Casio merges high-zoom and GPS functionality today in the Casio Exilim H20G. Making good on a concept first displayed at CES 2010, the "Hybrid" Casio H20 is equipped with geo-tagging capability and a 10x optical zoom lens.
Ignoring the GPS for a minute, the Casio Exilim H20G features a 10x optical zoom lens starting at a wide 24mm equivalent. Casio boasts that the camera will offer 15x magnification with a digital zoom feature "with virtually no loss in quality."
The H20G will record 720p HD video (at 30 fps) and is equipped with a 3.0-inch, 460k-dot LCD. It packs 14.1 megapixels on a 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and will accept SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. The 10x zoom range is supported with sensor-shift type image stabilization. Exposure modes are auto-only, including Casio's Premium Auto scene recognition mode.
The Exilim H20G stores information for 10,000 noteworthy locations around the world and will automatically alert its user when one is nearby. The camera will use autonomic positioning and should be able to track the user's current position, even indoors, thanks to an accelerometer and a direction sensor.
It will automatically synchronize to the timezone in which it's being used. Casio claims that the H20G is ready to track location at any time since it automatically searches for a satellite once every ten minutes when it's powered off.
To those who would cry foul on battery life, Casio adds that the H20 uses a low-power system. At the time of this writing, Casio had not released a numerical battery life claim.
Pricing and availability
The Casio Exilim EX-H20G will become available in November 2010 with an MSRP of $349.99.