December 7, 2016

Casio Introduces Low-Light Action Cam with ISO 51,200

The Casio Exilim FR110H brings action camera utility to night shoots.

Action cameras like the GoPro are part of the overall camera package on pretty much every shoot these days. However, they're notorious for their poor-quality night footage. The small size of the sensor combined with the design of the lens render action cams more suited to well-lit situations.

To address this problem, Casio has come out with the Exilim FR110H, an action camera specifically targeted at low-light shoots with a maximum ISO of 51,200.

Using a back-illuminated, 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor, Casio has sacrificed still photo resolution in order to have larger photo sites for better low-light sensitivity. This makes the camera a single-purpose tool: it won't give you amazing performance in the daytime and it won't output high-quality stills, but it will capture action low-light video footage that no other camera can.

Casio Night Action ComparisonCredit: Casio

Of course, combining a great low-light camera like the Sony A7S II with a wide-aperture lens can produce great results in similar low-light levels, but you probably wouldn't want to strap that camera to the handlebars of a motorcycle. For filmmakers, the Exilim FR110H is really meant to be the C-camera on your low-light shoot, capturing shots where you wouldn't want to risk more expensive equipment but still want coverage. Alternatively, the camera could be particularly useful for documentary filmmakers working in low-light environments who want to be able to capture a lot of angles on a night scene with a small budget.

While the test footage does show a lot of noise, there is some real info in there. Combined with some precise noise correction in post, you could have a very useful tool.

Modular DesignCredit: Casio

Like earlier Casio designs, the camera is also wirelessly modular, with a lens/sensor unit that you can disconnect from the recorder/monitor.

The Exilim FR110H is currently only available for the Asian market, but if you have a low-light job coming up, you should be able to find them online from eBay or other auction sites. (Just be prepared to wait for longer shipping from across the Pacific.)

Tech Specs:

  • 51,200 ISO
  • CMOS backlit sensor
  • 1/2.8" sensor size
  • 1.8-megapixel stills

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If anyone is interested in the prices posted on eBay, one was for $699.99 and it was the cheaper priced one. Myself? I'll pass and wait until they've dropped to at least comparable "GoPro" prices. Maybe by then others will have come out to offer some pricing competitions.

December 7, 2016 at 5:10PM

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All that for the price of a used A6300. Awesome.
Also, you can use it as a door stopper :)

December 8, 2016 at 10:48AM

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Daniel
just a filmmaker
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Though the image is terrible, you can actually get one for $372 US with free shipping. Yeah...never mind.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Casio-Exilim-EX-FR100-Self-Portrait-Action-Digital-Camera-Black

December 9, 2016 at 2:52PM, Edited December 9, 2:57PM

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Drew Staniland
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Since 30 years ago I have a Casio calculator. It still works fine. I had a Casio camera once. The image quality was HORRIBLE. The distortion was huge and the light leaked the whole frame. Not any more.

Regarding this camera, the noise is too much and the resolution too low. The price is a joke. But the idea is good. We can say it is a good idea poorly done. However, this is an opportunity for those Chinese companies. A cheaper camera with bigger 16:9 sensor at 1080 or even 720 with a big glass (f:1.2 or so) is possible. This is the thing: it is cheaper to make big sensors with low resolution because you don't through way many chips from the same silicone waffle.

December 7, 2016 at 5:14PM, Edited December 7, 5:14PM

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would be great to see different iso's, not only 51200...where the quality goes to waste.

December 7, 2016 at 6:55PM

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rodrigo calderon
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I find it hilarious that people are bitching about this camera's noise and ignoring the fact that it's recording imagery that no other action cam can get. Kudos to Casio for breaking new ground.

December 7, 2016 at 11:25PM

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Vidrazor
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The a6300 with a $300 Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 lens can do a much, much better job in low light-- and it can also do an excelllent job in daylight, in 4K, and it takes excellent pictures too. I don't know what new ground is broken if the video from this tiny sensor, small aperture camera is unuseable.

I ******* hate the word "kudos." That's actually my biggest issue with your post.

December 9, 2016 at 8:14PM

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Rokinon lenses suck ass.

But otherwise, yes.

December 11, 2016 at 9:28AM, Edited December 11, 9:28AM

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David Gurney
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Do you really think that? I have a set of Zeiss CP2s and Roks and while the Zeiss have their benefits, for the price, the Roks are amazing at what they do. Just don't go wide open and it's fairly difficult to see the difference.

I know there is a lot of prejudice against cheap glass, but I also think a lot of it is because it's fashionable to do so.

December 12, 2016 at 6:47PM

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Roberto Serrini
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Big deal, lets see you stick that rig wherever you can put this one. Double kudos to Casio...

December 13, 2016 at 9:57PM

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Vidrazor
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Looks kinda like it was shot on a floppy disk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J0Aw2Z-8-k

December 12, 2016 at 6:48PM

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Roberto Serrini
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How come there are more articles that don't quote price or video filming or format specs lately? We should have: price, resolution, frame rates, compression, pixel format and data rates. Available manual and auto controls.

Let's be realistic. The Sony Starlight color filming sensor have been out for a while. There is at least one action cam with it I have seen months ago. This is not to mention other companies low light sensor technology. The frame used here does not look remarkable, unless it is shot by starlight (which is pretty grainy but color). Starlight has an abnormally low amount of light.

We can expect more and more action cameras and phones with these like sensors.

December 27, 2016 at 9:05AM, Edited December 27, 9:07AM

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Wayne M
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