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High-Speed Digital Cameras

I am frequently asked about the camera I use to capture the videos I show on my site. I have put this page up in order to answer this and related questions.

The camera I use was released shortly after the EX-F1 in 2008 model. It is no longer available in stores but it still available at Amazon.com - the Casio Exilim EX-FH20.

Casio has since released two smaller 2009 models with similar capabilities - Casio Exilim EX-FC100 and Casio Exilim EX-FH100 - as well as a newer model of my EX-FH20, the Casio Exilim EX-FH25 which offers a larger CCD. Both the EX-FH100 and the EX-FH25 are equipped with a new 120 fps recording speed.

The larger models (EX-FH20 and EX-FH25) are easier to steady because of their size and have better optical zooms. The smaller models, naturally, are less expensive.

All models offer the following recording speeds: 30 fps, 210 fps, 420 fps, and 1000 fps, and all models have an HD recording mode.

The Casio Exilim EX-FH100 sort of splits the difference between the models discussed above. It has a compact design like the EX-FC100 but has a 10x optical zoom and the new 120 fps recording speed. It has a more powerful burst shot and some new "best shot" features that should make it a little friendlier in questionable lighting situations.

     

My personal preference is still for the EX-FH20 (or the new EX-FH25) over both the EX-FC100 and EX-FH100. For me, the larger camera is easier to steady, and with the 20x optical zoom, you can get solid video from almost any seat in any stadium.

Casio seems to be the only company with the current technology available for use in consumer market digital cameras. The professional market offers far superior cameras if you're looking to spend at least $8,000, but unless you're trying to break new ground with your high-speed video analysis, I'd suggest sticking to the consumer market.

I will do my best to update this page as new high-speed cameras become available in the consumer electronics market.