Casio Introduces New High Speed EXILIM Digital Camera With Ultra High-Speed Burst Shooting Faster Than An SLR

 September 16, 2008


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New Camera Takes 40 shots per second and records high speed movies at 1000 fps

DOVER, NJ, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 - Casio America, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, today announced the release of its newest EXILIM® digital camera, the HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20. This remarkable new camera is capable of ultra high-speed burst shooting at 40 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1,000 fps.

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In March of this year, Casio released the EXILIM Pro EX-F1, the world’s fastest digital camera*. The EX-F1 is capable of ultra-high speed burst shooting at 60 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1,200 fps, helping users catch each decisive moment, and even capturing motion that the human eye cannot ordinarily perceive. These features have created a totally new genre of digital photography and won the respect and admiration of camera enthusiasts and professional photographers alike.

*As of September 16, 2008, based on a Casio survey for consumer market digital cameras.

While maintaining the ability to perform at speeds unmatched by the world’s top digital SLRs, the new HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20 is designed to appeal to a broader range of users. In addition to simplifying controls by placing all shooting mode settings on a single dial, Casio also gave the EX-FH20 a 20X optical zoom on a surprisingly compact body, 27% smaller and 28% lighter than the EX-F1. Its speed and ease of use truly puts this camera in a class of its own. In recognition of these unique characteristics, with today’s release of the new EX-FH20, Casio has launched the new HIGH SPEED EXILIM series, which includes this camera and the even faster EX-F1. Casio expects the revolutionary capabilities of its HIGH SPEED EXILIM cameras to generate entirely new applications for digital photography.

“Casio continues to create a new digital camera market focusing on high speed capabilities with the introduction of the innovative HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20,” said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Sales for Casio’s Digital Imaging Division.  “The new HIGH SPEED EXILIM series allows for images to be captured faster than ever before without compromising image quality.”

The EX-FH20, MSRP $599.99, will be available in black at retail stores in October.

9.1 effective megapixels and a high power, wide angle zoom lens
The EX-FH20 is equipped with a 26 mm-equivalent wide angle zoom lens that can close in on subjects with a powerful 20X optical zoom. The camera also features a CMOS shift anti-shake function to support power-zoom shots.

Never miss a photographic opportunity, with high speed burst shooting up to 40 fps
The EX-FH20 can capture action in high definition, 7 megapixel (3072 x 2304 pixel) images with ultra-high speed burst shooting at up to 40 fps. Users can select from seven burst settings, allowing them to capture from 1 fps up to 40 fps in a single burst. Further, users can prerecord up to 40 still images not just at the instant they press the shutter button, but before! Even if they press the shutter a little late, they will still catch that vital moment.

High speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps
The EX-FH20 can record high speed movie footage of motion too fast for the human eye, for ultra slow motion playback. Users can select from recording speeds of 1,000 fps, 420 fps or 210 fps and can also switch from the standard speed of 30 fps to high speed recording at 210 fps during recording at the touch of a button. The EX-FH20 makes it easy to capture critical moments on video.

High Speed Anti-Shake function
This function corrects images by automatically synthesizing multiple images captured during high speed burst shooting.

High Speed Night Scene setting
With or without a tripod, this feature ensures that high speed night shots come out clear and beautiful.

HD Movie function
The EX-FH20’s HD Movie function records at 1280 x 720 pixels, at 30 fps. 





Number of Effective Pixels

9.10 million

Image Sensor


1/2.3-inch high-speed CMOS

Total Pixels

10.29 million

File Format

Still Images

RAW (DNG*1), JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)


AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)

Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)


Recording Media

SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCardplus compatible

Number of Recorded Pixels

Still Images

RAW, 3456 x 2592, 3456 x 2304 (3:2), 3456 x 1944 (16:9),
3264 x 2448, 3072 x 2304, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480

STD Movies

640 480 (30 fps)

HD Movies

1280 720 (30 fps)

Hi-Speed Movies (HS)

480 360 (210 fps, 30-210 fps), 224 168 (420 fps), 224 56 (1000 fps)

Recording Capacity
(With Still Image at Maximum Image Size Setting)

Still Images

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 5 shots (Fine) / 10 shots (Normal) / 16 shots (Economy)

SD Memory Card 1GB*2

Approx. 170 shots (Fine) / 322 shots (Normal) / 478 shots (Economy)


Recording Time

Maximum Recording Capacity per File: 4GB*3

Built-in Flash Memory

Approx. 8 seconds (HD) / Approx. 10 seconds (HS 1000 fps)

SD Memory Card 1GB*2

Approx. 4 min. 22 seconds (HD) / Approx. 5 min. 14 seconds (HS 1000 fps)

