Casio EXILIM EX-H10 review
Review Date : Mon, 19 Oct 2009
Author : Mike Lowe
With a 24-240mm lens in a compact body, a super-long battery life and HD video, is the H10 Casio’s biggest camera-related hit of the year? The What Digital Camera Casio EXILIM EX-H10 review takes a look...
|Pros:||Long battery life, 24mm wide angle & 10x zoom|
|Cons:||High ISO image quality lacks, no optical zoom during movie mode|
Casio EXILIM EX-H10 review - Features
The Casio H10 is a 12.1MP compact with a 24mm wide angle lens that, thanks to its 10x optical zoom, extends to a respectably long 240mm.
A 3in LCD screen, sensor-shift image stabilisation and ultra-long battery life - to a claimed 1000 images per charge - go to show the high-end the H10 sets out to achieve. There's even a 720p 30fps HD movie mode.
For usability, the EX-H10 provides Auto and Best Shot modes for point-and-shoot simplicity, whilst ‘Best Shot Auto' is able to recognise the scene at hand and auto-apply the appropriate settings - the best of both worlds. Additional features such as face detection and even a ‘Make Up' mode - which softens the larger skin areas of the face for a more brushed and flattering finish - also go to show that the H10 is ideal for those portraits too. Clever features like Tracking AF will even locate your subject in frame and maintain focus, even if they move throughout the frame.
Casio EXILIM EX-H10 review - Design
Although relatively slim, the EXILIM H10 does still carry some bulk - the product of stowing away a 10x optical zoom lens no doubt. It's a simple-looking compact that's certainly functional, though perhaps less sleek in appearance than some other compacts available on the market. To add to its appeal the H10 is available in five different colours - blue, gold, silver, pink or black.
The H10's menu system looks relatively simple, but is easy enough to navigate. There are a lot of ‘Best Shot' scene modes though, perhaps 38 is actually a few too many than will actively be used. A one-touch movie button allows for quick HD movie capture rather than having to dig through the menus, and two buttons on top of the camera are for quick-access ‘Make Up' and ‘Vivid Landscape' modes too.
Overall the Casio EX-H10 is a solid performer – mainly due to its 24-240mm (10x optical zoom) lens and long lasting battery life. Beyond this it’s not particularly ground-breaking though and, considering the price point, isn’t necessarily going to have other competitors’ advanced products running scared. Image quality is a bit of a let down too but, saying that, will provide ample quality in good light at lower ISO. There aren’t a huge variety of compacts with a versatile 24-240mm lens – and that, essentially, is the reason to buy the H10. It’s almost there, but just needs one or two tweaks and some advances before it could be deemed as truly great.