Casio Exilim EX-G1 Review

By Matt Metzker

Review posted 01/27/2010
Quick Take
Pros
Waterproof, Weather resistant, Shock-proof, new interval modes,
powerful REC light, compact and easy to carry, good battery life,
Competitively priced
Cons
It is slow from shot to shot, The battery compartment is unnecessarily difficult to open,some moisture  did get in the storage card compartment in the underwater test
Bottom Line
The Casio Exlim EX-G1 was fun to test, how often do you get to drop a camera? It was tough and did its job with attitude. In the end it has shown itself worthy. Read more in our Full Conclusion
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Casio has unleashed its "tough-man", a rugged, take anywhere, compact model known modestly as the G1. This tough looking camera is ready for any adventure and according to Casio it can take a licking and keep on clicking. Casio claims that the new G1 is waterproof, dust proof, freezeproof and shock resistant (at 7ft.). They are calling it their "Endurance" camera. Are they right? We shall see, we shall see.

Not new to the Exilim are the BestShot modes, but there are two new members to the BestShot modes: Interval Snapshot and Interval Movie. They both work the same, when you use this feature the camera take an image every so often for a specified length of time. For example you can set it to take a picture every ten seconds for a 30 minute stretch of time that starts when the shutter button is pressed. Also, while not a new feature I was supprised to find that Dynamic Photo has found a home here. Dynamic Photo made its debut on the Casio EX-Z450 and allows you to superimpose part of one image onto another image directly in the camera.  

Casio Exilim EX-G1 Key Features:
  • 12-Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch imaging sensor
  • 3x optical zoom: 35mm equivalent of 35-105mm
  • 2.5-inch, TFT color LCD
  • Video Resolutions: WIDE 848x480, STD 640x480,LP 320x240, YouTube 640x480
  • Waterproof to 10ft.
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees
  • Dust proof in corrospondince to EIC/JIS protection class 6 dustproofing
  • shock resistance from up to 7ft.
  • Dynamic Photo
  • Interval Snapshot
  • Interval Movie
  • BestShot Scene Selection
  • Intelligent AF
  • REC Light
  • AF Area: Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
  • 35.7MB internal Memory
  • Li-Ion rechargeable Battery
  • miniSD/miniSDHC compatible

Included with the EX-G1:
  • G1 Camera
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Strap
  • AV Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Protectors (2)
  • Extra screws
  • Quick Start Guide
Click here to read Casio's official press release.


Also available in black:


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