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Casio Exilim EX-H15 Digital Camera Review

Casio Exilim EX-H15 Digital Camera Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Casio Exilim EX-H15 with a long life battery and 10x optical zoom.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H15
Price : £16
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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Casio Exilim EX-H15 front
Daniel Bell reviews the Casio Exilim EX-H15.

Casio added the EX-H15 to their range of Exilim digital cameras in January 2010. If you are looking for  a camera with a long battery life then the H15 will appeal as Casio claim it is able to take up to 1000 pictures on a single charge. Added to this there is a 10x optical zoom, equivalent to a 24-240mm (in 35mm equivalent focal lengths) and a 14.1Mp sensor. The EX-H15 is available in black or brown for £177.99. You may also be considering the new Fujifilm FinePix T200, available for £169, which has a longer 28-280mm lens (in 35mm equivalent focal lengths) and a 14Mp sensor or even the cheaper Nikon Coolpix S8000 which has a range of 30-300mm lens (in 35mm equivalent focal lengths) and 14.2Mp sensor, available for £152.99.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 review: Features
  • 1000 pictures on one battery charge
  • 24mm wide-angle lens
  • 10x optical zoom with mechanical image stabiliser
  • EXILIM Engine 5.0
  • Premium Auto mode
  • HD video recording
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • Extended Dynamic Photo function
  • Best Shot Art Shot
  • 3in TFT LCD colour display
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Key features: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 back   Casio Exilim EX-H15 battery compartment
The rear of the camera hosts the 3in TFT Colour (Super Clear) LCD monitor.
  Casio claim the rechargeable lithium ion battery is capable of up to 1000 shots on a single charge.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 lens   Casio Exilim EX-H15 top
The 10x optical zoom is equivalent to 24-240mm in 35mm equivalent focal lengths.   As well as the typical buttons found on top of a compact there is also a button which activates the Premium Auto mode and one which is dedicated to make-up/landscape mode.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 review: Handling
The EX-H15 is quite heavy for a compact camera with around a quarter of its weight being the battery but the weight is unlikely to trouble any user. The buttons are easy to press and the camera is comfortable to hold.  The LCD screen is clear in all conditions and the camera menus are kept simple so they should not prove difficult for a beginner. Within a couple of seconds of switching on the camera is ready to take pictures.

There are the usual buttons on the camera such as the on/off switch, zoom rocker, shutter release, playback button and D-pad. There is a dedicated button for the premium auto mode as well as a button which takes you to a menu displaying the vast amounts of shooting modes available. Next to the premium auto mode buttons is a button which switches between make-up mode (for better portraits) and landscape mode.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 review: Performance
Whether shooting wide or at the full 10x optical zoom length, images produced by the EX-H15 are good with colours reproduced excellently and plenty of detail is retained throughout. The telephoto image below is shot from the same place as the wide-angle image. At the lens' longest length, the image quality is good enough to be able to read some of the writing on the signs on the opposite side of the lake, impressive indeed.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 performance: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 wide-angle   Casio Exilim EX-H15 telephoto
Wide-angle.   Telephoto.

ISO and noise performance
At ISO64 a good sharp image is produced with no noise evident and at ISO100 and ISO200 there isn't any significant noise in the images. At ISO400 and ISO800 there is some noise but the images produced are perfectly acceptable. As expected with a compact camera, there is clear noise at ISO1600 with detail being lost and this is certainly much worse at ISO3200 with images produced at this setting being more suitable for the web rather than large prints.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO speed test: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO64
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO64 Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO100 Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO200 Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO400
ISO64 ISO100 ISO200 ISO400
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO800 Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO1600 Casio Exilim EX-H15 Test chart ISO3200  
ISO800 ISO1600 ISO3200  

White-balance
The auto white-balance setting on the EX-H15 performs excellently in varying lighting conditions. In our studio tests shots, when using the tungsten lights there is very little difference between the auto setting and the tungsten preset. When using the fluorescent lights, the auto setting handled the lighting much better with the fluorescent setting giving a slight magenta tint to the image.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 White-balance test: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Auto white-balance in incandescent lighting   Casio Exilim EX-H15 Incandescent preset in incandescent lighting
Auto white-balance in incandescent lighting.   Incandescent preset in incandescent lighting.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Auto white-balance in fluorescent lighting   Casio Exilim EX-H15 Fluorescent preset in fluorescent lighting
Auto white-balance in fluorescent lighting.   Fluorescent preset in fluorescent lighting.

