Excerpt: After the release of Casio’s EX-FH20 digital camera, it was only a matter of time until the company trickled down the technology of high-speed shooting and HD video capture to a pocketable point-and-shoot. The FH-20, as you recall, is Casio’s follow-up to their flagship digital camera with high-speed shooting, the EX-F1.
Conclusion: The Casio Exilim EX-FC100 has some impressive features that we haven't seen on other compact point-and-shoot cameras, but a high price and so-so image quality prevent it from being a must-have.
Pros: 5X optical zoom lens. Captures photos before shutter button is pressed. Records video in 720p30 HD and in slow motion. Integrated Eye-Fi support helps preserve battery life.
Cons: Pricey. Images are less sharp than those of competitively priced cameras. Purple fringing in high-contrast areas. Boots slowly.
Summary: 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.
Summary: Digital cameras have come a long way very quickly, with phenomenal capabilities and incredible technological features being expected from even the most mundane models now. The Casio EXILIM EX-FC100 fits the mold of an advanced digital camera , but it is far from a basic gadget. The Casio EXILIM EX-FC100 offers stellar continuous-shooting frame rates and some of the finest video-capture abilities seen thus far from a point-and-shoot camera.
Summary: With the EX-FC100, Casio takes what was formerly a novel feature in much larger, prosumer-oriented cameras and puts it in a small, relatively affordable package for consumers. One practical use, which the folks at Casio pointed out to me, is the demand for the high-speed video and image capture in a variety of sports; particularly in learning environments.