Casio EX-FH25 Camera Review

One of the most important items to have at a birthday party is a camera. I am guilty of taking thousands of pictures each year because I want to always remember what my children were doing at each stage. Their birthdays are events that I definitely want to capture.



Casio has a fantastic selection of cameras that I can use to capture my memories. Casio was established in 1957 and markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, business projectors, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products.

Casio sent us the EX-FH25.

A 10 megapixel camera with 20X wide zoom, 3.0” LCD. The back-lit CMOS makes it the ideal camera for the Photo Enthusiast. In addition to beautiful still images, the EX-FH25 is capable of capturing slow-motion video at up to 1,000fps and can shoot stills up to 40fps with a single press of the button.

Special Features(taken from their site):

HIGH SPEED MOVIE
Video Capture at up to 1,000 fps
The 1,000 frame-per-second High Speed Movie capabilities of the EX-FH25 is the next evolution of digital imaging. This feature allows you to easily shoot ultra slow-motion movies at speeds that have until now been available only on professional level cameras. Imagine capturing dramatic moments that cannot be seen by the naked eye, making the invisible visible.

Settings for 210fps, 420fps and variable 30-210fps are also included with the camera. While 30-210fps is selected, you can toggle the movie recording speed between 30fps and 210fps, giving you the versatility to match recording speed to the action.

HIGH SPEED BURST
Up to 40 fps at full resolution
The EX-FH25 can shoot at an amazing 40 frames per second in High Speed Burst mode. This allows you to capture up to 40 images with a single press of the button. After the images have been taken you simply save one, two or all of the images to capture the perfect moment.

20X OPTICAL ZOOM

Incredible zoom with digital stabilization
20X optical zoom combines with a CMOS shift stabilization for beautiful images even at high zoom factors where images are prone to blurring.

FLASH CONTINUOUS SHOOTING

Continuous shutter even where lighting is dim
An ultra wide angle 26mm lens reaching to 520mm allows a wide range of capture options. An Ultra wide angle lens allows for capture of grand vistas, or confined interior shots with not much room to maneuver. Its 20X long zoom with anti-shake will reach out to bring subjects into full view without the need for cumbersome tripods.

BACK ILLUMINATED CMOS
Metal wiring compromising the effectiveness of the light-sensitive area was moved to the back of the photo sensor, thus increasing the light gathering efficiency of the sensor. The result is increased light sensitivity and faster shutter speeds in low light situations, resulting in a more pleasing picture quality.

PRERECORD CS
High-speed recording of action that occurs before you press the shutter button
The EX-FH25 allows you to capture the perfect moment even if you press the button too late. With the amazing pre-record function the camera begins taking pictures before you fully press the button giving you the ability to virtually travel back in time so that you never miss the action. This function works by storing up to 40 images in a buffer on the camera. When the button is pressed the images in the buffer are saved along with your newly recorded imagery.


HIGH-DEFINITION MOVE

DVD-quality video
The EX-FH25 lets you shoot beautiful 1280 x 720-pixel HD movies at a rate of 30 frames per second. After your video is recorded you can view it by connecting your camera directly to a Full HD TV for big screen viewing. The EX-FH25 also comes with USB cables and software that allows you to view your HD films on your computer or to burn them to a DVD.

BEST SHOT CONTINUOUS

Casio’s exclusive Pre-Record Mode begins recording images with a half-press of the shutter. When you’re ready to capture action, press the shutter fully and High Speed Technology starts a Continuous Burst Mode that continues recording after the shutter button has been fully depressed. Now Casio combined both modes into fully automated and easy to use Best Shot scene modes. Pick your scene type and you’ll never miss a shot due to shutter lag ever again!

FACE DETECTION
Put a better face on your images with automatic Face Detection technology. Our camera adjusts instantly for optimum focus and background even if your subject is backlit or in front of a patterned backdrop. Moving targets? No problem. The camera will capture kids and pets on the go in the sharpest detail.

My Thoughts:
I have had the pleasure of using this camera for several months now. It is bulkier and heavier than many point and shoot cameras, but it has so many more features. The picture quality is better than most point and shoot cameras, but as I suspected-it is not as good as my SLR. It does have a feature that my SLR can't beat. The Continuous shooting. Here is the EX-FH25 beside another Casio camera so you can see the comparison in size.


If you have kids, you know how hard it is to get ONE good picture of them. I can take hundreds of pictures and only have 1-2 that I even remotely like. Kids move fast and sometimes you snap a picture just before or just after you need to. With the continuous shooting feature, I just press down the shutter button and it keeps clicking pictures until I release. It looks like a video if you look at each one quickly. It captures every move that the kids make. I usually hold it down and it takes 3-5 shots before I let go. Here is an example of three pictures that were taken in a row while he was sliding.


The quality of the photos really are great. Here are a few examples of the pictures that it takes.

This was taken outside so it was well lit.


This was in a dark movie theater(Evan fell asleep near the end of Toy Story 3).


I just used the flash with this one-it was in my living room.


This was taken on a field at night with lights.


It was really dark outside(it was around 9pm) and I used a flash.


Here is a view from the top of the camera. You can see the shutter button with zoom at the top, the on/off button below that, and then the mode knob under that. When you want to use the flash, simply press the little button to the side and it will pop up. Push the green arrow with box when you want to view your photos and then press the red camera button to take more pictures.


You can see the large display screen in this shot. Right before taking this picture I pressed the BS button. It brings up all of the possible modes for you to shoot in. That way you know you always take the best picture or video. If you're not sure, you can always just use the automatic mode.


The Casio EX-FH25 requires 4 AA batteries. I often wish that it had a battery to charge like most cameras, but I can just use rechargeable AA batteries. It has Approximately 85.9MB built-in flash memory, but you need to purchase an SD card separately. I think a SD card should be included.

I have been very pleased with this camera and all of the moms I know love the continuous shooting feature. It gives me clear pictures and I never miss a moment. Even though I usually use other devices for videos, the EX-FH25 does take good quality videos when I don't have something else handy. It has everything I need to keep high quality mementos of any occasion.

Visit Casio to view all of their products. While you're here,check out my review for the Casio Exilim EX-S12 Digital Camera. Stay tuned for a giveaway from Casio!

Buy It!
You can purchase the Casio EX-FH25 for $349.99.

This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. I was given this camera by the company and/or pr agency for the purpose of this review.

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7 comments:

candace said...

You know I would have never thought to buy a Casio, but this looks amazing. The pictures you took look lovely and I love the continuous shooting feature.

Maggie said...

I've been looking into new cameras as mine is really old. This Casio sounds amazing - I'm going to check them out! Thanks!

Tired Mom Tésa said...

I'm sold! I want/need a new camera so badly. This one looks great. I'll be putting it on our list to checkout when we start shopping.

Brandy said...

Amazing, simply amazing!!! Great pics it does and wow I totally want this now! I have never owned a digital camera before just used my cell phones and now my Blackberry! So much better quality this takes! Great review!

Shop with Me Mama said...

Oh that looks like a really nice camera and I LOVE all the features! Great pictures and review :)

MOMMY-MOMO said...

oh its a beauty!!!!!

Bobbie (One Scrappy Mom) said...

I love the Casio brand. I've been thinking of upgrading my Exlim for a bit now!

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