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Casio Exilim EX-G1 12.1 MP Slim-line Endurance Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black)

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  • Ruggedized against shock, dirt, snow, low temperatures, water, and humidity
  • Multi-coated lens is water-repellent and prevents light reflection
  • 12.1-megapixel resolution; 3x optical zoom
  • Advanced Dynamic Photo function; BEST SHOT function
  • Interval shooting function automatically takes still photos or movies at fixed intervals
  • Capture images and video to microSD, microSD /HC memory cards(not included)


Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 5.5 x 3.7 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002WC8PK6
  • Item model number: EX-G1BK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,980 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 9, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Casio Exilim EX-G1 shock-resistant, waterproof, dustproof digital camera is the first in the company's new Exilim G brand of digital cameras. With its smart design featuring functional beauty, the EX-G1 embodies Casio's endurance-minded features and specifications in a sleek 0.78-inch low-profile camera.

The EX-G1 is designed with shock-resistant elements throughout the camera, both inside and out, creating a smart look in a slim-line camera with functional beauty. In addition to capturing high-resolution 12.1 effective megapixel images, the EX-G1 also features modes such as interval shooting and multi-image capture which utilize the camera's endurance qualities. The interval shooting function can automatically take still photos or movies at fixed intervals, enabling users to capture great shots while engaged in active sports such as snowboarding or cycling.

Casio Exilim EX-G1 digital camera highlights


Through rigorous testing, the EX-G1 has been designed and created with a shock-resistant shell which passes drop tests including multiple falls from seven feet. Featuring a two-layer construction with a stainless steel outer-casing, the EX-G1 inner body withstands shock and water damage. The camera's intelligent design is constructed with a resin cover to protect the body side near the shutter and a resin lens ring to protect the lens.

The technologically-advanced design features waterproof performance and corresponds to IEC/JIS Protection Class 8 (IPX8) and Protection Class 6 (IPX6) equivalent waterproofing. The EX-G1 can be used at depths up to nine feet for 60 continuous minutes. Water will not penetrate the camera even when directly sprayed with jets of water from every direction. Capable of withstanding temperatures as low as 14 degrees F, Casio's EX-G1 boldly captures images where any adventurer goes.

Casio Exilim G1 Highlights

Slim-line Design with Toughness Construction

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.

Waterproof/Dustproof
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.

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

Shock resistant/waterproof construction and design

Exterior
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.

Casio Exilim EX-G1 digital camera highlights
The EX-G1 is built to deliver stunning photos in even the most extreme conditions.
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.

Lens
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.

Casio Exilim EX-G1 digital camera highlights
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.

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. 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 848x480 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
  • CD-ROM

Product Description

Casio 12 MP 3x Opt ZoomExilim EX-G1 Black 12MP, 3x Opt Zm, 10' Water and 7' Drop Resistant. NP-80 Battery

