The Casio EX-F1 remains a high-speed legend ten years after its debut. Here are some of the tech specs that keep it in a class of its own.
300 frames per second
600 frames per second
1200 frames per second
60 frames per second burst rate at full 6 megapixel resolution
The camera was released in 2008 for $999.95. If a sub-$1000 full camera is matching those capabilities in 2018, I'm unaware of it.
Upon its debut, Gizmodo had this to say: Casio Exilim EX-F1 Slow-Mo Super Cam Full Review (Verdict: Totally Unique, Shockingly Powerful)
Enthusiasts have been using this camera for a decade, but the demand was not enough for Casio to continue the line. They soldiered on with lesser bodies (EX-FH20 and FH100) with lesser specs.
Once it was discontinued, the EX-F1 became a highly prized and sought after, selling for up to $3499 on Amazon. Right now.
Used EX-F1s can be had for less (under $1000). But the sellers and descriptions of the state of the product do not inspire confidence. Some confess to be missing manuals and/or cables, but promise they include everything necessary for image capture. Many of the sellers are also at considerable remove (Asia). Purchases involve import/export hassles, fees, and delays.
Here's what I have. A like-new EX-F1 in its original box with all the cables and manuals, battery and charger, lens hood and cap, CD-ROM, and wired remote: it's a close to a new-in-box camera as can be had. Nothing is missing. It's nice to have the manual as there are things to learn so as to make the camera work as expected.
Dean's Casio EX-F1 Flickr: iPhone pics of the product.
My high-speed video web page with many examples of high-speed videos take with the EX-F1. Did you see the tuning fork? The water balloons? The air-rocket launch? The Mentos geysers? Spend some time poking around in those videos!
Here's where you come in!
I'm willing to sell my prized EX-F1 to a bona fide science teacher for $500 + shipping (or best offer once the $500 reserve is met). I want this camera to be put to good use by a classroom instructor. Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you're interested and tell me about your teaching assignment. I'll be keen to see your online listing as a faculty member at your institution. Students may be able to get 120 fps or even 240 fps video on their phones these days, but 1200 fps? Not so much.
If I am unable to locate a science instructor purchaser in October, I'll list it online at a higher price. I would prefer to see it go to a "good home," but I'm also looking to "recycle" the money into other groovy projects.
Here's me on the news about a year after I got the camera. The reporter used a bunch of my clips.
[When purchasing camera gear, it is sometimes necessary to justify the expense to a spouse. The storyline here is that you are acquiring a $3500 camera for a fraction of the cost.]