Last update (Jun 29, 2009): Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Digital Camera Review by Tim Barribeau at DigitalCameraInfo.com.
This post is a compilation of Casio Exilim EX-FC100 digital point-and-shoot compact camera professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to conclude whether the FC100 image quality, and the camera itself as a whole, meets your standards.
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Its resolution performance was underwhelming, mostly due to low sharpness, and it doesn’t have very good color accuracy (on the plus side, image noise was quite low). The controls aren’t laid out well, given the size of the camera, and the menu system is frustrating. However, if you want the speed this camera can provide, at a relatively low price and slim form-factor, then you can probably look past those flaws.
Dana Wollman, the reviewer, was pleased with the image quality, accurate and pleasing colors, and sharp and vibrant close-up images.
At $349, Casio’s Exilim EX-FC100 is a solid high-end point-and-shoot but with a couple of drawbacks. Macro mode is a pain to access, and this camera is on the heavy side, even though it has a generous 5X zoom. What makes the EX-FC100 a gem is its fast speeds, slow-motion video, and HD shooting, a unique combination of features you’ll get only from Casio.
Ben Long, the reviewer, assigned a 70 /100 (Good) rating to the the FC100, and had the following conclusion:
For photographing sports and other fast-moving activities, the EX-FC100’s features will definitely allow you to capture very specific moments, assuming that you can get close enough to frame a good shot. (Bear in mind that the camera does not have a superlong zoom lens.) The slow-motion video is fun, and a great way to jazz up your movie projects, especially when you’re shooting action—be warned, though, that the camera does have some troublesome issues when shooting regular-speed video. For users who regularly shoot fast action, the EX-FC100 presents a great solution to difficult issues.
The FC100 received an overall rating of 8/10, with 7/10 for Image Quality, and 10/10 for Features.
Cliff Smith concludes the review with the following verdict:
The Exilim EX-FC100 is a unique camera, combining a well-made and nicely designed high-performance ultra-compact with HD video capability and some entertaining and potentially useful high-speed shooting and video recording functions. There’s no doubt that the 30fps continuous mode could be useful for action photography, but the HS video is a bit of a novelty gimmick with resolution too low to be genuinely useful. It’s also a very expensive camera.
HS video refers to the high-speed video mode on the FC100, a feature that David Pogue (below) raves about.
For the first half of the review, David copied and posted text from his old review of the Casio EX-F1, because the FC100 gives more or less the same capabilities found on the much more expensive EX-F1, but this time, in a much smaller package, and minus the weight.
David does nothing to try and hide his enthusiasm for this small, fun camera that lets you explore photographic possibilities not possible in other digicams and DSLR cameras which lack the high-speed option found on the FC100.
What’s most impressive is the ability to capture 6 MP still images at the rate of 30 frames per second.
Slow-motion movies are a cinch with the camera, as you are not limited to only shooting in 30 fps, 1280 x 720 (720p) HD (high-definition) video mode, but can also capture 224 x 64 footage at an amazing 1,000 frames per second, or 480 x 360 footage at 210 fps.
David Pogue summarizes his experience with the FC100:
Even so, it’s been a long time since any gadget produced the sense of awe that you feel the first time you see this camera’s time-bending ability. I love that Casio invented something truly new. It has left its much bigger rivals in the dust, stranded in real time.