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Casio Exilim EX-S500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 770 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and size are on the whole positive. The screen and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the reliability and shutter. Comments are divided on the manual image adjustments.

portability, usability, screen, size, design

memory, viewfinder, features, shutter, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Casio Exilim EX-S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Casio Exilim EX-S500

 

This tiny five-megapixel digicam take pictures that will make you proud.

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Casio Exilim EX-S500

 

Mindboggling. That's the only way to describe the ultra-tiny new 5-megapixel digicam from Casio. I've handled the vast majority of compact 5MP models with large LCD screens but the Casio Exilim Card EX-S500 is even smaller than the competition. And...

Unbelievably thin; extensive scene modes; good outdoor image quality

Poor LCD screen; uneven picture performance

Mindboggling. That's the only way to describe the ultra-tiny new 5-megapixel digicam from Casio.

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Casio Exilim EX-S500 Camera

 

Casio's $399, 5.1-megapixel EX-S500 may be one of the thinnest zoom-lens-equipped digital cameras you can buy--just 0.6 inch front to back with its 3X zoom lens retracted. That makes it small enough to take with you almost anywhere. Casio offers this...

Ultra-thin body Lots of features, such as anti-shake

Images did not look very sharp

At home or in the office, the S500 perches on its small docking cradle, facing rearward. You can set it to display a calendar, with each day you took a photo represented by a small thumbnail image. Alternatively, you can arrange for it to run a...

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Casio Exilim EX-S500 Digital Camera - Gray (5.25MP, 2560x1920, 3x Opt, 8.3MB Internal Memory, SD/MMC)

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Ultra-thin body ; Lots of features, such as anti-shake

Images did not look very sharp

This ultra-thin camera offers a lot of manual settings and features such as anti-shake, but its images didn't look so sharp.

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Casio EX-S500

 

The EX-S500 is the next generation in the super-slim Exilim Card digital camera series. It is a culmination of Casio's core technologies, combining cutting-edge miniaturization and digital expertise with state-of-the-art movie recording capability.

V1.00-V1.01

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Casio Exilim EX-S500 review by PC Magazine

 

The Casio Exilim EX-S500 is a great choice for style-conscious shooters. It boasts excellent image quality, great usability, and a gorgeous design ...

Excellent picture quality. Useful and accessible scene modes. Speedy performance. Cool look.

Flash can be too powerful. No manual modes. No viewfinder.

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Casio Exilim EX-S500

 

Like so many of the stylish and thin cameras on the market these days, the EX-S500 comes in three colors: white, gray, and yes, even orange. You can probably tell which color I ended up with

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...

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...

If the Exilim EX-S500's photo quality was better I'd have no problem recommending it. However, it consistently disappointed me where other cameras do not. While it has a lot of potential, your money would be better spent on another camera.

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Casio Exilim EX-S500 5.0 Mega Pixel Digital Camera

 

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. Weight / Size: You won't find a smaller, more capable camera with

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Casio Exilim EX-S500 Digital Camera Pro Review

 

I've been a die-hard SLR user for a very long time, but recently I have been having "photographer's block." Using a very light point-and-shoot camera is bringing a new sense of fun and spontaneity to my photography. So I took this camera with me in my...

Lightweight and compact., Metal design., Best Shot mode., Anti-Shake technology.

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.

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...

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Casio EXILIM EX-S500 Digital Camera Review

 

The Casio Exilim EX-S500 is the latest ultra-compact from Casio.

Attractive styling ; Quick start up ; Low shutter lag ; Plenty of "Best Shot" scene modes ; Excellent LCD screen

Lack of sharpness in some images ; Color a bit washed out at times ; You need to use the cradle for charging and transferring images to your computer ; Small size may be hard to hold for some ; Flash not very strong

Included in the box is the camera, NP-20 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, CA-28 USB cradle, special AC adapter, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, software, and basic reference guide

Product Specifications

A 5-megapixel CCD for beautiful images combined with manual parameter settings gives you the tools to create exactly the type of digital images you want. The EX-S500 brings you real movie recording capabilities in a card-size configuration. It records beautiful VGA size (640 x 480-pixel) images at 30 frames per second. You can take the EX-S500 along anywhere and record movies with all the ease of snapshots. Snapshots plus movies for a whole new world of digital camera fun! The design of the EX-S500 not only makes it compact, it is also easy to use. Features include a pyramid configuration for the top that makes the shutter button easier to operate, buttons for mode-less recording of snapshots and movies, and much more.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Casio NP-20

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:2.3in
Weight:0.2lbs/4.1oz
Width:3.5in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Autumn leaves / Back light / Business cards and documents / Candlelight portrait / Children / Collection / Fireworks / Flower / Food / High sensitivity / Natural green / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Portrait with scenery / Scenery / Soft flowing water / Splashing water / Sports mode / Sundown / Text / Twilight mode / White board/Anti shake / Autumn leaves / Back light / Candlelight portrait / Children / Collection / Fireworks / Flower / Flowing water / Food / Macro / Natural green / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Portrait with scenery / Scenery / Splashing water / Sports mode / Sundown / Text / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated

Header

Manufacturer:Casio Computer
Model:EX-S500/S500EO/S500GY/S500WE
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Casio EXILIM CARD/Casio EXILIM EX

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.2
Max Focal Length:18.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.2mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Fiesta orange/Meister gray/Nordic silver/Nordic white/Orange/White
Refurbished:Refurbished

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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