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Casio Exilim EX-H10 - Casio Exilim EX-H10

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


The Exilim EX-H10 starts up in approximately two and a half seconds, which is pretty quick for a long-zoom camera, although its shot-to-shot time of three seconds is a bit on the slow side. In the normal continuous shooting mode it can't do much better, taking approximately 2.5 seconds per shot. It has two faster continuous shooting modes, one at 4fps and another at 10fps, but they are limited to 2MP and 1MP respectively. There is also a continuous flash shooting mode, but this too is limited to 2MP.

While the shooting speed may not be too quick, there's nothing wrong with the performance of the autofocus system, which is very fast and accurate even at the longest focal length. It works well in low light too, focusing quickly even in darkness thanks to a bright green AF assist lamp. Flash range is adequate at around three and a half metres, and frame coverage is good even at extreme wide angle.

Overall image quality is just as good as one might expect from a premium camera. As I've already noted, the lens is excellent, with good overall sharpness and minimal distortion. There is a little blurring and chromatic aberration at the far corners, but it's quite minor. The 12.1MP sensor captures plenty of detail which is all recorded thanks to the extremely low compression of the Fine quality JPEG mode, producing image files of around 7MB, twice the size of most 12MP compacts.

Casio seems to have made some significant progress in noise control over the past year, and the H10 performs extremely well at higher ISO settings. Image quality at 400 and 800 ISO is excellent, and even 1600 ISO produced usable results. The only weak point I encountered, and it's just about my only nit-pick on what is generally an outstanding camera, is the automatic white balance, which is terrible, especially in low light. As weak points go it's something I think I could live with.


Casio's compact cameras keep getting better and better. The EX-H10 is quite expensive, but it offers the kind of features and image quality that you'd expect for the price. Build quality is excellent, the camera is easy to use and has superb low-light performance. Shooting speed is a little slow though, and the auto white balance is a bit poor.


October 16, 2009, 1:07 pm

IQ score of 8/10 seems about right for a compact camera, however there are a few points to IQ that didn't get mentioned in the review and are bleeding obvious from what I can make out of sample shots and camera's specification:

- there's visible edge preserving smooth type of noise control applied on even the lowest ISO settings. Small detail is pretty much lost with it so forget about printing small crops out of original JPeGs.

- Lens might be good compared to latest Samsungs you reviewed, it is still a rather slow performer with 3.2-5.7 at 24-240mm range compared to similarly priced Panasonics (even certain Canons), especially at the farthest focal points and overall sharpness at any focal distance hardly impresses.

- Dynamic range is really not improved at all with "Extra Lighting" feature. At best, it is what the name suggests, about +1E stop sensor sensitivity increase. Highlights will get burnt out even more but you'd get a bit more of shadow detail out in a visible range JPeG compression won't flatten out.

All in all, it seems a fairly reasonable compact camera and all this won't matter much to a casual user on a family picnic. Shame about the white balance, tho I'd guess that's something Casio can mend with a new firmware update. Still, no replacement for my aging TZ5 :( What I'm waiting/searching for is close to LX3's image quality (even if on smaller resolution sensor, anything over or around 5MB is plenty if it would mean noise is better controlled) all-in-one in a pocket friendly priced and sized package and a fast, medium range lens. Too much to ask for?

Take care and thanks for making my morning coffee time more bearable with all the new and interesting reviews ;)

Charles Stephens

October 16, 2009, 7:28 pm

I have to totally agree with miha! These high range compacts just cannot tick the right baxes,time the manufacturers lowered their aspirations and produced compacts that put iq as a priority.


October 17, 2009, 6:48 pm


Random question. Are there any compact cameras (or DSLRs) that come with an option for an external microphone?


October 21, 2009, 8:10 pm

Comparing this camera to a TZ5 is unfair, since the TZ5 a lot thicker and no where near as pocketable.

Cliff Smith

October 25, 2009, 8:34 am

Williamn - Some of the more advanced DSLRs that feature HD video recording can use external mics, specifically the Canon EOS 5D MkII, Panasonic Lumix GH1, Nikon D300s and D90, and the Pentax K-7. No compacts do though, at least as far as I know.

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