Casio Exilim EX-G1

Last updated (25 July’10):
– Review by PCMag

Casio Exilim EX-G1 is a 12 megapixels shock-resistant, waterproof, dustproof digital camera features 3x optical zoom (Approx. 38 – 114mm), Advanced Dynamic Photo function, and a 2.5-inch TFT color LCD 230,400 dots (960 x 240). The camera measures 103.5(W) x 64.2(H) x 19.9(D) mm 4.01″ (W) x 2.53″ (H) x 0.78″ (D) and weighs Approximately 154g / 5.4 oz(Including battery and Memory card).

The Casio Exilim EX-G1 won the 2010 TIPA Awards in Best Rugged Compact Camera category.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Casio Exilim EX-G1 Reviews

PCMag reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“The Casio Exilim G EX-G1 offers a ruggedized build in a surprisingly slim, compact body, but image quality isn’t this shooter’s strong suit…If you want the best image quality for both still photos and video, our Editors’ Choice, the also-thin $399.99 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 is the ruggedized camera to get—but at $400, it’s almost twice the price of the G EX-G1.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“The battery life is good enough to get you through a full day’s worth of hiking or snow sports, as well: The EX-G1’s battery is rated at 300 shots per charge, sufficient for a PCWorld Labs battery rating of Good.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

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CrunchWorld reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“I’m going to go ahead and say that the EX-G1 is my pick for this roundup. It’s more compact than the others, takes great pictures, has some handy extra features, and it’s cool-looking to boot. “
Rating: N/A

PCWorld reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“All in all, the Casio Exilim EX-G1 is not the best camera if you’re looking to snap breathtaking, wall-size photos of the great outdoors. But if you simply want to tote something to get quick shots on your next mountain-biking/white-water rafting/rock-climbing trip, it’s sturdy enough to withstand the journey.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“ISO 64 and 100 printed results look good at 13×19 inches, though color is more muted than we expected. ISO 200 shots are a little too soft at 13×19, but look better at 11×14. ISO 400 shots are too soft for 11×14, but look decent at 8×10. ISO 800 shots are usable at 8×10. ISO 1,600 and 3,200 shots look good at 5×7 and 4×6 inches respectively. “
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“Despite its unconventional appearance the Exilim EX-G1 is actually a very competent adventure camera with class-leading shock protection. It’s a bit light on advanced features and the performance could be better, but it is easy to use and the image quality is much better than expected.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“The most important factor, image quality, was below par, with loss of focus at the edges, lens flare from sun reflecting off the glass, and the photos it produced were sometimes too soft. The EX-G1 looks good and was fun to use, but ultimately other cameras play the tough guy better..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

WDC reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“Images taken with the Casio EX-G1 above ISO 400 are incrementally soft due to noise reduction, plus the amount of image noise is considerable. Even below this ISO setting, images aren’t overly sharp due to the limited optics.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“The good: Rugged construction; low shutter lag. The bad: Photo quality is merely OK; long shot-to-shot times; slightly over-designed. The bottom line: The Casio Exilim EX-G1 is a good snapshot camera built to take a beating, but its photos and shooting features are nothing special..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“Casio EX-G1 has a very cool design and control layout and is fun to use – it’s just a real shame that the sense of frustration when you feel when downloading the resultant images to your desktop means that the lion’s share of its pluses are quickly forgotten.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCI reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“Overall, the EX-G1 feels like a case of style over substance: it’s a small stylish camera, but the images it captures aren’t that good. “
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“The image quality of the G1 is really good. I struggled with how to label its performance because as crisp and focused as they are, images look flat to me…. Our indoor shots were equally good. I think anyone would be happy with its performance.”
Rating: N/A

PocketLint reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“The Casio EX-G1 may look marginally cooler than an Olympus Mju Tough or Panasonic Lumix, but they, along with the uglier Canon D10, take better photos whilst sharing many (if not the exact same) toughened attributes. Fun to use, but there are better examples out there .”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DCR reviews the Casio Exilim EX-G1 and writes;
“It’s survivable, shoots promptly, and produces good images if you can hold the ISO sensitivity below 400 and don’t need huge prints. All in all, that’s not a bad combination – if I were in the market for an all-weather compact digital I’d buy a G1.”
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Casio Exilim EX-G1 User Reviews

