Taking 360º photo and video seems to be the way forward and it is getting popular and trendy. Casio FR200 is one such camera. It has a detachable lens unit and monitor. Furthermore, it can control two cameras at the same time. Casio FR200 comes with a 1.35mm lens that offers a fisheye. And the best part, this camera is waterproof, shockproof to 1.3m, freeze-proof up to -10ºC as such under water photos is best taken with this camera.
Since the camera is detachable, the lens could be mounted on various accessories such as the tripod and selfie-stick. And it is interesting to note that the control isn’t from the smartphone. Perhaps having this as an option maybe welcomed too.
There are 4 modes, first is the super wide angle mode. Therefore the photo could capture more details that are on the side into a single photo.
Followed by the Dome View. This is possible due to the built-in Dome View lens with a 185° angle of view.
As it is waterproof, one could submerge the camera under water while snorkelling and take wonderful photos of the water life.
Next is the Panorama, a 360º view in a single photo.
Lastly, is the Full 360º function which bring us to the Multi Camera mode. Control 2 camera with a controller, by using two FR200s in Full 360° mode. Use the EXILIM ALBUM smartphone app to view your the images from multiple viewpoints. Alternatively, combine an FR200 with an FR100. I didn’t manage to try these out but it is certainly going to be fun.
The various mode is controlled via the touch screen. Somehow, it isn’t sensitive when in water and when my hands are wet.
I thought the Casio FR200 camera is a great innovation by Casio since it is waterproof. A great camera to bring along especially to trips where there is water adventure.
Pixels: ~11.95 megapixels
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)
Built-in Flash Memory: ~46 MB built-in flash memory, Built-in memory capacity after formatting.
Recording Media: microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card cmpatible
Number of Recorded Pixels:
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
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 Size):
micro SD Memory Card: ~2286 Shots
Maximum Movie File: Size – 4GB; Length – 29 minutes.
Dome View: ~4117 Shots, Panorama: ~4458 Shots, Super Wide Angle: ~7837 Shots
* When using SanDisk Corpotation 16GB microSDHC Memory Card
Lens: F-number: F2.8; Focal Length: f=1.35 mm; ~13.4 mm equivalent to 35 mm film; FISH EYE
Focusing: Pan Focus
Focus Range (From Lens Surface): PF: ~40 cm – Infinity
Exposure: Exposure Control: Program AE; Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type: CMOS electronic shutter
Wireless data transfer:
Other Recording Functions:
[Shooting / Recording Functions]
Auto mode, High Speed Continuous shooting 30fps, High Speed Continuous shooting Prerecord, Interval Shot, Touch Shutter, Movies (1:1 Movie, Panorama Movie, 4K Movie, FHD (60p) Movie, FHD (30p) Movie, STD Movie, HS120 Movie, HS240 Movie) (with sound except for HS120 movie and HS240 Movie), Movie Anti Shake, Wind Noise Cut, White Balance (Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB), Exposure Compensation: -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps), ISO (Still images: Auto, ISO80、ISO100、ISO200、ISO400、ISO800、ISO1600、ISO3200), Remote Capture, Auto Send, Double Save (Dome view)
Camera and Controller Separate System, Pairing, Auto Send File Settings, Resize When Sending, WLAN password, Multi camera*
Rotation Lock, USB Battery Charge, USB Power Supply
Rotation Lock, Mirror Image, Vibrator, USB Battery Charge, USB Power Supply
3.0-inch TFT color LCD, 921,600 dots, Capacitance touch panel
Timekeeping Functions: Date and Time: Recorded with image data
Auto Calendar: To 2049
External Connection Terminals:
Micro USB port (Hi-Speed USB compliance, USB Charging / USB powered operation)
Rechargeable lithium ion battery (internal)
Number of Shots: ~260 Shots, ~265 Shots (Camera Standalone operation)
Actual Movie Recording Time (Dome View): ~1 h
Continuous Movie Recording Time: Dome View: ~1 h 35 min; HS240: ~1 h 15 min
Continuous Playback (Still Images) : Approx. 3 h 55 min
[Camera] 60.9(DIA) mm x 40.7(D) mm
[Controller] 59.2(W) x 86.7(H) x 19.4(D) mm
[Total Length] 60.9(W) x 154.8(H) x 46.2(D) mm
[Camera] Approx. 100 g
[Controller] Approx. 103 g
[Total Weight] Approx. 238 g
Bundled Accessories: Controller (EX-FR200CT); Hinge Unit; Lens cap; Carabiner Strap; Tripod nut; USB-AC Adaptor (AD-C53U); Micro USB Cable; AC Power Cord; Basic Reference
*Disclaimer: This is a media invite by Casio and My Fatpocket.