Casio GV-10 Review

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G.Bros. GV-10

Posted 3/18/2002

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The Casio G.BROS. GV-10 1.23-megapixel digital camera is water-resistant, dust-resistant and shock-resistant. Its design is perfect for those who enjoy the great outdoors when skiing, snowboarding, engaging in water sports, or any similar activities. The GV-10 totally revolutionizes the concept of a digital camera as a delicate device that requires special handling.

The GV-10 design is sporty and fashionable but it's also packed with powerful digital imaging features and functions. CASIO's popular BEST SHOT feature comes with a selection of mounting and seaside sample scenes. Simply choose a scene and the camera sets up automatically with optimum metering, exposure compensation, saturation, and other settings for recording an image like the scene you selected.

Casio G.Bros. GV-10

GV-10 Features:

  • Water and dust resistant: Water shall not enter when immersed to a depth of 1 meter for approximately 30 minutes. Direct jetting water from any direction shall not enter the enclosure. Particles with a diameter of 75µ or less shall not enter the enclosure.

  • Shock resistance: The case is made of long-strand fiberglass, which is enclosed with a high-elasticity elastomer for a very high level of shock resistance. Internal circuitry floats on a "floating mount" that uses shock absorbing gel sheets to protect circuits and components from external shock.

  • 1.23 million effective pixel imager produces 1280x960 images.

  • Built-in Pixel Generator produces 1600x1200-pixel images for better detail and smoother lines when images are enlarged to A4 size during printing.

  • 2X digital zoom, produces a 640x480 image.

  • BEST SHOT mode with 18 scenes, select the Best Shot scene that is like the one you want to record and the light metering, exposure, saturation, and other settings are configured in an instant.

  • High-speed continuous shutter: record up to seven 1280x960 (FINE) images or fifty one 640x480 (NORMAL) images at a time.

  • PC Camera Mode (Windows only): Connecting to the USB port of computer and using commercially available video conferencing software makes it possible to use the GV-10 as a PC camera.

  • A choice of two body colors - Splash Blue or Red

  • Built in 1.6-inch TFT color LCD monitor

  • DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Compliant

  • Bundled with PC link software and USB cable to transfer images from the camera to your computer automatically, whenever the Photo Loader is started up.

  • Epson PRINT Image Matching (PIM) compatible. Recording with a Best Shot Mode portrait scene produces images with perfect skin tones.

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The GV-10 compared in size to a CD.

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G.BROS. GV-10 Specifications
Imaging Element 1/3.2-inch square pixel primary color CCD
(Approximate Total Pixels: 1.31 million;
Approximate Pixel Yield: 123 million)
Image File Record Format
Still Images JPEG (Exif. Ver. 2.1), DCF standard, DPOF compliant
Movies AVI (Open DML Motion JPEG standard)
Recording Medium CompactFlash Type I (8MB supplied)
Recorded Image Sizes 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480 pixels
Still Images
Image Size and Type Quality File Size* 8MB
CompactFlash Card*
1600 x 1200 Still SUPER 850KB 7 63
1280 x 960 Still FINE 500KB 14 113
NORMAL 350KB 20 161
640 x 480 Still FINE 150KB 44 354
NORMAL 90KB 78 629
* Approximate values
Screen Size (Pixels) Approximate Data Size Maximum
Recording Time
Per Movie
320 x 240 300KB/second 10 seconds (normal)
Image Deletion Single image; all images in a folder; all images in memory
Lens F2.8, f = 4.6mm (equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format)
Zoom 2X digital zoom (zoomed image size: 640 x 480 pixels)
Focusing Fixed focus with macro mode
Approximate Focus Range
Normal 23.6" / 60cm to infinity
Macro 3.9" / 10cm
Exposure Control
Metering Center weighted by imaging element
Exposure Program AE
-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Recording Modes Snapshot, Continuous Shutter, Movie, Self-timer,
Macro, Best Shot
Shutter CCD shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed 1 to 1/1500 second
Aperture F2.8/9.7, auto switching
White Balance Automatic/fixed (4 modes)
Self-timer 10 seconds
Built-in Flash
Flash Modes AUTO, ON, OFF
Flash Range Approximately 2.0 to 6.6 feet / 0.6 to 2 meters
Monitor Screen 1.6" TFT color LCD (61,380 pixels; 279 x 220)
Viewfinder Monitor screen and optical viewfinder
Date and time recorded with image data;
auto calendar up to 2049
Input/Output Terminals USB (Mini-B connector); AC adapter connector
Power Requirements Four AA-size batteries (alkaline or NP-H3 nickel metal hydride)
Optionally available AC adapter (AD-C620) or
optionally available AC adaptor/charger (BC-3HA)
Battery Life
Operation Battery Type Approximate
Battery Life
AA-size Alkaline (LR6) 240 minutes
Nickel Metal Hydride
220 minutes
AA-Size Lithium Battery 370 minutes
Continuous Recording AA-size Alkaline (LR6) 170 minutes
(850 images)
Nickel Metal Hydride
170 minutes
(850 images)
AA-Size Lithium Battery 340minutes
(1700 images)
* Conditions: Standard temperatures (25°C); flash OFF; 1280 x 960 image size;
FINE image quality; one image recorded approximately every 12 seconds
Dimensions 4.0"(W) x 2.9"(H) x 1.9"(D)
100.5(W) x 74.0(H) x 49(D) mm (excluding projections)
Weight Approximately 8.8oz / 250g (excluding batteries and accessories)
Bundled Accessories CF Card (8MB); Neck Strap; Lens Cap; Cap Holder; CD-ROM;
USB Cable; Alkaline Batteries (LR6 x 4)

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

Bundled Software (CD-ROM)
Name Functions Provider Windows Macintosh
Photo Loader Image import,
e-mail attachment
CASIO 2000, Me, 98,
OS7.6.1 - 9.1*
Photohands Image retouching,
2000, Me, 98 --
USB Driver USB connection 2000, Me, 98 PowerPC
OS8.5 - 9.1*
Internet Explorer
(with Outlook Express)
Web browser,
Microsoft -- PowerPC
OS7.6.1 - 9.1
DirectX Movie file playback 2000, Me, 98, 95 --
Acrobat Reader PDF file browsing Adobe
2000, Me, 98, 95,
OS8.6 - 9.1

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