Shooting modes
The mode which will appeal to all users is Premium Auto. The camera will decide on all the correct settings and the user simply has to press the shutter button. The image below shot using premium auto has increased the colour in the blues and greens making it look more like a lovely summer's day  rather than the cold winter's day it actually was. Photography beginners will certainly enjoy using this mode and it will help them to get the most out of their camera without any expert knowledge.

There is also the option to choose the Best Shot mode which has a large number of options, which are: portrait, scenery, portrait with scenery, self-portrait, self-portrait (two people), children, sports, candlelight portrait, party, pet, flower, natural green, autumn leaves, soft flowing water, splashing water, sundown, night scene, night scene portrait, fireworks, food, text, collection, auction, backlight, high sensitivity, oil painting, crayon, water colour, monochrome, retro, twilight, multi-motion image, ID photo, business cards & documents, white-board, silent. This is certainly an extensive range of modes which will help take greats shots and allow creativity. There are examples below using a few of the available modes. If you find a particular camera set-up for a scene that works for you then the EX-H15 has the option to save 999 custom Best Shot modes.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 shooting modes: Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 backlight   Casio Exilim EX-H15 premium auto
Backlight.   Premium Auto.
Casio Exilim EX-H15 monochrome   Casio Exilim EX-H15 text
Monochrome.   Text mode.

The EX-H15 can take HD video clips and also comes with the option to have a four second prerecord, meaning when you hit the record button, the previous four seconds will be added to your clip. The camera can also be set to record videos for YouTube and as an added bonus, the EX-H15 can also be used as voice recorder.

Sample video.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 review: Verdict
The EX-H15 is certainly going to appeal to those looking for a travel camera thanks to its 10x optical zoom and long battery life. After the initial charge the battery remained at full strength throughout the test so there is no reason to doubt that it will last for the full 1000 shots. Image quality is good for a camera in this price range and the Premium Auto mode makes picture taking in many differing conditions easy. Add this to the excellent auto white-balance and noise performance and you have yourself a high zoom compact camera worthy of some consideration.

Casio Exilim EX-H15 review: Pros
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Auto white-balance performance
Casio Exilim EX-H15 ISO and noise performance
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Premium Auto mode
Casio Exilim EX-H15 10x optical zoom

Casio Exilim EX-H15 review: Cons
Casio Exilim EX-H15 Some of the shooting modes are unnecessary
No panorama mode

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Casio Exilim EX-H15 review: Specification
Price £177.99
What comes in the box Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM
Contact www.exilim.co.uk
Lens 10x optical zoom, 4.3 - 43mm (24 - 240mm 35mm equiv.), f/3.2-7.5
Resolution 14.1Mp
Sensor size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor type CCD
Max. Image size 4320 x 3240
Monitor 3in TFT Colour (Super Clear) LCD
Shutter speed 4 - 1/2000 sec
Focusing system Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focusing modes Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
File types JPEG
ISO sensitivity ISO64 - 3200
Metering system Program AE
Metering modes Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Continuous shooting Approx. 10 frames per second at 1280 x 960 pixels
Approx. 4 frames per second at 1600 x 1200 pixels
Anti-shake mode CCD-shift image stabilization
Movie mode 720p HD
Media type SD / SDHC
Interface Hi-Speed USB, AV port
Power Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-90)
Size (wxdxl) 102.5 x 62.1 x 29.3mm
Weight 206g

The Casio Exilim EX-H15 cost £177.99 and is available from Warehouse Express here:

Casio Exilim EX-H15

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Gypsyman 3 659 England
20 Dec 2013 8:35PM
I have had my - Casio Exilim EX-H15. - 3 years this Christmas. A Christmas Gift.
It is the only Camera that I have, but it is by far the best camera that I have ever had.

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