Casio Exilim EX-S10 review

£139
Price when reviewed
This is one of the older models on test here, but that isn’t necessarily bad news. Prices on Exilims over a year old are low, and although the EX-S10 is long in the tooth it’s still available, and worthy of consideration.

The main body is less than 15mm thick, and even if you add in the bulge of the lens housing it remains the thinnest on test at around 16mm. Despite that, it’s no fragile waif – the metal body feels the most solid of all the models on test this month.

The major advances of the past year in digital compacts – ubiquitous optical image stabilisation and wide-angle lenses – post-date the EX-S10 and so it loses out in both respects. Image quality is disappointing overall too. On the upside, the lens is among the sharpest at full wide-angle, but that’s probably down to the fact it’s only a moderate wide-angle optic, at 36mm equivalent compared to the 28mm of the more modern competition.

Elsewhere, things are less rosy. Although there was a fair amount of detail in outdoor shots, contrast tended to be on the low side, a magenta cast was obvious, and there was evidence of blooming around highlights. High-ISO performance also leaves much to be desired, with our indoor low-light test shots showing much intrusive colour noise.

Although the EX-S10 is a good camera, it’s by no means a great one and shows how much things have advanced since its release. It’s an easy camera to like, but difficult to love.

Details

Image quality 4

Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating 10.1MP
Camera screen size 2.7in
Camera optical zoom range 3.0x
Camera maximum resolution 3,648 x 2,736

Weight and dimensions

Weight 128g
Dimensions 94 x 16 x 55mm (WDH)

Battery

Battery type included Lithium-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard) 280 shots
Charger included? yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash? yes
Aperture range f2.8 - f7.9
Camera minimum focus distance 15.00m
Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent) 36
Longest focal length (35mm equivalent) 108
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed 1/2,000
Bulb exposure mode? no
Exposure compensation range +/- 2EV
ISO range 80 - 1600
Selectable white balance settings? yes
Manual/user preset white balane? yes
Progam auto mode? no
Shutter priority mode? no
Aperture priority mode? no
Fully auto mode? yes
Burst frame rate 0.0fps
Exposure bracketing? no
White-balance bracketing? no
Memory-card type SD
Viewfinder coverage N/A
LCD resolution 230k
Secondary LCD display? no
Video/TV output? yes
Body construction Alloy
Tripod mounting thread? yes
Data connector type Proprietary USB

Manual, software and accessories

Full printed manual? no
Software supplied Casio Photo Loader, Photo Transport, Data Transport, YouTube Uploader
Accessories supplied Strap, USB cable, video cable

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