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Casio's G.BROS GV-10 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Casio announces digicam for an active lifestyle! (UPDATED)
(Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 00:31 EDT)

G.BROS GV-10 compact digicam features dust, moisture and shock protection...

Casio Computer Co. Ltd. in Japan has announced a new digital camera aimed at outdoor and sports use, the G.BROS GV-10. Featuring IEC 60529 IP66/67-compliant dust and water seals which allow immersion up to 1 meter, as well as shock-protection courtesy of shock-absorbing 'floating mounts', the GV-10 will ship in Japan on November 22nd at an estimated street price of $330.

No predictions for US pricing have yet been announced, but the camera should be reaching our shores in March 2002. Full specifications are in our database, and highlights follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Casio G.BROS GV-10
Casio's G.BROS GV-10 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: GV-10
Camera Format: Compact
Price: ¥40,000 (US$330)
Date Available: November 22nd 2001 (Japan);
March 2002 (USA)
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 1.31 megapixels (1.23 megapixels effective)
Image Resolution: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 35mm (fixed focal length)
Digital Zoom: 2x (640x480)
Auto Focus: No (fixed focus)
Manual Focus: No
Normal Focus Range: 60 cm to Infinity; 24.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Distance: 10 cm; 4.1 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8, f/9.7
Optical Viewfinder: Yes
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.6 inch, 61,380 pixels)
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, 4 presets
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1 - 1/1500 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Metering Modes: Center-weighted
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer: 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off
Flash Range Description: 0.6 - 2 meters
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash Type-I
Memory Included: 8MB
File Formats: JPEG (Exif v2.1), AVI (OpenDML MotionJPEG)
More Information
Weight: 250 g; 8.7 oz
Weight With Batteries? No
Size: 101 x 74 x 49 mm; 4.0 x 2.9 x 1.9 in
Notes & Features: Predicted street price of $330.89 based on conversion of Japanese street price, 40,000 suggested by digitalcamera.gr.jp. Japanese availability slated for November 22nd; US availability March 2002.
Complies with PRINT Image Matching, Epson's color management technology.

Camera body is designed to be water-, dust- and shock-resistant (complying with IEC 60529 IP66/IP67 standards, which mean the camera is totally protected against dust particles with a diameter of 75µ or less, jets of water from any direction and immersion in still tap water to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes at standard temperature). The camera body is made of long-strand fiberglass enclosed with high-elasticity elastomer, and the internal circuitry uses shock-absorbing gel-sheet 'floating mounts'. Suited to use in skiing, snowboarding, water-sports, etc.

Available in two chassis colors (Charcoal w/ Red accents, or Silver w/ Charcoal accents). Can be used as a tethered web camera (PC only).

Best Shot function allows user to select from 18 preset settings (Portrait, Flower, Landscape, Night Scene, Pet, Silver, Engine, Seaside, Splash, Snow Park, Turn, Sunset, Silhouette, Over-Exposed, Noise, Pop, Monochrome and Sepia) accompanied by an on-screen image to demonstrate the effect.

Burst-mode allows unspecified rate for up to 7 images at 1280 x 960 pixels, or 51 images at 640 x 480 pixels.

Battery life claimed at 170 minutes / 850 images record, and 240 minutes playback (AA Alkaline) or 220 minutes playback (NP-H3 NiMH). Lithium AA batteries extend this to 340 minutes / 1700 images record, 370 minutes playback.

Bundled with 8MB CompactFlash card, Neck Strap, Lens Cap, Cap Holder, Software CD, USB cable and 4 AA alkaline disposable batteries. USB driver for Mac requires MacOS 8.5 - 9.1. Win NT 4.0 only support Photo Loader and Acrobat Reader. Win 95 only supports DirectX and Acrobat Reader. Photohands and DirectX not provided for Macintosh. Internet Explorer w/ Outlook Express not provided for PC.
More Photos
Casio's G.BROS GV-10 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's G.BROS GV-10 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's G.BROS GV-10 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's G.BROS GV-10 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!
Casio's G.BROS GV-10 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Computer Co. Ltd. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2001-10-16 19:33ET: Thanks to IR reader Charles Chen for catching the fact we inadvertently put the wrong camera name on the spec highlights above. We were just testing to see who was paying attention, honest! (Not us, apparently... :)
Source: Casio Computer Co. Ltd.