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have dropped it on occasion, even in the water,…The picture quality is amazing, and I have never had any frustrating moments with it like I have had with other cameras. Read more ›
Now, I must say that the "Face/Make-up" option on the camera makes people look terrible, but the "Vivid Landscape" option is fine. Picture quality is pretty good. Obviously… Read more ›
I'm very disappointed with this camera. Although the quality of the pictures is good, the camera broke at the first time that a get in the water. I was concerning, so I… Read more ›
Sometime the wheel that open the side compartment opens by accident with my finger when using it. Outdoor pictures are great, instead indoor that has a poor color. No macro. Read more ›
I love the sleek design and the way the camera feels. The quality of the pictures is great. Read more ›
Great resitance for droppings,…Just be sure you'll NEVER get a nice picture indoors but if that's ok with you (just as I thought so when I bought it) you'll do great. Read more ›
product was durable for the most part. it seemed like the salt water from the beach caused the product to peel in areas that is covered in…Video quality was amazing! Read more ›
The picture & video quality are excellent. I don't know much about cameras but I figure this has to hold true for all cameras over 12 MP's. Read more ›
great underwater videos and pics, couldnt ask for more. no problems with water seepage or battery life. Read more ›
This is a very cool and stylish tough camera, very quick to take pictures and it has a incredible video and audio capture. Thee only problem is that it has ome difficulties… Read more ›
I have taken this camera with me to costa rica and used it as my main camera. It took great photos and videos. It's been covered in sand and salt water many times and never… Read more ›
I bought this camera to use underwater. Though I didn't have the opportunity to use underwater yet, this camera takes beautiful pictures and make good videos! Well done! Read more ›
I actually…I had faith in the product and I really liked the size, shape, and easy to use menu, so I actually purchased a second one and hoped that it wasnt defective. W… Read more ›
We needed a camera for family photos and this casio has worked exactly how we wanted. Great pictures, nice quality and very easy to use. Read more ›
Intuitive button design, easy to use with out a lot of sub menu's to make you crazy. Read more ›
The EX-G1 is everything that the product overviews say that it is, nothing more. It looks and feels great, is smaller than I imagined, easy to use, etc. The picture quality… Read more ›
I am very happy with the EX-G1 for the…I use a DSLR for almost all of my photos, but I wanted a compact camera to use when out with friends or hiking/mountain biking. T… Read more ›
I bought this camera as soon as it came out for x-mas and although i haven't…Picture quality is good, lcd screen is clear, software layout is fairly easy to use, and so on. Read more ›
Slim…Menus are easy to navigate but I'm not a professional photographer, so I stick with the auto best shot function and so far it has taken great pictures in every case. Read more ›
I actually…I had faith in the product and I really liked the size, shape, and easy to use menu, so I actually purchased a second one and hoped that it wasnt defective. W… Read more ›
Second complaint is focusing. I've also found that photos are only sharp in outdoor, bright settings. I tried some of the Best Shot settings, but most of my indoor shots… Read more ›
It worked well for snow sports on a recent trip too. Solid images, but I have not delved too deeply into the functions yet. Read more ›
The camera looks and feels nice. It has good functionality. But it fails to be rugged and waterproof. Read more ›
I wanted a thin camera that would fit in my shirt pocket comfortably and still be shock and water resistant if it slid out and that is what I got so I can't really complain… Read more ›
There is very little lag from depressing the shutter button to the time it takes the picture so I was…The screen is bright and it's easy to review the pictures quickly. S… Read more ›
* Freeze proof (14 deg F) * Big bright LCD screen * Adequate user interface Read more ›
I bought this camera as soon as it came out for x-mas and although i haven't…Picture quality is good, lcd screen is clear, software layout is fairly easy to use, and so on. Read more ›
When you start it up, you are dazzled by the brightness and clarity of the LCD display. I was used to smaller and not so bright displays. I had to make changes to the… Read more ›
I'm very hard on camera's, the camera before this was damaged after I dropped it. This was a good price, and it has more pixels than my last camera. I haven't dropped it… Read more ›
Before I took it to Europe last year, I bought a couple of spare memory cards on Amazon, and a couple of spare batteries, they were a great price and saved me from having… Read more ›
Excellent product and very good price in relation to others, I recommend it 100% for people looking for a quality product at low cost. Read more ›
The EX-G1 also allows for adjustment of flash…The picture quality, in both color and filtered modes, is comparable to my Nikon, which I thought was great for its price. T… Read more ›
Its build is sturdy, and although a little…Aesthetically, the red color version is beautiful and the aluminum casing makes it feel indestructible despite its small size. Read more ›
Very good to excellent. In bright conditions good exposure and color. My taste required an EV change of minus 1/3 stop. Read more ›
After spending a…Outdoor shots are sharp and vibrant, indoor shots with flash are pretty decent, with very good color reproduction and almost perfect auto white balance. Read more ›
I was able to make reasonably good shots in dark museum without flash. Dedicated video capture button is awesome and you can take pictures while shooting video. Overall,… Read more ›
The battery took roughly an hour and a half to fully charge. The user interface is friendly, and the navigation buttons are intuitive and well designed. Read more ›
I really like the compact slim design that is the best of any on the market. I like the actual buttons rather than touch screen technology used in some cameras. I look… Read more ›
Good: image quality is good, easy video recording with dedicated button, nice size and heft, feels well put together, compact packaging, comes with little bumpers for more… Read more ›
I actually…I had faith in the product and I really liked the size, shape, and easy to use menu, so I actually purchased a second one and hoped that it wasnt defective. W… Read more ›
and I had a question which was…Love the camera - it was everything that was described and just what we wanted to replace a 9 megapixel - love the size and features. Pho… Read more ›
After spending a…Outdoor shots are sharp and vibrant, indoor shots with flash are pretty decent, with very good color reproduction and almost perfect auto white balance. Read more ›
But the claim of being able to submerge the camera for any…After less than 10 minutes of photography while snorkeling, I saw a bright flash on the screen and that was it. Read more ›
I've never had trouble with the knob on the card door. Getting the battery out is a pain but...it really has great battery life. Without exaggeration I can say that I've… Read more ›
The camera took great pictures and video while skiing and also while swimming, both in the pool and underwater. There is good battery life. It is compact and durable. Read more ›
After putting all of the Christmas day photos up on…However after some simple editing like red-eye and brightness and contrast the photos surprising look amazingly similar. Read more ›
The picture quality, in both color and filtered modes, is comparable to my…The movie recording mode works quite well with good contrast and a relatively high resolution. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By W. Fuchs on December 9, 2009
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I'm very impressed with the EX-G1. I've been a long time user of Casio camera products, until an unfortunate camera meets water incident in the Caribbean forced me to buy a Nikon S3 which as performed well for several years, until it died. I bought a Pentax Optio WS-80 and was not impressed, neither with the cheap plastic feel, nor the quality of the photos. Blue sky almost always looked like cloudy sky. So, with Casio's new introduction of the EX-G1, I was intrigued to find out if the almost twice the cost as compared to the WS-80 was worth it. Jumping to the conclusion... yes, it's worth every penny. Here are things I like, and don't like. Slim design. Precision operation of controls. Interval shooting can be set to 10sec, 30 sec, 1min, 3min, and can record photos for 3, 10, 20, 30 minutes. The display can remain on during interval shooting, or you can configure it to be off (presumably to save battery power). The WS-80 didn't have a display on/off option, and the interval settings may be slightly more flexible, but it's insignificant. I also like the video record button, which with one press, starts filming. Casio's Best Shot mode is also accessed with a single button press. The WS-80 has the battery, memory, and USB port under a single cover, which was quite flimsy such that I believe a bad drop would render the camera less than waterproof. The EX-G1 has two compartments. The battery compartment has a substantial and solid stainless steel door that takes quite a bit of effort to get open; a butter knife might come in handy. Perhaps in time it will operate more easily. The memory and USB compartment is accessed via a thumb knob that pops open the compartment cover.Read more ›
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2009
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
The Casio Exilim EX-G1 comes out of the box as a rugged and ready to go camera. Its build is sturdy, and although a little bit heavier than my previous camera (Nikon Coolpix S55), its slim profile more than makes up for it. Aesthetically, the red color version is beautiful and the aluminum casing makes it feel indestructible despite its small size.

