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.
“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.