Print 15 comment(s) - last by Samus.. on Sep 17 at 4:05 AM

Casio EX-FH20 Digital Camera  (Source: Casio)
Casio's EX-FH20 shoots burst and slow motion video DSLRS will be jealous of

One of the biggest problems for many point-and-shoot digital cameras is that they can’t shoot fast bursts or snap pictures quick enough to be able to shoot fast action like soccer games and moving vehicles. Casio has a new digital camera that will be more than adequate for fast action.

The new camera is called the High Speed Exilim EX-FH20. The camera can shoot bursts at up to 40 frames per second (FPS) and can record movies at up to 1,000 FPS -- something even new D-SLR cameras like the Nikon D90 can’t match. In March, Casio announced the Exilim Pro EX-F1, which it claimed to be the world's fastest digital camera with 60 FPS bursts and 1,200 FPS movie recording.

The new EX-FH20 features a 20x optical zoom and is 27% smaller than the EX-F1 as well as being 28% lighter. The camera features 9.1 effective megapixels and when shooting in burst mode at 40 FPS, the camera can shoot in 7-megapixel resolution.

Movie recording speed is user selectable at 1,000 FPS, 420 FPS, 210 FPS, or 30 FPS. Other features include a high-speed anti-shake function, high-speed night scene setting, and a HD movie mode that records at 1280 x 720 with 30 FPS.

Still images can be taken in RAW and JPEG formats with movies taken in AVI format, motion JPEG, and IMA-ADPCM. The camera has a miserly 31.9MB of internal memory and stores the bulk of its images to SDHC/SD cards. When movies are recorded at 1,000 FPS, the resolution drops to 224 x 56. The camera features a 3-inch LCD and an electronic viewfinder. The EX-FH20 will be available in October for $599.99.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By vapore0n on 9/16/2008 2:34:49 PM , Rating: 3
"we can do 1000fps recording"

(in very very small letters)
"the active resolution at that frame rate is the size of a Windows icon"

Guess its good for doing gifs and posting them in /gif/

RE: usable?
By an0dize on 9/16/08, Rating: 0
RE: usable?
By othercents on 9/16/2008 3:35:15 PM , Rating: 4
These are frame by frame pictures allowing you to pull the best action shot instead of loosing the best shot between frames. For most people it isn't a big deal. Actually even for the price range this camera is positioned it probably isn't something most people are going to use.

However wouldn't it be nice to have the slow motion cameras that MythBusters has? Well now you have one.


RE: usable?
By grath on 9/16/2008 9:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
Ever notice how dark the high speed camera shots on Mythbusters are? Thats with the scene very well lit and an industrial high speed camera that probably cost $10,000...

RE: usable?
By Justin Case on 9/16/2008 10:47:29 PM , Rating: 2
$10,000? Hah. It costs $4k a day just to rent one. I suspect the actual camera costs well over $250,000, possibly over $500,000 for the top models.

For the same sensor sensitivity, twice the speed means half the light. At 1000 fps you have 1/17th of the light that you would have at 60 fps. Even though those cameras have pretty high sensitivty (typically around ISO 2000 for color and ISO 8000 for B&W), you still need a lot of light to get "normal" images (still not as much as you would with film).

But, in any case, most of the MythBusters' footage is deliberately underexposed so you don't lose detail in the bright parts of the explosions.

RE: usable?
By icanhascpu on 9/17/2008 12:32:22 AM , Rating: 3
I do? Sweet!

Whats that have to do with this crappy camera though?

RE: usable?
By Samus on 9/17/2008 4:05:32 AM , Rating: 2
lol, i liked that comment :)

RE: usable?
By granulated on 9/16/2008 5:34:50 PM , Rating: 2

but the 40 frames in a second burst at super hires sounds cool

RE: usable?
By armred on 9/16/2008 7:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
I hunted a lot for a movie camera that does anything more than 30fps to analyze a tennis serve, if you go through this exercise, you will know that there are very, very few cameras that you will find. So, even does 200fps at a decent size is a boon at that price. Mythbuster style cameras are extremely expensive and probably will not have the lens, stabilization and video compression like this one.

I love the fact that Casio has opened up fps as a feature for point and shoot cameras. Hopefully more manufacturers will get into the game.

RE: usable?
By armred on 9/16/2008 7:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
By the way, if anyone else is looking for cheaper options, the only ones I could find are Sanyos Xacti VPC-CG9 which does 60fps at 640x480 and goes for $250. Also Sanyos HD-1010 does 300fps at a smaller size frame. There are very cheap HD cameras from Aiptek and Kodak that can do 60fps "HD", but their lenses are crappy (no optical zoom)

By icanhascpu on 9/16/2008 6:35:37 PM , Rating: 3
600$ for 1,000 FPS @ 224 x 56??

hahahaha. 320x240 minimum and we'll talk.

RE: hahahah
By mooncancook on 9/16/2008 8:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
what kind of resolution is 224x56 anyway? That's 4:1 or 16:4

RE: hahahah
By icanhascpu on 9/16/2008 11:30:14 PM , Rating: 2

Im thinking thats about the pixel count they had to use to be able to even have the bandwidth to save 1000fps. Pretty useless!

Im thinking the 420fps one will be around 448x112. Still useless!

RE: hahahah
By flyingrooster on 9/17/2008 2:02:50 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, try 224 x 168. Hey that'll fit pretty well on my Game Boy Advance with no scaling :)

But seriously, let's do the math:
Assume we're recording at 3456 x 2592, the full resolution of the camera. Now I can't think of any algorithm that can compress an image file in less than 1/1000 of a second, so we'll be sending the data uncompressed to a queue to be processed when the image sequence is complete. So 8,957,952 pixels, and we'll use 24 bits for color, so that's 214,990,848 bits per image (excluding overhead...start and EOF, etc). 214,900,848 bits every 1/1000 of a second. That's 214,990,848,000 bits a second or 200.2 gigabits a second. The fastest memory listed on Wiki's "List of device bandwidths" is PC3-12800 DDR3-SDRAM (dual channel) @ 204.8 Gbit/s. But you'll need 25GB+ of RAM to store it on. Good luck with the cooling of said camera and battery life.

By SonicIce on 9/17/2008 2:46:16 AM , Rating: 3
What will it take for a site to upload a sample video?

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
Related Articles
Nikon D90 D-SLR Officially Breaks Cover
August 27, 2008, 11:21 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki