PRESS RELEASE
18. November 2009


Casio Releases World's Slimmest*¹ Shock Resistant Digital Camera
Also Waterproof and Dustproof, in a 19.9-mm,*² Smart Design


EX-G1 EX-G1
EX-G1


November 18, 2009 - Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of the EX-G1 shock resistant, waterproof, dustproof digital camera-the first in the company's new EXILIM® G brand of digital cameras. With its smart design featuring functional beauty, the EX-G1 delivers Casio's toughness specifications in a 19.9-mm*2 low-profile camera.
*1. As of November 18, 2009, based on a Casio survey of shock resistant digital cameras (excluding protruding parts).
*2. Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards.

Casio first introduced the shock resistant G-SHOCK® wristwatch to the world in 1983. The G-SHOCK brand has continued to be popular with people around the globe thanks to its rugged toughness and practicality even under severe environmental conditions and its distinctive design. In 2000, the company launched the G'zOne®, a mobile phone featuring toughness specifications, and this lineup of products has also been well received for its outstanding shock resistance and waterproof performance.

Casio has given the EXILIM G the brand concept of "endurance," expressing its determination to create digital cameras suitable for top athletes and adventurers who never quit challenging both extreme conditions and their own limits. The new model was developed to embody this brand concept, using Casio's years of experience creating technologies for shock resistance, waterproofing, and slim-line design.

With the EX-G1, the shock resistant design elements are found in many spots both inside and out, creating a smart look in a slim-line camera with functional beauty. In addition to a high level of basic performance as a camera with 12.1 effective megapixels for taking high resolution photos, the EX-G1 also features interval shooting and other functions, utilizing toughness specifications. This interval shooting function can automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals, enabling users to get great shots when engaged in active sports such as snowboarding or cycling*3.

Toughness Specifications for Harsh Environments

Shock resistance
  • Passes drop test including multiple falls from a height of 2.13 meters (7 feet)*4.
Waterproof
  • Corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) and Protection Class 6 (IPX6) waterproofing. Camera can be used at a water depth of three meters (10 feet) for 60 continuous minutes*5. Water will not penetrate the camera even when directly sprayed with jets of water from every direction.
Dustproof
  • Corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 (IP6X) dustproofing.
Freezeproof
  • Camera can be used at temperatures as low as -10 °C (14 °F) *6.
Construction/design
  • Features a two-layer construction with an outer body made from stainless steel to withstand shock and a waterproof inner body made from polycarbonate, also reinforced with fiberglass for absorbing shock. The toughness design elements absorb shocks and protect the camera body. They include a resin cover to protect the body side near the shutter, a resin lens ring, and a strap holder made from die-cast zinc.
*3. A commercially available mount is required to support the camera.
*4. In accordance with Casio's own standard with reference to the US MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock, the camera passed a test in which it was dropped from a height of 2.13 meters (7 feet) onto lauan plywood at 26 different angles. However, the camera is not guaranteed to withstand all shocks in terms of damage, malfunction and performance. Moreover, camera shock may result in inability to retain waterproof performance.
*5. Based on testing conditions established by Casio.
*6. Battery life will be shorter than under normal temperature conditions.

Shock Resistant, Waterproof, Dustproof, Slim-line Digital Camera

EXILIM G EX-G1
Slim-line design with toughness construction

Shock resistance
Offers the world's thinnest profile*1 of 19.9 mm (excluding protruding parts) in a shock resistant digital camera. The camera passed a multiple drop test of 2.13 meters (7 feet) based on Casio's own standard*2.
*1. As of November 18, 2009, based on a Casio survey
*2. Established with reference to the US standard, MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock

Waterproof/dustproof
The EX-G1 offers waterproof performance corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) waterproofing, and can be used for 60 continuous minutes at a water depth of three meters (10 feet)*3. It also withstands water jets corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 (IPX6) waterproofing, and can be directly rinsed under running water. It is also impervious to dust, with performance corresponding to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 (IP6X) dustproofing.
*3. Based on test conditions set by Casio

Freezeproof
Can be used even at temperatures as low as -10°C (14 °F)*4
*4. Battery life will be shorter than under normal temperature conditions.

Shock resistant/waterproof construction and design

Exterior
  • Outer body made from stainless steel to withstand external shocks
  • Polycarbonate cover to absorb shocks to the body side near the shutter
  • Strap holder made of die-cast zinc to resist shocks
  • Rotating lock for securing the external memory slot cover
  • Comes with two types of detachable protectors to absorb shocks
Internal construction
  • Waterproof inner body made from polycarbonate reinforced with fiberglass
  • Buckle lock construction to absorb impact, using fewer screws to secure the inner body
  • Speaker and microphone with a waterproof filter to keep water out
Lens
  • Resin lens ring to ease shocks to the lens area
  • Glass lens cover reinforced with a multi coating that is water-repellent and prevents light reflection
  • Lens mount made from an elastomer with the flexibility to absorb shocks
  • High-performance damping material to protect the lens unit from external shocks
LCD panel
  • The acrylic plate to protect the LCD from water pressure and shocks is 1.5 times thicker than conventional products
  • Features a resin mount to ease shocks to the LCD panel area

BEST SHOT® functions befitting a waterproof, shock resistant camera

Interval shooting
The interval shooting function allows users to automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals while engaged in action sports such as cycling, snowboarding, and wind surfing*5. With the EX-G1, users can take powerful photos from inside the action, the kind which are usually almost impossible to capture. The shooting interval can be set at 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 3 minutes, and the capture time for movies may be set at 3, 10, 20, or 30 minutes.
*5. A commercially available mount is required to support the camera.

