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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
CASIO Introduces New HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20 Digital Camera


Casio today announced the release of its newest EXILIM digital camera, the HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20. This remarkable new camera is capable of ultra high-speed burst shooting at 40 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1000 fps.

In March of this year, Casio released the EXILIM Pro EX-F1, the world's fastest digital camera. The EX-F1 is capable of ultra-high speed burst shooting at 60 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1,200 fps. These features have created a totally new genre of digital photography and won the respect and admiration of camera enthusiasts and professional photographers alike.

While maintaining the ability to perform at speeds unmatched by the world's top digital SLRs, the new HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20 is designed to appeal to a broader range of users. In addition to simplifying controls by placing all shooting mode settings on a single dial, CASIO also gave the EX-FH20 a 20x optical zoom on a surprisingly compact body, 27% smaller and 28% lighter than the EX-F1. In recognition of these unique characteristics, with today's release of the new EX-FH20, CASIO has launched the new HIGH SPEED EXILIM series, which includes this camera and the even faster EX-F1. CASIO expects the revolutionary capabilities of its HIGH SPEED EXILIM cameras to generate entirely new applications for digital photography.

9.1 effective megapixels and a high power, wide angle zoom lens
The EX-FH20 is equipped with a 26 mm-equivalent wide angle zoom lens that can close in on subjects with a powerful 20x optical zoom. The camera also features a CMOS shift anti-shake function to support power-zoom shots.

High speed burst shooting up to 40 fps
The EX-FH20 can capture action in high definition, 7 megapixel (3072 x 2304 pixel) images with ultra-high speed burst shooting at up to 40 fps. Users can select from seven burst settings, allowing them to capture from 1 fps up to 40 fps in a single burst. Further, users can prerecord up to 40 still images not just at the instant they press the shutter button, but before! Even if they press the shutter a little late, they will still catch that vital moment.

High speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps
The EX-FH20 can record high speed movie footage of motion too fast for the human eye, for ultra slow motion playback. Users can select from recording speeds of 1,000 fps, 420 fps or 210 fps and can also switch from the standard speed of 30 fps to high speed recording at 210 fps during recording at the touch of a button. The EX-FH20 makes it easy to capture critical moments on video.

High Speed Anti-Shake function
This function corrects images by automatically synthesizing multiple images captured during high speed burst shooting.

High Speed Night Scene setting
With or without a tripod, this feature ensures that high speed night shots come out clear and beautiful.

HD Movie function
The EX-FH20's HD Movie function records at 1280 x 720 pixels, at 30 fps.

The price is expected to be about 80,000 yen in Japan.

Specifications

Image Sensor: 1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS

Number of Effective Pixels - Total Pixels: 9.10 million - 10.29 million

File Format
Still Images: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant) Movies: AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
v Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area): 31.9MB

Recording Media: SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus compatible

Number of Recorded Pixels
Still Images: RAW, 3456 x 2592, 3456 x 2304 (3:2), 3456 x 1944 (16:9), 3264 x 2448, 3072 x 2304, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 v STD Movies: 640 ? 480 (30 fps)
HD Movies: 1280 ? 720 (30 fps)
Hi-Speed Movies (HS): 480 ? 360 (210 fps, 30-210 fps), 224 ? 168 (420 fps), 224 ? 56 (1000 fps)

Recording Capacity (With Still Image at Maximum Image Size Setting)

Still Images (JPEG)
Built-in Flash Memory: Approx. 5 shots (Fine) / 10 shots (Normal) / 16 shots (Economy)
SD Memory Card: 1GB Approx. 170 shots (Fine) / 322 shots (Normal) / 478 shots (Economy)

Movies
Recording Time Maximum Recording Time per File: 10 min.
Built-in Flash Memory: Approx. 8 seconds (HD) / Approx. 10 seconds (HS 1000 fps)
SD Memory Card 1GB: Approx. 4 min. 22 seconds (HD) / Approx. 5 min. 14 seconds (HS 1000 fps)

Operating Speed
Shutter Release Time Lag: Approx. 0.01 second
Image Playback: Approx. 0.1 second/image
Shot to Shot Time: Approx. 0.8 second
High-speed Continuous Shutter: Maximum 40 frames per second at 3072 x 2304 pixels - Maximum 30 frames per second at 3264 x 2448 pixels
Flash Continuous Shutter: Maximum 5 frames per second (up to 10 images) at 3264 x 2448

Lens
Construction: 14 lenses in 11 groups, including aspherical lens
F-number: F2.8 (W) to 4.5 (T)
Focal Length: f=4.6 to 92.0mm
35mm Film Equivalent: Approx. 26 to 520mm

Zoom
Optical Zoom: 20X
Digital Zoom: 4X (80X in combination with optical zoom)
HD Zoom: 108.0X (image size: 640 x 480 pixels)

Focusing
Focus Type: Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes: Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Manual Focus
AF Area: Spot, Free or Tracking
AF Assist Lamp: Yes

Focus Range
Auto Focus: Approx. 40cm to infinity (W)
Macro: Approx. 12cm to 50cm (W)
Super Macro: Approx. 1cm to 12cm
Manual Focus: Approx. 12cm to infinity (W), Approx. 1cm to infinity (zoom lens position: super macro)

Exposure
Exposure Metering: Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Control: Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter Type: CMOS electronic shutter, mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed
Auto: 1 to 1/2000 second
Aperture Priority AE: 1 to 1/2000 second
Shutter Speed Priority AE: 30 to 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)
Manual Exposure: 30 to 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)

Aperture: F2.8 (W) to F7.9 (W)

White Balance: Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB

Sensitivity (SOS)
Still Images: Auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600
Movies Auto: (Hi-Speed Movie when in Manual Exposure mode: SO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600)

Other Recording Functions
Image Stabilization Mechanism CMOS-shift image stabilization
Prerecord Still Images: Maximum speed: 40 fps, maximum recording capacity: 40 images
Prerecord Movie - YouTube Capture Mode - BEST SHOT - High Speed Anti Shake - High Speed Night Scene - Digital Panning - Multi-motion Image - Move Out Continuous Shutter - Move In Continuous Shutter - Face Detection

Self-timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Built-in Flash
Flash Modes: Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range: Approx. 0.4 to 7.0m (W), approx. 1.3 to 4.4m (T)
Flash continuous shutter: Approx. 0.6 to 2.3m (W), approx. 1.3 to 1.4m (T)

Finder
Monitor Screen: 3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,400 dots (960 ? 240)
Electronic Viewfinder: 0.2-inch LCD, Equal to 201,600 dots

Timekeeping Functions
Date and Time Recorded with image data - On-image Time Stamp Function - Auto Calendar To 2049 - World Time 162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time

Input/Output Terminals
USB/AV port, AC adaptor connection (DC-IN)
USB: Hi-Speed USB

Microphone - Speaker: Monaural

Power Requirements: AA-size alkaline battery (LR6) x 4, AA-size rechargeable Ni-MH battery (HR6) x 4, AC adaptor

Battery Life
Number of Shots (CIPA Standards): Approx. 230 still images (alkaline battery), approx. 400 still images (rechargeable Ni-MH battery)
Continuous Playback (Still Images): Approx 5 hr. 20 min. (alkaline battery), approx 6 hr. 20 min. (rechargeable Ni-MH battery)

Dimensions (Excluding Projections): 122.6 (W) x 81.4 (H) x 84.5 (D)mm

Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories): Approx. 483g

Bundled Accessories: AA-size alkaline battery (LR6) x 4, USB cable, AV cable, strap, lens cap, cap holder, CD-ROM


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