Casio Exilim EX-FC100

Last update (17 February10):
- Review by WDC

Casio Exilim EX-FC100 is a 9 megapixels compact digital camera features 5x optical zoom (Approx. 37 – 185mm equivalent to 35mm film) with optical stabilizer, 30 shot-per-second high-speed burst shooting, HD Movie function, High-speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps, ISO 100-1600, Slow Motion View and a 2.7-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD). The camera measures 3.92” (W) x 2.30” (H) x .88” (D) and weighs Approximately 5.1 oz.
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Reviews

WDC reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“The Exilim EX-FC100 is a unique high-performance ultra-compact with HD video capability and some entertaining and potentially useful high-speed functions. The 30fps continuous mode could be useful for action photography, but the HS video is a bit of a novelty gimmick, especially on such an expensive camera.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“Photo quality and usability continue to come second to the high-speed features, though. At most, it’s an average snapshot camera capable of capturing things the majority of other compact cameras can’t.”


Rating: ★★★½☆

DCI reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“Compared to the other cameras, the Casio performs very well at ISO 800 and belo. However, at ISO 1600 the image noise jumps, though not quite as badly as it does on the Fujifilm F200EXR.”
Rating: N/A

CNET.uk reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“If all you want is a decent compact with a 5x zoom, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives. But, if action photography is your bag, you’ll be amazed by what can be achieved with the Casio Exilim EX-FC100′s High-Speed Continuous Shutter technology. This is what you’re paying for in the end, so be aware of that before you buy.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“Image quality from our outdoor images is very good. The exposures are excellent and the color is vivid and realistic… To go along with these creative features, the EX-FC100 provides you with speedy standard shooting performance, and very good image and HD video quality.”
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“I’ve been quite impressed with the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 with its speed, features and build quality. However, to have noise coming in at ISO100 is unacceptable but it’s there on the grey tile. There’s plenty of detail still present which means that noise control hasn’t kicked in at this stage unlike ISO200 where the image is starting to smudge out.”
Rating: ★★★★½

MacWorld reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“The Exilim EX-FC100 is a very capable point-and-shoot still camera, offering all of the features you’d expect in a compact, pocket-size camera. It’s the high-speed shooting features that really set this camera apart..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

About.com reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“The EX-FC100′s image quality is good in some areas, while lacking in other areas, making it about average. With normal, outdoor shooting conditions, the EX-FC100 performs very well, creating bright, sharp photos.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

LaptopMag reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“photos we captured with the EX-FC100 looked lovely. It rendered colors pleasantly and accurately, and the 2-second shot-to-shot speed made it easy to get the shot we wanted, when we wanted it. Our sharp, vibrant close-ups were the best photos we took, despite the fact that you have to dig into the menus to enable Macro mode.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“… so you really need to ask yourself if you will make full use of all those high-speed shooting options. If the answer is yes, then the Casio EX-FC100 is clearly one of the best cameras around for capturing all of the action.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“Noise in the EX-FC100′s images became noticeable at ISO 400, so don’t expect extraordinary results if you’re working in manual mode and low light. Imatest also indicated that the camera’s automatic white balance was good, but made colors a bit cooler than they should be;”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Preview Video by PCMag;

TrustedReviews reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“Image quality at 100 ISO is pretty good, but even here images look over-processed, with artefacts around high-contrast edges, as well as blotchy colour in darker areas. From 200 ISO upward to the maximum 1600 ISO image quality gets progressively worse, with little shadow detail and major noise problems.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Gizmodo reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“It’s got some picture-quality flaws as a still and video camera, but its unique attributes make it something you may want to have a look at”
Rating: N/A

CrunchGear reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“This camera carries the highest recommendation I can give (until its successor comes out), not only to regular picture takers who want a camera that does cool stuff, but also to serious photographers with DSLRs that want to have a pocket camera but don’t want to give up the ability to get that perfect shot”
Rating: N/A

InfoSync reviews the Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and writes;
“Pros: Packed with features. Solid design. Improved color and detail in some shooting environments. Cons: Inconsistent image quality. Most high-speed features are gimmicky. Poor LCD quality. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

User Opinions

Expensive, but worth it if… by Slomo | Rating: ★★★★★
I love this camera. I have a six month old puppy and this allows me to capture beautiful images and slow motion video of her as she plays with her friends. I would imagine if you have an active child or want to shoot anything with fast moving subjects you’re going to love this camera. The HD video is gorgeous as well. If these features aren’t a requirement, you can get a comparable camera for half the price.

