posted on Nov 16, 2009 at 9:17PM
Casio Unveils Speedy FH25, FC150By Emily Raymond
Casio announced two new 10-megapixel cameras that will grace its High Speed Exilim line. The Casio FH25 succeeds the FH20 and the FC150 follows the FC100. The new models add a megapixel to the resolution, which is based on a backlit CMOS sensor, and expand the ISO range to 3200.
The back illuminated CMOS sensor allows more light to hit the sensor and thus produce less noise. The backlit sensor technology was introduced on the Sony TX1 and WX1 cameras in August. The Sonys have a 1/2.4-inch CMOS while the Casios have a 1/2.3-inch CMOS.
The Casio Exilim EX-FH25 has many of the same features as its predecessor, the FH20. It can shoot 40 fps bursts and 1000 fps videos. It has the same 20x optical zoom lens that measures an equivalent 26-520mm. It has a wide f/2.8 aperture, which will allow even more light in, and can focus as close as one centimeter. The FH25 has the same 3-inch LCD screen with 230,000 pixels on the bulkier DSLR-styled body.
Both Exilim digital cameras have HD videos that record 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps, in addition to the fast frame rate movies. They accept SD and SDHC memory cards, but have 85.9MB of internal memory, an upgrade from the 31.9MB that was available on the older models.
The Casio FH25 will come in black, while the FC150 will come in gold, black, and red. Pricing and availability has not yet been announced. For reference, the older FH20 cost $449 and the FC100 was $299 when they first hit the market.