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Monday, Aug 29, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-S500 Review - DCRP

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim EX-S500

Casio Exilim EX-S500The Casio Exilim EX-S500 is an ultra-thin camera that has a lot going for it, but I was ultimately let down by its poor image quality. The S500 is an ultra-compact camera that comes in your choice of three colors. It’s design is stunning and the orange body that I tested garners even more attention. The S500 features a 2.2″ LCD that could use some more pixels. Thankfully the screen is visible in low light situations. There is no optical viewfinder on the S500.

The S500 is a fast performer, with a one second startup time, low shutter lag, and fast shot-to-shot times. Low light focusing was good thanks to the camera’s AF-assist lamp. Photo quality is where the S500 falls apart. Images were too soft and too noisy — much worse than the competition. On the bright side, redeye doesn’t seem to be too horrible for a compact camera.

There are a few other annoyances worth mentioning. Like other cameras in this class, the flash is on the weak side. To transfer photos to your computer or to view photos on your television you must use the included camera cradle. Same goes for charging the battery, though at least you can buy an external charger to get around that. The camera includes just 8.3MB of on-board memory, which is hardly worth printing on the box. I’m also not a fan of Casio’s refusal to put a full, printed manual in the box. And finally, the S500’s continuous shooting mode was pretty slow, especially compared to cameras like the Canon SD400.

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 Review - Steves Digicams

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim EX-S500

Casio Exilim EX-S500The 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.

As with all EXILIM Series digital cameras, the EX-S500 features Casio’s EXILIM Engine, an image processing module that makes for high quality images, quick operation, and low power consumption. The latest version of the EXILIM Engine features the Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blurring caused by shaking hands or moving subjects, while the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions ensure that photos are properly focused.

In addition to the anti-blur technology, 5.0 megapixel resolution and 3X zoom capability means high quality pictures. A large 2.2-inch TFT LCD screen makes still and video photography easy to shoot, and the lithium ion rechargeable battery allows up to 200 shots on one charge.

The pocket-sized EX-S500 is quick and easy to use for both business and pleasure. Comparable in size and weight with most cell phones, the EX-S500 is conveniently portable, taking high quality pictures and movies anywhere, anytime. The included docking cradle makes charging the battery and transferring your photos and movies quick and simple with the EasyLoader software and USB 2.0 high-speed throughput.

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Thursday, Aug 25, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-S500 Review - Digital Camera Review

Aug 25, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim EX-S500

Casio Exilim EX-S500The 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. While not at the top of the class in image quality, it’s images are still good and will satisfy most users.

One of the selling features of the camera is the Anti Shake DSP. To minimize blurring in low light (slow shutter speed) situations, the camera will boost the ISO sensitivity to allow a quicker shutter speed. It is effective, but will never be as superior as optical image stabilization. The downside to boosting the ISO sensitivity is that “noise” is increased in the image. (See the noise comparison image later in this review).

The camera is very snappy. The start up time is excellent — under a second. Shutter lag is more or less non-existent after the camera is already focused (by depressing the shutter partway). Even when the camera is not already focused, it’s still very snappy. Auto focus is quick, even in dark areas (with the help of the focus assist light).

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Thursday, Aug 04, 2005

Casio Exilim EX-S500 Review - CNET Reviews

Aug 04, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim EX-S500

Casio Exilim EX-S500The latest in Casio’s slim-jim line of card cameras, the 5-megapixel Exilim EX-S500 offers a 3X optical zoom and a number of features missing in its predecessor, the S100. They include a burst mode, MPEG-4 video capture, and the ever-important AF illuminator, rounding out this pocket camera’s generous feature set. Its photo quality doesn’t distinguish it, but if you’re not too picky about that, it’s definitely worth a look

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Casio Exilim EX-S500 Review - Ken Rockwell

Aug 04, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim EX-S500

Casio Exilim EX-S500The EX-S500 is a 5MP, 3x optical zoom camera that’s probably the smallest digital zoom camera in existence along with the EX-S100.

The new EX-S500 comes painted in dark gray silver painted metallic, white or orange. I prefer the gray metallic. I would really prefer black, but that’s not an option. The gray paint is an improvement over the slippery stainless steel of the earlier EX-S100.

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