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Casio announces Exilim EX-FH20 high speed camera

By dpreview staff on Sep 16, 2008 at 00:03 GMT

Casio has launched the Exilim EX-FH20 high speed digital compact camera. Building on the interest in its EX-F1 model, the FH20 offers a burst rate of up to 40fps and movies at 1000fps. The camera is built around a 9.1MP, 1/2.3” CMOS sensor and 20x zoom lens (26-520mm equiv) Priced at £399, the EX-FH20 is considerably less expensive than the EX-F1 and will be available from October.

The EX-FH20's burst mode allows up to 40 7.1MP images to be recorded in burst of anywhere between 1 and 40fps. The camera also offers a pre-record mode that buffers images before the shutter release is pressed. Sensor-shift image stabilization is also included, along with a flash that can operate for up to 5 frames in continuous mode.

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Casio High Speed EXILIM Digital Camera with
Ultra High-Speed Burst Shooting and HD movie functions


New Camera Takes 40 shots per second and records high speed movies at 1000 fps

London, September 16, 2008 - Casio Computer Co., Ltd., today announced the release of its newest EXILIM® digital camera, the HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20. This remarkable new camera is capable of ultra high-speed burst shooting at 40 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1000 fps.

Its speed and ease of use truly puts this camera in a class of its own. In recognition of these unique characteristics, with today’s release of the new EX-FH20, Casio has launched the new HIGH SPEED EXILIM series, which includes this camera and the EX-F1, launched in March 2008. Casio expects the revolutionary capabilities of its HIGH SPEED EXILIM cameras to generate entirely new applications for digital photography.

Priced at £399, the EX-FH20 will be available from October at all good camera stockists.

Key product highlights include:

9.1 effective megapixels and a high power, wide angle zoom lens
The EX-FH20 is equipped with a 26 mm-equivalent wide angle zoom lens that can close in on subjects with a powerful 20x optical zoom. The camera also features a CMOS shift anti-shake function to support power-zoom shots.

Never miss a photographic opportunity, with high speed burst shooting up to 40 fps
The EX-FH20 can capture action in high definition, 7 megapixel (3072 x 2304 pixel) images with ultra-high speed burst shooting at up to 40 fps. Users can select from seven burst settings, allowing them to capture from 1 fps up to 40 fps in a single burst. Further, users can prerecord up to 40 still images not just at the instant they press the shutter button, but before! Even if they press the shutter a little late, they will still catch that vital moment.

High speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps
The EX-FH20 can record high speed movie footage of motion too fast for the human eye, for ultra slow motion playback. Users can select from recording speeds of 1,000 fps, 420 fps or 210 fps and can also switch from the standard speed of 30 fps to high speed recording at 210 fps during recording at the touch of a button. The EX-FH20 makes it easy to capture critical moments on video.

High Speed Anti-Shake function
This function corrects images by automatically synthesizing multiple images captured during high speed burst shooting.

High Speed Night Scene setting
With or without a tripod, this feature ensures that high speed night shots come out clear and beautiful.

HD Movie function
The EX-FH20’s HD Movie function records at 1280 x 720 pixels, at 30 fps. 

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Casio EXILIM EX-FH20 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.3" Type CMOS
• 10.29 million pixels total
• 9.10 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3456 x 2592
• 3456 x 2304 (3:2)
• 3456 x 1944 (16:9)
• 3072 x 2304
• 2304 x 1728
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 1280 x720 (HD 30 fps)
• 640 × 480 (STD, 30 fps)
• 480 × 360 (HS, 30-210 fps)
• 224 × 168 (HS, 420 fps)
• 224 × 56 (HS, 1000 fps)
File formats • Still:RAW (DNG)JPEG (Exif Version 2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant
• Video: AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Lens • f=4.6 to 92.0mm
• Approx. 26 to 520mm
• F2.8 (W) to 4.5 (T)
• 14 lenses in 11 groups, including aspherical lens
Image stabilization CMOS-Shift
Optical Zoom 20x
Digital zoom 4x
HD Zoom 108.0x
Focus • Contrast Detection Auto Focus
• Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Manual Focus
AF area modes Spot, Free or Tracking
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Approx. 12cm to 50cm (W)
Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot
Flash • Built-in
• Range: Approx 0.4 to 7.0m (W) Approx 1.3 to 4.4m (T)
ISO sensitivity Auto, 64,100, 200, 400, 800,1600.
Exposure comp.

-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps

Shuttter speed 1 to 1/2000 second
Aperture F2.8 to F4.5
Modes • BEST SHOT Included: 18 scenes
• Prerecord Still Images
• Prerecord Movie
• YouTube™ Capture Mode Included
• Face Detection
White balance • Auto WB
• Daylight
• Overcast
• Shade
• Day White FL
• Daylight FL
• Tungsten
• Manual WB
Self timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
LCD monitor • 3.0-inch wide TFT color LCD
• 230,400 dots (960 x 240)
Connectivity • USB/AV port, AC adaptor connection (DC-IN)
• AV out
Storage • SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus compatible
Power AA-size alkaline battery (LR6) x 4, AA-size rechargeable Ni-MH battery (HR6) x 4, AC adaptor
Weight (no batt) 483 g
Dimensions 123 (W) x 81 (H) x 85 (D)mm
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