November 18, 2009
Casio Exilim EX-H10 Digital Camera
The Casio EX-H10 Camera is a good example of the direction digital camera makers are taking this holiday season. There are a large number of point-and-shoot digital camera users out there who have become so proficient with there current camera that they are now looking to move up to cameras that have more and improved features. This means they are willing to spend more money to get there. To add these functions requires bigger cases until future miniaturization allows a reduction in case size again. Casio makes some really nice lightweight point-and-shoot cameras. They fit in almost any pocket and provide the features most people need. Casio has begun to add more options to some new releases. That does not mean you will be toting a giant package with lenses and tons of accessories. It means you get more camera but without the super slim look that fits in any small pocket or purse. The Exilim EX-H10 by Casio will fit in a large pocket but I would recommend a belt case to preserve the finish and LCD. The EX-H10 does a lot and does it well. If you want additional functions you should take a good look at this $299.99 full featured camera.
In The Box
The EX-H10 Camera
AC power Cord
CD-Rom With software and manual
Rechargeable Battery – Casio NP-901 (1000 Photos)
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When I first opened the box I found one of the thickest batteries I had seen in a digital camera in several years. The 3 inch LCD screen is one of the largest and clearest. At 5.8 oz (without battery) and measuring 4(w) X 2.5(h) X .96(d) inches the EX-H10 camera is large when compared to a Casio EX-10. On the other hand its larger size makes it easy to hold steady for most shots.
The large battery is as advertised. It is long lasting and needed recharging only once during the entire time I was testing the EX-H10. I did not take anywhere near 1000 photos/videos. This is one of the items that add bulk to the camera. It is a trade off that you have to weigh when making your buying decisions.
There are 35.7 MBs of storage built into the camera. An easily accessed slot in the battery area will support SDHC and SC Memory cards. I used a 2GB SD card for these tests. I am sure the Casio H10 will accept cards with larger storage ability. If you are taking lots of video you will need to use 4GB cards or more.
The 10X Optical Zoom does a great job in daylight. See the Stag Statue Photos (3 slides) zoomed from 1X to 10X and then to full digital zoom. The LED often showed grainy views in the digital zoom range but the photos are sharpened during the save process and look very good after saving them. I was very happy with results when taking both photos and videos in non zoom mode.
To see More photos taken with the Casio EX-H10 CLICK HERE.
Other New features include
HIGH-DEFINITION MOVIE with the press of one button create HD movies at a size of 1280x720 pixels
DYNAMIC PHOTO - Place your moving subject on any background to create an animation where on the main subject in the photo is moving. This can be done using just the camera, with no editing on a computer.
ULTRA-WIDE ANGLE 24MM LENS – Shoot a small room or very large subjects.
MAKE-UP MODE –recognizing faces and adjusting focus and exposure accordingly it can make adjustments to smooth skin in images. Make everyone, including me, look better.
For the curious the complete manual can be downloaded from the internet by CLICKING HERE. It is very detailed. It helped me much more than the getting started pamphlet. It is also on the included CD
I am not saying the Casio EXilim EX-H10 Camera is gigantic or even too bulky for normal use. It is somewhat larger with more features packed into it. Finding a large pocket or a belt case in which to carry this is worth the trouble.
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