Casio Exilim EX-S500 5.0 Mega Pixel Digital Camera
19 December 2005
Summary: The EX-S500 has eye-catching looks, and performance to match. If you’re looking for a pocket-sized shooter, this little Casio is your best bet. At around $280 , it is no more expensive than its larger-sized competitors, and just as full featured. The BFR Breakdown Battery Life: Above average; 200 shots by CIPA standards if you’re familiar with that. In real life, this equates to about 170 shots, enough to fill a 512mb SD card with photos and video.
Conclusion: Life is filled with disappointments but in this new era of Hurricane Katrina, a so-so digital camera doesn’t rank high up there. Still it does cost money and no one wants to throw it away. I tip my hat to the Casio engineers for creating such a small camera. Next time they should spend much more time on image quality.
Pros: Unbelievably thin; extensive scene modes; good outdoor image quality
Conclusion: The Casio S500 is an extremely well-built camera that provides incredible features. When you are out and about, this camera can go with you without slowing you down. It fit in my shirt pocket or in my pants pocket, and I was almost tempted to fit it into my wallet for the heck of it. The best part of the camera was the ease of using it, and the Best Shot programming.
Pros: Lightweight and compact., Metal design., Best Shot mode., Anti-Shake technology.
Cons: No ISO information in EXIF data., Must pack along camera cradle if you travel., Spare battery is not readily available., No optical viewfinder., Image quality suspect.
Excerpt: Introduction The Casio Exilim EX-S500 is the latest ultra-compact from Casio. It's a stylish little camera that comes in gray, white, and orange. The EX-S500 is a 5 megapixel camera, with 3x optical zoom, 2.2 inch LCD, Anti Shake DSP, and 30 Best Shot settings. If you're looking for an ultra-compact with some great features, the Casio EXILIM EX-S500 is a good option.
Excerpt: The Casio
Exilim EX-S500 ($399) is an ultra-compact 5 Megapixel
digital camera with a 3X optical zoom lens. And when
I saw ultra-compact, I mean it -- it's just 0.6 inches
thick! Other features include a 2.2" LCD display,
tons of scene modes, and a high quality MPEG4 movie
Pros: Ultra-thin metal body comes in three colors, Above average 2.2" LCD display, Robust performance, Anti-shake system (though see issues below), Limited manual controls, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Excellent movie mode, Tons of scene modes
Cons: Very soft and noisy images, Electronic image stabilizer doesn't work as well as optically based systems; cannot be used in movie mode, High ISO settings are too noisy and camera likes to use them with certain Best Shot modes, Unimpressive continuous shooting mode, LCD resolution could be better, Weak flash, USB and video out requires use of camera dock, No memory card included; just 8.3 MB of on-board memory, Full camera manual only on CD-ROM
Conclusion: The Casio Exilim EX-S500 is a good all round ultra compact digital camera. It is easy to use and takes good outdoors shots. I have reservations about the quality of the camera indoors though.
Pros: Minimal shutter lag, Design, Ease of use
Cons: Indoor focusing problems, Very small internal memory, Small flash range