Casio Announces EX-H20G Hybrid GPS Camera

Casio has just announced the EX-H20G—”the first digital camera with autonomic indoor positioning through Hybrid GPS,” according to the manufacturer. The compact 14.1-megapixel EX-H20G is able 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” and is being billed as an ideal travel camera because it can confirm a photographer’s present location and then use its digital compass to determine the best route to their next destination. “After returning home, users can manage and share their geotagged photos and videos captured with the EXH20G using popular photo-sharing Web sites and software which offer geotagging functionality, such as Picasa, Panoramio, Google Earth, Flickr and iPhoto. These platforms will utilize the precise location data embedded into each image’s EXIF file to plot exactly where they were captured on a world map, giving the photographer, as well as their friends and family, the ability to vividly imagine their travels by making the connection with the locations visited and images.” The EX-H20G will be available in November 2010 for $349.99. More info from Casio below.

From Casio:

DOVER, NJ, September 20, 2010 — Casio America, Inc. and its parent company, Casio
Computer Co., Ltd., today unveiled the world’s first Hybrid GPS enabled digital camera, the
EXILIM® EX-H20G. The latest model to join Casio’s EXILIM Hi-Zoom lineup, the EX-H20G
offers an impressive feature set as well as Casio’s state-of-the-art Hybrid GPS technology,
which makes the camera perfect for traveling. Thanks to Casio’s Hybrid GPS system, the EX-
H20G offers ultra-precise location data for the geotagging of photos and videos and is also the
first camera able to geotag indoors. Additionally, the EX-H20G can display the user’s current
location – as well as geotagged photos and videos – on a map which can be viewed right on the
camera itself.

“Geotagging has increased in popularity, especially with the advent of photo-sharing Web
sites and as consumers look to do more with their images,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General
Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “With the new Exilim EX-H20G, Casio
is taking the geotagging experience to a new level by incorporating exciting technologies which
consumers can now leverage to make the process fun, easy and completely seamless. No matter
where in the world you take an image, whether it is indoors or out, the EX-H20G will know
exactly where it was taken.”

The EX-H20G’s Hybrid GPS system sets a new standard for geotagging and offers exciting
new ways to use a digital camera. 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 industry-leading GPS and geotagging capabilities of the EX-H20G will dramatically change how people use their digital camera when traveling. The EX-H20G’s on-screen map allows
users to plan their travels before departing as they can view destinations, points-of-interest and
photo locations. While on-the-go, users can then confirm their present location and utilize the
EXH20G’s digital compass to determine the best route to their next destination. After returning
home, users can manage and share their geotagged photos and videos captured with the EXH20G
using popular photo-sharing Web sites and software which offer geotagging functionality, such
as Picasa, Panoramio, Google Earth, Flickr and iPhoto. These platforms will utilize the precise
location data embedded into each image’s EXIF file to plot exactly where they were captured
on a world map, giving the photographer, as well as their friends and family, the ability to
vividly imagine their travels by making the connection with the locations visited and images. By
integrating camera and map as well as location data and photos, the EX-H20G creates a whole
new way to enjoy traveling.

Equipped with the new EXILIM Engine HS, the EX-H20G features all of the essential
capabilities expected from a camera. When used with Casio’s Single Frame SR Zoom function,
the 24mm wide-angle, 10x optical zoom lens actually offers a 15x zoom range that maintains
the image quality needed for 14.1-megapixel high-resolution photography. This represents 1.5
times the range of the optical zoom, with virtually no loss in quality. Other features include
720p HD video recording (30fps), as well as a three-inch, high-resolution 460K super clear LCD
that is easy to view even when outdoors. The EX-H20G also comes with Casio’s advanced,
fully automatic Premium Auto function for taking beautiful shots of scenery and people with
just a press of the shutter button, and various useful functions for traveling such as Panorama
Photo mode, which can take 360-degree photos, as well as auto-time adjustment which will
automatically synchronize the camera’s date and time with that of the user’s current location and
time zone.

Starting with the EX-H20G, Casio is positioning the EXILIM brand as “Amazing Gear” — a
brand that never fails to deliver new surprises and excitement. Casio intends to revolutionize
photography, creating new value by developing digital cameras that go beyond the limits of
cameras in the past.

EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H20G
A Traveler’s Camera Equipped with a Hybrid GPS System


The first digital camera with autonomic indoor positioning through Hybrid GPS

The EX-H20G is equipped with a Hybrid GPS system that combines a GPS engine with
autonomic positioning made possible by a motion sensor. Even if no signals are received from
GPS satellites when indoors, the system consecutively tracks the user’s location by employing an
original algorithm using a three-way accelerometer and a three-way direction sensor. When the
user goes back outside, the system automatically updates the positional information of the indoor
location based on the exact location determined by GPS reception. Even when the camera is
powered off, the GPS system continues to search for satellite signals at 10 minute intervals. This
is an ideal system for a digital camera, allowing it to immediately track location data at any time
and any place.

Highly accurate and speedy position tracking with low power consumption
The EX-H20G employs Casio’s advanced low-power technology, which ensures that the camera
consumes only a small amount of power. Power consumption is suited for the various situations
in which the EX-H20G will be used, including poweron and power-off, satellite acquisition and
even while the three-way accelerometer and direction sensor are working in the background
while the camera is off. With the EX-H20G, users can rest assured knowing that they won’t need
to sacrifice battery life to enjoy highly precise and speedy position tracking.

Complete with a wide range of functions useful for traveling
• Contains world atlas data including detailed maps of 140 world cities and 12 cities in
Japan
• User’s location and photos and movies taken are displayed on a map
• Photos are saved with the location information, including longitude and latitude, shooting
direction, and place names
• About 10,000 photos of popular sightseeing spots around the world are included in the
internal memory
• Users can leverage the camera’s digital compass and map to determine the most
appropriate route
• A location name database with approximately one million items is included , enabling the
camera to display the name of the shooting location on the screen
• Location name and other data can be embedded in the photo when taken
• H.264 video format grants longer recording time for 720p HD Movies
• Travel memories can be reproduced vividly on a large-screen TV in a slideshow with a
map using an HDMI terminal

Premium Auto function produces beautiful photos with just a press of the shutter button

Premium Auto enables the camera to automatically analyze the scene being photographed —
including distinguishing night scenes, back lighting, a blue sky, green trees or a sunset — as
well as sensing whether there is a face in the frame, the movement and position of the subject,
and whether a tripod is being used. It simultaneously optimizes settings for exposure, ISO,
sensitivity, focus location, photo blur correction, tonal range and color balance, and level of
noise reduction. Images are analyzed pixel by pixel to apply different correction to people and
backgrounds. Premium Auto delivers an advanced level of full auto photography, ensuring high quality photos with just a press of the shutter button. Landscape Makeup processing, which
creates clearer landscape photographs, operates automatically.

Equipped with newly developed EXILIM Engine HS
The newly developed EXILIM Engine HS for advanced image processing boasts a multi-CPU
and two parallel image processors, enabling the EX-H20G to accurately capture the genuine
character of photo subjects with high-speed.

Powerful zoom that maintains high-resolution image quality through 15x
The EX-H20G is outfitted with a 24mm ultra wide-angle, 10x optical zoom lens which offers a
35mm film equivalent focal length of 24mm-240mm. To enhance the zoom range even further,
Casio incorporated its Single Frame SR Zoom in the EX-H20G, which extends the camera’s
35mm film equivalent telephoto focal length to 360mm, for 1.5 times the optical zoom or a total
zoom range of 15x. Furthermore, the EX-H20G features built-in CCD-shift image stabilization to
help reduce photo blur from hand movement. These features allow users to photograph any kind
of scene, from enormous structures in sightseeing areas to scenic views at a distance.

Dynamic Photo function for creating composite moving images
These EX-H20G also features Casio’s Dynamic Photo function, which makes it easy for users
to create “moving photos” right on the camera by cutting moving subjects from the background
in images taken with continuous shooting, and combining those images on a different still or
moving image background. With Dynamic Photo, it is possible to make multiple characters
move independently of each other against a background of moving images up to as long as 20
seconds. These capabilities encourage users to explore their creativity and make it more fun to
create images. Sharing is also simplified as included software makes it easy to upload images to
YouTube™ or post them to a blog.

The EX-H20G will be available November 2010 for $349.99.

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One Response to “Casio Announces EX-H20G Hybrid GPS Camera”

  1. I got one and the indoor GPS works great! The camera is also offered in a good student savings deal online! I got mine from there.

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