Casio is no stranger to teaming up with major toy makers, licensing super-cute cartoon characters, using them on existing digital camera models and offering up super-cute limited editions to a fanatic fan base. After cartoon cats Doraemon and Hello Kitty, it’s now time for Rilakkuma, an adorable teddy bear.
I don’t get GPS in cameras. There have been times (not many, but there have) when I’ve been out taking pictures and don’t necessarily want the whole world to know where I was. Casio’s new EX-10HG camera is going to take that option away from me, with their new GPS-enabled point and shoot camera. → Read More
Back in February 2009, we reported about Casio adding the PRX-2000T to its Protrek series of watches for sports and trekking enthusiasts. And today, about one year later, Casio announced [JP] the Protrek PRW-5000/PRW-5000T, which at $630 ($780 for the 5000T) is considerably cheaper than its $1,000 predecessor. (These are the Japanese street prices.) → Read More
If only Casio’s new FH100 was rugged as well! Then I would only need one camera in my life. Well, maybe two. And another for backup. At any rate, the waterproof and angular EX-G1 is available for purchase now, from Amazon for $275 or everywhere else for $300. → Read More
At today’s Casio press conference, I lost a lot of faith. In the space of a year, they seem to have done the following:
-Added “artistic filters” to their cameras
-Increased speed of image processing by ~20%
-Decided 5x zoom wasn’t enough
The result is the shockingly bad Digital Art Frame and the marginally improved FH100, successor to the FC100, my favorite compact digital. At least I… → Read More
Casio, I like you. I like you a lot. You make good cameras. You make lots of good things. But if you try to pass off a set of 8 built-in “artistic filters” as a revolution in digital imaging again, I will break up with you. I’m serious. You just talked for half an hour about cameras and photo frames that apply incredibly rudimentary filters to perfectly good pictures, making them… → Read More
As MobileCrunch reported back in August, three of Japan’s eight top cell phone makers, namely NEC, Casio and Hitachi are going to merge their cell phone businesses next year. Under the agreement, NEC plans to integrate its handset division into a tie-up that already existed between Hitachi and Casio starting April 2010 (the begin of the new fiscal year under the Japanese business calendar).
In… → Read More
A quick glance at the Casio EX-G1 doesn’t revel that the camera is a rugged-type model. It’s just too good looking. But then you might start to notice that the dials are recessed and reinforced and the case seems like it could work underwater. (it can) It’s just that Casio managed to out a 12.1 MP ruggedized camera that’s actually a looker. → Read More
OLED can still pretty much be considered a thing of the future, but we’re getting closer to use the technology in our homes every month. Today, Casio Computer announced [JP] it has teamed up with Tokyo-based technology company Toppan Printing to develop and produce OLED panels. The new joint venture will start operations from April 2010, with both companies involved saying they’ll focus on… → Read More
It may not do much – it’s basically a feature watch with stopwatch, alarm, and 24-hour time – but it’s nicely designed. This Casio, called the Poptone Cubic Puzzle Watch, comes in blue or black and has buttons stacked up, Tetris-style, on the bottom. → Read More
Casio is recently best-known for their Exilim FC100 and FS10, the compact cameras capable of shooting 1000FPS, among other things. I certainly loved the FC100 and recommend it every chance I get. But of course, Casio also makes regular old point-and-shoots, and now there are two more than there used to be. → Read More
Big news from Japan’s mobile phone industry today (Friday afternoon Japanese time). Various Japanese media are reporting that NEC, Hitachi and Casio are in talks to merge their cell phone operations to become Japan’s second biggest manufacturer, following Sharp.
