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    Dear subscribers,

    Thanks to those who replied to my email regarding Casio’s range of
    high-speed cameras. Please see below for a summary of emails that I


    Paul Glazier

    Sheffield Hallam University, UK


    Dear Paul,

    One of our customer is using 6 Casio cameras in his biomechanical lab with
    our software. If you would like I can try to get a contact for you so you
    can ask them about their experience. As far as I know they are quite happy
    except the two facts that they can not 100% synchronize the cameras and to
    start all cameras and import the files is not very comfortable. Every camera
    has to be started single. So you need about 6 people to do it...


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    Hi Paul

    We have experience using the Casio EX-FH20 in field situations. Very easy
    hand-held use, big backscreen for playback and good picture quality means
    the camera is a hit with coaches and athletes. Downside heavy on batteries
    so need to keep one set on charge ready to switch as required, and no
    firewire connection so no computer control.

    After comparing the Casio EX-F! with the Casio EX-FH20 we settled on the
    latter because of the 20x Optical zoom (vs 12x for F!) . Cost approx 600
    USD. We could find no other comparable high speed camera.

    regards Barry

    Dr Barry Wilson

    Biomechanics Consultant

    Institut Sukan Negara

    Bukit Jalil, Sri Petaling

    Kuala Lumpur


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    Hi Paul,

    We have some EX-F1s that we are very happy with. So far they have mainly
    been used for student practicals and projects, for which they are well
    suited. They are easy to use, and popular with the students. The high-speed
    files are large but, given sufficient RAM, they have worked fine with our
    analysis software (which is Quintic Biomechanics).

    They've been used successfully at 300fps indoors - with spotlights - as well
    as outdoors.

    I think they'd also be ideal for coaching and consultancy. Well worth the

    Best wishes,

    Sandy Willmott

    University of Lincoln


    Dear Paul,
    I had the same question you did about a year ago and decided to purchase the
    Casio EX-F1.
    The camera is outstanding. I had worked with redlake cameras before and one
    limitation was that they recorded only 1-2 sec videos.
    With the Casio you can record at 300, 600, or 1200 Hz for as long as your
    flash memory card can handle.
    In other words, with a 32 GB flash memory you can record more than 30
    minutes of high-speed video.
    The 300 Hz video is full screen and in the higher resolutions the image
    keeps the horizontal dimensions and shrink in the vertical direction.
    The camera does it in the way so that for a certain storage space you can
    record the same amount of time in each resolution.
    Hope it helps, if you have any specific questions, please let me know,

    Prof. Osmar Pinto Neto
    Department of Health & Kinesiology
    Texas A&M University - USA
    University of Camilo Castelo Branco - Brazil


    Hello Paul,

    I have used three different high speed cameras including products from
    Redlake, Fastec and a similar Casio Exilim camera. The Casio is great in
    terms of convenience however if you plan on using it as a research tool the
    major drawbacks I immediately think of are:

    1) No synchronization/Triggering options. If you are collecting any other
    metrics (analog signals, accelerometer, etc) you would have to synchronize
    through visual means (No audio on high speed recordings so you can't use a
    click). Also, you can not sync-lock between multiple cameras or strobes.

    2) Resolution. At 1000fps a typical research camera will give you in the
    range of 1+Megapixels. The Casio drops resolutions quickly at 512 × 384 (300
    fps, 30-300 fps), 432 × 192 (600 fps), 336 × 96 (1200 fps). While this looks
    nice on the tiny LCD on the camera, once you import it to a PC and scale it
    the resolution limitations are obvious.

    Interestingly enough, I find I reach for the Casio camera first when running
    pilot experiments simply due to its form factor and ease of use. It has
    proven very helpful as a quick and easy tool to aid in identifying a problem
    that could later be captured using high end equipment.

    Ryan Ouckama, PhD Student

    McGill University, Canada


    Dear Paul,

    We are using the Casio Exilim Pro Ex-F1 in our lab.

    The camera appears to be very suitable in field work, because capturing
    300fps is possible in a regular gym without any additional lightning.

    However, I work at the German Sport University in the Institute of Sport
    Psychology and in general our research question are more on the "behavioral
    level", so that the system works quite well for us. The movie format is
    *.mov, that works perfect on our Mac systems. However, the resolution in
    300fps is 512x384 pix, played back @ 30 hz. Attached you find a video so
    that you can better estimate if the system is suitable for you. You have to
    keep in mind that if you want to use the 600fps or even the 1200 fps
    feature, that "normal" lightning will not be sufficient und you get only
    half the spatial resolution at 600fps and only one fourth the resolution in
    1200 fps. Movies are recorded to a SD-Card, whereas in 300fps, 3 second of
    video need about 1 mbyte.

    If you have more specific questions, feel free to contact me.

    All the best,



    Thomas Heinen, PhD

    German Sport University Cologne

    Institute of Psychology


    Dear Paul

    I have one of this camera. It works well. You have to know that the
    resolution depends on frame rate. The format is quite good and is easily
    load intoo matlab. Like with every high speed the light you use is very
    important. I can send you some video i take with if you want

    Best regards

    Xavier Bonnet


    Hi Paul, we purchased one about 3-4 months ago now and are really impressed
    with the quality and features of the camera compared to high speed cameras
    well above the price of the casio. As a standalone camera it's definitely
    worth the money especially as it's very versatile being a still and video
    camera and also HD at normal frame rates. As well as high speed video it
    also captures still images at 60 frames per second. As with most high speed
    cameras, lighting is the most important factor and as long as you are
    outdoors, or well lit indoors I can't see any reason to buy a more expensive
    camera unless you need direct connectivity or faster frame rates than
    1200fps for video. If you also check out youtube and search for the casio

    ex-f1 there are quite a few examples on there to see what the quality is
    like. currently have it for sale at £525 inc VAT.


