With the EX-G1 Casio can target not only adventure/outdoor types who might need a small and light camera with survivability in adverse conditions, but also Joe Average who can take it to Disneyland on a rainy day and not have to worry about Splash Mountain soaking its circuits. This camera is slim and trim, well built and simple to operate - auto shooting modes are all there is. At the same time, Casio has built a lot of adjustability into the default auto mode, and offers a fair amount of input into the specific scene modes as well.
Autofocus and shutter performance are excellent and the flash recycles in a timely fashion. The lens has its faults and while not a bad performer it is also not among the best I've ever reviewed. Image quality gets a slightly guarded assessment as being good - at 100% enlargements the images seem to have a bit more artifacts than many other compacts I've shot - but short of that the images are pleasing and color accurate.
ISO noise sensitivity is average - 400 is really the high edge of the range you can use for anything you plan to enlarge, with 800 being OK in a pinch. There's no true stabilization which becomes a drawback when compounded with relatively slow maximum apertures on the lens and nothing special in the ISO department. Personally, a 10 megapixel sensor with improved noise performance in this body would have been a great combination.
It's survivable, shoots promptly, and produces good images if you can hold the ISO sensitivity below 400 and don't need huge prints. All in all, that's not a bad combination - if I were in the market for an all-weather compact digital I'd buy a G1.
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