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Casio Exilim EX-FH25 review

Ben Pitt
13 May 2010
Casio Exilim EX-FH25
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
295
inc VAT

Slow-motion and 40fps continuous capture are great but image quality lets it down

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Specifications

1/2.3in 10.0-megapixel sensor, 20.0x zoom (26-520mm equivalent), 645g

The FH25 is an update to the FH20 we reviewed 19 months ago (see What’s New, Shopper 251 - http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/digital-cameras/238827/casio-exilim-ex-fh20). This new model swaps the FH20’s 9-megapixel sensor for a 10-megapixel back-illuminated one, but otherwise it’s virtually identical.

Back in 2008, the 20x zoom was as big as they came, but today it’s less remarkable. The 3in screen compares well with the latest designs but the lack of an HDMI output is disappointing. There are lots of photographic options including manual exposure and RAW shooting (albeit only up to ISO 200), but everything is controlled via the navigation pad and menus, which is much slower than dedicated buttons and dials.

Slow-motion video capture is no longer unique to Casio but that makes it no less exciting. The options vary from VGA resolution at 1/4-speed playback to a tiny 224x64 frame at 1/33-speed. The former is great for surreal YouTube clips, while the latter is just the thing for scientific experiments.

Nothing else can match the FH25’s continuous shooting mode. It can capture 30 frames at speeds from 1fps all the way up to 40fps. It can also buffer frames, saving up to 29 from before the shutter was pressed. The FH25 is responsive in general use but it’s slow to start, taking 4.5 seconds to switch on and shoot. The use of AA batteries mean the flash took up to 12 seconds to recycle, and RAW shooting was painfully slow.

Normal-speed videos are recorded at 720p and quality was high in bright light, but low-light clips were noisy. Activating the optical zoom disabled the soundtrack completely, which seems a little melodramatic.

Out testing revealed that this lens isn’t as sharp as its competitors, and it displayed heavy chromatic aberrations at telephoto settings. Noise wasn’t terrible at high ISO speeds but Casio’s noise reduction processing struggled to clean up images. The automatic mode made some daft decisions that resulted in unnecessarily blurry or noisy shots.

We love the turbo-charged continuous mode, but it isn’t enough to excuse other weaknesses.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
CCD effective megapixels10.0 megapixels
CCD size1/2.3in
Viewfinderelectronic (201,000 pixels)
Viewfinder magnification, coverageN/A
LCD screen size3.0in
LCD screen resolution230,400 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom20.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent26-520mm
Image stabilisationoptical, sensor shift
Maximum image resolution3,648x2,736
Maximum movie resolution1280x720
Movie frame rate at max quality30fps
File formatsJPEG, RAW; AVI (M-JPEG)

Physical

Memory slotSDHC
Mermory supplied32MB internal
Battery type4x AA
Battery Life (tested)400 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, DC in
HDMI output resolutionN/A
Body materialplastic
Lens mountN/A
Focal length multiplierN/A
Kit lens model nameN/A
AccessoriesUSB and AV cables
Weight645g
Size81x123x85mm

Buying Information

Warrantyone-year RTB
Price£295
Supplierhttp://www.parkcameras.com
Detailswww.casio.co.uk

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed30 to 1/2,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/2.8-7.9 (wide), f/4.5-8 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 1600
Exposure compensation+/-2 EV
White balanceauto, 6 presets, manual
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, flash compensation
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus1cm
Auto-focus modescentre, spot, tracking, face detect
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer

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