Casio Exilim EX-10HG hybrid GPS camera prototype unveiled

Friday, January 15, 2010, 6:52 by Tech Correspondent

Casio has taken the wraps off the prototype of its first compact digital camera with integrated ‘Hybrid GPS’, the Casio Exilim EX-10HG.

Photo: Casio Exilim EX-10HG hybrid GPS camera via Digital Camera Watch

The 12.1-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-10HG digital camera is a modified version of the Casio Exilim EX-H10, which allows the use of GPS when the user is indoors or removed from the GPS satellite signals, dpreview.com has reported. The integrated GPS will help track the user inside a room as well.

The camera has a 32-bit CPU, uses three-axis accelerometer, and three axis orientation sensors. This is what helps in calculating how far the camera has moved since it was last able to receive a signal.

The Casio Exilim EX-10HG hybrid GPS camera not just offers regular geotagging, but it also realigns the location with guesstimates culled from the onboard accelerometers, when the signal is weak, electric pig has reported.

Photo: Casio Exilim EX-10HG hybrid GPS camera with integrated maps via Digital Camera Watch

Accelerometers are devices that tell the camera which way up it was when you took a shot and allow auto-rotation of images.

When the camera can’t see the GPS satellites, which is nearly always, the camera uses the accelerometers to track your movements and mark the location based on the estimates.

The Casio Exilim EX-10HG hybrid GPS camera comes with integrated maps that can help photographers navigate as well. The Casio Exilim EX-10HG hybrid GPS camera comes with integrated maps that can help photographers navigate, by plotting locations on a map and even display direction to the spot.

Digital Camera Watch has reported that the Casio Exilim EX-10HG hybrid GPS camera can also display the distance from the current position to marked spots.

There is no information available as to when the camera will come to market.

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