Casio Exilim G EX-G1 Claims to be Slimmest Rugged Camera

Casio has announced its new Exilim G EX-G1 shock-resistant camera—and where most ruggedized cameras are distinguished by the bulky cases and substantial footprint, the EX-G1 claims to be the world’s slimmest ruggedized camera, measuring just 0.78 inches thick. And that’s not all: the EX-G1 is dustproof, waterproof to depths of 10 feet, and can even handle freezing conditions—though battery life will be shorter than at normal temperatures.

Casio Exilim G EX-G1 (red)

“Whether it is the lifestyle that you have chosen or your career path that requires you to carry a camera tough enough to endure life’s elements, the Exilim G EX-G1 offers an endurance level that will withstand the demands of your daily routine,” said Casio Digital Imaging senior general manager Toshi Iguchi, in a statement. “The EX-G1, Casio’s toughest camera to date, is a prime example of Casio’s constant devotion to creating cameras to accommodate all levels of photographers.”

The EX-G1 represents the first in the Exilim G brand, which Casio is positioning as an “endurance” brand targeting “athletes and adventurers.”
The EX-G1 touts a 12.1 megapixel resolution, a 2.5-inch LCD display, and a 3× optical zoom. Those might sound like kinda generic camera specs, but it’s the non-photography features that stand out: the camera can handle falls up to 7 feet, is dustproof, is good down to 14°F, and can be used underwater to depths of 10 feet. The EX-G1 also features a 16:9 widescreen video capture format, integrated face detection, and ISO sensitivity down to 3200. The camera sports 36 MB of onboard storage, can use SD/SDHC/microSD removable storage, and features USB 2.0 connectivity. The camera also packs a mono mic and speaker.

The EX-G1 should be available this December in red and black for a suggested price of $299.99.

Casio Exilim G EX-G1 (black)