Looking like a cross between a Casio G-Shock watch and a camera lens, the Casio GZE-1 is the company’s latest action camera in the market. Aimed at sports enthusiasts, it has a 13mm f/2.8 equivalent lens, and claims to be water, shock and freezeproof.
The design is inspired by the G-shock division of the famous watch maker, which explains how it looks like a sibling of the famous G-shock watch. The GZE-1 can also be remotely controlled by the Casio Pro Trek smartwatch, a smart phone, or the dedicated remote controllers (which are an optional purchase).
The Casio GZE-1 boasts a 21.1MP 1/2.3-type backlit CMOS sensor inside. However, It can only capture 6.9MP still images and Full HD video – not even 4K. On the other hand, it can record slow-mo video of up to 240fps and better yet, allows users to mix and match slow-mo and normal clips in a single video – right within the camera.
Videos are stabilized with a 3-axis stabilization system and owing the design from the G-shock line, it features oversized buttons for easy controls in the field. The shockproof nature of the camera means that it can survive drops from up to 4 meters, and submerged underwater up to 50 metres deep. With an IP6X rating, it is also dustproof, and can operate in weather as cold as -10 degrees Celsius.
No pricing has been announced as of yet, but it will be available on sale in Japan by the end of the year.