Casio EXILIM EX-H20G review
Review Date : Sat, 29 Jan 2011
Author : Mike Lowe
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Casio’s latest EX-H20G adds Hybrid GPS to the compact camera fold. Does this latest feature warrant the price tag? The What Digital Camera Casio EXILIM EX-H20G review…
|Pros:||GPS, battery life, 10x zoom|
|Cons:||Image quality (over ISO 400), no manual modes|
Casio EXILIM EX-H20G review - Features
The Casio EXILIM EX-H20G is Casio's latest compact, but beneath its standard exterior are some unique features: namely the Hybrid GPS technology that combines Global Positioning Satellite technology with a motion sensor to geotag images wherever you are. Beyond this the camera comes pre-loaded with top locations on a map, and a simple click of a button will find your location and what's in the surrounding area.
The EX-H20G has a 24mm wideangle lens with a 10x optical zoom that can reach to an impressive 240mm for mid-telephoto shots and is further support of a strong feature set.
Elsewhere the EX-HS20G offers Best Shot mode (for a variety of selectable Scene Modes), Premium Auto, 720p HD movie and even a Panorama setting - but no full Manual options.
On the rear there's a 3in LCD with a decent 460k-dot resolution and the camera's rechargeable battery promises to offer a super long-lasting life with up to 600 shots per charge.
Casio EXILIM EX-H20G review - Design
The EX-H20G is modeled in a familiar frame to the other Casio Hi-Speed or H-series compacts. The body isn't especially slim, but it's not too large either - and this is entirely forgivable given the significance of the 10x optical zoom lens that sits flush into the camera when turned off.
The feel of the camera is perhaps a little plasticy in the hand, though the lens surround and barrel feel sturdy and well made.
Accessing options is quick via the ‘BS' (Best Shot) button on the camera's rear and other settings are easy to toggle through. A lack of manual options means that there are relatively few modes that require more than a point-and-shoot action. And 720p HD movie is particularly easy to activate with the one-touch movie button on the rear to the top right hand side.
The H20G's GPS mode has its own individual button for quick access into mapping locations and is conveniently located to the top left side of the camera next to the ‘Current Location' button.
Black or silver colour options are available in the UK and either options smartly-dress the camera body.