Conclusion: The 3x optical zoom is a little ‘short’ in comparison to some rivals, such as Sanyo’s waterproof VPC-WH1. The choice of the less-common microSD and microSDHC memory cards means you cannot use any of your existing SD or SDHC media.
Pros: The EX-G1 is rugged and resilient while also being incredibly slim. Dust couldn’t penetrate its stainless-steel casing – and the images produced were full of fine detail – water posed a sterner test but once again there was no way through. The EX-G1’s frame, which has speaker and microphone filters to prevent liquid seeping in, repelled any invaders. And, when strapped to a go-kart for a spin around the track, this tough-as-old-boots compact dealt with all of the shoc...
Cons: In video playback the camera drops frames after it has suffered a heavy shock or knock, though Casio does make it clear that this will happen in its manual. The 3x optical zoom is a little ‘short’ in comparison to some rivals, such as Sanyo’s waterproof VPC-WH1. The choice of the less-common microSD and microSDHC memory cards means you cannot use any of your existing SD or SDHC media.
Summary: The Casio Exilim EX-G1 is not a camera for serious photographers – and it isn’t meant to be. It’s a point-and-shoot for having fun, mostly outdoors, mostly under conditions where you don’t want to carry a serious camera with you: when you go rock climbing, mounta
in biking, skiing, swimming, surfing, roller blading – all those situations when you may have always wished you had a camera, but you didn’t want to bring one because the risk of damage was too high.
Excerpt: The Casio EX-G1 is Casio’s first ruggedised compact. Freezeproof, waterproof, dustproof and shock resistant, but what are the pictures like? The What Digital Camera Casio EXILIM EX-G1 review finds...
Summary: With the EX-G1 Casio can target not only adventure/outdoor types who might need a small and light camera with survivability in adverse conditions, but also Joe Average who can take it to Disneyland on a rainy day and not have to worry about Splash Mountain soaking its circuits. This camera is slim and trim, well built and simple to operate - auto shooting modes are all there is.
Pros: Waterproof, shock and cold resistant, Good shutter lag and AF performance, Many user inputs for image adjustment, Good ergonomics for gloved use (within reason on the gloves)
Cons: No printed user's guide, No stabilization, Average ISO performance at best
Excerpt: Casio has unleashed its "tough-man", a rugged, take anywhere, compact model known modestly as the G1. This tough looking camera is ready for any adventure and according to Casio it can take a licking and keep on clicking. Casio claims that the new G1 is waterproof, dust proof, freezeproof and shock resistant (at 7ft.). They are calling it their "Endurance" camera. Are they right? We shall see, we shall see.