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Casio Exilim EX-H15 - Design and Features
The EX-H15 is a well-made camera. The body is aluminium front and back, with chrome plastic trim. It's physically larger than most of Casio's other cameras, but is smaller and lighter than most other long-zoom compacts. It measures 102.5 x 62.1 x 29.3mm and weighing 206g including battery and memory card. It is available in brown, silver, black and the metallic pink shown here.
The control layout is the same as the EX-H10, with large buttons on the rear panel for shooting and playback modes, main menu and Casio's usual Best Shot scene program mode. On the top panel are two extra buttons, one of which controls the the Make Up portrait enhancer and Vivid Landscape modes, and the other of which activates the new Premium Auto mode, an advanced scene recognition mode with continuous multi-zone autofocus.
The main control interface is Casio's usual sidebar menu system which is used to adjust all commonly used shooting options. Items that appear on the menu can be customised by the user. The main menu is also comprehensive, with image control options that include contrast, saturation and sharpness, as well as a range of colour filters.
Although the EX-H15 is basically an automatic point-and-shoot camera it does have a good range of features, most of which are the same as the EX-H10. It has a very effective sensor-shift image stabilisation system which provides approximately three stops of additional stability at low shutter speeds. It also has HD video recording, shooting at a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 30fps with mono audio.
The EX-H15 has a huge 1950mAh lithium-ion battery which Casio claims will power the camera for at least 1000 shots. I shot about 200 images while testing the camera, many with flash, and the battery indicator didn't even budge from fully charged, so there's no reason to doubt that claim.