Casio announces new P&S cameras headlined by EX-H20G with built-in GPS
Casio has announced new fixed-lens point and shoot digital cameras at Photokina, headlines by the Exilim EX-H20G compact-zoom which has built-in GPS support. The camera was previously shown as a product-in-development at PMA 2010. It has a 14mp 1/2.3" sensor, a 10X (24-240mm f3.2-5.7) zoom lens with sensor-shift stabilization, 3-inch (460K) display, 30fps 720p (H.264) video, NP-90 LiIon battery, and things like that. The built-in hybrid GPS is obviously the defining characteristic of this camera as Casio already has three "blade zooms" (H5, H10, H15) based on this model.
This is how the Casio press release describes their GPS feature: "Casio’s Hybrid GPS system combines GPS with autonomic positioning, which is made possible by an internal motion sensor. This enables the EX-H20G to track a user’s last known satellite-acquired position against map data stored in the camera’s internal memory, even while the user is indoors. In addition to these features, the camera is preloaded with information regarding 10,000 sightseeing photo spots around the globe. When in the vicinity of one of these photo spots, the EX-H20G will automatically alert the user, identifying the locations as points-of-interest."
The European price is 300 euro and the US price is $350 with a November estimated release date.
Casio is now launching yet another new line of cameras, the ZR-series, with a 12mp 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor. a 7X optical zoom lens starting at 28mm (28-196mm f3-5.9) with sensor-shift stabilization, a high-speed burst mode which is a defining characteristic of the backlit CMOS sensors, video at 1920x1080, and things like that. They also promote the "built-in HDR" feature.
The last of the three is the forgotten EX-Z16, which was just now officially announced but it was actually released in early September. It has a 12mp 1/2.3" sensor, 3x optical zoom, 2.7" LCD (230K) display, and a starting price of $100.
The fourth camera in the set is the EX-Z2300 which was previously announced in early August 2010.
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