The Good Good size, build quality and finish; high-speed shooting features; manual focus and exposure controls; useful 10x zoom.
The Bad Slow to save raw files; no autofocus or zoom in movie mode; average lens quality.
The Bottom Line The Casio Exilim EX-FH100's amazing high-speed shooting features make it unique among compact superzooms, but that's pretty much its only trick. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10, for example, costs about the same but has a better zoom, and is much better for shooting 720p movies. As a specialised tool, the FH100 is great but, as a camera generally, it sits in the middle of the road
Casio Exilim EX-FH100
Compact superzooms are very versatile and popular cameras. Casio offers a couple, including the 10.1-megapixel Exilim EX-FH100 with 10x zoom, which is up against some great rivals, such as the . But the FH100 is a superzoom with a twist, offering high-speed shooting at up to 40 frames per second and movies at speeds of up to 1,000fps. When you consider what this camera can do, £250 suddenly doesn't seem that much to pay.
Those incredible speeds are achieved using Casio's 'continuous shutter' technology and high-speed processing. You'd expect some pay-off in terms of reduced resolution and limited recording capacity, but it's nowhere near as severe as you might think. Shooting stills, the resolution drops to 9 megapixels and the buffer's capacity is 30 images, but that's still enough to capture dramatic, high-resolution images of extremely fast-moving action.
At 30 frames per second, the FH100 shoots standard 720p high-definition footage. Providing you can accept a progressive drop in resolution, it can also shoot at speeds of anywhere from 30 to 120fps (at 640x480 pixels), right up to 1000fps (at a tiny 224x64-pixel resolution).
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