Original Source Press Release:

For skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities

Digital camera designed and engineered for toughness

Water-resistant, dust-resistant, shock-resistant

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announces the new G.BROS. GV-10 1.23-megapixel digital camera whose water-resistant, dust-resistant, shock-resistant design lets you take it along when skiing, snowboarding, engaging in water sports, or when enjoying similar activities.

The G.BROS. GV-10 is a totally new type of digital camera whose water-resistant, dust-resistant, and shock-resistant design totally revolutionizes the concept of a camera as a delicate device that requires special handling. In addition to being able to withstand rain, snow, and dirt, the new GV-10 is tough and rugged enough to withstand rough treatment encountered during daily use on the slopes, at the pool, and in other similar environments. In addition, the GV-10 design is sporty and fashionable.

Of course, the G.BROS. GV-10 is also packed with powerful digital imaging features and functions. CASIO's popular BEST SHOT feature comes with a selection of mounting and seaside sample scenes. Simply choose a scene and the camera sets up automatically with optimum metering, exposure compensation, saturation, and other settings for recording an image like the scene you selected.

G.BROS. GV-10 Features

  • Outstanding water resistance and dust resistance
    The GV-10 is designed and engineered to comply with IEC 60529 IP66/IP67 water resistance and dust resistance (summarized below), which means you can take it along to the slopes, the seashore, or the pool, and even use it in the rain.
    Water Resistance
    • Water shall not enter the enclosure when it is immersed in a container of standard temperature still tap water to a depth of 1 meter for approximately 30 minutes (immersion resistant).
    • Direct jetting water from any direction shall not enter the enclosure.
    Dust Resistance
    • Particles with a diameter of 75µ or less shall not enter the enclosure.
  • Shock resistance
    The case is made of long-strand fiberglass, which is enclosed with a high-elasticity elastomer for a very high level of shock resistance. Internal circuitry floats on a "floating mount" that uses shock absorbing gel sheets to protect circuits and components from external shock.
  • 1.23 million effective pixels (1.31 million total pixels)
  • Built-in Pixel Generator
    A built-in automatic process makes it possible to produce 1600 x 1200-pixel images, which is the size that can be recorded on a 2-megapixel digital camera. The result is better detail and smoother lines when images are enlarged to A4 size during printing to a photo printer.
  • 2X digital zoom
    The GV-10's BEST SHOT mode comes with 18 sample scenes, including SNOW PARK and SEASIDE. Simply select the Best Shot scene that is like the one you want to record and light metering, exposure, saturation, and other settings are configured in an instant. Best Shot Scenes: 1. PORTRAIT 2. FLOWER 3. LANDSCAPE 4. NIGHT SCENE 5. PET 6. SILVER 7. ENGINE 8. SEASIDE 9. SPLASH 10. SNOW PARK 11. TURN 12. SUNSET 13. SILHOUETTE 14. OVER-EXPOSED 15. NOISE 16. POP 17. MONOCHROME 18. SEPIA
  • High-speed continuous shutter
    Images are stored in a buffer as they are recorded, which makes it possible to record continuous images at high speed, just the thing for capturing the action of fast-moving sports and other events as they occur. You can record up to seven 1280 x 960 (FINE) images or fifty one 640 x 480 (NORMAL) images at a time.
  • PC Camera Mode (Windows only)
    Connecting to the USB port of computer and using commercially available video conferencing software makes it possible to use the GV-10 as a PC camera. It's the easy way to enjoy the convenience of broadband net meetings.
  • A choice of two body colors
  • Built in 1.6-inch TFT LCD monitor
  • DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) and DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Compliant
  • Bundled with PC link software and USB cable
    The GV-10 is equipped with a special USB port, and the bundled Photo Loader software and USB cable make it possible to transfer images from the camera to your computer automatically, whenever the Photo Loader is started up. Transferred images can be viewed using a Web browser. Other handy image handling features include an auto mail attachment tool and print functions.

    Auto mail attachment tool
    • Selecting an image automatically starts up your mail software and attaches the image to a new outgoing message. Attached images are automatically resized to a size specified by you
    Print functions
    • Selecting an image automatically starts up Photo Hands printing software. Also included are retouching tools for adjusting color, contrast, brightness, and more.
  • PRINT Image Matching compatible
    Printing on a printer that supports EPSON PRINT Image Matching produces output whose colors are adjusted to match the characteristics of the camera. Recording with a Best Shot Mode portrait scene produces images with perfect skin tones.

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