Casio Exilim EX-FH20 Review

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £350.00

Last Summer I reviewed a remarkable new camera from Casio, the Exilim EX-F1, a unique super-zoom camera using a newly developed high-speed CMOS sensor, capable of 60fps still photography, full 1920 x 1080 HD 60fps video with stereo sound, and even 1200fps high-speed video, for amazing slow-motion clips. It is an amazing camera, but it had an equally amazing price, selling for about £650. Even a year later it’s still over £530, which is a lot of money for a six-megapixel camera; it’s more expensive than some mid-range DSLRs.


Since then Casio has included its high-speed CMOS technology in two other cameras; the EX-FC100 which I reviewed a few weeks ago, and today’s camera, the Exilim EX-FH20.


Although it’s much cheaper than the F1 at around £350, the FH20 is not just a cut-down version of the earlier camera. For starters is has a completely different sensor. Where the F1 has a 1/1.6-inch 6.0-megapixel CMOS, the FH20 has the same smaller 1/2.3-inch 9.1-megapixel CMOS as the FC100. It also has a completely different lens. The F1 has a 12x zoom equivalent to 36-432mm, while the FH20 has a longer and wider 20x zoom equivalent to 26-520mm. It also has a larger 3.0-inch monitor screen, although it does have the same 201k 0.2-inch LCD viewfinder.


The FH20 also has a smaller, lighter body than the rather bulky F1, something far more in line with other recent super-zoom cameras such as the Nikon P90 or Olympus SP-590UZ. It’s still far from petite, measuring 122.6 x 81.4 x 84.5mm and weighing a hefty 585g including four AA alkaline batteries, but it is very solidly made and the large comfortable rubber-coated handgrip provides superb handling. Of the super-zoom cameras I’ve looked at recently it’s certainly the nicest to hold.

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