Casio Exilim G1

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 November, 2009, 12:00am

Casio introduces its new crossover digital camera - a combination of its Exilim camera and its G-Shock watch.

The Exilim G1 takes the ultra-thin Exilim and houses it in the shock-resistant casing that the G-Shock watches are known for. The result is a rugged digital camera that's just under 2cm thick and convenient to take anywhere.

The 12.1 mega-pixel model is water resistant at up to 3 metres for 60 continuous minutes. You can also drop the camera from a height of up to 2.13 metres without damaging it, or use it at temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius.

Everything, from the non-protruding 3x optical zoom lens to the 2.5-inch TFT display and the control buttons, is housed in a case made of specially selected hi-tech materials, such as tempered glass and polycarbonate frames. This provides protection from shock, water and dust.

The built-in quartz digital clock tells the time and puts a time stamp on photos, but it does not replace a watch.

While it's designed for active use, one of the camera's coolest features doesn't involve any movement at all. 'Interval shooting' allows you to set the camera to snap photos at fixed intervals and then stitch them together into a movie that shows changes in the scene.

The camera costs about HK$2,400.

Pros: protection against almost everything under the sun, less than 2cm thick

Cons: need to turn it on to tell the time, so it won't exactly replace your watch