Casio EX-H30 Review

4.0
May 16, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The mark of a pocket sized travel zoom is how well it performs when shooting handheld at longer focal lengths - as well as at extreme wide-angle. In that respect the Casio's EX-H30's still images are colour rich and detailed for the most part, bettering those achievable with the Olympus SZ-20 at longer focal ranges. They require little if any adjustment straight out of the camera, which is exactly what anyone wants from a point and shoot camera. And if occasionally we got a soft shot at maximum zoom due to hand wobble/camera shake, this was the exception rather than the rule. Though, to be picky our white wall test shots do however reveal some visible corner shading at the edges of frame at maximum wide-angle setting.

As far as low light/ISO performance is concerned, the Casio delivers a clean, noise free performance up to and including ISO 400. Matters noticeably go downhill from ISO 800 onwards, with noise visible across the image and softened detail to boot. At ISO 3200 the image is really breaking up, formerly defined areas resembling a Pointillist painting rather than a photograph per se. Not the best low light performance we've seen then, but neither is it the worst. 'Acceptable' is our verdict in the case of the Casio Exilim EX-H30.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Casio EX-H30. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Casio EX-H30 kept chromatic aberrations largely under control during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Casio EX-H30 offers a Super Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Casio EX-H30 are Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Soft Flash, and Red Eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (300mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (300mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. Neither the Auto setting or the Red Eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)

Night

The Casio EX-H30's maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds, which is fairly good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/8th second at ISO 800.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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