Summary

Our Score

9/10

User Score

Review Price £219.99

Casio introduced its high-speed CMOS sensor technology with the revolutionary Exilim EX-F1, launched just over two years ago. It followed it up early in 2009 with the EX-FC100 premium ultra-compact, and the EX-FH20, a more compact super-zoom model. Having demonstrated that it works in both those formats, Casio has now applied the same technology to the lucrative and highly competitive long-zoom compact, or “travel camera” market. The result is the Exilim EX-FH100, a 10x zoom, 10 megapixel compact camera offering a huge range of features.

The FH100 will be competing against some very popular and well-established cameras, including Casio's own EX-H series, such as the new EX-H15 (£190) that I reviewed last week. Rivals from other manufacturers include the immensely popular Panasonic TZ10 (£240) and TZ8 (£210), as well as the Samsung WB550 (£150) and WB650 (£250), the Canon SX210 IS (£210), the Olympus mju 9000 (£240), the Nikon S8000 (£190), the Sony HX5 (£264) and the newly-announced Pentax RZ10, as well as a number of others. Against this competition the FH100's asking price of £249 may seem a little expensive, but it does offer some features that none of its rivals can match.

Casio Exilim EX-FH100 front

The design of the FH100 clearly owes a lot to the shape of the EX-H15 and its predecessor the H10, but the resemblance is mostly superficial. Like the H15 it has a strong body made mostly of aluminium with plastic on the top panel, it has the same three-inch LCD monitor (although only 230k resolution), and the lens certainly appears to be the same as the H15, a flush-folding 10x zoom f/3.2 – f/5.7 11-element construction with aspherical elements and a focal length range equivalent to 24-240mm. However there the resemblance ends, because the FH100 includes a much wider range of controls reflecting its more serious remit.

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the near side

September 21, 2010, 5:27 pm

Did I miss it in the review? Can the zoom be changed during video recording?





Thanks for all your (usually) excellent reviews.

John Wards

September 21, 2010, 8:02 pm

Love the addition of usually...





Passive aggressive much ;-)





Wasn't too impressed with the high ISO performance, but the detail looks good.

Zero

September 21, 2010, 8:51 pm

Great review. Casio seem to be the only company that puts some massive capacity batteries on there cameras which is good! The let down for me is no mic while zooming in on video mode. RRR

R0b1n

November 21, 2010, 10:59 pm

Well, I bought one about ten days ago, and it certainly is a very nice camera. Sits well in the hand, tough body, good lens, excellent picture quality, long battery life. Niggles? Writing RAW files takes an age, start-up time is quite slow, and its USB lead has a proprietary connector (why do manufacturers do this?). So far, I am very impressed.

DJB

December 29, 2010, 3:01 am

Camera really is excellent, all the three areas of exposure are easily found with one paw, namely ISO/aperture and shutter speed. A very clever camera with lots of other things hidden too, such as the ability to reduce flash strength, good for flash portraits etc.


I'm also impressed with battery life though as Rob1n quite rightly says, why the heck do firms go for proprietary leads. . .





I did a lot of research into this camera and I must admit, I think I made the right choice. Haven't played around with the vid yet, will write a review for it when that happens.

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