Casio EX-H30 Review

May 16, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |


The Casio EX-H30 looks the part for anyone wanting a user-friendly 'travel zoom' with a broader than average focal range; in fact in our opinion its sleek appearance is second only to the Nikon Coolpix S9100, of which this could be considered in some ways a budget version, even though it does pack in more real photographic features and manual control than its otherwise revered rival.

The other positives here are the best in class 1,000 shot battery life - ideal when away from home, or simply a plug socket - that easy to use Slide Panorama feature, quick power up and response times increasing the likelihood of the user getting the shot they saw in their mind's eye, simple operation for the most part, plus it's more affordable if taking into account its current street price around the £200 mark rather than the original £229 being asked by its manufacturer.

Ultimately the EX-H30 comes across as a 'best of' the current travel zoom crop - resembling the Nikon Coolpix S9100 for looks and layout, the Olympus SZ-20 for headline specifications and the Canon PowerShot SX220HS, Samsung WB650 and Panasonic TZ20 for manual photographic features. Whilst no one individual aspect individually stood out for us as being particularly praiseworthy or revolutionary, there's no need to damn it for the crime of doing exactly what it says on the tin. The Casio is a competent tool for those who want consistency and reliability in return for their modest investment.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4