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Casio Exilim EX-H15 - Performance and Results

By Cliff Smith

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

The H15's overall performance is a little on the slow side. It starts up and is ready to shoot in less than three seconds, and shuts down again in about two and a half, which is about average for the class, but the shot-to-shot time in auto mode is approximately 2.8 seconds, which is a little slower than the performance of the H10. In Premium Auto mode it is slightly slower thanks to the extra processing involved, at approximately three seconds.

If the shooting speed is a bit slow at least the autofocus system is nice and fast even at maximum zoom. It works well in dim 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, with good frame coverage even at extreme wide angle.

The EX-H10 had better than average image quality, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the H15. The lens quality is still very good, with excellent centre sharpness, virtually no barrel distortion despite its 24mm wide angle, and good corner sharpness with almost no chromatic aberration. However the Premium Auto mode over-processes the image, ironically reducing the overall level of detail.

The increase in sensor resolution has not helped either. Image noise is more noticeable than for the H10, and the more intense noise reduction causes a reduction in detail from 400 ISO upwards. The maximum ISO setting is 3200, but at this speed the image quality is very poor.

Verdict

The Casio Exilim EX-H15 is a well-made and sensibly designed camera with a useful range of features and a comprehensive and easy-to-use menu system. Performance is quite slow however, and image quality is not as good as the previous EX-H10 model.

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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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