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Casio Exilim EX-H15 review




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Casio has launched a varied range of new cameras recently, mostly in its traditional core market of stylish ultra-compacts such as the Exilim EX-Z550 that I reviewed earlier this week, but also a couple of new long-zoom compacts. I'll be taking a look at the high speed EX-FH100 next week, but today I've got the new Exilim EX-H15, the follow-up to the popular EX-H10 launched last year.

The H15 is a fairly straightforward upgrade of the earlier model. It shares the same overall body design with the same compact wide-angle 10x zoom lens (equivalent to 24-240mm), although the three-inch monitor has been upgraded from 230k to 460k dots. The sensor has also been upgraded. It still has a small 1/2.3-inch chip, but the resolution has been increased from 12.1 to 14.2 megapixels. Whether or not this was a good idea we will see later on.

The H15 is entering a very crowded and highly competitive sector of the camera market, where it will be up against cameras such as Panasonic's market-leading TZ10 and TZ8, as well as the Samsung WB550 and WB650, the Canon SX210 IS, the Olympus mju 9000, the Nikon S8000, the Sony HX5 and the newly-announced Pentax RZ10, as well as a number of others. All of the main manufacturers have long-zoom models in their line-up, so the H15 is going to have its work cut out to make an impression. At least its sub-£200 price tag should help.


September 12, 2010, 10:51 pm

Hopefully other manufacturers other than Panasonic(LX3,LX5),Canon(G11,S90,S95),and now Nikon(P7000) might eventually realize that megapixel willy-waving in contradiction of basic laws of physics is a bad idea. When their new, "improved" models end up stalling on shelves due to abysmal drops in image quality (as seen in this case), maybe the whizkids in their marketing dept will get the message...

Then again, maybe not...


September 14, 2010, 2:59 pm

When are you guys gonna review Canon Ixus 1000 HS? Its torture waiting!!


November 26, 2010, 2:51 am

is IQ really that bad ? rating 6/10 ? I've tried to compare some crops with the relevant competition but it seemed to me being much better then samsung wb600/650 for instance when it comes to noise control ...


June 20, 2011, 11:10 pm

Bought the EX-H5 for my son, and just about dropped it on the floor when I realised that it had a battery charging device (perhaps its too long since I bought a camera, but would NOT have bought it if I had taken the time to investigate this basic point)...

Glass display open at the back. I am aware that many cameras now have the glass uncovered and will have to live with that. My 10 year-old Canon cover flipped round which protected the glass.

The covers for the lens are VERY exposed and liable to get snagged and twisted as there is no lens cover. Perhaps should be supplied with a case if nothing else.

End result is that I will HAVE to keep the camera myself (although I do not particularly want it) as not suitable for a blundering, ham-fisted 18 year old...


June 21, 2011, 1:52 am

In the nicest possible way... what a strange comment. You seem to have taken the effort simply to point out that you didn't research your purchase and bought the wrong thing. No harm in that and indeed you're more than welcome to continue doing so. However, any underlying inference that this is somehow the fault of the camera is patently silly. It is entirely average for a modestly priced compact.

At any rate, it sounds like a cheap rugged compact is the best bet for your circumstances. One such as this: http://www.trustedreviews.com/Olympus-TG-310_Digital-Camera_review

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