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Casio Exilim EX-G1 review




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With all the news lately of recession, terrorism, earthquakes, pandemics, fires, floods, hurricanes and all the bees disappearing, one could be forgiven for thinking that the end of the world is upon us and civilisation is about to crumble, leaving only a few desperate survivors clinging to life in a shattered post-apocalyptic wasteland. But even if it does all come crashing down a week next Tuesday and you suddenly find yourself being chased through the desert by Toe Cutter and his gang at least you'll still be able to take photos of it, because most of the major camera companies now make “ruggedised” compact cameras designed to survive the harshest conditions. Casio has recently joined in the fun with the Exilim EX-G1, a 12.1-megapixel 3x zoom ultra-compact and currently the slimmest waterproof camera on the market.

The EX-G1 is an unusual-looking camera and stands out even among the rivet-studded crowd of other adventure cameras. It has a futuristic-looking wedge-shaped design with excitingly-styled recessed controls, and generally looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie, especially with the optional plastic guard attached. Two different guards are supplied, complete with screws to fit them, but you'll need a small jeweller's screwdriver and a steady hand for the job. Although it's larger than most of Casio's other ultra-compacts, the EX-G1 is very slim for an adventure camera, measuring 103.5 x 64.2 x 19.9mm. It weighs 154g including battery and card, which makes it feel quite dense for its size. The G1 is available in bright red or charcoal grey finish seen here.

The EX-G1 is up against some very tough competition. The veterans of the adventure camera market are Pentax and Olympus, and both have recently launched new models in this sector, the Pentax W90 (£240) and the very impressive looking Olympus mju Tough-8010 (£310), which is waterproof to 10m and can survive falls from 2m. Samsung has just launched its WP10 waterproof compact (£180), while Panasonic has its new Lumix DMC-FT2 (£370) which can also dive to 10m and fall 2m. Sony has recently launched the Cyber-shot TX5 (£340), a conventional looking ultra-slim compact which is waterproof to 3m. Fujifilm has its fun FinePix Z33 WP (£100), Canon has its PowerShot D10 (£270) and even Ricoh has its industrial G600 (£340). Although most of the more expensive cameras can beat the G1 on diving depth (although not by much) none can beat it on shock resistance and only the much flimsier Fuji Z33WP and Samsung WP10 can beat it on price.

red hot sheep

March 19, 2010, 10:51 pm

Should have got it in red!


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.


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。。。


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.....!


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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