• Sensor: 1/2.3inch CMOS
  • Lens: f/2.8
  • File format: JPEG, DCF2.0, MOV, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM
  • Storage: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, microUSB, WLAN
  • Dimensions: 74.1 x 75 x 46.4mm
  • Weight: 172g
  • Pros:
  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • Cons:
  • None

Eye Of The Storm

The trend of sports cameras is dying down slightly, thanks to live streamers on the internet preferring to use their smartphones as recording devices. But that’s not stopping sports cameras like GoPro and now Casio! Casio has released a whole portfolio of selfie cameras that captured the hearts of social influencers as well as people who love sharing their memories with others. Ruggedness and durability are of no issues, especially now with the GZE-1.

The GZE-1 is a sports camera ready to take on the abuse of your clumsy or adventurous self. It comes packaged in a simple box with everything needed inside to get yourself started. Shaped like something out of a Marvel movie, the GZE-1 looks sporty and its buttons may remind you of a stopwatch. Setup of the GZE-1 is simple to use, as all the buttons – strategically placed on the device – each controls important features, making controlling the device within simple reach.

The GZE-1 also has a companion app that can be installed onto a smartphone, so your smartphone can act as its LCD screen. The GZE-1 is also compatible with handheld LCDs that Casio produces. Design wise the GZE-1 hits all the right spots, but can be considered slightly bigger than other sports camera that can fit right into your pocket. The only thing we thought was a bit off was the need to remove the back cover to access the charging port, but we concluded it was to keep the device airtight to be able to reach its stated waterproof rating.

Like we said before, the GZE-1 is built to last, capable of resisting shocks and vibrations from up to 4-metres and going as deep as 50-metres underwater. It also has IP6X dust resistance and can function in conditions even as low as -10°C. We’ve done drop tests, rubbing it in the dirt, as well as throwing it into a pool and it always comes out unscathed and functional. Video quality is also satisfactory, as it records in FHD and does so with a 170.4-degree Super Wide Angle Lens.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Built like a tank, the GZE-1 is the sports cam to bring if you’re going to the extreme.casio

(previously published in issue April