Casio is Picture Perfect by networkn| Rating: ★★★★★
Casio has a hit with this little camera. I took it to hawaii on vacation and the video camera in addition to the Hi Def pictures where excellent. Lot of settings on camera to choose from the Best Shot feature makes it easy. Definately a winner. Be sure and get at least a 4GB Memory Card.

Great coaching tool by RobertR| Rating: ★★★★★
I bought this camera after using the other Casio Hi-speed cameras because of the smaller size. I am pleased to say that it is doing all I wanted and expected. It took a while to learn the camera functions so I would recommend reading the manual front to back. I downloaded the pdf from the Casio website.
Pros-small size. Cons: short battery life

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Samples

Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Samples

- Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Sample Photos @ DCI
- Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Sample Photos @ TrustdReviews
- Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Sample Photos @ InfoSync

Manual

Casio Exilim EX-FC100 User Manual (PDF)

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- Download Casio Exilim EX-FC100 User Manual (PDF – 4.18MB)

Specs

Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Specifications

File Format
Still Images: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), DCF1.0, DPOF
Movies: AVI Format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Recording Media
31.9MB built-in flash memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card compatible

Number of Recorded Pixels
Still Images: 9M(3456×2592)/3:2(3456×2304)/16:9(3456×194/6M(2816×2112)/4M(2304×1728)/2M(1600×1200)/VGA(640×480)

Movies: HD(1280×720 30fps)/HS 1000(224×64 1000fps)/HS 420(224×168 420fps)/HS 210 (480×360 210fps)/HS 30-210 (480×360 30fps 210fps /STD(640×480 30fps)

Number of Effective Pixels
Approx. 9.1 megapixels (/million)

Image Sensor
1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS

Total Pixels:
10.29 megapixels (/million)

Lens / Focal Length
F3.6(W) – F4.5(T) / f=6.42 – 32.1mm
(Approx. 37 – 185mm equivalent to 35mm film) 9 lenses in 7 groups, including aspherical lens.

Zoom Ratio
5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom (20 times both with optical and digital zoom)
HD Zoom Maximum 27x (@VGA, both with optical and digital zoom)

Focus Type
Contrast Detection Auto Focus, with AF Assist Lamp.

Focus Mode
Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus

Exposure Metering
Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by Imaging Element

Exposure Control
Program AE

Exposure Compensation
-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter Type
CMOS electronic shutter and mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed
Auto : 1- 1/1000 second (~ 1 – 1/40000 High Speed Continuous Shooting), Night Scene : 4 – 1/1000 second, (Depending on user’s setting of Camera)

Aperture
F3.6(W) – F8.5(W) (ND filter is being used.) * Using optical zoom causes the aperture to change.

White Balance
Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent,Tungsten, Manual WB

Sensitivity
Still Images: Auto/ ISO100/ ISO200/ ISO400/ ISO800/ ISO1600

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

Flash Mode
Auto, Flash off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction

Flash Range Normal:
Approx. .3’ – 10.4’ (W), Approx. 1.9’ – 8.2’ (T) * Range is affected by optical zoom.

Monitor
2.7-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD)
230,400 dots (960 x 240)

Power Source
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-40) x1

Power Consumption
3.7V DC, Approximately 3.9W

Dimensions
3.92” (W) x 2.30” (H) x .88” (D) (excluding projections)

Weight
Approximately 5.1 oz.(excluding battery and bundled accessories)

Bundled Accessories:
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM, Reference Manual


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