A look at the Casio EXILIM EX-FR200

Introduction 

CASIO Singapore announced the latest EXILIM EX-FR200 to their current lineup of freestyle action cameras in October last year. The EXILIM EX-FR200 is the successor to the previous EX-FR100 and EX-R10 models. We managed to get our hands on the new EXILIM EX-FR200 and wanted to have a quick look at the different features and performance of this action camera.

Specifications and Design

The EXILIM EX-FR200 is different from any usual action camera as it spots a fisheye lens that shoots 21.14MP still images and even 4K videos. This fisheye lens allows the images to appear extra wide at 185°. To get you even more excited, the EXILIM EX-FR200's panorama mode will even enable 360 degree views! This is just one of the many different features that are available with this camera. We will leave the different modes of operation that are available on the EXILIM EX-FR200 at the later part of the article.

Power button, camera shutter, video record button
EX-FR200 Specifications
Number of Effective Pixels
Approx. 11.95 mega (million) pixels
Image Sensor

1/2.3-inch CMOS (back-illuminated type)
Total Pixels
21.14 mega (/million) pixels
File Format
Still Images
JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3 / DCF2.0)
Movies
MOV format, H.264/AVC, IMA-ADPCM (stereo)
Recording Media
microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card compatible
Number of Recorded Pixels
Still Images
Dome View: Single Shot 3888 x 3888, CS 1936 x 1936
Panorama: Single Shot 7456 x 1864, CS 3840 x 960
Super Wide Angle: Single Shot 3232 x 2424, CS 1600 x 1200
Movies*1
1:1 (1440 x 1440 30fps), Panorama (2880 x 720 30fps),
4K (3840 x 2160 30fps), FHD (60p) (1920 x 1080 60fps),
FHD (30p) (1920 x 1080 30fps), HS120 (1280 x 720 120fps),
HS240 (640 x 480 240fps), STD (640 x 480 30fps)
Recording
Capacity
(Maximum Image Size Setting)
Still Images
microSD Memory Card 16GB*2
Dome View: Approx. 4117 shots
Panorama: Approx. 4458 shots
Super Wide Angle: Approx. 7837 shots
Movies
Recording Time
Maximum recording time per file: 29 minutes
(Maximum recording size per file:4GB)
microSD Memory Card 16GB*2
1:1: Approx. 1 hour 53 minutes, Panorama: Approx. 1 hour 53 minutes,
4K: Approx. 27 minutes, FHD (60p): Approx. 1 hour 14 minutes,
FHD (30p): Approx. 1 hour 53 minutes, HS120: Approx. 1 hour 27 minutes, HS240: Approx. 1 hour 27 minutes, STD: Approx. 10 hours 22 minutes
Lens
F2.8 / f=1.35mm (13.4mm equivalent to 35mm film) fisheye
Shock Resistance*3 / Waterproof*4/ Dustproof
Shock-resistant up to 1.3m drop; waterproof to IPX8 and IPX6 standards; dustproof to IP6X standard
Wireless Data Transfer
Camera
Bluetooth: Bluetooth® ver2.1+EDR (Class 2)
Bluetooth® Smart,
Wi-Fi*5: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Controller
Bluetooth® ver2.1+EDR (Class 2)
Power Source
Camera
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (internal)
Controller
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (internal)
Battery Life
Number of Shots
Approx. 260 shots*6 (approx. 265 shots if the camera module alone is used)
Continuous Playback
(Still Images)
Approx. 3 hours 55 minutes
Actual Movie Recording Time (1:1)*6
Approx. 1 hour 00 minutes
Continuous Movie Recording Time (1:1)
Approx. 1 hour 35 minutes
Dimensions*6
Camera
60.9 (DIA) mm × 40.7 (D) mm (excluding hinge unit)
Controller
59.2 (W) × 86.7 (H) × 19.4 (D) mm
Total
60.9 (W) × 154.8 (H) × 46.2 (D) mm (including hinge unit)
Weight**6
Camera
Approx. 100g (including memory card, excluding hinge unit)
Controller
Approx. 103g
Total
Approx. 238g (including hinge unit and memory card)
Bundled Accessories
Controller (EX-FR200CT), hinge unit, lens cap, tripod nut, carabiner strap,
USB-AC adaptor (AD-C53U), AC power cord, micro USB cable, basic reference

MicroSD card slot


MicroUSB connectivity
The EXILIM EX-FR200 is also rugged in design, and can withstand shocks. It is also rated IPX8 and IPX6, which means that it is both waterproof and dustproof.



The bundled package also comes with the EX-FR200CT controller which is used to control the main camera unit. Once the controller is connected to the camera unit via bluetooth, all live images from the camera unit can be streamed wirelessly and directly to the screen of the controller unit. This allows the whole setup to perform like any other camera! Moreover, as the screen is also touch enabled, navigating and controlling of the different functions of the camera can also be done very easily.

CASIO has designed the user interface of the controller unit well. With the guidance of the user interface on the controller, the camera unit can be operated seamlessless. Moreover, as the camera unit and controller are separated, battery life can be extended on both units individually.

Controller Unit

To meet the different use cases, CASIO has also included the Body mount, Tripod mount and Clip mount with the EXILIM EX-FR200. This brings versatility to the camera unit, as it will be supported in multiple different scenarios.

Camera unit with Clip

Camera unit with Tripod Mount

Camera unit with Strap

Modes of Operation

Dome Mode

With the Dome mode, the EXILIM EX-FR200 can capture an entire 180° view of a scene. This gives an unique effect of a reflection of a shiny ball. Moreover, with the EXILIM Album app that is available on Android Play Store and App Store, the photo can be viewed in different split perspective as well. This gives another dimension of photo capturing into a simple action lifestyle camera.

Panorama Mode

A full 360° photo can also be captured in the panorama mode. This can be done by placing the camera unit upwards, allowing it to capture the full view around its lens.

Super Wide Angle Mode


In Super Wide Angle Mode, the camera automatically trims from the centre portion of the lens's shooting range to capture images that are diagonally 208° wide. 


video


Full 360°

 The EXILIM EX-FR200 can also be combined with another camera unit to enable true full 360° photographs and videos. We were not able to put this feature to test as only a single camera unit was available.

The EXILIM EX-FR200 captures decent photos in the above capture modes. Interesting perspectives like dome and panorama modes are only possible with the unique capabilities of the camera unit. Photos appears to be clear and well lit under good light conditions. Colour reproduction was also quite accurate, and images were not seen as over exposed or white washed.

Thoughts and Conclusion

Rather than just a usual action camera, CASIO has built into multiple lifestyle features into the EXILIM EX-FR200. This has made it possible photos of different perspectives to be captured. The EXILIM EX-FR200 is a highly versatile camera system that excels in capturing of moments with its ultra wide angle lens.

Content creators or social media influencers who are looking into capturing 360° videos or photos can consider this unit as their daily equipment. It stands out from the rest of the competition in the market with its rugged build quality, waterproof properties and support for various use case scenarios.

The CASIO EXILIM EX-FR200 comes in black and is available at the Casio Concept Store in Tampines and licensed retailers at a suggested retail price of $799.00.

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