Casio EX-G1 Rocks! Rating: ★★★★★
“I’m happy it’s here, and that it comes in a waterproof, shockproof design. Even the packaging (the box it comes in) for the camera is cool; it looks sort of like a rock.” – WFuchs

Impressive Rating: ★★★★★
“… Overall, I’m very happy with it. It does not have adjustability that DSLR provides, but as a point and shoot goes, it does really good job at taking pictures with minimum involvement from the user. “ – MrV

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Casio Exilim EX-G1 Sample Photos

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Casio Exilim EX-G1 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Casio Exilim EX-G1 Sample Photos @ DCI


Casio Exilim EX-G1 User Manual (PDF)

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Casio Exilim EX-G1 Features

Shock Resistance
The Exilim EX-G1 offers the world’s thinnest profile of .78 inch (excluding protruding parts) in a shock-resistant digital camera. The camera passed multiple drop tests of seven feet based on Casio’s own standard.

The EX-G1 offers waterproof and dustproof performance corresponding with IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 (IPX6) equivalency, and can be used for 60 continuous minutes at a water depth of three meters. It also withstands water jets based on IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 “IPX8,” and can be directly rinsed under running water.

Withstanding ever the coldest of temperatures, the EX-G1 endures through temperatures as low as 14 degrees F.

Shock resistant/waterproof construction and design

The outer body of the EX-G1 is made from stainless steel to withstand external shocks while a polycarbonate cover absorbs shocks to the body side near the shutter. The camera’s wrist-strap holder is made of die-cast zinc to withstand drops while a rotating lock secures the external memory slot cover. For additional protection, the EX-G1 comes with two types of detachable protectors to absorb shocks.

Internal construction
The waterproof inner body of the camera is made from polycarbonate reinforced with fiberglass while a buckle-lock construction is added to absorb impact, using fewer screws to secure the inner body. Additionally, the camera’s frame comes equipped with speaker and microphone filters to prevent water from penetrating the camera.

To prevent damage to the camera’s lens, a resin ring as been added around the glass casing to ease shocks to the lens area. With the addition of a reinforced, glass lens cover, the EX-G1 is tooled with a multi coating that is water-repellent and prevents light reflection from ruining pictures. To further protect the camera from impact, high-performance damping material has been added 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 point-and-shoot cameras. The LCD panel features a resin mount to ease shocks to the LCD panel area.

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. 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.

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.

12.1 effective megapixels
This thin stylish model features a large 2.5-inch monitor with 230,400 dots of high resolution and a non-extending 3X zoom lens ranging from 38-114mm (35 mm film camera equivalent).

Intelligent AF
When the camera is pointed at a desired shot, the Intelligent AF function automatically detects the photo subject even if it is not a human face and determines the focus and exposure area accordingly.

Advanced Dynamic Photo function
Casio’s original Dynamic Photo function, which creates composite moving images using the camera’s own high-speed image processing technology, now does even more. When a moving subject is cut out of a number of images and combined with a different still shot that forms the background, the size of the subject can be changed to suit the background image. Additionally, the Dynamic Photo video can easily be converted in-camera into a motion JPEG movie file. Moving graphics such as hearts and bouquets of flowers are included so that users can have fun decorating their still images using the Dynamic Photo function. Casio not only allows users to have fun taking and viewing photos, but also provides innovative new ways for them to create original images, right on the camera.

Wide Screen Movies
The camera also features a wide format (16:9) Movie function. Just press the dedicated Movie button to take beautiful movies at 848×480 pixels.

What’s in the Box

* Exilim EX-G1 digital camera
* Rechargeable lithium ion battery
* lithium ion battery charger
* AC power cord
* USB cable
* AV cable, strap

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