Excerpt: The new Casio Exilim EX-HG20G (list price, about $350) is a pocket size camera that is a traveling companion for those who like to see where they’ve been. Some examples: during my test with the camera we turned down a dirt road and “got lost” in the back areas of Arroyo Hondo, NM.
Summary: Overall the Casio EX-H20G is an all-round solid performer. The Hybrid GPS is unique but if you have no interest in this particular feature then save yourself a bit of cash and look elsewhere in the Casio range (or, indeed, browse other manufacturers’ ranges).
Pros: GPS, battery life, 10x zoom
Cons: Image quality (over ISO 400), no manual modes
Excerpt: With their recent digital camera releases Casio has chosen to focus on pushing the boundaries of digital camera technology. While Canon and Nikon can compete simply with fundamentals–sensor quality, zoom range, maximum aperture, and so on–other companies don’t always have the same luxury.
Summary: Competing point-and-shoot cameras from major OEM’s (original equipment manufacturers) like Nikon, Canon, and Olympus are often so similar (same basic “look”, same resolution, almost identical LCD screens, rigidly similar control arrays, same zoom range, etc.
Pros: Good image quality, Effective on-board GPS, 10x optical zoom
Cons: Some ergonomic issues, Expensive, Slight overexposure
Conclusion: Like most point and shoot propose to do, the Casio Exilim EX-H20G delivers decent results with the minimum of fuss, even if those pictorial results are only on a par with the average snapshot camera.
Pros: Broad focal range, high resolution, decent battery life, the “extra” draw of built-in GPS
Cons: The premium price tag, optical zoom is disabled when recording video due to the mechanical buzz of the lens adjusting, sluggish to power up and down
Summary: As with most big zoom compacts claiming to be all in one solutions, the pluses surrounding the Casio EX-H20G - extended creative options due to that broader focal range - outweigh the negative of slightly wider physical dimensions.