posted on Jul 13, 2009 at 9:15PM
Casio Introduces High Zoom H10By Emily Raymond
Casio introduced a new category of digital cameras into its lineup with the announcement of the Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H10. The camera is less than an inch thick and packs in a 10x optical zoom lens, image stabilization, and 12.1 megapixels. Better still, the included battery can get 1,000 shots per charge. The H10 will go on sale in mid-July for $299.
The Casio Exilim EX-H10 is marketed as “the thinnest and lightest camera in its class,” according to the company’s web site. The body measures 4 x 2.5 x 0.96 inches; its closest competitor, the Olympus Stylus-9000, sizes up at 1.2 inches thick. Both the Casio H10 and Olympus Stylus-9000 have 12.1 megapixels and 10x optical zoom lenses, but the Olympus can only get 250 shots from its battery while the Casio H10 can get 1,000.
The new battery in the H10 encourages photographers to leave the charger at home when packing for vacation. Photographers can be charger-free for more than a week, a concept unheard of with most other compact digital cameras. Comparable models with rechargeable batteries can shoot anywhere from 200 to 300 shots per charge, well below the capacity of the Casio H10’s battery power.
The Casio EX-H10 has a 10x optical zoom lens that is equivalent to a 24-240mm lens in the 35mm format. The lens provides a wider angle than what is available on other comparable models. Both the Olympus Stylus-9000 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 have 10x lenses that measure 28-280mm. All of these cameras carry a form of optical image stabilization.
On the back of the H10 is a 3-inch LCD screen that has decent resolution of 230,000 pixels. On top of the camera is a dedicated button for the H10’s “makeup mode” that smooths blemishes and enhances skin tones. Like its Exilim siblings, the Casio H10 will come with dozens and dozens of automated modes.
The Casio Exilim H10 has a 1280 x 720-pixel HD movie mode that shoots a full 30 fps in addition to its standard and YouTube movie modes. The new camera also comes with a dynamic photo function that allows photographers to cut and paste subjects from photos to create composite images. This feature is included on a few previous Exilim cameras, but the H10 improves the function in four ways.
First, you can reduce or enlarge the cut-out subject to fit into the background better. Second, you can convert image files into movie files. Third, there are eight moving graphics like hearts and bouquets of flowers that can be added to photos. Fourth, you can now transfer images from a computer to the camera to be included in the dynamic photo function.
The new Casio H10 is available in black and was first announced by the company on June 11.
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