Casio's Exilim EX-H15 superzoom packs some impressive specs into a fairly compact package, including a 14.1-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom lens and lengthy battery life. But is it as good in practice as it sounds on paper? It's available now for around £180.
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The camera's main selling point is its lengthy 10x zoom, which extends out from the body when you use it. The lens also provides the equivalent angle (in 35mm terms) of 24mm at the wide end, making the EX-H15 a highly versatile camera that can be used effectively in a number of photographic situations.
A 14.1-megapixel sensor backs up the lens. It's capable of capturing 4:3 frames of up to 4,320x3,240 pixels, which is not too shabby. Other impressive specs include a high-resolution, 460,000-pixel, 3-inch LCD screen; 720p video-capture capability; and a battery life of up to 1,000 shots.
It's a shame that there's no HDMI output and that the video-recording time is limited to 29 minutes, but these points shouldn't bother anyone for whom making movies is a secondary concern.
The EX-H15 is on the large side for a compact camera, but it's well built and feels quite robust. Its size and serious-looking lens housing lend the camera a somewhat masculine feel -- unless you opt for the pink version. Silver, black and brown versions are also available.
The EX-H15 doesn't offer touchscreen controls but there aren't too many buttons to deal with either. As with many modern cameras, the zoom rocker surrounds the shutter-release button. Most of the camera's features are accessed via a simple on-screen menu and five-way pad system.