Billed as the world’s first high-speed, high-zoom digital compact camera, Casio’s new Exilim EX-FH100 packs an almighty 10X optical zoom lens in a pocketable package.
Wedged into its slimeline 105mm wide x 63.2mm tall x 29.9mm thick dimensions is a zoom lens covering a wide-angle 24mm right up to a pap-pleasing 240mm zoom.
To prevent users missing that crucial snap, the EX-FH100 offers a Prerecord Continuous Shutter setting which allows users to start shooting when the shutter button is only depressed halfway.
With this feature, if you hit the shutter a millisecond after the action, the photo should still be in the bag.
The camera can hurtle along at a fair old rate of knots too, with the Casio able to belt out up to 30 9MP images with a high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of 40 shots per second.
Video hits 1,000fps!
If you think that’s fast, things go supersonic in the video department, with the EX-FH100 able to record high-speed movies at 1,000 fps, 420 fps, 240 fps, or 120 fps.
There’s also a neat function letting users switch to high-speed recording at 240 fps or 120 fps by pressing a single button during normal movie recording (30 fps). The high-speed recording function also allows users to enjoy ultra slow-motion playback – great for watching that park football team goal in Match Of The Day style slo-mo.
For everyday video shooting, there’s a HD Movie function recording at 1280×720 pixels, plus a HDMI terminal and stereo microphone.
The EX-FH100 incorporates a back-illuminated CMOS sensor which Casio claims will offers “nearly twice the usual sensitivity,” and to keep pictures sharp, there’s onboard CMOS-shift image stabilisation.
Naturally, there’s a ton of shooting modes on offer:
* High-speed Night Scene and Portrait With a single press of the shutter button the camera internally combines several images using highly sensitive high-speed burst shooting into a single crystal-clear image, helping eliminate photo blur.
* High-speed Lighting The EX-FH100 takes three images using high-speed burst shooting, adjusting the exposure for normal (standard), bright, and dim subjects respectively, with a single press of the shutter button. These images are then combined into a single image, helping to avoid bad photos with washed out or overly dark areas when the scene is strongly backlit.
* High-Speed Burst Shooting BEST SHOT / High-Speed Movie BEST SHOT The EX-FH100 also has “High-Speed Burst Shooting BEST SHOT” and “High-Speed Movie BEST SHOT” modes that optimise the burst shooting or high-speed movie settings simply by selecting the type of scene to be photographed, such as a child, pet, or sports scene, at the critical moment or in slow motion.
If you fancy this mix of bonkers shooting speeds and point’n’shoot photography, the EX-FH100 can be yours, all yours, for around £280 – check out http://www.casioonline.co.uk for more info.