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. 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).