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Casio Exilim EX-FH20 review: Casio Exilim EX-FH20

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Another of the camera's notable features is the high-speed video capture. Like the 40fps burst mode, the 1,000fps video is fun to play with, but at that speed the highest resolution you can capture is 224x56, which is really small. If you want a larger view, it will record at 420fps at a resolution of 224x168 or up to 210fps at 480x360.

The Casio FH20 performs as promised, able to capture 7-megapixel photos at up to 40fps in 1 second. Its other performance numbers were reasonably good, too, considering megazooms tend to be slow. Start-up time to first shot is 3.6 seconds and its time between single shots is only 1.8 seconds. Shutter lag is 0.5 second in bright conditions and 0.8 in dim lighting.

The biggest disappointment of this camera is its photo quality. Colors, while generally pleasing, weren't terribly accurate. What was accurate was the white balance, even the auto white balance, which tends to be too warm in other cameras. However, almost all of our test shots had some amount of purple fringing around high-contrast subjects. Sharpness and detail start dropping off early at ISO 200. Moving up to ISO 400 makes subjects look unclear and fine detail is pretty well gone. We don't suggest shooting above ISO 400 unless the photos are destined for small prints or Web use, mostly because of increased noise amounts and smoothing from noise reduction. That being said, if you're using the vast majority of your pictures online and/or at small sizes, you probably won't notice or care about the lack of detail or sharpness. It's just that for the money, we have a hard time putting a full recommendation behind the photos the FH20 produces.

Casio deserves credit for pulling off the high-speed shooting features on the Exilim EX-FH20 at its price. It really makes me look forward to testing the EX-FC100 and the EX-FS10. Unfortunately, the photo quality on the FH20 seems to have taken a back seat, and usability isn't too great, either.

Shooting speed (in seconds)
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Typical shot-to-shot time  
Shutter lag (dim)  
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Typical continuous-shooting speed (in frames per second)
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