[CES] Casio's Digital Camera Shoots 6-Mpixel Pictures at 60fps

Jan 8, 2008
Yasushi Uchida, Nikkei Electronics
Casio's EXILIM EX-F1, slated for launch in spring 2008
Casio's EXILIM EX-F1, slated for launch in spring 2008
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Photo shot in high speed mode at 60 fps: The photo clearly captured the moment when the batter hit the ball.
Photo shot in high speed mode at 60 fps: The photo clearly captured the moment when the batter hit the ball.
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Casio Computer Co Ltd unveiled the EXILIM EX-F1 digital camera at a press conference on Jan 6, 2008, immediately prior to International CES 2008.

EXILIM EX-F1 allows the high speed shooting at 60fps with a resolution of 6 Mpixels. It is slated for launch in spring 2008 in US and Japan. It will be priced at about US$1,000.

EX-F1 is a 6-Mpixel digital camera equipped with a 12x optical zoom lens.

"There is a digital camera made by another company that can shoot 15 pictures in 1 second," Casio said. "But the pictures are taken at a lower resolution by reducing the pixel count. No other camera can shoot at 60fps at full 6 megapixel resolution."

At the conference, the company presented photos capturing the moment when a batter hit a ball in a baseball game, for example.

Another feature of EX-F1 is that it supports the shooting of 1080i HDTV video, which is enabled by the adoption of an H.264 codec chip. The camera is reportedly capable of shooting the HDTV video for up to about 10 minutes with the use of a 1-Gbyte SD card although the company said that "it is not an accurate figure because the product is only a prototype."

The camera also allows the high speed movie recording. Users can select a recording speed of 300, 600 or 1,200fps. When shooting at 300, 600 and 1,200fps, the resolutions are 512 x 384, 432 x 192 and 336 x 96 dots, respectively.

Casio pointed out two technical elements that contributed in achieving the high speed shooting capability. They are a high speed CMOS sensor and an LSI to process images supplied from the sensor. According to the company, the camera employs a CMOS sensor manufactured by Sony Corp, although the details are yet to be unveiled. The LSI is a product developed by Casio.

The company reportedly enhanced the operating frequency, and increased the bus width and the buffer memory capacity to provide the high speed processing.

"The new system offers processing performance that is 10 times higher than that of the system used in our existing compact digital cameras," the company said.

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