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Casio Exilim Card EX-S100


EXILIM_CARD_EX-S100The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 is a super thin 3.2 megapixel digital camera. Casio are billing it as the world's smallest digital camera with a 2.8x optical zoom (with their new ceramic lens technology). It measures in at 88 x 57 x 16.7mm but still has a 2.0inch LCD screen.

The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 is due to be released in October 2004.

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Casio Exilim Card EX-S100

Steve's Digicams reviews the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 and writes - 'The overall image quality when using 3-megapixel (2048x1536) Fine mode was good. Our outdoor images were well exposed and colors were nicely saturated. However, I did noticed an average amount of noise in high and low contrast areas, especially when using higher ISO speeds. Indoors it also performs well. I found that the cameras autofocus system works good in low-ambient lighting, although it would benefit from a focus-assist lamp. Its flash has sufficient range for most indoor situations, and we had very little occurrence of red-eye when using the red-eye reduction mode. When shooting in Macro mode, the flash also does a good job of "throttling down" to ensure you do not over-expose your subject.'

Pocket lint reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S100 and writes - 'When the camera first arrived in the office we have to admit we were sceptical about whether or not we would be able to take good pictures with it. Why were we sceptical? Well because the camera is so compact and the new ceramic lens.

In tests however this is far from the case. Images overall are very good for the megapixel count. We did experience a small amount of noise when contrasting colours where against each other, and when shown at full size. However as a model that is sold as an all-purpose camera, we were very pleased with the results overall. Even better for the party set, the camera is good looking enough to earn the envy points. Top Marks.' Rating: 9

PC Magazine reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S100 digital camera and writes - 'The EX-S100 is an elegant camera that's a joy to shoot with. It's the first camera to use a ceramic lens element, which has enabled Casio to make it amazingly thin. We only wish that the camera's photo quality matched its impressive looks: Our test shots were disappointing, with focus, color, and exposure problems.'

PhotographyBLOG reviews the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 and writes - 'The Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 is as about as ultra-compact as digital cameras get at the moment - if you want the ultimate in small digicams, then the EX-S100 is it. Squeezing a 2.8x optical zoom lens into such a slim camera is an amazing technological achievement by Casio's engineers. Thankfully Casio have ensured that the Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 is not merely a technological marvel, but also a good camera in its own right. I expected all sorts of image quality issues to arise due to the tiny 1/3.2-inch CCD sensor, but the photos that I took were fine, exhibiting virtually no trace of chromatic aberrations and keeping noise levels under control. With a large 2-inch LCD screen and simple control layout, the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z55 is perfectly suited to the new photographer that it is aimed at, and indeed for any photographer that wants a very small and very responsive point and shoot model. The only potential downsides from a handling point of view are the rather grainy LCD screen, caused by having too few pixels in too large a screen, and the lack of an optical viewfinder, which won't suit all photographers.'

'CNET Reviews' has a review of the Casio Exilim EX-S100 and writes - 'Image quality was fair to good. Most of our test shots weren't extraordinarily sharp, and there was visible noise even at ISO 50, rising to abundant at ISO 400. Chromatic aberration also reared its ugly head, with purple fringing quite evident around backlit subjects. Colors were good, if a little muted, although highlights were easily washed out. The red-eye-prevention preflash seemed to have little effect.'

Megapixel reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S100 and writes - 'The most attractive feature of the Exilim EX-S100 is its size. Casio calls it a �Card� camera and with good reason. While it does not have the thickness of a credit card, it is approximately the size of a standard deck of cards, or for the techno-savvy, a little bit more than half the size of a Palm handheld.

In this small space Casio squeezes a 2.8X optical zoom, a battery, a memory card slot and a 3.2 megapixel CCD that easily produces good-looking 4 x 6 prints.'

Ken Rockwell reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S100 and writes - 'The S100 provides fantastic flexibility for those who know how to use it. For a non-photographer the Olympus Verve is also a great choice. The Verve offers tiny size and ease of use, but lacks the adjustability of the S100.

For a serious photographer who wants to take this as a primary camera I'd suggest the newer, higher resolution and even more flexible Casio EX-Z750 which I hope to review soon.'

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Casio Exilim Card EX-S100 Press Release

CASIO Launches Worlds Smallest Optical Zoom Digital Camera Worlds First Ceramic Lens Debuts in Stylish EXILIM CARD

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. has released the worlds smallest (as of August 25,2004) digital camera with an optical zoom (2.8X) lens, the EXILIM CARD EX-S100. The camera and its lens owe their exceptionally compact packaging to another world first the application of ceramic lens technology, providing a great advance in optical quality with even greater strength than glass.

In 2002, CASIO launched the first EXILIM digital camera, an ultra-thin business card-sized model with superior portability and highly responsive operation. The camera could be carried easily, and enabled photography for any occasion, anytime and anywhere, having a huge impact on the digital camera market overnight and helping the ultra-slim genre to become a major segment of its own. Since that first EXILIM, CASIO has continued to create even thinner cameras with more rapid responsiveness and superior performance, creating an EXILIM lineup that has expanded to become a trend-setting force in the marketplace.

Casio_S100 BackThe new EXILIM CARD EX-S100 was developed as the flagship model of the series, and as such, represents all the brand concepts. The key features of the EX-S100 are the use of the worlds first transparent ceramic lens within an ultra-slim 2.8X optical zoom lens unit, and CASIOs original EXILIM Engine, an ultra-compact image processing LSI module that enables the camera to achieve high image quality, high-speed operation and low power consumption all within an extremely slim and compact body package. As a result, the EX-S100 is the worlds smallest optical zoom-equipped digital camera, with a volume of just 79 cc and measuring a very compact 88 x 57 mm. Moreover, it is only 16.7 mm thick, and just 14.2 mm at the thinnest point.

The EX-S100 features a stainless steel body, a hallmark of the EXILIM CARD series, which has been polished to a brilliant shine through a special process. It is created entirely of metal, right down to the screws, for a true feeling of high quality. The front of the camera has been given a fresh look, with a theme of circular patterns to highlight the shape of the lens, while the back of the unit features a more square look that matches the impressively large 2.0-inch LCD screen. In keeping with the distinctive form of the other models in the EXILIM CARD series, the lens area itself protrudes slightly from the body of the camera.

With a 3.2 Megapixel CCD for superior high-resolution photo imaging, a unique quick-response design and the Best Shot function making it easier to capture desired scenes, CASIO has again proven that it is the leader in ultra-compact cameras that offer astonishingly advanced performance.

Main Features of the EX-S100

2.8X Optical Zoom
- 2.8X optical zoom lens using the worlds first transparent ceramics
- 3.2 Megapixel CCD

Only 16.7 mm thin stylish body thats the size of a business card
- Ultra-thin zoom lens unit and cutting-edge technology packed into a body just 16.7 mm in thickness only 14.2 mm at the thinnest point.
- Large 2.0-inch digital interface TFT LCD screen for easy viewing
- Stainless steel body common to all EXILIM CARD series cameras
- Ex Fine Blast Treatment surface processing for a brilliant and attractive body
- Simple and timelessly beautiful body shape
- Easy-to-use operation buttons based on a square design concept
- All-metal construction from body and lens down to the screws for a true feeling of high quality

Comprehensive design approach for rapid response
- The camera automatically switches to Auto Pan Focus when the shutter is pressed rapidly
- Rapid start-up allows pictures to be taken approximately 1.4 seconds* after the power is turned on
- Images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds* after the shutter is released
- High-speed operation; images can be taken at approximately 1.2 second intervals, with image playback of approximately 0.1 seconds between photos when scrolling
- Direct On function for one-touch operation of picture taking or playback modes
*with the flash off

Other features
- Business Shot function compensates for photos taken at an angle and records them as if taken from straight ahead
- Best Shot function allows settings to be selected using sample scene images
- Auto Macro function enables automatic switching between Macro and AF modes
- Flash Assist function provides exposure compensation for areas not reached by the flash
- Icon Help function uses pop-ups to guide the user when switching settings
- Noise Reduction Processing makes night scenes more beautiful
- USB cradle also functions as a battery charger and photostand

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Posted by Darren in our Casio category on August 25, 2004