Action cams are all the rage these days, and there’s hardly a manufacturer left that hasn’t released its own take on the versatile video devices. The latest newcomer to the action cam game is Casio, who has just announced its first such device, the Exilim EX-FR10.
But this wouldn’t be a Casio product if the company wasn’t doing things a little bit different from everyone else. Unlike most other action cams that either come with no display at all, or a teeny tiny screen, the EX-FR10 sports a full color, touch-enabled 2-inch screen with 230,400 dots. The screen can actually be detached from the camera itself and used as a remote control, which cuts down the size of the camera.
The lens module itself can be attached to all kinds of objects, just like you’d expect it from any other action camera. But again, Casio styled its action cam to look different, like one of its G-Shock watches. In fact, you can wear the EX-FR10 lens module on your arm just like you would a wrist watch.
When attached to the screen, the camera module – which sports a 14-megapixel sensor and a 21mm-equivalent f/2.8 lens – can be flipped to the back of the screen, making the EX-FR10 look almost like a regular camera. You can also flip it upward to look you in the face — ideal for the casual selfie.
As for its recording capabilities, Casio’s little action cam captures both 14-megapixel stills and Full HD video, with the latter being limited to a a maximum of 29 minutes per clip. Data is saved onto MicroSDHC or MicroSDXC cards and can be transferred wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The camera, which is water- and dust-proof by the IPX6 standard, comes in a choice of orange, camouflage green or white colors. In Japan, its price is set to be about JPY 50,000, which translates to approx. $480 USD. Whether the Exilim EX-FR10 will also be officially sold in the U.S. is unknown so far.