Earlier this year, Panasonic
, and Canon
cameras that could withstand drops, water, and much more. When these models
were announced, we couldn't help but notice that Casio
was absent from the
list, especially since the company has its own G-SHOCK brand that already
offers shock-resistant timepieces and a water-resistant mobile phone.
Fast-forward a few months, and Casio is now ready to join other
manufacturers in offering a shock-resistant, waterproof, and dustproof camera
. In addition
to being rugged, the new EX-G1 offers many of the same features you'd find on
today's newest digital cameras. For instance, this 12.1 megapixel camera can
capture video in widescreen format at a resolution of 848x480 pixels. Thanks to
its thin, 0.78-inch profile, the EX-G1 is also touted at the world's slimmest
shock-resistant digital camera.
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The EX-G1 also features an interval shooting function that
can automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals. This feature
is designed for people with active lifestyles who want to capture great shots
while engaged in an active sport such as snowboarding or cycling.
The EX-G1 has a two-layer construction with a stainless
steel outer-casing to help protect against shock and water. Near the shutter, a
polycarbonate cover absorbs shocks to the body's side. A resin ring surrounds
the glass casing to ease shocks to the lens area. In its tests, Casio claims
the EX-G1 has been designed to survive multiple falls from seven feet and
depths up to 10 feet for 60 minutes.
camera can also withstand temperatures as low as 14°F.
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Like many of Casio's other point and shoot models, the EX-G1
offers BEST SHOT functions to help you easily capture the best photo in a
variety of situations. The camera also offers an Intelligent AF function as
well as Casio's Dynamic Photo function which lets you create composite moving
images in camera.
On the back of the EX-G1, you'll find a 2.5-inch monitor
with 230,400 dots of resolution. The camera's non-extending 3X zoom lens has a
range of 38-114mm (35 mm film camera equivalent). The EX-G1 accepts microSDHC
and microSD memory cards and has 35.7MB of built-in storage.
The EX-G1 will hit shelves in December with an MSRP of
$299.99. It will come in black and red.