Great for a variety of outdoor photography scenes
The BEST SHOT function enables users to take beautiful photos just by selecting the desired subject scene. The EX-G1 includes additional BEST SHOT settings suitable for various outdoor situations, such as "snow" and "beach" scene settings, which automatically adjust to prevent subject underexposure due to the brightness of snow or sun. There is also an "underwater" setting to control the tendency of underwater photos to come out looking too blue.

Technical Specifications

Toughness Construction Shock Resistance Passes drop test of 2.13 meters (7 feet)*1
Waterproof Up to 3 meters (10 feet)*2
Dustproof Yes*3
Freezeproof -10 °C (14 °F)*4
Number of Effective Pixels 12.10 million
Image Sensor   1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
Total Pixels 12.39 million
File Format Still Images JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
Movies AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording) WAV format (monaural)
Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area) 35.7 MB*5
Recording Media microSDHC Memory Card, microSD Memory Card
Number of Recorded Pixels Still Images (12 MP) 4.000 x 3.000, (3:2) 4.000 x 2.656, (16:9) 4.000 x 2.240, (8 MP) 3.264 x 2.448, (5 MP) 2.560 x 1.920, (3 MP) 2.048 x 1.536, (VGA) 640 x 480
Movies WIDE: 848 x 480 (30 fps) / STD: 640 x 480 (30 fps) / LP: 320 x 240 (15 fps)
Recording Capacity (Maximum Image Size Setting) Still Images (JPEG) microSD Memory Card 4GB*6 Approx. 490 shots (Fine) / 935 shots (Normal) / 1399 shots (Economy)
Movies Recording Time Maximum Recording Time per File: 10 min.
microSD Memory Card 4GB*6 Approx. 39 min. 57 seconds (WIDE)
High-speed Continuous Shutter Approx. 3 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels (Up to 8 shots)
Lens Construction 11 lenses in 9 groups, including aspherical lens
F-number F3.9 (W) to F5.4 (T)
Focal Length   f=6.66 to 19.98mm
35mm Film Equivalent Approx. 38 to 114mm
Zoom Optical Zoom 3X
Digital Zoom 4X (12X in combination with optical zoom)
HD Zoom 18.7X (image size: 640 x 480 pixels)
Focusing Focus Type Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
Focus Range*7 (From Lens Surface) Auto Focus Approx. 10cm to infinity (W)
Macro Approx. 10cm to 50cm (W)
Infinity Mode Infinity (W)
Manual Focus Approx. 10cm to infinity (W)
Exposure Exposure Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Control Program AE
Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type   CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed*8 Auto 1/2 to 1/1250 second
Night Scene (BEST SHOT) 4 to 1/1250 second
Aperture*7 F3.9 (W) to F8.9 (W)*9
White Balance Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*10 Still Images Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600, ISO3200
Movies Auto
Other Recording Functions Make-up Mode Yes (12-level steps)
Landscape Mode Yes (Vivid Landscape: 2-level steps / Mist Removal: 2-level steps)
Lighting Function Yes
BEST SHOT   Yes: 25 scenes
Dynamic Photo Yes
Interval Snapshot Yes
Interval Movie Yes
Underwater Yes
Beach Yes
Snow Yes
Multi-motion Image*11 Yes
YouTube™ Capture Mode Yes
Auto BEST SHOT Yes
Voice Recording Yes
Face Detection Yes
Auto Shutter Yes
Self-timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash Flash Modes Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range*7 Approx. 0.2 to 2.4m (W), approx. 0.5 to 1.1m (T)
Recording Light Yes
Monitor Screen 2.5-inch TFT color LCD, 230,400 dots (960 x 240)
Timekeeping Functions Date and Time Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp Function Yes
Auto Calendar To 2049
World Time 162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time
Input/Output Terminals   USB/AV port
USB Hi-Speed USB
Microphone Monaural
Speaker Monaural
Power Requirements Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80) x 1
Battery Life Number of Shots*12 (CIPA Standards) Approx. 300 still images
Continuous Playback (Still Images) Approx. 3 hr. 40 minutes
Continuous Recording (Voice Recording) Approx. 6 hr. 50 minutes
Dimensions (CIPA Standards) 103.5 (W) x 64.2 (H) x 19.9 (D)mm (Excluding Projections)
Weight (CIPA Standards) Approx. 154g (Including Battery and Memory Card*6)
Bundled Accessories Two detachable protectors, Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM
*1. In accordance with Casio's own standard with reference to the US MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock.
*2. Corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) and Protection Class 6 (IPX6) waterproofing.
*3. Corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 (IP6X) dustproofing.
*4. Battery life will be shorter than under normal temperature conditions.
*5. Built-in memory capacity after formatting.
*6. When using Panasonic 4GB microSDHC Memory Card.
*7. Range is affected by optical zoom.
*8. May differ according to camera settings.
*9. F8.9 is the aperture when an ND filter is being used.
*10. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. REI: Recommended Exposure Index.
*11. Image size 2048 x 1536 pixels.
*12. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.
G-SHOCK, G'zOne, EXILIM, Dynamic Photo and BEST SHOT are registered trademarks or trademarks of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. YouTube™ is a registered trademark of YouTube™, LLC. Any other company or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of those companies.

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