Casio's first foray into the compact weather, shock and waterproof category is a very stylish model, with some seriously hardcore specs and a G-shock legacy to live up to on durability. But we want to know why it doesn't have any of Casio's signature high-speed (or high Def) video features.
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Casio's just-announced $299 Exilim G1 tough-class digicam has a long legacy of super-rugged Casio products to live up to that have worn the "G" moniker.
In its watertight and ruggedized class, which includes competitors from just about everyone other than Nikon and Sony, the Exilim G1 has a very class competitive feature set on the still side of things, including the neat "dynamic photo" burst compositor that'll show an action subject at various points in the frame once the source shots are stitched together.
We thought this was a neat feature when it first appeared on Casio's high-speed cameras such as the ultraslim Exilim EX-FS10.
Of course, this leads to the inevitable question: Why isn't there high-speed and high definition video on the Exilim G1? It would seem a natural thing for action sports types to want some of the amazing super-slow-motion and HD video of their adventures. Could it have something to do with the memory being micro SD cards? Was a deliberate decision made to exclude high-speed and HD video?
Some others in this class including the the Pentax W80 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 both have HD video, and it leaves me wondering why Casio would exclude HD and High-speed from the first Exilim G down the pipe.
Wouldn't their exclusive "normal-highspeed-normal" video mode be awesome when swimming through a school of colorful fish or when your buddy is getting massive air in the terrain park? Wouldn't the 30fps burst at 6MP with pre-capture be just the thing to make sure you nailed the killer shot of your buddy splashing through the mud on the bike trail?
It's not that Casio hasn't made a truly class-competitive camera with the Exilim G1–but they could have hit it even more out of the park if they'd added in some of their great high-speed capture features, too.