It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with slow motion video, and you people aren’t doing a very good job of hiding your interest either – “high speed camera price” was our #5 search term for the last month. The article that search result points to is from August 2006, and back then a camera shooting 500FPS@440×330 would set you back US$8800.

2008 was the year slow motion really hit the mainstream, and now Casio has once again lowered the barrier by releasing two new compact cameras which take slow motion video up to 1000FPS.


The EX-FS10 ($350) and EX-FC100 ($400) both shoot at 1000, 420 and 210 FPS. No word yet on the actual resolution, but it seems that there’s similar cropping and downscaling going on, so it’s likely that they’ll be similar to the EX-F1, whose 300FPS mode gave you 512x384px.

Update: Resolutions are mentioned on, thanks Mario:
210 fps: 480×360
420 fps: 224×168
1000 fps: 224×56

Has anyone had the chance to use any of these cameras? Are they as cool as my geekdreams would have me believe?

[via Popular Mechanics]

  • Polite

    I want to believe.

  • This data sheet it mentions the resolutions for the high speed movies –

    210 fps: 480×360
    420 fps: 224×168
    1000 fps: 224×56

  • Yeah, the video resolution should be similar to the EX-FH20, not the EX-F1, because they seem to share a similar (if not the same) sensor. The high speed video on these cameras uses the entire sensor with a novel readout mode, so the funny resolutions are a result of dividing the actual number of sensor pixels by 4, 8, etc.

    We should really get a CHDK-like environment running on these things.

  • @Mario: Thanks for the update, I've added those numbers to the post.
    @Daniel: Good point on the resolution ratios. I'd never picked that correlation.

  • Sam

    I'm in love with my EX-F1, but I really wish it had some kind of intervalometer. CHDK all the way.

  • waterproof version please 🙂

  • Lau

    I have had my EX-FC100 in my pocket for the last months, and i am really happy about the functionality and image quality.

    The 210 fps mode makes very clear and fine imagery, the 420 and 1000 fps modes has some artifacts, but used in the right lighting conditions they are usable.

    I have managed to make a few shows based on the recordings. SloMo is just a completely new medium for me, and it is quite interesting to go and hunt for good imagery, and getting used to the new feel. As a training for anyone wanting to film in hi-speed it is a good lesson to have it at hand, and just try it out, when something looks like it could be interesting.

    BUT:I am already having problems with dust between the lenses, and sometimes the protective blinds in front of the lens gets stuck halfway. It might be me being too rough on the camera, but i havent really been that bad on it, just been carrying it around in my pocket.

    Luckily i bought ensurance so i can get a brand new one, if the dust problems get severe.

  • I’m in love with my EX-F1