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Most of today’s digital cameras can do more than just capture basic snapshots. But few — if any — can do what Casio’s (s casio) EX-FS10 can: Shoot continuous images in high-speed burst mode and record slow-motion videos.
The EX-FS10 is slim, even by compact camera standards: It measures just more than 0.6 inches thick. You can, literally, slip it into a pocket unnoticed. Its small size makes its high-speed shooting features even more remarkable; these capabilities are typically found on much larger cameras, like digital SLRs.
The EX-FS10’s burst mode — a feature that’s sometimes called continuous or high-speed shooting — captures 30 shots per second, and allows you to take a series of images in rapid succession. To activate burst mode, you simply press the dedicated “30” button on the back of the camera, and then press the shutter. That’s it: A series of images is captured.
And the results are fun. You can use burst mode to capture several images of someone running, jumping, or otherwise moving around, for example. You can then choose the best shot from the bunch, or you can use the entire series of photos to demonstrate movement.
You can also use burst mode to create a sort of freeze-frame effect, by capturing a photo of water droplets, for example. I used the EX-FS10 in burst mode to snap a succession of pictures of a water pitcher tipping over, and the result was a shot of the water in midstream, something that’s often impossible to capture unless you have a digital SLR camera.
Capturing movies in slow motion is equally amusing. These videos are actually captured using a high-speed movie mode, which captures 1,000 frames per second. The results appear in super slow motion, though, because the video is played back at a normal speed of 30 frames per second. You can take any normal activity and turn it into high drama this way. Witness a video of my 3-year-old running across my backyard: It looks much more elegant in slow motion than it does in real life.
In addition, the Casio EX-FS10 captures video in HD (720p), and the clips I captured looked very good. They were comparable to clips I captured with the Kodak Zx1, a dedicated video camera. This camera also captures still images at 9.1 megapixels.
The camera is not without its flaws, though: Still photos looked a tad dark. And while my HD videos looked crisp and clear, many of my slow-motion clips looked a bit smeared. At $350, the EX-FS10 is more expensive than most entry-level digital cameras. But it’s a whole lot more fun, too.