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Casio unveils EX-G1 rugged compact camera

Nov 18, 2009 at 11:02 GMT

Casio has unveiled the world's slimmest 'rugged' compact in the shape of Exliim EX-G1 - its thinnest side measures just 20mm (0.78"). The first in the company's new 'Exilim G' series of weatherproof cameras, named in reference to the company's well-known G-Shock series of watches. The G1 is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters for an hour, coldproof down to -10°C (14°F) and shock-resistant for drops of up to 2.13 meters. It incorporates a 38-114mm equivalent lens, 2.5" LCD, 12.1MP sensor and includes features such as Intelligent AF, Best Shot shooting mode and Interval shooting. Priced at US $299 and £279 GBP, the camera will start shipping from December 2009.

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CASIO RELEASES WORLD’S SLIMMEST*
SHOCK-RESISTANT DIGITAL CAMERA


EXILIM GWaterproof and Dustproof, in a .78-inch,** Smart Design

DOVER, NJ, November 18, 2009 – Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the EX-G1 shock-resistant, waterproof, dustproof digital camera—the first in the company’s new EXILIM® G brand of digital cameras. With its smart design featuring functional beauty, the EX-G1 embodies Casio’s endurance-minded features and specifications in a sleek 0.78-inch** low-profile camera.

Casio first introduced the shock-resistant G-SHOCK® timepiece to the world in 1983.  The G-SHOCK brand remains extremely popular among consumers and adventure enthusiasts around the globe thanks to its distinctive, unique design, rugged toughness and practicality, even under severe environmental conditions. In 2000, Casio launched the G’zOne™, a durable, water-resistant mobile phone.

Casio is positioning the EXILIM G brand in an “endurance” category, which demonstrates its determination to create digital cameras suitable for top athletes and adventurers. The endurance category caters to those who never quit challenging both extreme conditions and their own limits. The new model was developed to embody this brand concept, using Casio’s years of experience creating technologies for shock resistance, waterproofing and slim-line design.

The EX-G1 is designed with shock-resistant elements throughout the camera, both inside and out, creating a smart look in a slim-line camera with functional beauty. In addition to capturing high-resolution 12.1 effective megapixel images, the EX-G1 also features modes such as interval shooting and multi-image capture which utilize the camera’s endurance qualities. The interval shooting function can automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals, enabling users to capture great shots while engaged in active sports such as snowboarding or cycling***.

“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,” says Toshi Iguchi, senior general manager of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division. “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.”

Through rigorous testing, the EX-G1 has been designed and created with a shock-resistant shell which passes drop tests including multiple falls from seven feet.****  Featuring a two-layer construction with a stainless steel outer-casing, the EX-G1 inner body withstands shock and water damage. The camera’s intelligent design is constructed with a resin cover to protect the body side near the shutter and a resin lens ring to protect the lens.

The technologically-advanced design features waterproof performance and corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) waterproofing. The EX-G1 can be used at depths at 10 feet for 60 continuous minutes*****. Water will not penetrate the camera even when directly sprayed with jets of water from every direction corresponding to Protection Class 6 (IPX6). Capable of withstanding temperatures as low as 14°F*****, Casio’s EX-G1 boldly captures images where any adventurer goes.

The EX-G1 will hit shelves in December 2009 with an MSRP of $299.99 and will be available in black and red.

* As of November 18, 2009, based on a Casio survey of shock resistant digital cameras (excluding protruding parts).
** Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards.
*** A commercially available mount is required to support the camera.
**** In accordance with Casio’s own standard with reference to the US MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock, the camera passed a test in which it was dropped from a height of 2.13 meters (7 feet) onto lauan plywood at 26 different angles. However, the camera is not guaranteed to withstand all shocks in terms of damage, malfunction and performance. Moreover, camera shock may result in inability to retain waterproof performance.
*****Based on testing conditions established by Casio.
******Battery life will be shorter than under normal temperature conditions.

Features

Slim-line Design with Toughness Construction

Shock resistant/waterproof construction and design

BEST SHOT® functions befitting a waterproof, shock-resistant camera

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).

Intelligent AF
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.  Additionally, the Dynamic Photo video can easily be converted in-camera into a motion JPEG movie file.  Moving graphics such as hearts and bouquets of flowers are included so that users can have fun decorating their still images using the Dynamic Photo function.  Casio not only allows users to have fun taking and viewing photos, but also provides innovative new ways for them to create original images, right on the camera.

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.

* As of November 18, 2009, based on a Casio survey
** Established with reference to the US standard, MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock
*** Based on test conditions set by Casio
**** Battery life will be shorter than under normal temperature conditions
*****A commercially available mount is required to support the camera.

Casio Exilim EX-G1 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 12.39 million pixels total
• 12.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 12M (4000 x 3000)
• 3:2 (4000 x 2656)
• 16:9 (4000 x 2240)
• 8M (3264 x 2448)
• 5M (2560 x 1920)
• 3M (2048 x 1536)
• VGA (640 x 480)

Movie clips • 848 x 480 (30 fps)
• 640 x 480 (30 fps)
• 320 x 240 (15 fps)
File formats • Still: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.2/DPOF compliant)
• Movie: AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
• Audio: WAV format (monaural)
Lens • 3x optical zoom
• 38-114mm (35mm equiv.)
• f=6.66 to 19.98mm
• F3.9 - 5.4
• 11 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lens
Digital zoom Yes, up to 4x
Focus

• Contrast Detect AF
• Macro Mode
• Pan Focus
• Infinity Mode
• Manual Focus

AF area modes • Intelligent
• Spot
• Multi Tracking
Focus distance • Normal: Approx. 10cm - infinity
• Macro: Approx 10cm - 50cm
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center weighted
• Spot by imaging element
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• 64
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600
• 3200
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter speed • Auto: 1/2-1/1250 sec
• Night Scene: 4-1/1250 sec
Aperture • F3.9 - F5.4
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Shade
• Day White F
• Daylight FL
• Tungsten
• Manual WB
Self timer • 10 seconds
• 2 seconds
• Triple Self-timer
Continuous shooting Approx. 3 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (Up to 8 shots)
Flash • Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
• Range:Approx. 0.1 to 2.4m (W), approx. 0.5 to 1.1m (T)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD Display
• 230,400 dots
Connectivity • USB2.0 High speed
• AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
Storage • microSDHC Memory Card, microSD Memory Card
• 35.7MB internal memory
Power • Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80)
• Charger included
Weight (no batt) 124 g (4.37oz)
Dimensions 104 x 64 x 20mm
(4.0 x 2.5 x 0.78 in)

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