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Creative Introduces New DC-CAM 4200ZS Ultra-Compact Digital Camera

Latest model features 4.2-Megapixel CCD Sensor, new large 2-inch Color LTPS TFT LCD Display, and 10.8X Zoom.

Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment solutions for PC users, today introduced the DC-CAM 4200ZS, a sleek, slim and stylishly designed ultra-compact digital camera that is equipped with high-quality digital camera features and performance.

The DC-CAM 4200ZS comes with a new 4.2-Megapixel CCD sensor that captures stunningly precise images in high-resolution and rich vibrant colors, and records them as still images in JPEG file format onto the bundled 32MB SD card (expandable up to 512MB). The camera is also robustly constructed and compact in design, measuring only 88.5 (W) x 24 (D) x 54.5 (H) mm, and weighing only 125g (without battery and SD card).

Users can compose their shots using the standard viewfinder, or through the large 2-inch Color LTPS TFT LCD display which ensures clear reviewing of images. LTPS (Low Temperature Poly Silicon) technology is a leading-edge manufacturing process for making TFT (Thin Film Transistor) LCDs that uses laser annealing to achieve crystallization of silicom film with substrate temperature of less than 400C. This offers inherent advantages such as less power consumption, improved screen brightness, and enhanced durability (LCD's life span).

?The DC-CAM 4200ZS is Creative's latest full-feature digital camera catering to consumers who are looking for a slim-built and lightweight camera that provides them with the capability to capture perfect photographs right in their palms. With its advanced functions, the DC-CAM 4200ZS offers users 4.2 Megapixels of high-quality image and freedom in controlling various standard camera settings to create that perfect shot,? said Joseph Liow, Vice President and General Manager of Creative Labs Asia.

In addition, the DC-CAM 4200ZS features 3x Optical Zoom (f2.8-f4.8 equivalent in 35mm photography) which works with 3.6x Digital Zoom to deliver a combined 10.8x maximum precision zoom. It is also fitted with Auto Focus capability that enables users to accurately frame and focus shots in Normal (50cm to infinity) as well as Macro (6cm to infinity) mode.

Photography enthusiasts who wish to control their photography settings, according to the lighting conditions, will be able to do so through a host of advanced controls such as exposure compensation, white balance, and built-in flash modes.

For double the fun, the DC-CAM 4200ZS is equipped with a video and voice recording/playback feature. It captures unlimited (depending on card memory) AVI-format video with audio in 320 x 240 resolution and with the bundled Audio/Video (A/V) cable, users can easily output their video files onto conventional TV and view it with their friends.

The main features of the Creative DC-CAM 4200ZS include :
Sensor Type : Effective 4.2 Megapixels CCD sensor
Memory Type : SD expansion slot (SD card up to 512MB*)
Focus : Auto Focus (Normal: 50cm to infinity; Macro : 6cm to infinity)
Zoom Mode : 3X Optical, 3.6X Digital
Flash Mode : Auto Flash, Red-eye Reduction, Night Scene, Suppressed Flash, Forced Flash
Aperture : F2.8 - 4.8
ISO : Automatic (50, 100, 200)
Exposure : - 2EV to +2EV (in 1/3 steps)
White Balance : Auto/Incandescent/Fluorescent 1/ Fluorescent 2/Daylight/Cloudy/Manual
Shutter Speed : 1/2 to 1/1000 sec
LCD : Large 2.0 Inch Color LTPS TFT LCD
Built-in Mic : Yes
Video to TV out : PAL or NTSC selectable
Image resolution : 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image file format : JPEG (EXIF2.2, DCF1.0, DPOF 1.1)
Video resolution : 320 x 240 resolution with audio (AVI format)
Battery Type : Rechargeable Lithium ion battery (3.7V)
Languages : English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese.
Dimensions : 88.5 x 24 x 54.5mm
Weight : 125g (without battery & SD card)

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