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Casio Exilim FC100 = FUN,
This review is from: Casio High-Speed Exilim EX-FC100 9.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
Just received this little powerhouse today and have already made a panorama and a high speed video. Really easy, and just really a fun little camera - and it has its flaws, of course.
One quick note: you must feed this camera LIGHT, especially in the high-speed video and 30fps burst modes. Expecting anything decent indoors or at night and you'll be disappointed. The regular still pictures are fine, though. I viewed plenty of high speed clips on YouTube and indoors you will get flicker (usually from flourescent lighting), but it still does the job. This camera shines outdoors.
There are three main functions that are really great and unique (can't emphasize unique enough) for a P&S.
1. High-speed video: the 30 - 210 is awesome. 210 on its own is good too, obviously. 420 is good for a science experiment or something that you really don't care about the size and resolution (plus massive compression). 210 FPS will show you a whole new world. And it does do 1000 FPS, basically useless but if you need to see how a lighter works then well, 1000 FPS is for you.
2. 30 FPS burst: This is really a nice feature. The FC100 takes 30 6 megapixel shots in one second. Think about that for a second, very cool. And the images are clean and clear. Quality is fine, unless you're a pixel perfectionist. I did a quick panorama of San Francisco (from Alameda) by simply clicking on the shutter button and moving the camera (quickly) from left to right. Stitched them back together for a nice panorama that I didn't waste a lot of time taking manual pics. But this function has some many other uses. I'll probably use it most of the time for any old pic because you can select the best (camera also will do this automatically for you) and delete the rest. Pretty cool. You can even set it to start taking images BEFORE you hit the shutter (when you hit the shutter, the camera has already cached a specified number of images in case you miss something by a fraction of a second. I'm not using the SLOW feature that basically is another way of doing the above.
3. 720P Video: One of the other reviewers didn't like that this camera doesn't allow autofocus (or zoom) during HD video. I use a different camcorder for video, so I just like having the option just in case. Looks nice.
The high speed features are more than a gimmick, imo. The 210 FPS and one-second 30 FPS (@ 6 megapix) burst modes are worth it alone. This camera isn't made for a family portrait or the second coming of Ansel Adams. Use it what it's good for - outdoor sporting events, fast action, even your dog chasing a squirrel - and you'll be happy. I am.
This review by CrunchGear nails it: [...]
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Initial post: May 11, 2009 11:01:52 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Very good review!
Posted on Jun 1, 2009 9:04:04 AM PDT
Hi, any chance you can explain the "Lag Correction" feature a bit? It sounds like what it is doing is taking pictures over and over for a short period of time and only keeps the one when you hit the button. But I'm assuming that would only work with the flash either turned off or not needed (otherwise it would not be able to be taking pictures over and over).
It sounds like a great feature if you're doing outside daytime action pics and want to catch the EXACT moment you hit the button. Is that pretty much how it works?
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