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Casio Exilim EX-FH25 Review
Monday, February 13, 2012  
Casio Exilim Review

The Casio EX-FH25 combines a 10-megapixel digital camera with high definition video capabilities. But that does not tell the whole story; a lot of digital cameras do that nowadays. What makes this Casio interesting are some of the “trick” features Casio has integrated into this unit. But first, let’s talk about the basics:

First, this is not a “pocket” digital camera. The noticeably larger lens barrel adds to the camera size while giving this camera the ability to provide up to 20 times optical zoom. The lens electronically extends from the body whenever the camera is turned on, that is, as long as you remember to remove the lens cap first. If you do not remove the lens cap, you will get an error message on the camera’s rear screen. The FX25 operates on regular AA Alkaline, Lithium or rechargeable batteries. This offers the advantage of not having to carry a recharger when you travel. If your batteries go dead, you can just pop in 4 new AA batteries and you are back in business. There might be a weight disadvantage, but the camera body is not uncomfortably heavy, even with batteries installed.

Casio Exilim EX-FH25 Features:

  • 10.1-Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS imaging sensor
  • 20x optical zoom lens: 26-520mm, 35mm equivalent
  • F2.8(W) - F7.9(W)
  • High Speed Best Shot modes
  • Up to 40fps shooting at 9-Megpixels
  • Up to 1000fps video capture
  • 720p HD video capture
  • Manual Focus and Exposure
  • Records RAW and JPEG Image formats
  • Red-eye reduction flash
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • Electronic View Finder
  • ISO 100-3200
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 second - 30 Seconds (Depending on Shooting Mode)
  • Self Timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple
  • Exposure Modes: Best Shot, Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure
  • 4xAA sized batteries

 
What We Like


  • Flash – This is the best flash camera I have ever used. The menu allows you to adjust the flash intensity to just the right level for indoor shots.
  • Zoom – The 20X zoom lens operates smoothly and offers some excellent capabilities.
  • 2.7" LCD Screen - Easy to see, even in bright sunlight.
  • AA Batteries – The camera operates on standard Alkaline AA batteries. No need to carry a recharger with you!
  • High Speed Recording – Record video at up to 1000 frames per second for SUPER Slow Motion video.
  • Low Light Performance - The camera seems to manage low-light situations very well.

What We Don’t Like

  • Noise - Image quality is not quite as crisp as we would like to see, even at higher ISO settings
  • Battery Life - Regular AA Alkaline go quickly, better plan on getting the extended length Lithium AA
  • Lens Cap – If you forget to remove the lens cap when turning on the camera, you will receive an error message.
  • Manual Flash Pop-Up – The flash unit does not pop-up automatically when the camera is set to flash mode.
  • Electronic Viewfinder – The eyepiece is very small, as is the monitor inside. Images were dark and hard to see. It was easier to use the screen on the back of the unit.
  • Menu – Navigating the menu can be cumbersome.

Who Is This Camera Good For?

The FH25 is an excellent mid-range camera for those who need capabilities that exceed most pocket digitals. If you take a lot of indoor shots requiring flash, this camera is the best I have seen with its wide range of flash intensity settings. This is the only camera I have seen that offers ultra-high speed photo and video recording, up to 1000 frames per second. So, if you need to analyze your golf swing in super slow motion, this camera is a great choice. I shot some 120 fps scenes at 640 X 480 that were amazing. I don’t know of another consumer camera that can do this.

The camera's 20x optical zoom lens is the other major selling point. With a 35mm equivalent of 26-520mm, this is one of the most versatile and one of the largest zooms on the market today. The ability to record RAW image format is also a huge advantage for smaller, less capable cameras.

Reviewed by Chris Dikmen
Managing Editor of CruiseReport.com





Sample Photos

Below are some sample hi-resolution photos shot with the Casio Exilim EX-FH25 in Auto mode


 

 
 
 
 



Sample Video

     
     
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