Reportedly, NEC plans to integrate its cell phone business into a tie-up that already exists between Hitachi and Casio. According to… → Read More
At last night’s Shock the World party, Casio’s G-Shock line unveiled three of their latest collaborations with Mister Cartoon, Redman and Todd Jordan. → Read More
Lets get a few details out of the way first. The Casio Exilim is one of the most expensive Verizon phones available at $279 with a 2-year agreement. Only the HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro cost more. Not only that, the Exilim is loaded with a dated OS and is rather bulky. The only selling point that this phone has is the 5.1MP camera, so that’s what I spent most of my time testing. I pitted… → Read More
Reboots of anything can be hit or miss, but Casio hit this one out of the park with the GW6900 G-Shock. A twist on the iconic DW6900, the new kid on the block features non-stop, tough solar power and self-adjusting multi-band 6 atomic timekeeping. The non-stop solar tech is easy to figure out, but in case you’re unfamiliar with atomic timekeeping then here’s the lowdown from Casio. → Read More
InfoComm is this week and all the AV geeks are burning their pasty skin down in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Today, Casio announced the latest Super Slim projector with a native resolution of 1280×800 (WXVGA). → Read More
Casio Japan announced a new point-and-shoot camera today [JP], the EXILIM Hi-ZOOM EX-H10. The 12.1MP camera is a follow up to the EX-V7 and EX-V8 the company released in 2007. It features an impressive 10xoptical zoom (wide-angle starting at 24mm) and can shoot 1,000 images on a single battery charge. According to Casio, this is three times more than other cameras in this class have to offer. → Read More
Casio announced several new additions to their Baby-G line recently, including some eye-catchingly bright pink models. Despite the questionable style choices, the new additions are solid watches. → Read More
Japanese telecommunications giants SoftBank and Docomo unveiled their summer 2009 line-ups last week and were followed by the country’s No. 2 carrier, KDDI au, today. While SoftBank is to roll out 15 new cell phones this summer and Docomo even presented 17 models, KDDI au showed only 8 new candy bars [JP] in the morning. But some of these are amazing. → Read More
Inspired by the 44th President of the United States of America, Casio and LRG have once again come together to collaborate on the LRG X G-Shock.
“This watch was inspired by Obama blue. This is a color that symbolizes hope. L-R-G, G-Shock and Obama are all a sign of the times, pun intended,” said Jonas Bevacqua, Co-Founder and Creative Director, L-R-G. → Read More
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Surfrider Foundation and to celebrate they’ve teamed up with Casio for a limited edition G-Shock that’s dropping this summer. The G5500SRF-1 aka X Surfrider Foundation collaboration watch looks like the standard G-Shock model, but it’s a Tough Solar variant with the Surfrider logo in the background. Look for it in July with a #130 price tag. A… → Read More
I use a DSLR and I love it, and while I appreciate what point-and-shoots do, I’ve never really wanted one. This is partly due to the superior picture-taking ability of a DSLR, but mostly it’s other cameras’ unimaginative feature lists. The latest cameras boast huge numbers of features which I would never use (smile shutter? more megapixels on a tiny sensor?), and stubbornly… → Read More
Casio showcased its EX-FS10 first during the CES in January and today said [JP] that Japanese buyers will get the high-speed point and shoot on March 27 for $510, which is considerably higher than the US price (the EX-FS10 can be pre-ordered for $349 at Amazon, for example).
Back in January, Casio announced that in the US, the camera will be available in March without specifying a concrete date… → Read More
Hey, ladies, guess what? Casio just dropped their first-ever Solar Atomic Baby-Gs just for you! The BGR3000J aka Solar Atomic Slim Marine is the first in the Baby-G line to adopt the solar tech that’s been in the men’s G-Shock line for quite a while. That’s a bit surprising, no?
Update: Turns out the picture Casio sent us wasn’t the correct one. We’ve updated with the correct image. → Read More
Casio is adding to its Z-series of EXILIM cameras with the EX-Z29, due out in April for $149. The new model will improve over the currently-available Z9 by bumping the megapixel count from eight to ten and by slightly increasing the LCD size from 2.6 to 2.7 inches. → Read More
This ain’t your daddy’s Casio. The Cachalot, the latest solar radio watch from Casio’s high-end brand, Oceanus, is inching into high end territory and I’m pleased to report that you get quite a bit of watch for the $1,200 ($900 retail, from what I’ve seen) or so you’ll spend on this beast.
First off, the Cachalot looks great. I’ve seen a few Casios in my day and they’ve finally nailed it on this… → Read More
I’m no watch freak like Biggs or Freeman, but there’s something about Casio’s G-Shocks that I just can’t shake. This new line of limited edition military inspired G-Shocks certainly doesn’t help either. All are encased in matte black with buttons finished in black ion plating and have reverse LCDs with red numeric displays. Want. All of them. → Read More
While Casio is considered to be a higher end watch company in Japan, they sometimes have image problems in the States. Better known for their G-shock and calculator watches in the US, their Oceanus line is sometimes ignored by higher end retailers. This is a shame really, since the line has some features not even found in the likes of Tag Hauer and Seiko. → Read More