Casio is set to launch a new style of action cam in September featuring a wireless camera unit that is detachable from the main body. The Casio Exilim EX-FR10, which will initially be only available in the Japanese market, uses a Bluetooth connection with a range of up to 10m between the body and the camera so images can be recorded remotely and monitored on the 2" 230k-dot touch screen.

The idea is to separate the recording end from the control and monitoring end, to make the camera easier to use. GoPro cameras have their lens and controls on the same unit, which can make it difficult to change settings once they are attached to a helmet, for example. Panasonic’s HX-A100 unit separates camera and controls, but uses a fixed-length cable between the two. While most actioncams are controllable with smartphone apps (as is the FR10, with Casio’s Exilim Link for Android and iOS) this two-part concept takes the idea a step further.

The FR10’s camera unit features a 21mm (equivalent) lens with an aperture of f/2.8 and contrast detection AF. The backlit 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor can record 14MP stills and 1920x1080 HD movies in clips of up to 29 minutes, and files are stored on MicroSD cards. 

Available in red, green or white the camera is 2m drop-resistant and moderately water-proof (1m for 30 minutes) and dust proof. The camera has a mono-mic and speaker, offers +/-2EV exposure compensation, and an intervalometer to record files at user-defined periods. The camera unit measures 60.9x28.8mm and weighs 63g, while the combined measurements are 61 x 153 x 34mm and the weight 175g.

The Casio Exilim FR10 will be priced in Japan at ¥50,000, which is approximately $480, £290 and €365 – not taking into account local market differences and taxes. It would seem highly unlikely for the FR10 to reach the US, as Casio has little (if any) presence left in the market.

For more information visit the Casio website.

Press Release:

Casio Releases EXILIM "Split Camera" That Enables All-New Ways of Shooting Photos

Offering "Freestyle Shooting" Using Split Configuration Consisting of Camera Unit and Controller

TOKYO, August 26, 2014 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of the EXILIM EX-FR10 freestyle digital camera. This latest addition to the EXILIM family of digital cameras boasts a modular construction that can be separated easily into two parts—the camera unit and the LCD-equipped controller—making it possible to take various kinds of interesting shots including self-portraits and group shots.

In 2011, Casio introduced the EXILIM TR line of cameras, which feature a 360° rotating frame that swivels around the lens body and a 270° rotating display, making it possible to take photos from a variety of different angles. Designed specifically for taking self-portraits and with features like Make-up Mode that enhance the subject’s appearance, EXILIM TR cameras have created a powerful buzz particularly among young women in markets such as China.

The new EXILIM EX-FR10 advances the Element Design approach used with EXILIM TR series of cameras, with a newly designed camera unit that easily separates from the controller body at the press of a button. The innovative modular design enables "freestyle shooting" of photos without the constraints of holding the camera and pressing the shutter. The detached camera unit can be easily fixed anywhere using one of several attachments and allowing users to shoot photos from all-new angles.

The camera's interval shooting function enables automatic hands-free shooting of photos and videos, enabling the user to become the subject of her own photo. The controller connects wirelessly to the camera unit via low-energy-consumption Bluetooth®*1 technology. Both the camera unit and controller are dust-proof, splash-proof, and durable enough to withstand a drop of two meters, so users can have fun capturing a wide range of images.

The Highlight Photo function automatically generates a single collage photo from recommended still images, just by specifying the shooting date and layout, while the Highlight Movie function automatically generates a single short movie from multiple still images and/or videos, just by specifying a shooting date. Photos and movies, including those created with the Highlight Photo and Highlight Movie functions, can be transferred via Wi-Fi*2 to a smartphone or tablet.*3

*1 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is licensed by Casio Computer Co., Ltd

*2 Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

*3 Requires installation of EXILIM Link app on the smartphone or tablet

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