A Preview of the Casio EX-G1 Digital Camera

On November 18th of this year Casio announced its’ new EX-G1, a water-proof, shock-resistant and dust-proof digital camera.

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

The Casio EX-G1 is the slimmest, “endurance-minded” camera to date at only .78 inches slim.  It features are 2.5 inch LCD with an acrylic, resin mounted panel that is one and a half times thicker than average point and shoot cameras.  The Casio EX-G1 can withstand multiple falls from seven feet, temperatures as low as 14 degrees Ferinheight, and being underwater as deep as 10 feet for 1 consecutive hour.  If the camera gets dirty, you can also just rinse it directly under running water.

Other specifications for the Casio EX-G1 are a 12.1MP sensor, dimensions of 4×2.5x.78 inches, a non-extending 3x optical zoom lens plus 4x digital zoom and 35.7MB of internal memory.  It accepts microSDHC and microSD memory cards.  The Casio EX-G1 also boasts many shooting modes including interval shooting and multiple image capture, as well as a wide format movie function (16:9). If you also need good macro shooting capabilites, the EX-G1 probably won’t be for you since the minimum focusing distance is only 10cm (about 4in.) in both normal and macro modes.  The outer-shell of the body is made from stainless steel, while the inside is polycarbonate that is reinforced with fiberglass.  There are also filters on the speaker and microphone to ensure water will not make its way inside the camera.

The Casio EX-G1 is set to be released in December of this year for around $300 and will be available in black and red.

So, if you have an outdoors enthusiast who is constantly ruining normal cameras, or perhaps you know someone who is just a little clumsy, the Casio EX-G1 will make a great gift for them.  There’s no word yet on how great (or not great) the image quality will be, so if that is something important to you, you may want to wait until a full review comes out sometime around the release of the camera.