>> Josh: Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews and this is a look at the Casio Exilim Exg1. It's Casio's first attempt at a rugged camera and it's built to take a beating. The ultra compact 12 megapixel camera can withstand a 7 foot drop because of its 2 layer construction with a stainless steel outer casing, a resin ring protecting the lens and a polycarbonate cover on its right side among several other protective measures. It's waterproof down to a depth of approximately 10 feet for up to an hour and is freeze proof to about 14 degrees Fahrenheit. I had a few problems with the design though. For one the battery compartment is very difficult to get into requiring an included tool or something else to pry it open while you hold a switch next to the opening. The memory card compartment, on the other hand, is a little too easy to access. It takes less than a quarter turn on this crown here to pop it open. Also the body is a bit too slim and slippery to grip well one-handed. Put on a pair of thick gloves and it doesn't get any easier to hold or control this camera. Underneath all the protection is a fairly basic but good point and shoot camera with a couple extras like interval shooting for stills and video. Shooting performance is mixed with almost no shutter lag but a long wait between shots. The frontal quality's decent especially if most of your photos are outdoors in good lighting. Low light indoor shoots, on the other hand, were noticeably noisy. Overall though it's a good rugged snapshot camera just not a great one. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Casio Exilim Exg1.
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