Casio today introduced the 12.1-megapixel EX-G1 digital camera, marketing it as a rugged camera able to endure rough environments, such as water, dust, cold, shock, and being dropped on the ground.
The company is marketing it as the “world’s slimmest shock-resistant digital camera,” with features designed for people who are clumsy or explore the outdoors. The EX-G1 can reportedly withstand a fall from up to 7 feet due to a two-layer construction, temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, or recording for 60 minutes at a depth of 10 feet underwater.
The EX-G1 camera is just 0.8-inches thick, and weighs only 5.4 ounces. It has a 2.5-inch LCD with 3X optical zoom, and has a nonextending zoom able to reach 38-114mm lens. The resin body inside the camera and the stainless steel outer casing offers moderate protection in case the camera is dropped. It also includes a feature to remove mist to help prevent poor photos.
Other EX-G1 features, however, including various photo capture modes and other regular camera features, are relatively lackluster compared to other cameras in the same price range.
The Casio 12.1-megapixel EX-G1 will be available starting in December for about $300.
As someone who goes hiking and mountain biking often, the ability to have a digital camera able to endure rough conditions is appealing. I absolutely enjoy taking pictures with my Canon 10.1 Digital EOS Rebel SLR camera, but am afraid to take it on some of my adventures in case I drop it.