Casio EX-H15 Quick Hands-On Review

Casio EX-H15

The Casio EX-H15 is a 14.1MP point and shoot camera that packs a 10x zoom lens into a rather compact body.  It serves as a replacement to the EX-H10 in Casio’s point and shoot lineup. The EX-H15 housing has a nice feel with a variety of colors available on the aluminum finish.

While the body is a a little thicker than some of the other point and shoot cameras announced by Casio at CES 2010, the 10x zoom makes it worth the added girth.  I was actually surprised at just how far that 10x lens extended from the both of the camera at the max telephoto end of the zoom. [Read more...]

Panasonic FH20 Quick Hands-On Review

Panasonic FH20

One of the many point and shoot cameras announced at CES 2010 was the Panasonic FH20.  I spent a little while at CES checking out the new camera and its siblings.

The FH20 is at the top end of the new cameras in the FH lineup.  The other new cameras, the FH3 and FH1, are essentially just lower-spec versions of the FH20.  Since all the models were preproduction and I couldn’t evaluate image quality at CES, the handling and performance comments on the FH20 pretty much match up with my impressions of the FH3 and FH1 as well. [Read more...]

Casio EX-FH100 Hands-On Review

Casio EX-FH100

Casio has updated the popular EX-FC100 (last year’s model) with the EX-FH100, which adds a little more resolution and doubles the zoom magnification from 5x to 10x.  The FH100 also features the popular high frame rate feature found in the FC100.

As usual, Casio had a great setup at CES for testing out the camera’s features.  This year, Casio had a martial arts team throwing kicks and twirling swords to put the high frame rate camera through the paces. Below, you’ll find a couple of videos from the FH100. [Read more...]

Casio EX-10HG

Casio EX-10HG

The Casio EX-10HG is a new concept camera that was not part of any announcements at CES 2010.  A handful of EX-10HG prototypes were on display in Casio’s booth on the CES showfloor.

The EX-10HG is essentially an EX-FH100 with one important difference – it includes a hybrid GPS system built-in to the camera.  This is not just a geotagging camera.  The EX-10HG has a full-fledged GPS system, complete with map system powered by Google Maps. [Read more...]

Samsung NX10 Hands-On Review

Samsung NX10

While at CES 2010, I had the opportunity to handle the new 14.6MP Samsung NX10.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any image samples from the camera because it was a pre-production model. The good news about the camera though, is that it was mostly functional and gave a good idea of what to expect from the NX10 that we’ll soon see on store shelves. [Read more...]

New Casio Cameras at CES 2010

Casio EX-FH100

Casio unveiled four new point and shoot cameras at CES 2010.

The Casio EX-FH100 features a 9MP CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom and 720p video recording.  The FH100 can capture 9MP images at 30 fps burst speed and can record video at 1000 fps.  The FH100 carries a retail price of about $400. Check availability on

The EX-Z2000 offers a 14.1MP sensor, 5x zoom, 3-inch LCD at 460k dot resolution.  The Z2000 also has sensor-shift stabilization and HD video recording.  The Z2000 carries at a retail price of about $230.  Check availability on

The EX-Z550 has a 14MP sensor, 4x optical zoom and 2.7-inch LCD.  The Z550 also offers sensor-shift image stabilization and HD video recording.  The Z550 carries an initial retail price of about $170.  Check availability on

The EX-H15 features a 14.1MP, 10x zoom and 3-inch LCD at 460k dot resolution.  No word yet on price or availability.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

New Lexar Products at CES 2010


Lexar announced a number of new additions to its product lineup at CES 2010.

Lexar added a 32GB capacity to its 300x Professional series of CF cards.  Additionally, 16GB and 32GB capacities have been added to the 233x CF Pro series.

Lexar’s biggest buzzing product was a new Echo drive series, which are small USB drives that can be set to back up specific files or folders.  During a product demo, I saw the utility of how these drives can help photographers working in the field.  These drives can be used to automate the backup portion of your workflow, which helps speed things up when you’re out in the field.

Lexar Echo ZE

As you can see from the above shot of the Echo ZE, Lexar has managed to fit 32GB into a tiny form factor.  The Lexar Echo SE drive is bigger, more like a normal-sized USB stick; however, according to Lexar, it is much faster.

More details about the Lexar Echo drives in the press release below. [Read more...]