Sporty, rough-and-tumble cameras like the Casio EX-G1 have been gaining in popularity ever since Olympus really got things rolling with its Stylus TOUGH series of point-and-shoot cameras. With more than 25 years’ experience with its G-Shock timepieces, it makes sense that Casio has released a camera that is shock-resistant, waterproof, dustproof, and freeze proof. It’s also the thinnest camera so far in this category, and has an unusual but cool design.
In addition to resistance to all kinds of weather and handling, the 12.1-megapixel EX-G1 offers unique Best Shot (scene) modes and Casio’s special Advanced Dynamic Photo for combining a moving/animated image with a still image. Interval shooting, widescreen movies (848 x 480), and a special YouTube video mode (640 x 480) add to this camera’s appeal. Although there are no manual exposure controls, the Casio EX-G1 provides enough options to keep a snapshooter happy when taking pictures on a hike, at the beach, or under the water. And with this year’s wild winter weather, the Casio EX-G1 was perfect for pictures of snowdrifts.
Like most compact and sub-compact cameras, the Casio EX-G1 doesn’t have an optical viewfinder or a very long lens. However, its 2.5-inch LCD is usable under almost all lighting conditions and the EX-G1’s 3x optical zoom offers a reasonable, albeit not very wide, 38-114mm (35mm-equivalent) focal range.
Available now for US$299.99, the Casio EX-G1 is available in black, or red with black accents.