I had no troubles opening the battery or memory card compartments. The instructions are clear and simple enough on the quick start guide that the full manual isn't necessary unless you need more detailed info (FYI, the full manual does come with the camera, it's just loaded on the CD, as opposed to a hard copy). The battery took roughly an hour and a half to fully charge. The user interface is friendly, and the navigation buttons are intuitive and well designed.

The Best Shot options, the alternative to Nikon's "Scenes," are plenty and quite nifty - including ones I've never seen before, like the Ebay and Dynamic modes. The EX-G1 also allows for adjustment of flash intensity, which makes it a plus when a standard intensity level simply doesn't cut it for the different environments the camera is so well suited for. The picture quality, in both color and filtered modes, is comparable to my Nikon, which I thought was great for its price. The movie recording mode works quite well with good contrast and a relatively high resolution. There're quite a few features that I haven't yet figured out how to work, but so far, the EX-G1 hasn't disappoint!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer J. Ruiter on April 13, 2010
Color Name: Red
This camera is not waterproof as advertised. It has 2 compartments. One is for the battery, the other for the memory card. The door to the battery compartment requires 2 hands to open. The door to the memory card compartment opens seemingly on its own. It is a knob with little cogs located in very close proximity to most of the other controls for the camera that evidently turns easily without the user being aware. Unfortunately it opened the second time we had the camera in the water. This occurred while we were on our honeymoon and as a result we lost the pictures we had taken thus far and were left without the camera we had purchased expressly for the trip.

Casio refused to do anything for us stating that it was due to operator error. We were told that we "must have opened the compartment door." Why we would have intentionally opened the compartment door prior to entering the water is beyond me. We are now out $300, a camera and many pictures that cannot be replaced. Up until the time this occured we were very excited about the camera and had been showing it off and talking it up to family and friends. Now we are left with a very poor opinion of Casio, their products and their customer service.

I see that others have had the same experience with this camera in th short time since its release. This indicates to me a design flaw in the location/mechanism for the compartment door. It is my belief that Casio should do the right thing, admit they have a problem and compensate those of us who purchased their camera in good faith expecting a quality product that would serve us for the purposes for which it was advertised.
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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2010
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
The design issue I have with this camera is the knob you see on the side of the camera, it turns to open the door panel to the USB/Memory card. This knob can be turned by accident and open without you knowing about it. This happened to me when I put the camera in my swimming shorts pocket and went into a pool. My moving around in the pool with my girlfriend caused the knob to turn, opening the door and destroying the camera.

I call this a design flaw, because the door panel that covers the battery requires a pry bar tool that you attach to your camera leash. It's a two hand effort to get that door panel open, yet the USB/Memory card panel can be open with just a brush to the knob. As I found out I can open it with no hands!

When I sent the camera to Casio's authorized repair center. They told me Casio has instructed them that any water that gets into this camera is caused by user error and the warranty does not apply. That is pretty presumptuous, the user is always the cause of the problem...

Moral of this story, beware of buying a newly released product as this is Casio's first entry into the tough and rugged camera line. I'm sure this will be fixed in time and then it's a nice camera to compete with Cannon and Olympus, but until then, I recommend staying away from this camera or you will be like me, out $300 and looking to buy another camera.

Spoke directly with Casio customer service today and they confirmed what the Casio repair had told me. If the camera fails because of a water leak, it is the fault of the owner and not Casio. One brand new Casio camera heading to the landfill...
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