CASIO EXILIM G slim waterproof and shock resistant Digital Camera
Casio has announced the release of CASIO EX-G1 shock-resistant, waterproof, dustproof digital camera on 18thNovember 2009. This is the first camera introduced by the company in the new EXILIM® G series.
Casio has determined to create digital cameras for top athletes and adventurers. To demonstrate this plan, Casio is intending to position the new EXILIM G brand in this category. Casio has used their years of experience in manufacturing shock resistance, waterproofing and slim-line design to develop the new model. Casio introduced the shock-resistant G-SHOCK timepiece to the world in 1983 which is still popular among consumers and adventure enthusiasts throughout the world. In 2000, Casio launched the G’zOne which is a durable, water-resistant mobile phone.
to the press release
issued by Casio, the EX-G1 camera has been designed with shock-resistant
throughout the camera in creating a smart looking slim-line
camera. It is capable to capture images with high-resolution
effective megapixels. The EX-G1 camera provides modes such as
shooting which can automatically take still
or movies at fixed intervals. This enables users to capture quality shots
they engage in active sports such as cycling. The camera also has multi-image capture mode.
Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division says “whether it is the lifestyle that you have chosen or your career path that requires you to carry a camera tough enough to endure life’s elements, the EXILIM G EX-G1 offers an endurance level that will withstand the demands of your daily routine. The EX-G1, Casio’s toughest camera to date, is a prime example of Casio’s constant devotion to creating cameras to accommodate all levels of photographers.”
According to Casio the EX-G1 camera has been designed and produced with a shock-resistant shell which has the capability of passing drop tests including multiple falls from around seven feet. The camera features a two-layer construction with a stainless steel outer-casing. The inside body withstands shock and water damage. The camera’s intelligent design is made with a resin cover that protects the body side near the shutter and a resin lens ring which protects the lens.
The EX-G1 can be used at depths at 10 feet for 60 continuous minutes. Tests have shown that water will not penetrate in to the camera even when directly sprayed from every direction according to Casio.
CASIO EXILIM G EX-G1- Specifications
Slim-line Design with Toughness Construction
The EXILIM G EX-G1 offers the world’s thinnest profile of .78 inch (excluding protruding parts) in a shock-resistant digital camera. The camera passed multiple drop tests of seven feet based on Casio’s own standard.
The EX-G1 offers waterproof performance corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) waterproofing, and can be used for 60 continuous minutes at a water depth of 10 feet. It also withstands water jets corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 “IPX6” waterproofing, and can be directly rinsed under running water. The EX-G1 is also impervious to dust, with performance corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 “IP6X” dustproofing.
Withstanding ever the coldest of temperatures, the EX-G1 endures through temperatures as low as 14 °F.
Shock resistant/waterproof construction and design
The outer body of the EX-G1 is made from stainless steel to withstand external shocks while a polycarbonate cover absorbs shocks to the body side near the shutter. The camera’s wrist-strap holder is made of die-cast zinc to withstand drops while a rotating lock secures the external memory slot cover. For additional protection, the EX-G1 comes with two types of detachable protectors to absorb shocks.
The waterproof inner body of the camera is made from polycarbonate reinforced with fiberglass while a buckle-lock construction is added to absorb impact, using fewer screws to secure the inner body. Additionally, the camera’s frame comes equipped with speaker and microphone filters to prevent water from penetrating the camera.
To prevent damage to the camera’s lens, a resin ring as been added around the glass casing to ease shocks to the lens area. With the addition of a reinforced, glass lens cover, the EX-G1 is tooled with a multi coating that is water-repellent and prevents light reflection from ruining pictures. To further protect the camera from impact, high-performance damping material has been added to protect the lens unit from external shocks.
The acrylic plate to protect the LCD from water pressure and shocks is 1.5 times thicker than conventional point-and-shoot cameras. The LCD panel features a resin mount to ease shocks to the LCD panel area.
BEST SHOT® functions befitting a waterproof, shock-resistant camera
The interval shooting function allows users to automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals while engaged in action sports such as cycling, snowboarding, and wind surfing. With the EX-G1, users can take powerful photos from inside the action, the kind which are usually almost impossible to capture. The shooting interval can be set at 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 3 minutes, and the capture time for movies may be set at 3, 10, 20, or 30 minutes.
Great for a variety of outdoor photography scenes
The BEST SHOT function enables users to take beautiful photos just by selecting the desired subject scene. The EX-G1 includes additional BEST SHOT settings suitable for various outdoor situations, such as “snow” and “beach” scene settings, which automatically adjust to prevent subject underexposure due to the brightness of snow or sun. There is also an “underwater” setting to control the tendency of underwater photos to come out looking too blue.
12.1 effective megapixels
This thin stylish model features a large 2.5-inch monitor with 230,400 dots of high resolution and a non-extending 3X zoom lens ranging from 38-114mm (35 mm film camera equivalent).
When the camera is pointed at a desired shot, the Intelligent AF function automatically detects the photo subject even if it is not a human face and determines the focus and exposure area accordingly.
Advanced Dynamic Photo function
Casio’s original Dynamic Photo function, which creates composite moving images using the camera’s own high-speed image processing technology, now does even more. When a moving subject is cut out of a number of images and combined with a different still shot that forms the background, the size of the subject can be changed to suit the background image.
Wide Screen Movies
The camera also features a wide format (16:9) Movie function. Just press the dedicated Movie button to take beautiful movies at 848x480 pixels.