camera's internal memory. Users don't have to be within the line of sight of a GPS satellite to register location information.

In addition, the camera is preloaded with information for 10,000 sightseeing photo spots around the globe. When in the vicinity of one of these photo spots, the EX-H20G will automatically alert the user, identifying the locations as points of interest.

Back at home, users can manage and share geo-tagged photos and videos using photo-sharing Web sites and software with geo-tagging functionality, such as Picasa, Panoramio, Google Earth, Flickr and iPhoto.

Other features in the camera include a new Exilim Engine HS using a multi-CPU and two parallel image processors, enabling the EX-H20G to accurately capture subjects at high-speed. When used with Casio's Single Frame SR Zoom function, the Exilim Engine HS enables the 24mm wide-angle, 10x optical zoom lens to extend electronically to a 15x zoom range with strong image quality.

Other features include 720p HD video recording (30 fps) in H.264 format; a 3-inch, high-resolution 460,000-dot LCD; a Premium Auto function; Panorama Photo mode; and auto-time adjustment that automatically synchronizes the camera's date and time with the current location and time zone.

Built-in image stabilization uses a CCD-shift mechanism to reduce photo blur from hand movement.

A Dynamic Photo function enables shooting "moving photos" by cutting moving subjects from the background in images taken with continuous shooting, and combining them on a different still or moving image background.

The system allows making multiple characters move independently of each other against a background of moving images for up to 20 seconds.

Casio America also introduced its newest entry-level Exilim model in the EX-Z16 (shipping in September at a $100 suggested retail).

The camera continues Casio's sleek design and includes a suite of easy-to-use features, such as Easy Mode, YouTube capture and a simplified user interface.

The camera offers 12-megapixel resolution, a 3x optical and 4x digital zoom lens, simplified menu, and a dedicated movie button to capture 640 by 480 H.264 video.

The unit includes a 2.7-inch 230,000-dot LCD screen, automatic face eetection, and Best Shot technology, which automatically analyzes a scene and applies the best settings for capturing quality images and video.

The feature applies face detection, auto focus and exposure settings to a total of 23 types of scenes.


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