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.