Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Digital Photography and other Digital Photography topics.
Well, mark Casio as the latest digital camera manufacturer to enter the "compact superzoom" category. The new long-zoom Exilim EX-H10 is due out in July.
Unlike most long-zoom cameras, compact superzooms maintain more-or-less pocketable size, while offering an optical zoom lens with more reach than usual. In the case of Casio's new model, the size is about 4" x 2.5" x 1". And the optical zoom is a 10x (equal to 24mm - 240mm on a 35mm camera).
But the size and zoom aren't the features of the EX-H10 getting the most attention. Instead, it's the battery. According to Casio, the EX-H10 will shoot 1,000 photos on a single charge of it's lithium-ion battery. That's about triple the capacity of other digital cameras in its class.
Snapshooters will appreciate the EX-H10's small size, along with it's 3" LCD, HD video capability and 12 MP maximum resolution. But more serious shooters will probably be less excited by the relatively slow lens (f/3.2 - f/5.7) and tiny sensor.
Still, Casio has a good reputation, and - for its intended audience - the EX-H10 will probably prove an able performer.