Casio's Digital Camera Shoots Pictures at 40fps, Movies at 1,000fps [Video]

Sep 17, 2008
Yukiko Kanoh, Nikkei Electronics

Casio Computer Co Ltd will release the "EX-FH20," a digital camera that can burst-shoots still images at a speed of 40 frames per second (fps) and video at up to 1,000fps, Sept 19, 2008.

Compared with the "EX-F1," Casio's another ultra high-speed burst shooting digital camera released in March 2008, the EX-FH20 is 27% smaller and 28% lighter. The EX-FH20 measures 122.6 (w) x 81.4 (h) x 84.5mm (d), excluding projections, and weighs 483g.

Casio will market the EX-FH20 as a product in its new digital camera series, "High Speed Exilim," along with the EX-F1. Street pricing is expected to be about ¥80,000 (approx US$758). The company is planning to produce 50,000 units per month at the beginning.

The camera is capable of burst shooting 3072 x 2304-resolution still images at a maximum speed of 40fps. Users can choose a speed from seven levels between 1 and 40fps. It also has a "past burst shooting" function that allows users to prerecord up to 40 frames before they press the shutter button.

The EX-FH20 can shoot video at 1,000fps with a resolution of 224 x 56 pixels per frame. It is also possible to shoot movies at 420fps (224 x 168 pixels) and 210fps (480 x 360 pixels). The camera can record HDTV video (1280 x 720 pixels) at 30fps.

In addition, users can switch the frame speed to 210fps at the press of a button while shooting video at 30fps. The video format is Motion JPEG at all speeds.

The effective resolution of the camera is 9.1 Mpixels. It features a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, and the pixel pitch appears to be about 1.7μm. It houses an optical stabilization system using the same CMOS sensor. An optical 20x zoom lens is mounted.

On a 35mm film basis, the camera's focal length extends from 26 to 520mm. Its display is a 3.0-inch TFT LCD panel with about 960 x 240 resolution. The power supply uses four AA alkaline dry cells, rechargeable nickel-metal-hydride cells or an AC adapter.

Movies shot by the "High Speed Exilim" (Japanese, produced by BPTv)