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Casio EXILIM EX-FH20 | Digital Camera Review | Control
Operating a digital camera should not be a problem nowadays. Most camera menus have the same structure or use the same pictograms. This goes for the majority of today's cameras but not for the Casio EXILIM FH-20. New pictograms can be found on the top command dial whose meaning is easy to guess, yet even the most advanced photographer should take this as a sign to review the manual.
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User friendliness of the Casio EX-FH20
This is quite remarkable, and even more so if you are aware of the fact that Casio is member of an organization (Graphical Symbol Sub-Working Group - CIPA) which encourages standardization of pictograms in use. Let's assume that the Hi-Speed filming and video capture techniques were so new that pictograms for them did not exist yet. To get used to them is only a question of experience and applying the features. The command dial is a well-known feature on a camera; its implementation on the FH20 is somewhat different. However, Casio found a smart way to display the P/S/A/M mode as a standard on the LCD monitor which is directly accessible by the multi-controller.

Recording & play mode buttons
In practice this works quite fast and it is convenient. It's not bad to occasionally deviate from the standard. What I personally can't get used to and which simply does not work well, is the separate buttons for record and play mode. As soon as you're in one of these modes, you can't just switch without having to use these buttons. If you're in play mode and you quickly want to capture a picture by pressing the shutter release button slightly, there will be no response. You have to leave this mode first, and then the shutter release button will work again. This is an unnecessary extra action that takes the speed out of shooting. Although the electronic viewfinder does not have that much resolution (approximately 200,000 dots), it performs quite well in general circumstances. Even glasses-wearing photographers will be able to use the viewfinder without a problem since it provides a diopter setting. In dark circumstances, noise is visible on the picture displayed on the monitor, yet in spite of that, the image remains fine.

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Zooming with the Casio Exilim EX-FH20
The Casio EXILIM EX-FH20 takes around 3 seconds to get ready to take the first picture. Zooming from wide-angle to telephoto takes around 3 seconds. Zooming in on the subject happens in approximately 24 stops. As far as we're concerned, this could be more precise. Focusing is the fastest in wide angle (approximately 0.15 second) and gives an average performance when it comes to speed in telephoto mode (approximately 0.8 second). The large zoom range is supported by an image stabilizer. This support is truly required and works quite effectively in practice. Photographers will still need to keep the camera as still as possible, in particular when zooming in a lot, since an enlargement factor this big becomes very sensitive to motion blur.

Casio Exilim EX-FH20 menu
The camera's menu is well-structured and can be quickly operated through the multi-controller. The shortcut is displayed on the left side of the monitor on the Casio FH20, which is the perfect spot. The P/S/A/M mode is directly accessible via a very logical spot. Especially when frequently shooting and operating the camera via the monitor, it would even be illogical to not have it done via the monitor but by shortcuts in this specific case. The most important functions can be found in one glance and changed quickly.







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