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Friday, Oct 14, 2005

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Review - Digital Camera Info

Oct 14, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505Aiming for the hybrid market, the Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 adds camcorder-like features to its digital camera body. The P505 has 5 effective megapixels for still imaging on its 1/2.5-inch CCD and full VGA resolution in its four movie modes. Heavily marketing the camera’s video capabilities, Casio included a unique Past Movie mode that starts the recording five seconds before users press the shutter release button. The Casio P505 has a 5x optical zoom lens that works in the movie mode too. The camera body is compact, but the 2-inch LCD can fold outwards and rotate in classic camcorder style to provide added shooting flexibility. This Exilim hosts a fully manual mode, aperture and shutter priority modes, an auto mode, and a long list of scene modes.

The Casio P505 took 1.41 seconds to power up and take its first shot. This isn’t incredibly fast, but there are definitely many slower compact digital cameras on the market. So unless speed is paramount, the P505 should be adequate.

The EX-P505 does not have a burst mode and action is certainly not its forte. It took a leisurely 2.4 seconds in between shots. At that pace, don’t plan on capturing sports or anything in motion.

There is some shutter lag in the Casio P505. With the flash off, it took 0.12 seconds between the shutter release button being pressed and the picture being recorded. There are worse culprits of shutter lag, but still be prepared for a, “1-2-3-cheese… no wait… now.”

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Monday, Aug 29, 2005

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Review - Trusted Reviews

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505Looking at the pictures of the Casio EX-P505, it’s hard to get an idea of the size of it. The SLR-like design is reminiscent of large semi-pro models such as the Fujifilm FinePix S20 Pro or Nikon Coolpix 8800. The word “Pro” in the name also gives the impression that this is a big chunky camera, so it comes as a bit of a shock to discover upon opening the box that it is absolutely tiny. Measuring just 98.5mm wide and 55.5mm high, it can hide behind a large cigarette packet with room to spare. If you took a Fuji S20 Pro, scaled it down by about 20mm in every direction and reduced the weight by 285g, you’d have something the size of the EX-P505.

The 5x optical zoom lens is good, but the zoom control is designed to work with the video mode, so it’s very slow and smooth, making quick and accurate framing quite difficult.

Far more useful is Casio’s signature Best Shot mode, with 22 built-in settings for particular types of photo, including portraits, scenery, children, fireworks and many more, each with a sample shot to show you what effects the setting will produce. There is also the option to design your own Best Shot setting, which can be saved and recalled later.

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Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Review - Megapixel

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505When first encountering the Casio Exilim EX-P505, most people will be surprised at its size. While its shape is not one of those that allow the camera to be easily slipped into a pocket, the P505 fits comfortably on the palm of an open hand and yet offers a 5X optical zoom to match its 5-megapixel resolution.

The Casio Exilim EX-P505 is an unusual and somewhat contradictory camera. Its very compact size places it in the realm of the pocketable cameras, but its shape makes it a touch awkward to simply slip into a pocket and although small, the camera still requires a pouch to be carried easily.

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Saturday, Jun 18, 2005

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Wins DIWA Silver Award

Jun 18, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505Numerous members of the DIWA organisation having tested individual, off-the-shelf samples of the Casio EXILIM Pro EX-P505, praise the camera for its clever approach to satisfy the constantly more demanding consumer. 5x optical zoom, 5 Megapixel resolution, High Quality movie with stereo sound and loads of useful features are fitted into a remarkably compact and user-friendly body.

DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites, today announces a DIWA Silver Award to the Casio EXILIM EX-P505 digital compact camera.

The reviewers were impressed to see how Casio’s engineers have managed to adapt the credit card size symbolising the EXILIM concept, yet maintaining the professional SLR look as well as including a multitude of features normally found in much larger cameras. Most surprisingly is its powerful and high quality 5x optical zoom lens with focal lengths comparable to 38-190 mm in a 35 mm film camera, including macro as close as 1 cm, 7-points auto focus as well as an option for manual focus. The EX-P505 also delivers fast startup, auto focus and playback function, virtually instant shutter release response, 5 Megapixel resolution for 30×40 cm (12×16â€?) photo quality prints, a large movable 2-inch (5.1 cm) LCD screen, fully automatic and manual controls and tailor made Best Shot programs optimized for 22 different scene types. The EX-P505 also introduces stereo sound to movie recording, with VGA resolution and 30 fps in the high quality MPEG-4 format.
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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 Review - CNET Reviews

May 26, 2005 | Category: Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505In addition to being a compact and lightweight 5-megapixel camera with a 5X optical zoom, the Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 takes passable 640×480 MPEG-4 video at 30fps. The video side has full use of the camera’s zoom, captures its audio through a built-in stereo microphone, and can even record the action 5 seconds before you press the shutter release. So are we at the point where one device can serve for both high-quality photos and decent video? Not quite. This model doesn’t perform well in low light, and its zoom mechanism is loud enough to be audible on some video shots. If you can live with its limitations, the small size and the 5X zoom could make this a convenient all-purpose camera.

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