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Casio Exilim EX-G1 - Casio Exilim EX-G1

By Cliff Smith

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The EX-G1's body is made mostly of aluminium, with an inner shock-absorbing waterproof core of polycarbonate plastic, the same technology used in Casio's popular ultra-tough G-Shock watches. It is waterproof to a depth of 3m (10ft) and can survive falls of 2.13m (7ft). It is also “freeze proof” to minus 10 centigrade, but as I've explained before most digital cameras can survive very cold weather without harm. The body hatches are well sealed, with the battery hatch actually requiring a special tool to open it, although I found that a fingernail worked just as well. There is a separate hatch covering the memory card slot and USB connector, opened by a nifty but largely cosmetic rotating catch. The EX-G1 is unusual in that it takes MicroSD cards rather than the full-sized ones, and changing the memory card is pretty fiddly. It also has to be noted that the plastic trim around the thick end of the camera is quite flimsy and flexes under even quite light pressure. The buttons are also far too small to be operated while wearing gloves, but this is true of most other adventure cameras.

Also in common with most of its contemporaries, underneath its tough-guy exterior the EX-G1 is really just a simple point-and-click compact. Its zoom range, equivalent to 38-114mm, is nothing particularly special, and its f/3.9-5.4 maximum aperture is also relatively slow. The 2.5-inch 230k monitor is fairly small by recent standards. The camera isna't exactly overloaded with features, but it does offer the same range of useful auto settings as most of Casio's compacts. It has 25 Best Shot mode settings, including interval shooting, underwater shooting and the unusual Dynamic Photo mode, and the menu offers extra lighting for high contrast shots, a range of colour filter effects and adjustable contrast, saturation and sharpness. Flash output is adjustable, and the EX-G1 also features a bright white LED which serves as AF assist lamp, self-timer indicator and a short-range lamp for video recording.

The video mode is a bit limited by current standards, offering 848 x 480 WVGA resolution at 30fps with mono audio. Video and audio quality are fairly good although the microphone is non-directional. The zoom lens can be operated while recording, and as usual the camera has Casio's YouTube video mode and comes with YouTube uploading software so you can share your adventures online. Assuming the YouTube is still up and running after the collapse of civilisation, that is.

red hot sheep

March 19, 2010, 10:51 pm

Should have got it in red!

antidote

March 20, 2010, 5:11 pm

I had to join up to comment on how inconsistent your digital camera reviews can be. This one for the EX-G1 glosses over some flaws worth mentioning - chromatic aberration in the corners of some pics - and refers to some of the high ISO pics as noisy where you would heap praise on those same results from similar cameras as being relatively clean. If it seemed like (or you stated) that you were taking other factors into consideration when making these judgements then they would seem as random. But they do. I've read probably 75 or 100 of your digital camera reviews over the last several years and this is definitely a problem. You're not as bad as Steve's for publishing useless camera reviews, but you're not far off.

kai

March 20, 2010, 6:46 pm

very strange


I have read several reviews of this camera


2 opposed perspective


some said the image quality is good,above average


some said the image quality is very bad。。。

Terry

March 21, 2010, 12:25 am

... presumably in this post apocalyptic wasteland the electricity boards will still be generating electricity to charge the batteries for this "ruggedised" Casio...? I shall have my Nikon FM with me post Tuesday 30th March with some rolls of 35mm film... then wait for things to settle down a tad.....!

KevinSanta

September 13, 2011, 2:39 am

Had to sign up on this site to let everyone know to avoid this camera like the plague!! I bought one for its "waterproof" capabilities and took it to Hawaii. One snorkelling trip and it was toast. Went the rest of the trip using my Iphone for pics. Got back to Vancouver and couldn't find the receipt so I bought a second one planning to use that receipt to warranty my first one. Then the second one had a very essential tiny screw fall out so the hold side of the camera that little dial is on opened up (that little dial is too easy to hit by the way and opens the door for the card and cable possibly exposing it to water) The "waterproof" sealing techniques are terrible and feel really loose. Just open the card door and you'll see what i mean. Even when its closed tight it has play.

So i just got both cameras back from warranty and i took one tubing in the river yesterday and its toast already!!!

NEVER buy this camera! And I will never buy a Casio product again!

Off to spread the word...

Nite Sky

September 12, 2014, 6:44 pm

Soooo i got one of these in 2010 i think? easter of 2010, best camera i ever bought. It endured 3 years of highschool, many vacations, snorkeling, pool side adventures, tripps to the beach paint parties, foam parties, being dropped, bumped into all kinds of things, being in the cold while snowboarding, being on a surf board. And took amazing photos. it wasnt till my spring semester of college that one of the the part where the on off switch, picture button, feel off while i was in the pool. where i proceeded to cover it with tape and still use it in the water and it still worked! i was astonished :) it was the best camera i had. I miss it. My sister gave me hers, but i dont have a charger anymore for it, so i have to order one so i can start using it. I'm absolutely psyched, this new one will be ussed to capture my fall 2014-2015 year of college, and the raves and music festivals i intend to attend!

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