Rapid Fire

Capturing photos at five frames per second is pretty fast. Pro SLR models can do about twice that at the top end. Then Casio released the EX-F1, with burst speeds up to 60 fps, and followed up with the higher-resolution EX-FH20, with a burst rate of up to 40 fps, making even professional SLRs seem kind of slow. But there’s a lot more to these zoom-lens cameras than mere speed.

CASIO EXILIM EX-F1

ZOOM RANGE
The EX-F1 features a 12x optical zoom that ranges from a wide angle of 36mm to a telephoto at 432mm, and an effective CMOS shift stabilization for blur-free images at longer focal lengths.

FUNCTION RING
Similar to a traditional D-SLR, the EX-F1 uses a Function Ring to zoom in and out of focus. While rotating the Function Ring, shutter speeds can be changed simultaneously, making the overall manual operation easy to use.

SMART SHUTTER BUTTON

A unique function of the EX-F1 is what’s called Prerecord CS (Continuous Shutter), which allows you to capture high-speed images or video before actually pushing the shutter button all the way down. Much like focusing by pressing the shutter halfway, the camera will save up to 60 prerecorded images in the camera’s memory, or five seconds of video, so you won’t miss anything.

LCD

A high-resolution, 2.8-inch widescreen.

HIGH-SPEED CAPTURE

With 6 megapixels of effective resolution, the Casio EX-F1 is the fastest digital still camera in the world, offering a high-speed burst speed of up to 60 fps and Full HD movie capture with a 1920×1080 resolution. This new convergence of video and still camera enables the photographer to capture images at a faster rate than has ever been seen in a camera before.

CONTINUOUS SHUTTER DIAL

The Continuous Shutter Dial, a mode dial next to the camera’s high-speed flash, allows for easy switching between shutter modes, including 60 fps Ultra High-Speed Continuous Shutter, Prerecord Continuous Shutter (Movie), Slow Live, Flash Continuous Shutter or Auto Bracketing.

FLASH CONTINUOUS SHOOTING

With the EX-F1’s high-speed flash, you can shoot up to 20 consecutive images at a maximum speed of 7 fps, or use the built-in LED light that can be used as a light source for 10 to 60 fps shooting.

DEDICATED MOVIE BUTTON

To quickly maneuver between still and video, the EX-F1 has a dedicated movie control that lets you choose between STD (Standard 640×480), HD (High-Def 1920×1080 at 60 fps or 1280×720 at 30 fps) and Hi-Speed Movies (512×384 at 300 fps; you can change fps from 30 to 300 in this mode, 432×192 at 600 fps, and 336×96 at 1,200 fps).

REC/PLAY BUTTONS
Two handy buttons let you switch immediately between recording or playback, so you won’t fumble with control dials as the action passes by.

Specs
Image Sensor: 6-megapixel CMOS
Resolution: 2816×2112 RAW, 2816×1872 (3:2)
Sensor Size: 1/1.8-inch high-speed CMOS
AF System: Contrast Detection Auto Focus; Spot, Free or Tracking
Shutter Speeds: 60-1/40000 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-1600
Continuous Firing Mode: 60 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW (DNG)
Metering: Multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot by imaging element
Storage Media: SD/SDHC/MMC
Dimensions: 5.03×3.13×5.12 inches
Weight: 23.67 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $999
Contact: Casio, (800) 836-8580, www.casio.com

CASIO EXILIM EX-FH20

ANOTHER ZINGER
The Casio Exilim EX-FH20, like its predecessor, offers one of the fastest digital still and video capture cameras around. While the first generation of this high-speed camera came in at 6 megapixels, the EX-FH20 surpasses it with 9.1 megapixels of effective resolution, and can shoot up to 40 fps at full resolution and 1,000 fps for high-speed and HD video.

HIGH-SPEED FLASH
The high-speed, built-in flash lets you shoot up to 10 continuous shots at a speed of up to 5 fps. As with the EX-F1, you can use the internal LED light for shooting at 10 to 40 frames per second.

ULTRAFAST VIDEO CAPTURE
With the push of a button, you can switch between shooting high-definition 720p video or extremely fast slow-motion video, with frame rates of 30 to 210 fps, 420 fps and 1,000 fps.

BEST SHOT

A dedicated button on the exterior chooses the BS (Best Shot), which includes 18 different scene modes for a multitude of different photographic scenarios.

CATCH BEFORE PRESSING
The Prerecord function lets you save up to 40 images in the camera’s memory by pressing the shutter button halfway.

MORE ZOOM
The Casio EX-FH20 increases optical zoom power to 20x, giving you a focal range from 26mm wide to 520mm.

MODE DIAL

With the mode dial, you can select between any of these shooting modes: Flash Continuous Shutter, High Speed Burst, Single Shot, High Speed Movie and High-Definition Video.

REC/PLAY BUTTONS
Two handy buttons let you switch immedi-ately between recording or playback, so you won’t fumble with control dials as the action passes by.

LCD
A high-resolution, 3-inch LCD makes image and video playback look great.

MOVE IN/MOVE OUT CONTINUOUS SHUTTER

This shutter function lets you record immediately before and after a subject moves out of the frame.

Specs
Image Sensor: 9.1-megapixel CMOS
Resolution: 3456×2592 RAW, 3456×2304 (3:2)
Sensor Size: 1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS
AF System: Contrast Detection Auto Focus; Spot, Free or Tracking
Shutter Speeds: 30-1/40000 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-1600
Continuous Firing Mode: 40 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, RAW (DNG)
Metering: Multi-Pattern, center-weighted, spot by imaging element
Storage Media: SD/SDHC/MMC
Dimensions: 4.83×3.20×3.33 inches
Weight: 17.04 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $599
Contact: Casio, (800) 836-8580, www.casio.com

It’s hard to do justice to the speed of this camera in print. This sequence was shot with the EX-F1—just six of the 61 frames it captured during a single swing.

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