Casio expanded its portfolio of miniscule digital cameras with the announcement of the Casio Exilim EX-G1, the company’s first waterproof model. The 12.1-megapixel camera can survive a dip in the water to 10 feet and drops from 7 feet, according to the specs. The G1 will sell for $299 beginning next month.
Casio is calling the G1 “the world’s slimmest shock resistant digital camera” with its 0.78-inch thin frame. Indeed, it is a tenth of an inch thinner than the competing 10-megapixel Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 with its 0.88-inch body. The Casio and Olympus are both waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, and shockproof.
Both can swim to depths of 10 feet and freeze to temperatures of -14 degrees Fahrenheit. Both are dustproof and shockproof, although the Olympus is rated to survive drops from 5 feet while the Casio is said to take drops from 7 feet. It is important to note that Casio’s testing was done by the manufacturer’s standards and not by CIPA or other industry standards.
The Casio G1 has a 2.5-inch LCD screen on its back and a nonextending 3x optical zoom lens on the front. To compare, the Olympus Tough-6000 has a 2.7-inch screen and a 3.6x zoom lens, and comes at a slightly cheaper $279 price.
The Casio G1 has 25 scene modes, a widescreen movie mode, and features like interval shooting and multi-image capture. It also has a Dynamic Photo mode that creates composite moving images by melding different subjects with different backgrounds.
The G1 is named after Casio’s G-Shock series watches that are shock resistant. The camera begins a new lineup for the manufacturer. The Casio Exilim G1 has dual layer construction with a stainless steel outer casing and rubber seals throughout to prevent damage from the elements and drops.
“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,” said Toshi Iguchi, senior general manager of Casio’s Digital Imaging Division, in the company’s Nov. 18 press release.
Casio sounds confident in its camera choice, but there is plenty of competition in the waterproof/shockproof market. Canon’s PowerShot D10 has 12.1 megapixels, a 3x lens, and can go deeper in the water to 33 feet. The D10 is shockproof to only 4 feet, but has the same dustproof and freezeproof ratings. It sells for $329. Fujifilm’s Z33WP isn’t shockproof, but is waterproof to 10 feet. It measures 0.8 inches thin and has 10 megapixels and a 3x lens.