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Casio Exilim EX-FH20 offers high-speed shooting for less money
by David Rasnake -  9/15/2008

Casio has expanded its line of high-speed Exilim cameras that debuted with the F1 in early 2008 to include a new lower cost model – the Casio Exilim EX-FH20.

Casio Exilim EX-FH20

With a 9.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, the FH20 provides more resolution than its faster, more advanced sibling while still offering continuous shooting at a thoroughly impressive 40 fps.

Casio Exilim EX-FH20

Casio has given the latest ultrazoom Exilim a 20x lens that covers an effective range of 26-520mm and a fast f/2.8-4.5 maximum aperture. All of this is accomplished in a body that's 27 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than Casio's 60 fps, 6 megapixel EX-F1.

A 3.0 inch LCD with 230,000 dots resolution joins an electronic viewfinder in providing shot composition options for the FH20. The new Exilim can shoot in the open DNG raw file format, draws power from conveniently available AA alkaline power, and utilizes SD/SDHC memory.

Casio Exilim EX-FH20

While the FH20's overall specs would be solid even without its performance capabilities, the star of the show in this lineup remains rapid still shooting. In this case, the FH20 can capture bursts of 7 megapixel (3072x2304) images at speeds of up to 40 fps (or 30 fps burst captures at 8 megapixels).

Casio Exilim EX-FH20

Additionally, the new model doesn't scrimp on high-speed video capture, either. A single button press takes the camera from its default 30 fps video recording mode to movie capture at 210, 420, or even 1000 fps at reduced resolution.

Those more interested in high quality than high speed can also opt to capture 1280x720/30 fps video instead.

Perhaps the best news to come out of the FH20 announcement involves the price: the new model should retail for around $600, making it significantly more affordable to get in on Casio's latest high-speed shooting technology. The Exilim EX-FH20 should start showing up on dealer shelves next month.

Casio Exilim EX-FH20 Specs:

Sensor 9.1 megapixel (effective), 1/2.3" High Speed CMOS
Zoom 20x (26-520 mm) zoom, f/2.8-4.5
LCD/Viewfinder 3.0", 230K-dot Super Clear TFT LCD
Sensitivity ISO 100-1600
Shutter Speed 30-1/2000 seconds (1/40,000 max in continuous high-speed mode)
Shooting Modes Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Best Shot (scene), Movie
Scene Presets 18 presets
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual
Metering Modes Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot
Focus Modes Spot, Free, Tracking
Drive Modes Normal, High-Speed, Self Timer
Flash Modes Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self Timer, Off
Memory Formats SD, SDHC
Internal Memory
31.9 MB
File Formats JPEG, DNG (raw), AVI
Max. Image Size 3456x2592
Max. Video Size
1280x720, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
Battery AA x 4
Connections USB 2.0, AV output
Additional Features Face Detection, Sensor-shift image stabilization, high-speed still shooting at 40 fps, 1000 fps video