The Casio Exilim EX-FH100 can shoot up to 30 nine-million-pixel images at 40fps, has a wideangle-to-telephoto lens, a 35mm focal length equivalence of 24-240mm, a backlit CMOS sensor to help keep noise levels down, sensor-shifting image stabilisation and the capacity to shoot DNG raw files (at ISO 100 and 200)
Low-sensitivity images from the EX-FH100 have a respectable level of detail considering they are produced by a camera with a 1/2.3in, 10.1-million-pixel sensor, but they are not up to the standard of some Canon Digital IXUS models we have tested. At 100% on the computer screen, some out-of-focus details and patterns look rather smudged, even at the lowest sensitivity settings.
I found that the JPEG files recorded by the EX-FH100 at ISO 100 and 200 look a little less natural and have a bit more smudging than the raw (DNG) files that may be recorded simultaneously. However, the 10-15 second wait while each raw image is processed is torture.
I have no complaints about the automatic white balance or the multi-pattern metering systems. My images generally have natural colours and are well exposed, even when there are large dark or bright areas present.
Although the EX-FH100’s headline feature is its maximum frame rate, and it is great fun to freeze water droplets and so on, there are a limited number of occasions when this is really useful. As it takes around ten seconds to write the 30 images that are recorded in less than a second when shooting at 40fps, it isn’t something you want to do all the time.
However, the frame rate can be adjusted between 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 30 and 40fps (as well as an auto option), which makes the EX-FH100 much more versatile for recording action.
I found 10fps worked well when shooting BMX bikers showing off a few tricks. Also, as the camera can be set to record to its buffer while the shutter-release button is half-pressed, up to 25 images can be captured at 40fps immediately before the shutter-release button is pressed home. This meant that by following the action with the shutter release half-pressed, and only pressing it home after the main trick, I could be confident of getting the shot I wanted.