Casio announced their new GPS-enabled Exilim EX-H20G pocket megazoom, taking geotagging capabilities to the next level. The Exilim EX-H20G has embedded accelerometers and motion sensors, which record location data even when the camera is turned off. Casio claims that the Exilim EX-H20G is the first camera of its kind that can accurately geotag images taken INDOORS.
Using the last-recorded GPS coordinates as a starting point, the new Casio camera’s motion sensors calculate the distance and direction a photographer has moved since the last connection with a GPS satellite, and the camera updates the location in the images’ EXIF data accordingly.
The EX-H20G’s in-camera mapping software which on paper looks to be more advanced than competing GPS-enabled cameras. In addition to being able to display images on a map interface on the camera’s 3-inch LCD screen, the EX-H20G’s in-camera mapping software is pre-loaded with points of interest; if there’s a landmark or photo-friendly vista nearby, the camera will let the you know where to go in order to snap a photo of it.
The EX-H20G is also equipped with a digital compass and a database of location names, which display on the camera’s screen instead of the raw GPS coordinates. In addition to the in-camera cartography, the geotagged images can be used with Google Earth, Flickr, Picasa, iPhoto, and Panoramio to create a shared, geotagged image map.
But having all these sensors working in the background, raises a red flag for me, I hope that all those background features don’t just waste battery life while your camera is off. Casio says the EX-H20G is a low-power-consumption device and Casio has other cameras that can snap 1000 shots per charge out of the same rechargeable Lithium-ion NP-90 battery that powers the EX-H20G, so maybe this camera might actually be able to handle all those extra features.
The geotagging features are certainly the main draw of the EX-H20G, but it is an overall nice pocket megazoom beyond that as well. The 14-megapixel camera offers a 10x-optical-zoom lens that reaches from a very-wide-angle 24mm to 240mm telephoto, steadied by sensor-shifting mechanical image stabilization.
Other notable features include a 360-degree panorama mode, 720p video recording at 30 frames per second, and Casio’s green-screen-like Dynamic Photo toolset for editing and customizing photos within the camera.
The Casio Exilim EX-H20G will be available in November for $350.