Casio EX-H15 Review
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As with most big zoom compacts claiming to be all in one solutions, the pluses surrounding the Casio EX-H15 - extended creative options due to that broader focal range - outweigh the negative of slightly wider physical dimensions. And it's worth remembering that just a couple of years back you would have to buy an enthusiast-targeted bridge model to get anything like the lens reach offered here. Now similar results can be achieved with a simple to operate pocket point and shoot. Marvelous!
It seems shortsighted however that the optical zoom isn't accessible when filming video - especially when it's the camera's main selling point - but then the mechanical buzz of the lens' operation would undoubtedly be picked up if it was. This is much noisier in operation than on competing models, such as Canon's PowerShot SX210 IS, and is one of the few black marks against Casio's big zoom Exilim, the other being lack of HDMI output, though this isn't a deal breaker.
That broad focal range, high resolution and a decent battery life do ensure that the Casio EX-H15 should be on the list of anyone looking for an able travel companion that can return decent results with the minimum of fuss and prior knowledge. It may not be the prettiest or coolest device out there, but it's practical and sometimes that's all that matters.
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