Casio EX-H15 Review

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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H15
Resolution: 14.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Lens: 10.00x zoom
(24-240mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 64 - 3200
Shutter: 1/2000 - 4 sec
Max Aperture: 3.2
Dimensions: 4.0 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.
(102 x 61 x 28 mm)
Weight: 7.2 oz (204 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $300
Availability: TBD
Manufacturer: Casio
Full specs: Casio EX-H15 specifications

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The Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H15 is based around a 1/2.3" 14.1 megapixel CCD image sensor behind an EXILIM Optical branded 10x zoom lens which features a generous 24mm wide angle. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.2 to f/5.7 across the zoom range, and focusing is possible to a minimum of just seven centimeters in Super Macro mode. Images are framed and reviewed on a 3.0" LCD display with 460,800 dots of resolution; as you'd expect the long-zoom Casio H15 doesn't include any form of true optical viewfinder.

The Casio EXILIM H15 uses contrast detection autofocusing, and include face detection capability. Metering choices are multi-pattern, center weighted, and spot, and shutter speeds from 4 to 1/2000 second are on offer. The Casio EX-H15's ISO sensitivity ranges from a minimum of ISO 64 equivalent, through to a maximum of ISO 3,200 equivalent. Images are stored on Secure Digital / SDHC cards or in 73.8MB of internal memory. Power comes from a proprietary NP-90 lithium ion rechargeable battery, rated as good for 1,000 shots on a charge to CIPA testing standards.

A couple of more unusual features on the Casio EXILIM EX-H15 are its landscape and makeup modes. In the former, the Casio H15 owner can capture either Vivid or Mist Removal landscape photos, with the option controlled via a dedicated button and two steps of control available for the strength of the effect. In the makeup mode, the Casio EX-H15's face detection function is used to locate subjects' faces, which are then automatically adjusted to yield smooth skin tones and softened shadows, with twelve steps of control over the effect. Again, this function is accessed via a dedicated button.

US pricing and availability for the Casio EXILIM EX-H15 was not known at press time.

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