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Ca­sio EXILIM EX-FR100

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - BryanChan

There are many ac­tion cam­eras to choose from to­day, but many of them have one glar­ing short­com­ing – the need for a smart­phone to act as the screen and/or con­troller. With the Ca­sio EXILIM EXFR100 though, this mi­nor in­con­ve­nience is elim­i­nated.

First in­tro­duced in the EXFR10, the con­cept be­hind the FR100 is sim­ple: it’s an ac­tion cam­era with two mod­ules, one is the cam­era it­self, and the other is the con­troller/ screen. While the con­cept is sim­ple, this com­bi­na­tion al­lows you to eas­ily take pho­tos from a myr­iad of dif­fer­ent an­gles, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing your com­po­si­tion.

To make things eas­ier for you, Ca­sio slapped on a 16mm f/2.8 lens into the cam­era mod­ule, so you won’t have any prob­lems tak­ing wide-an­gle pho­tos. With the wide aper­ture, tak­ing pho­tos in chal­leng­ing light­ing con­di­tions is pos­si­ble as well.

As the FR100 is an ac­tion cam­era at its core, Ca­sio also re­leased sev­eral op­tional ac­ces­sories to en­hance its func­tion­al­ity. The EAM-7 is a ring LED that’s good for low­light pho­tog­ra­phy, as well as a lit­tle bit of portraiture, while

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FE­BRU­ARY 2016 the EAM-5 is an un­der­wa­ter cas­ing that al­lows you to take un­der­wa­ter shots up to 20m in depth.

The most in­ter­est­ing ac­ces­sory for the FR100 though, is the EAM-6, which is best de­scribed as a mono­pod that de­liv­ers a live-feed to the con­troller. You at­tach the cam­era mod­ule on one end, and the con­troller at the other. A ca­ble is then con­nected to both, to de­liver a live-feed. This is par­tic­u­larly use­ful when you want to take pho­tos of fishes with­out get­ting your­self wet.

In terms of im­age qual­ity, the FR100 does show the lim­i­ta­tions of a rel­a­tively small sen­sor – there are not much fine de­tails in sub­jects be­yond 200m, and low-light pho­tos tend to be slightly noisy. How­ever, when shoot­ing out­doors, im­age qual­ity is good and color ren­di­tion is great.

Over­all, the FR100 is ex­tremely easy to use, and def­i­nitely a great cam­era to have if you love out­door sports. The sen­sor does strug­gle when tak­ing sub­jects with fine de­tails, but if you’re do­ing out­door sports, it’s all about cap­tur­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence it­self, and not minute de­tails. The cam­era is light and easy to use, and be­cause it’s de­tach­able, al­lows you to take some pretty cre­ative shots. Also, it’s worth men­tion­ing that this cam­era sup­ports the EXILIM Auto Trans­fer fea­ture, which au­to­mat­i­cally trans­fers pic­tures to a con­nected smart­phone for eas­ier shar­ing.

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Type

Ac­tion Cam­era

Megapix­els

10.2MP

Lens

16mm (35mm equiv­a­lent), f/2.8

Im­age Sen­sor

1/2.3-inch CMOS

Price

RM2,199

AT A GLANCE

The FR100 is great for wide-an­gle pho­tos, but lacks crop­ping power due to its sen­sor size.

The color ren­di­tion of the FR100 is re­spectable!

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