When Casio announced its high-speed megazoom, the EX-F1, the novelty of its 1,200 frames per second maximum movie frame rate sent creative juices flowing. But a variety of factors--disappointing camera features and quality, a too-high $999 price tag, relatively limited distribution and a somewhat problematic file format--combined to keep the F1 from becoming a really viable product. Casio seems to have learned a lesson from that experience. Though the F1 will remain on the market, its follow up, the EX-FH20, seems more grounded in market realities, though the sacrifice is less-stunning frame-rate specs.
Here's how they compare:
|Casio EX-FH20||Casio EX-F1|
|Sensor||1/2.3-inch 9.1-megapixel CMOS||1/1.8-inch 6-megapixel CMOS|
|Lens||f2.8-4.5 26-520mm equivalent (20x)||f2.7-4.6 36-432mm equivalent (12x)|
|Mechanical image stabilization||Sensor shift||None|
|Maximum frame rate (still)||30fps (9mp)
|Maximum frame rate (movie)||210fps at 480x360
1,000fps at 224x56
|300fps at 512x384
1,200fps at 336x96
|HD movie resolution||720p||1080i|
Clearly, $600 is a more attractive price than $1,000, though still significantly more expensive than competing megazoom models like the
Casio expects to ship the EX-FH20--you'll be able to find at more retailers--in October.