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Casio shows prototype of the world’s fastest digital camera


September 2, 2007

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September 3, 2007 Casio has used the IFA expo in Berlin to unveil a prototype design of what can be reasonably expected to be the world’s fastest digital camera. Though its key specs are nothing special - 6.0 megapixels and 12x optical zoom with image stabilization - the prototype has a new high speed CMOS sensor and high speed LSI image processing chip and can shoot still images at a remarkable 60 frames per second and VGA resolution movies at 300 frames per second, offering ultra-slow motion replay to non-professionals for the first time.

For still images, the camera achieves ultra high speed burst shooting of 60 images per second at maximum resolution - the fastest in the world. Moreover, using Pre-shot Burst Mode, (a ultra-high speed continuous shooting mode that captures images from the scene prior to the moment when you actually press the shutter button), users can be confident they will never miss the most crucial photographic moment.

The image shows the prototype, which means everything can and probably will change. The press materials clearly stated that “the specific product release date, pricing, brand name and specifications remain to be determined.” Does this mean Casio is planning a new high performance brand? Stay tuned – all we know is that it nothing has been finalised for the public at this point, and Casio will continue working on the camera to further improve performance and functionality.

Prototype specifications

Effective pixels: 6.0 megapixels Imaging element: 1/1.8 inch high speed CMOS sensor (Total pixels: 6.6 million) High speed burst shooting: 60 images per second at 6.0 million pixels, JPEG High speed movie: 300fps, Motion JPEG, AVI format, VGA Lens/focal distance: 12 lenses in 9 groups F2.7 to 4.6, equivalent to approx 35 to 420 mm on a 35 mm film camera Zoom: 12x optical zoom Image stabilization mechanism: CMOS-shift image stabilization Monitor screen: 2.8 inch widescreen TFT colour LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels Viewfinder: Colour LCD, approx. 200,000 pixels Dimension and weight: 127.5mm (W) x 79.5mm (H) x 130.0mm (D). Approx. 650 g (excluding battery and accessories)

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