Casio Exilim EX-G1 Digital Camera Review
They tell women, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” So be it. Well, it isn’t just the case with women. How about cameras?
I remember taking my first picture on a bellows camera post WWII. The 50’s and Santa Claus brought a box camera, the 60’s a self-developing Polaroid, the 70’s a disc camera, and the 80’s a cartridge camera. Shutterbug me had to have every one. Boy, was I ever glad when New Millennium technology developed memory cards to take the place of photo film!
I remember carrying a heavy camera bag full of bulky equipment (flashes, bodies, lenses, accessories). I blessed the day I got a small compact camera to review. Tucked into my purse at home or belly bag while traveling, it became my constant companion.
I take lots of pictures. Evidence of this: a bookshelf of albums, six storage boxes of old photos under the bed, and a hard disk full of digital ones. I’ve had lots of cameras. Been there done that in varied formats–fixed lens, SLR, and, of course, digital – with Kodak, Minolta, Nikon, Pentax, and currently Casio.
My #1 2010 Christmas Wish was a simple, inexpensive WATERPROOF pocket camera I could carry 24/7 as the ones my cell phone took were below standards of acceptability. Hubby researched the market for what I needed and purchased not one but two Exilim G’s (one for me; another for middle son).
The Casio Ex-G1 Slimline listed at $299.99 when it entered the market in December 2009. It came with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, and AV cable. Its sleek, shock resistant classic black camera built for endurance had great features then and still does today. Let me list my baker’s dozen pluses for the G-Shock tough, practical Exilim EX-G1:
- 12.1 megapixels
- Range of 3.9 inch to infinity
- Built in flash
- 2.5 inch TFT color screen
- Time stamp function
- Seven feet shock resistance
- Freeze-proof to 14 degrees F
- 3X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom, and 18.7X@VGA HD
- Ability to take both still and motion pictures
- Rechargeable lithium ion batteries
- 5.4 ounce and 4.01 x 2.53 x .78 inch design
For those wondering if it has additional modes, the answer is yes. some of the modes included are Underwater, Beach, Snow and Makeup. Plus it has 25 Best Shot scene settings. Features such as these, along with others like Autofocus and Macro Mode, help the user get the best possible shots no matter what the conditions. You can shoot in portrait or landscape mode. Images are stored on your choice of microSDHC Memory Card or microSD Memory Card.
There is one more alone, stand out feature – one that is by far my favorite. Water resistance for 60 minutes ten feet underwater.
A month ago a Home Security airport luggage screening returned my new Casio to me broken. Its button had come off. I contacted the manufacturer immediately. Its rep assured me that it was still under warranty and would be repaired or replaced free BUT waterproof cameras had been discontinued. Ouch!
Planned obsolescence is expected if technology has evolved and produced better products. Look at how watches, radios and televisions, and computers have changed with the times. I travel a lot and it always seems that it rains when I am on the road. That is why I want waterproof so the weather cannot foil my snapshots.
I got lucky. Casio repaired my camera and got it back to me in literally days.
Active people need a camera that fits today’s athletic lifestyle at the beach and all the way to climbing mountain summits year round in any clime. Casio, all your info and specs for the Casio EX-G1 were right on. So why???? Please rethink your strategy and bring back this camera feature.
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