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Casio's G.Bros GV-20 digital camera. Courtesy of Casio Japan, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Casio announces new ruggedized digital camera!
(Wednesday, June 12, 2002 - 01:17 EDT)

G.Bros design updated with new 2 megapixel imager...

Casio Computer Co. Ltd. in Japan has announced an update to its G.Bros GV-10 digital camera, which was first announced in October 2001. It isn't clear whether the older camera will continue to be sold, but specifications for the new GV-20 model are almost identical - in fact the only change we spotted other than the use of a 2 megapixel imager (the GV-10 was 1 megapixel) is that the battery life specifications have been reduced somewhat. This could be due to higher power consumption by the new imager, or a change in the test environment to give more realistic results.

The Casio G.Bros GV-20 digital camera is certified waterproof when water is sprayed at the camera from any direction, or when it is immersed up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. It is also dustproof for particles with a diameter of 75µ or less. In Japan the camera will ship in a month's time, on July 12th, and monthly production will be 10,000 units. Two colors are available - one with red detailing, and one with black. Pricing has not been announced at this time, nor has US availability (the GV-10 is available currently in the US at a cost of $349 list).

Casio G.Bros GV-20
Image Sensor 1/3.2" square pixel primary color CCD (total pixels: 2,140,000)
Effective Pixels 2,000,000 pixels
File Format Still image: JPEG (Exif v2.1), DCF and DPOF compliant
Video: AVI (Motion JPEG compliant)
Storage Medium CompactFlash (CF) card (Type-I compliant)
Storage Capacity Still Image Storage: 1600x1200 and 800x600 pixels
Dimensions (pixels) Quality File Size CompactFlash card
8MB 64MB
1600x1200 FINE Approx. 850KB Approx. 8 Approx. 66
NORMAL Approx. 600KB Approx. 11 Approx. 94
800x600 FINE Approx. 200KB Approx. 33 Approx. 269
NORMAL Approx. 150KB Approx. 46 Approx. 377
Video Storage
Dimensions (pixels) File Size Longest Clip
320x240 Approx. 300KB/sec 10 seconds
Deletion Single Image, All Images
Lens F2.8, f = 4.6mm (35mm film camera equivalent: approx. 35mm)
Zoom Digital 2x (in 800x600 pixel mode only)
Focusing Fixed focus with macro-mode attachment
Focus Range Standard: Approx. 60cm - infinity
Multi-Image: Approx. 10cm
Exposure Control Metering: Center-weighted metering using image sensor
Exposure Mode: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: ±2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Creative Modes Single Image, Multi-Image, Movie, Self-Timer, Macro, Best Shot
Shutter Combined CCD electronic shutter / mechanical shutter.
Speed: 1 - 1/1500 second
Aperture F2.8 / 9.7 auomatically selected
White Balance Auto / Preset (4 settings)
Self Timer 10 seconds
Built-in Flash Modes: Auto, Forced, Off
Range: 0.6 - 2m
LCD 1.6" TFT color liquid crystal display; 61,380 (279x220) pixels
Viewfinder LCD / Optical
Clock Records date and time with image data, automatic calendar to 2049
Input / Output Terminals USB (Mini-B terminal), external power source, mobile phone connection
Power Source 4 x alkaline, lithium or NiMH (NP-H3) AA batteries
Optional AC adapter (AD-C630J); optional AC adapter charger (BC-3HA)
Battery Life
Function Alkaline Lithium NiMH
Playback Approx. 3 hours, 20 minutes Approx. 5 hours, 40 minutes Approx. 3 hours, 20 minutes
Record Approx. 2 hours, 20 minutes
(700 shots)
Approx. 5 hours
(1500 shots)
Approx. 2 hours, 40 minutes
(800 shots)
Conditions: Normal temperature (25°C), LCD on and flash off when in record mode
Size Width 100.5mm x height 74.0mm x depth 49.0mm excluding projections
Weight Approx. 250g (excluding battery and accessories)
Accessories CF card (8MB), strap and lens cap, cap holder, CD-ROM, USB cable and alkaline AA batteries (LR6 x 4)
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Source: Casio Computer Co. Ltd.

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