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Casio Exilim EX-H30 review

£219.14 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Casio

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Casio Exilim EX-H30 compact digital camera makes up for its zoom shortcomings with a 16.1Mp CCD.

Fielding a comparably modest 12.5x optical zoom (24 to 300mm in 35mm terms) supported by CCD-shift stabilisation, the Casio Exilim EX-H30 makes up for its zoom shortcomings with a 16.1Mp CCD (matched in our latest camera group test only by the Olympus SZ-20).

With an asking price around £200, the other thing in the Casio's favour is a best-in-class 1,000-shot battery life. As with the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, photos and video are composed via a 3in 460k dot LCD, although here the aspect ratio is the typical 4:3 rather than 16:9. At just under an inch wide the Casio will slide snugly into a pocket. Mirroring the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20's Extra Optical Zoom facility, the Casio's zoom can be further extended by a factor of 1.5x, to an equivalent 18.8x.

A press of the top plate on/off button and the Casio Exilim EX-H30 powers up in just over a second; a mechanical whirr soundtracks the lens as it extends to maximum wide-angle setting. Rather than burying its shooting mode options within screen menus that are busy and occasionally puzzling, Casio has taken the same tack as Canon and included a dedicated dial that acts as a time saver.

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Two auto modes include Premium Auto that automatically 'enhances' shots in camera to save recourse to Photoshop, plus there are plentiful 'Best Shot' scene modes, a silent mode for surreptitious snappers, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual options. Video shooting gets its own camcorder-style record button, although resolution is 1280x720 pixels at 24fps, and Casio omits HDMI output.

Otherwise the EX-H30's controls are simply what you'd expect to find on a pocket model, with separate buttons for capture or review modes, a control pad with central 'set' button, plus a dedicated menu button.

Quick and responsive, the Casio's images are colour-rich and detailed for the most part. Our test shots required little adjustment - exactly what we want from a point and shoot. Travellers will enjoy the easy Slide Panorama mode selected via the top plate dial. Press down on the shutter release button and pan in the direction indicated through a maximum arc of 260 degrees to the sound of the shutter rapidly firing. Within seconds the seamless elongated result appears.

Casio Exilim EX-H30 Expert Verdict »
Casio Exilim EX-H30 Scores 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
12.5x optical zoom, 24-300mm equivalent
16Mp CCD
max video resolution: 1280x720 pixels
3in LCD, 460k dots
ISO 80 to 3200
battery life: 1,000 shots per charge
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
105x59x29mm
201g with battery and card
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Casio looks the part for those wanting a simple-to-operate travel zoom, but doesn’t quite hit the heights of rivals as regards video capability. Still, the pricing feels fair and a 1000-shot battery life is magnificent when away from home. Incidentally the EX-H20G is the Casio to go for if additional GPS is a must.

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