The extreme sports enthusiast market was one of the most widespread early adopters of consumer-grade technology that is ubiquitous today – the action camera (most commonly embodied in the success of GoPro cameras).
Whether it's social media sensations “doing it for the Vine (RIP)” – and making millions at it – or wannabe Bam Margera's seeking YouTube fame, live-action cameras that capture high-quality video and are capable of withstanding the rigors of less-than-ideal filming conditions are a hot commodity in the consumer market.
Like any company eager to conquer new (lucrative) markets, Casio took note of this trend and has delivered the GZ Eye series of devices to cater to this group of action camera users.
Casio claims its GZE-1 action cam is drop, water, and freeze-proof, all while sporting a 13mm f/2.8 equivalent lens on a1/2.3-type backlit CMOS sensor.
The camera is protected using G-Shock technology borrowed from Casio’s sports’ watch division.
Speaking of which, users can use a Casio Pro Tek watch, a smartphone, or dedicated optional controllers to manipulate the camera. One of the optional controllers comes equipped with an LCD screen that lets users see the action live.