updated 12:10 pm EST, Tue January 12, 2010
Casio intros EX-10HG prototype with GPS, more
Casio at CES showed off a unique prototype of a location-aware camera based on the company's existing EX-10 shooter. The EX-10HG (Hybrid GPS) has a built-in GPS sensor for geotagging photos when outdoors, but when a signal is lost once users go indoors or are in heavily built-up downtown areas, its three-axis accelerometers kick in to determine the direction and distance it has traveled since it last saw a satellite. A rudimentary map is also built in, allowing users to see where they've been, or where they've captured photos or videos more specifically.
Casio has also incorporated a total distance traveled meter, pedometer and calorie consumption counter. Otherwise, the HG shares more conventional features with the standard EX-10, including its 12.1-megapixel sensor, 10x zoom lens, and 720p video recording capability.
While a working prototype at this point, the EX-10HG exists to gauge market reaction and may be produced in the future. If released, prices are likely to be higher than the standard EX-10's near $500 sticker. [via Impress]