updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue September 16, 2008
Casio EX-FH20 unveiled
Casio on Tuesday unveiled the Exilim EX-FH20, a lower-end alternative for the Pro EX-F1. It offers users a higher-resolution 9.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor focused through a 20x lens but also makes a slight degradation in continuous frame rate, dropping from 60 frames per second for the F1 to 40 (at seven megapixels) in the FH20. The ultra-quick burst movie mode has likewise dropped from 1200 frames per second to 1000. The EX-FH20 nonetheless keeps sensor-shift image stabilization and a pre-shot buffering ability to capture the moment just before the shutter press.
The change in design also has the upside of shrinking the camera and rendering it more portable overall. Size has dropped by 27 percent from the F1 while weight has dropped almost proportionately, by 28 percent.
Casio has announced US shipping details and puts the FH20 well below the price of the flagship Exilim Pro EX model, with a $600 price tag accompanying the camera when it ships to stores in October.