Casio’s GPS-equipped EX-10HG it was still in prototype form at CES, but the company was back with it again at PMA this week, and thankfully was a bit more talkative this time.
The camera will be available in October of this year, and will cost “around $400.” That will get you a 12.1-megapixel camera that not only does geotagging of photos.
The EX-10HG is essentially an EX-FH100 with one important difference it includes a hybrid GPS system built-in to the camera. This is not just a geotagging camera. The EX-10HG has a full-fledged GPS system, complete with map system powered by Google Maps.
What the built-in maps mean is that you can see your location on the EX-10HG’s LCD panel. If and when it makes its way to market, the camera is expected to come pre-loaded with worldwide maps. Additionally, the maps will feature pre-loaded images with pin drops at photographic points of interest throughout the world.
The EX-10HG will also feature an internal storage device to house the GPS maps and possibly photos. The camera will also accept SD cards for image storage.
Part of the “hybrid” component to the camera will mean that you can treat it as a fully functional GPS device as well. One of the phrases that was repeatedly mentioned during my preview of the camera was that it works “like Garmin,” a leader in GPS products. The EX-10HG will serve as a digital compass and track your mileage covered, steps taken and trails hiked just like you find in other popular GPS devices.
You can scroll the maps around to find locations nearby. While playing the with the EX-10HG for a few minutes, I was able to pinpoint my location at the Las Vegas Convention Center and scroll around through the other locales in Vegas, all of which are helpfully labeled thanks to Google Maps.
Source: photographybay.com, engadget.com