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Casio Exilim EX-H15 - Design and Features

By Cliff Smith

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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.

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Clovis

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...

Charles

September 14, 2010, 2:59 pm

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

salamoon

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 ...

MacLeod

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...

Ed

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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