    Stuart Dixon

    Senior Technician

    Sport and Exercise Sciences

    University of Sunderland


    Dear Paul,

    Hello, I am Yuji OHGI, Keio University.

    I have three CASIO high speed digital cameras. We are using these cameras
    for the three dimensional analysis sometimes.

    Important specifications of this camera are

    1 Pixel resolution : for 300Hz, 512x384. it is not enough for the high
    quality analysis

    2 It has no function for the synchronization, so we usually use heavy LED
    spot light via synchronizer when we want to use other equipment or other
    high speed cameras.

    3 There is a lack of instruction manual for the camera setting. In my
    experience, high speed video mode is influenced exposure setting and ISO
    setting and other settings. But there is no instruction on these things.

    However, it is very cheap and easy to use for the students. I let my
    workshop's student use this camera to learn about DLT method. Color image
    makes us understand several markers.

    Please download our experimental image video and please check the LED light
    on the red mat.


    Dear Paul,

    I have been using the Casio F1 for the past couple of months for qualitative
    feedback with elite rowers with really positive responses from both the
    coaches and athletes. For rowing, I have only been using 300 fps but there
    is sufficient light for good bright images even on murky mornings on the
    water!! I have not used it for any indoor filming though. The newest
    version of Silicon Coach can also take the files but I have not had a go
    with this yet.

    Kind regards,

    Jennie Coker

    AUT University, New Zealand


    Our lab has a Casio EX-F1 and I think it is an incredible tool. We do some
    running and golf analyses and we use this camera to augment our 3D motion
    analysis evaluations. When we purchased the camera about a year ago, I had
    been searching for a high speed color video camera and had almost settled on
    an entry level traditional high speed camera. I was very surprised when I
    came across the Casio camera which had similar video specs for much less $.
    I had some reservations since I assumed that "you get what you pay for", but
    this camera has exceeded all my expectations. At the 300 fps speed, the
    video images are perfectly adequate as far as resolution and image quality.
    Our clients are very excited about being able to immediately see what they
    are doing in "slow motion". We also work with some physical therapists that
    see a lot of patients with running injuries and they have started using this
    camera in their clinic on a daily basis to help diagnose improper running
    mechanics. In addition to the exceptional high-speed video capabilities
    that were the reason I purchased the camera, it also a number of other great
    features that we use quite a bit:

    * high-def video camera (60 fps)

    * full resolution (6MP) burst mode at 60 fps for 1 sec.

    * 12X optical zoom still camera

    With all of these features, I think that this camera is an excellent value
    and a good addition to our biomechanics lab.

    Best regards,



    Bryan P. Conrad, Ph.D.

    Senior Engineer

    Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation University of Florida PO Box
    112727 Gainesville, FL 32611

    Phone: 352.273.7412

    Fax: 352.273.7407



    Casio also make the EXF20 which is even cheaper. Drop the resolution to 480
    x 360 pixels and the movie frame-rate can be set to either 30 to 210 frames
    per second. You will need to convert the video file to AVI. But it works
    very well.

    Rafael E. Bahamonde Ph.D., FACSM

    Professor of Physical Education

    School of PETM

    901 West New York St.

    Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Phone: 317.274.2344

    Fax: 317.278.2041




    Hi Paul,

    I've got a EX-F1 and it is quite handy but I'm not sure I'd actually
    recommend it for general biomechanics use. The 300 fps option is fairly low
    resolution and it is clearly a still camera with video features. It just
    isn't as easy to use as a dedicated video camera. For general work I'd
    honestly recommend a 720p60 video camera - there are a few affordable ones
    around. The Casio is 1080i60 which is much more troublesome to work with.
    However it does have a neat 60 frame full resolution buffer (6 megapixel)
    which is probably what you'd actually use for something like a golf swing.
    You get 60 very sharp frames in a second and you can post trigger. I would
    recommend the smooth slowmo on the Sony video cameras too. The resolution
    and frame rate is broadly similar to the Casio and it is just much easier to
    use. Sadly though the Sony cameras are also 1080i60 rather than 720p60 until
    you spend a lot of money.

    The real plus of all these cameras compared to dedicated high speed cameras
    is that their light sensitivity is much higher which is really useful. What
    will happen soon is that other manufacturers will start to offer higher
    frame rates. I'm really looking for a Canon 5D with 120 fps. I'm sure it
    will happen!




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    The important thing to keep in mind is that the resolution is reduced by a
    factor of about 30 in going from the still image to the high-speed image (at
    300 frames per second). Also, you need very good lighting to get good
    images. I have a less expensive EXILIM camera (cost was about $300) which I
    bought to document the motor development of my daughter. I would be cautious
    about using the camera for research projects because of the low resolution
    of the high-speed images, unless you are focusing on a small region of the

    Ted Milner


    I personally have not used such a camera before, though our group looked
    into purchasing one because of its portability and relatively inexpensive
    price. We continue to use one of the top-end products from Phantom, though
    it is extremely pricey. From what I've heard about the Casio EX-F1, at the
    top frame rates they don't have great resolution, and you will need a lot of
    light if you are planning to use them indoors. Sunlight should be fine for
    outdoor use. Hope this info helps.

    Dave Fortenbaugh, M.S.


    American Sports Medicine Institute

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    Birmingham, AL 35205

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