Casio goes superfast with compact megazoom
CES 2010 Casio is shipping the EX-FH100 – the world’s first “high-speed, high-zoom” compact camera.
Casio's EX-FH100 Exilim: fast shooting
Supporting Casio's claim is a 10.1Mp compact with high-speed burst still shooting of 40fps, 1280 x 720 resolution video capture at up to 1000fps and a wide-angle, 10x optical zoom lens.
But to achieve its breakneck 40 shots-per-second the EX-FH100’s image capture quality drops to just 9Mp. The EX-FH100 comes in at £280 ($446/€310), which looks a bit pricey to us, especially as you can get adequate enough pocket cameras for £70 these days. So is the superfast megazoominess of the EX-FH100 worth the premium that Casio demands? Readers, let us know what you think.
The Exilim EX-H15: 14.1Mp and a 10x optical zoom
Casio has also launched three slower sister pocket cameras. The EX-H15 Exilim offers 14.1Mp, a 24mm wide-angle lens and 10x optical zoom for £250. The model features a “moving photo” mode thatlets you cut people out from the background of images taken during continuous shooting and combine them with another still image.
The Exilim EX-Z2000 has a 26mm wide-angle lens
This feature is available on both the new EX-Z550 and EX-Z2000 Exilim compacts. They are also 14.1Mp models, but make do with 4x and 5x optical zoom capabilities, respectively.
Both models have 26mm wide-angle lenses.
Exilim EX-Z550: cheapest of the bunch
The EX-Z550 and EX-Z2000 cost £150 and £180 ($286/€200), respectively. All four Casio Exilim models are available to buy in the UK now. ®
Don't buy one then.
Can't do 1280x720 at 1000fps
One slight correction - the resolution drops as the frame rate increases. You're down to 120fps at 640x480, so it's going to be a hundred or so pixels at 1000fps, like the previous high-speed Casios.
You almost had me interested there, 1000fps at 1280x720. Ah, well.
Hi-res enables shooting wide and cropping down later and still being able to get solid A4 size prints.
As long as the sensor is up to handling the resolution without going too noisy.
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” -Bill Gates (1981)
Why do we need 10 Mp ?
How big is that at 300 dpi ?
What's next ... 15Mp .... 20 Mp ... 25Mp
Do we really need this ?