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Casio Exilim EX-FH100 review

Ben Pitt
7 Oct 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
257
inc VAT

Beautiful photos and videos, backed up by a wide range of features including a 40fps burst mode and slow-motion videos.

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Specifications

1/2.3in 10.0-megapixel sensor, 10.0x zoom (24-240mm equivalent), 227g

There’s no shortage of compact ultra-zoom cameras available, and if the price of this model puts you off it’s worth looking at the cheaper Casio EX-H5.

The Casio FH100’s 10x zoom lens is relatively modest but, at £225, this is no budget model. Fortunately, it has other tricks up its sleeve. Its fast CMOS sensor can capture 30 frames at up to 40fps. The camera took 20 seconds to save the pictures to memory card before it could repeat the trick, but even so, rivals cameras can’t hope to match this kind of performance. The fast sensor is also used to capture slow-motion video. Options vary from VGA capture at 120fps, playing back at 30fps for 1/4-speed slow motion, right up to 1,000fps capture, though only at a tiny 224x56 pixels.

Casio Exilim EX-FH100

Normal-speed video is in 720p HD, and looked sumptuously clean and detailed. The stereo soundtrack was rich and full-bodied, but it’s disappointing that the zoom and autofocus were fixed for the duration of clips.

Otherwise, this is an extremely capable compact camera. There’s a spacious 3in LCD, a mode dial with priority and manual exposure modes and an HDMI output. It can even capture in RAW mode, but strangely, only at ISO 100 or 200 and not at higher ISO speeds where it would be arguably more useful. The menu system could be friendlier, but the dedicated video-capture and continuous-shooting buttons are welcome.

Still image quality was as good as we’ve seen from a compact ultra-zoom camera. Details in brightly lit shots were impressively crisp throughout the zoom range, with balanced colours and barely any hint of noise. Quality was only passable at ISO 1600, but it still maintained a slight advantage over its direct competitors. Frustratingly, though, automatic settings refused to venture beyond ISO 400, so we had to intervene to avoid camera shake in dim lighting.

The FH100 isn’t cheap, but those who are tempted by its high-speed photography and video features won’t be disappointed.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
CCD effective megapixels10.0 megapixels
CCD size1/2.3in
Viewfindernone
Viewfinder magnification, coverageN/A
LCD screen size3.0in
LCD screen resolution230,400 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom10.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent24-240mm
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 supplied86MB
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)300 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, mini HDMI
HDMI output resolution1080i
Body materialaluminium
Lens mountN/A
Focal length multiplierN/A
Kit lens model nameN/A
AccessoriesUSB and AV cables
Weight227g
Size63x105x30mm

Buying Information

Warrantyone-year RTB
Price£257
Supplierhttp://www.amazon.co.uk
Detailswww.exilim.co.uk

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed30 to 1/2,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/3.2 (wide), f/5.7 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 3200
Exposure compensation+/-2 EV
White balanceauto, 6 presets, manual
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, colour filter
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus7cm
Auto-focus modesmulti, centre, spot, face detect, tracking
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer