Geotagging photos might be a great way to remember and share where particular pictures have been taken, but it suffers from one big problem: GPS’s don’t work well everywhere, like in big urban canyons, and particularly inside buildings—you know, where lots of people hang out with friends and take pictures. Casio is looking to solve that problem in the Exilim EX-H20G camera, which features a hybrid GPS system that combines a GPS receiver with an internal motion sensor that keeps track of the cameras relative motion in between solid GPS fixes via a kind of dead reckoning. The result? The camera can accurately geotag photos in places normal GPS units fail.
“With the new Exilim EX-H20G, Casio is taking the geotagging experience to a new level by incorporating exciting technologies which consumers can now leverage to make the process fun, easy, and completely seamless,” said Casio Digital Imaging division senior general manager Toshi Iguchi, in a statement. “No matter where in the world you take an image, whether it is indoors or out, the EX-H20G will know exactly where it was taken.” The EX-H20G also has a built-in on-screen map that’s pre-loaded with detailed maps of 140 world cities (including 12 in Japan), more than 10,000 sightseeing locations around the world—and the camera will automatically alert users when they get close to one.
As a compact camera, the EX-H20G offers a 14.1 megapixel resolution 10× optical zoom, and the capability to record 720p high-definition video. The camera also sports Casio’s “Premium Auto” mode to enable even the most novice camera users to take good one-touch photos, a Dynamic Photo function for “moving photos that can cut subjects out of a background and paste them onto some other image, and and a Panorama mode that enables users to take 360 degree photos. The camera also features Casio’s new multi-CPU Exilim image engine with parallel image processors, along witha digital compass to help users plan their routes. The camera accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC media, offers HDMI output, and sports a mono mic and speaker.
Expect to see the Exilim EX-H20G in November for a suggested price of $349.99.
Casio has also taken the wraps off a new consumer camera, the Exilim EX-Z16. Aimed at entry-level photographers, the Z16 features a 12.1 megapixel resolution, simplified user interface and Easy Mode, an integrated YouTube video capture mode (VGA resolution). The Z16s sport a 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD display and a 3× optical zoom; the camera handles SD/SDHC memory cards, and can manage up to 10 shots per second (at 1,280 by 960 pixels) to capture action (if you want 1,600 by 1,200 pixel images, it can do four shots per second, or 3 shots per second with flash). It should land in stores this month in black, silver, red, and pink colors for a suggested price of $99.99.