Casio EX-FH20 Review
By Mike Flacy
Record Modes & Menus
(Note: Please excuse the quality of some screen captures, the EX-FH20 does not have video out when in record mode. Therefore, we had to photograph the LCD to capture these screen shots.)
Auto or Program AE record mode is fully automatic, however you have access to all kinds of camera settings. Along the right hand side of the frame are icons for exposure mode, Image size/quality, ISO, White balance, EV compensation, Metering, AF area, Flash mode, and the Time. This 'Panel' is actually a shortcut menu. Pressing up on the 4-way controller or the Set button allows you to toggle these settings. There are also icons indicating that Anti-Shake is enabled, the current focal length (26mm), we are using single drive mode, battery level is full, and there's room for 599 images on our memory card.
When you half-press the shutter release, focus is acquired and the AF marks will show the intended area of focus. The marks turn green is if focus is locked or red if it fails (shown above). The aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings are also shown. If the camera determines the flash is needed, it will show the message above telling you to open the flash.
Here you can see the 'Panel' shortcut menu. The available items will change depending on the still and movie modes that are chosen. This is a handy menu that allows you to quickly make changes to common camera settings.
Using the option above in the Function or 'Panel' menu allows you to switch between Auto (Program AE), Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual and BS exposure modes.
Pressing the 'BS' button on the back to select a Scene mode. Using the Zoom control will call up a brief description (details) of the exposure mode.
AF Assist Light - On, Off
Anti Shake - Auto, Camera AS, Image AS, Demo, Off
Face Detection - On or Off
Continuous AF - On or Off
AE/AF Lock - AE Lock, AF Lock, AE/AF Lock
Save CS Image - Continuous Shooting: Always ask, Select and Save, Normal (Batch)
Digital Zoom - On or Off
Quick Shutter - On or Off
Review - On or Off
Grid - On or Off
Icon Help - On or Off
Memory - Remembers the settings for the next time you start the camera
Dynamic Range - Expand +1 or +2, Off
Flash Intensity - �2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Flash Assist - Auto or Off
Color Filter - Off, B/W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, or Purple
Sharpness +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
Saturation +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
Contrast +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
The FH20 amazingly f fast Burst capture speeds. Unlike its predecessor, the EX-F1, the FH20 can not record at full resolution in burst mode. Instead, you can capture up to 40fps at 7-megapixels or 30fps and slower at 8-megapixels; still plenty of resolution for prints. Here you can see the High-Speed Burst mode screen. We have the camera set at 40fps (7M).
This model also offers various movie mode recording options. On the Mode dial are two positions, one for the HS Movie (High-speed: 48o0x360 (210 fps, 30-210 fps), 224x168 (420 fps), 224x56 (1000 fps)) options and another for the HD (High Definition, 1280x720 at 30fps) and STD (Standard Definition, 640x480 at 30 fps) settings. The FH20's built-in Anti-Shake system, is also available while recoding movies. Audio can only be recorded in the HD and STD modes, and if you enable the optical zoom during recording (via the Panel menu), sound is then turned off.
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