Operating Speed

Shutter Release Time Lag*4*5

Approx. 0.01 second

Image Playback

Approx. 0.1 second/image

Shot to Shot Time*5*6

Approx. 0.8 second

High-speed Continuous Shutter

Maximum 40 frames per second at 3072 x 2304 pixels
Maximum 30 frames per second at 3264 x 2448 pixels

Flash Continuous Shutter

Maximum 5 frames per second (up to 10 images) at 3264 x 2448



14 lenses in 11 groups, including aspherical lens


F2.8 (W) to 4.5 (T)

Focal Length


f=4.6 to 92.0mm

35mm Film Equivalent

Approx. 26 to 520mm


Optical Zoom


Digital Zoom

4X (80X in combination with optical zoom)

HD Zoom

108.0X (image size: 640 x 480 pixels)


Focus Type

Contrast Detection Auto Focus

Focus Modes

Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Manual Focus

AF Area

Spot, Free or Tracking

AF Assist Lamp


Focus Range*7 (From Lens Surface)

Auto Focus

Approx. 15.75” to ∞ (W)



Approx. 4.72” to 19.69”  (W)

Super Macro

Approx. .39” to 4.72”

Manual Focus

Approx. 4.72”  to ∞ (W), Approx. .39” to ∞ (zoom lens position: super macro)


Exposure Metering

Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element

Exposure Control

Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Speed Priority AE, Manual Exposure

Exposure Compensation

-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Shutter Type


CMOS electronic shutter, mechanical shutter

Shutter Speed*8


1 to 1/2000 second

Aperture Priority AE

1 to 1/2000 second

Shutter Speed Priority AE

30 to 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)

Manual Exposure

30 to 1/2000 second (high-speed continuous shutter: up to 1/40000 second)



F2.8 (W) to F7.9 (W)

Aperture Priority AE/
Manual Exposure

F2.8 (W) to F7.9 (W)

White Balance

Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day white FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB

Sensitivity (SOS)*10

Still Images

Auto, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600


Auto (Hi-Speed Movie when in Manual Exposure mode: ISO100,ISO200,ISO400,ISO800,ISO1600)




Other Recording Functions

Image Stabilization Mechanism

CMOS-shift image stabilization

Prerecord Still Images

Maximum 40 frames per second at 3072 x 2304 pixels
Maximum 30 frames per second at 3264 x 2448 pixels
Maximum recording capacity:  40 images

Prerecord Movie


YouTube™ Capture Mode




Yes: 18 scenes

High Speed Anti Shake*11


High Speed Night Scene*11


Digital Panning*11


Multi-motion Image*11


Move Out Continuous Shutter*11


Move In Continuous Shutter*11


Face Detection



10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer

Built-in Flash

Flash Modes

Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Red Eye Reduction

Flash Range*7

Approx. 1.31’ to 22.97’ (W), approx. 4.27’ to 14.44’ (T)

Flash continuous shutter*12: Approx. 1.97’ to 7.55’ (W), approx. 4.27’ to 4.59’ (T)


Monitor Screen

3.0-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD), 230,400 dots (960 240)

Electronic Viewfinder

0.2-inch LCD, Equal to 201,600 dots

Timekeeping Functions

Date and Time

Recorded with image data

On-image Time Stamp Function


Auto Calendar

To 2049

World Time

162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, summer time

Input/Output Terminals


USB/AV port, AC adaptor connection (DC-IN)


Hi-Speed USB





Power Requirements

AA-size alkaline battery (LR6) x 4, AA-size rechargeable Ni-MH battery (HR6) x 4, AC adaptor

Battery Life

Number of Shots*13
(CIPA Standards)

Approx. 230 still images (alkaline battery), approx. 400 still images (rechargeable Ni-MH battery)

Continuous Playback
(Still Images)

Approx 5 hr. 20 min. (alkaline battery), approx 6 hr. 20 min. (rechargeable Ni-MH battery)

Dimensions (Excluding Projections)

4.83” (W) x 3.20” (H) x 3.33” (D)

Weight (Excluding Battery and Accessories)

Approx. 17.04 oz

Bundled Accessories

AA-size alkaline battery (LR6) x 4, USB cable, AV cable, strap, lens cap, cap holder, CD-ROM

Specifications subject to change without notice.

*1. DNG file format is one type of RAW image file, and it is recommended by Adobe Systems for use as a standard image file format. *2. When using Panasonic (Matsushita) Pro High Speed 1GB SD Memory Card. *3. Within limits of memory and battery life. *4. When using built-in memory. *5. With built-in flash off. *6. When set at maximum image size and normal image quality. *7. Range is affected by optical zoom. *8. May differ according to camera setting. *9. Aperture changed by optical zoom or recording mode. *10. SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity. *11. Maximum image size 3072 x 2304.  *12.  In 5 shot flash continuous shutter mode. *13. Auto Mode, standard brightness monitor setting.

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