Casio impressed everyone last year by displaying their high speed technology in the EX-F1 and EX-FH20 prosumer digital cameras. The high speed technology enabled functions like high burst shooting and high speed video, allowing users to capture images and video faster than the eye can see - providing an ultra slow motion effect. Now, at CES 2009, Casio has announced that it has squished these functions into a compact camera with its new EXILIM models, the EX-FS10 and the EX-FC100. By bringing the art of high speed photography into a convenient pocket sized form, Casio has once again brought digital camera standards to a new level. Both cameras are capable of up to a 30 shot-per-second burst rate (at 6.0 megapixel resolution) and high-speed movies at a maximum of 1000 fps. Regular images can be captured at 9.1 megapixels.

Other handy functions enabled by Casio's high speed technology include anti-shake and night scene modes, which combine multiple images taken in burst mode and align the position of the subject to produce a single image. This removes any blur that may result from the low shutter speeds used at night time, or from an unsteady hand when zooming. Now users can get clear shots in all conditions without needing a tripod - which would somewhat defeat the purpose of carrying a compact camera in the first place.

The EX-FS10 and EX-FC100 can also save up to 25 frames prior to the instant that the shutter button is actually pressed - ensuring that all moments are captured, even if the button is pressed a little too late. Users can also save a frame as a still image from a slow motion video.

The EX-FS10 has a recommended retail price of USD$349.99 and will be available in blue, gray, red and white. The EX-FC100, has a recommended retail price of USD$399.99 and will be available in gray and white. Both cameras will be available in March.

Kate Seamer

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