Casio has introduced a modular action and selfie camera, called EXILIM EX-FR10, which allows the user to detach the camera body from the controller.
Selfies are very popular in Asian markets, while the love for action photography is growing on American and European markets. Casio is aiming to get the best out of both worlds courtesy of the EXILIM EX-FR10 action camera, that can also be used for capturing selfies easier than with a conventional shooter.
Casio EX-FR10 announced as a modular action camera with a detachable body
The EX-FR10 is a modular device, which will allow photographers and videographers to separate the body of the camera from the controller.
This is reminiscent of the Sony lens-style cameras, which can be mounted on smartphones and tablets. However, the Casio EX-FR10 does not need a mobile device in order to frame the shots, as its own body is detachable and it contains a display.
When a user wants to capture a selfie, the camera body can be placed in a place where it sits in a fixed position and the controller is used to trigger the shutter. Additionally, the device will be useful when capturing group selfies.
The camera communicates with the controller via Bluetooth LE technology up to a distance of 10-meters. However, the quality of the link will degrade after 5 meters, so it would be wise to remain closer to the shooter.
Casio EXILIM EX-FR10’s specs list is on par with entry-level compact cameras
The new Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 features 14-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type BSI-CMOS image sensor that is also capable of recording videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution and 30fps.
The lens offers a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and a focal length of 3.8mm, the latter translating into a 35mm equivalent of about 21mm.
Casio has added a 2-inch 230K-dot LCD touchscreen on the controller, which can be used for inputting the exposure settings.
A rechargeable Li-Ion battery is powering this action camera. According to the manufacturer, users will be able to record up to 75 minutes of full HD videos or 255 shots on a single charge.
This is a compact, lightweight, but durable camera
Casio has confirmed that both the camera body and the controller are splashproof, dustproof, and shockproof. The rugged EX-FR10 can be dropped from a height of up to 2-meters and nothing will happen to it.
The whole package measures 60.9 x 153.1 x 34.2mm, while weighing 175 grams. Although it is a small device, there is enough room for a microUSB connection, microSD card slot, and built-in WiFi (for transferring files to a mobile device).
The company will release this device in Japan for about 50,000 yen in the near future. For the time being, the availability details in other markets remain unknown.