Casio unveils the EXILIM Pro EX-F1 Digital HD Camera

Casio unveils the EXILIM Pro EX-F1 Digital HD Camera

Casio Exilim Pro EX F1 HD Camera

[Best Syndication] The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week has unveiled a slew of tempting technologies and advancements that make me want to upgrade, and this digital camera by Casio is one to anticipate when it is expected to arrive on store shelve in March 2008.

It is expected to retail at $999.99. Casio is calling this the fastest camera, taking up to 60 frames of photos per second at full 1920 x 1080 HD. But the camera will snap even faster photos of 1200 frames per second if you go to the resolution of 336 x 96.

This super fast photography will help to capture movements that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get with other cameras. Frame rate capture can be set anywhere from 1 fps up to 60 fps.

The cameral has a continous recording of up to 60 images per second fro a maximum of 60 images that are in the camera’s memory buffer. This way, if you push the button a little late, you can still get the best photo. It sure looks like it is fool proof way of taking good pictures.

There is more with the movie capability. It is able to record high speed movie footage that is too fast for the human eye to comprehend. There is recording speed setting of 300 fps, 600 fps, and 1,200 fps. When you play these high frame rates back as a movie it will be an ultra slow motion playback. There is a movie button that makes quick switch from taking still photos to recording video.

There is full High Definition movie recording abilities built in with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at a rate of 60 fields per second.

By Dusty Rhodes
Best Syndication News Science Writer

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Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 specification

Sensor
• 1/1.8-inch high-speed CMOS Type CCD
• 6.6 million pixels total
• 6.0 million effective pixels

Image sizes
• 2816 x 2112
• 2816 x 1872 (3:2)
• 2816 x 1586 (16:9)
• 2304 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480

Movie clips
• Standard: 640 × 480 (30 fps)
• HD: 1920 × 1080 (FHD HQ/FHD Normal, 60 fields per second), 1280 × 720 (HD LP, 30 fps)
• Hi-Speed: 512 × 384 (300 fps), 432 × 192 (600 fps), 336 × 96 (1200 fps)

File formats
• Still: RAW (DNG*1), JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
• Movie: MOV format, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM (stereo)

Lens

12 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lens
Approx. 36 to 432mm 35mm equiv. (12x Zoom)
F2.7 (W) to 4.6 (T)
Image stabilization Yes, Sensor-shift
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom 4X (48X in combination with optical zoom)

Focus

• Contrast Detection Auto Focus
• Auto Focus
• Macro Mode
• Infinity Mode
• Manual Focus

AF area modes

Spot, Free or Tracking

AF assist lamp Yes

Focus distance
• AF: Approx. 40cm*2 to ∞ (W)
• Macro: Approx. 5cm*2 to 50cm (W)
• MF: Approx. 5cm*2 to ∞ (W)
• Infinity Mode: ∞ (W)
Metering
Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing Yes

Shutter speed
• Auto: 1 to 1/2000 second
• Aperture Priority AE: 1 to 1/2000 second
• Shutter Speed Priority AE: 60 to 1/40000 second
• Manual: 60 to 1/40000 second

Aperture
• Auto: F2.7 (W) to F7.5 (W) (using ND filter)
• Manual and Aperture Priority: F2.7 (W) to F7.5 (W)

White balance
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, manual WB

White balance fine tune No

Self timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Continuous shooting 60 fps at full resolution for 1 second or 5 fps for 12 seconds
With flash: 7fps

Flash Modes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction, External Flash

Range: Approx. 0.5 to 10.4m (W), approx. 1.1 to 6.3m (T)

Viewfinder Electronic Viewfinder, 0.2-inch, 201,600 dots

LCD monitor 2.8-inch wide TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,160 dots (959 × 240)

Connectivity
USB/AV port, HDMI™ Mini Connector (output), hot shoe, external microphone jack, AC adaptor connection (DC-IN)

Print compliance DPOF compliant

Storage SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard,

MultiMediaCard plus compatible

Power Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-100) x 1, AC adaptor (optional)
Weight (no batt) 671g

Dimensions 127.7 (W) x 79.6 (H) x 130.1 (D)mm

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