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Casio Exilim EX-S500 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Anti Shake Optical Zoom (Grey)

by Casio

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  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • Up to 80 minutes of continuous MPEG-4 video with audio capture and playback
  • 2.2-inch high-resolution TFT color display
  • Movies have up to 640 x 480-pixel resolution
  • Anti-shake, auto-macro, and quick shutter features produce great photos
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Technical Details

Color: Grey
  • Brand Name: Casio
  • Model: EX-S500
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 5 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

Color: Grey
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 3.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009XQPGQ
  • Item model number: EX-S500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,774 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at May 26, 2005

Product Description

Color: Grey


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Don't drop it because it is very fragile ( I work with kids, so they are always getting their hands on it). But the pic quality is great. I love it! Read more ›
Can fit it almost anywhere. Pictures are very clear and antishake option is wonderful. I love the ability to take a picture during a video shoot. Read more ›
I used it for three days, took 65 videos + 255 photos and it still had 3/4 power left. CCD image quality is excellent. Read more ›
I've had 4 digital cameras through the last few…Although I have a lot of camera equipment, I did not have a nice digital compact to take with me to go out on casual events. Read more ›
Image stabilization is a joke, and given the negligible weight of…The Best Shot scene selections also do not help produce a clear photo, or one with accurate overall color. Read more ›
Overall, this has been a decent camera for me. It takes great outdoor pictures, and even though I've dropped it several times, it has never broken. Read more ›
takes decent pictures outdoor in lots of light, but everything else...unacceptable. the video mode works really well though Read more ›
I was looking for an affordable camera, small and thin, a well-known name brand, takes sharp digital photos, can shoot at low light, uses cheap SD cards, good-sized LCD… Read more ›
Another excellent point is its video quality and duration. I can take up to 1 hour high quality video with my 1GB memory card. I once took a video while biking around my… Read more ›
1gb sd card will do over 30 minutes of high quality video that can go straight to your computer for editing or whatever , not bad for the price ! Read more ›
The videos are of very good quality too, even better than my daddy's…Go for a 1GB memory card though because the high quality video setting will fill up a card pretty fast. Read more ›
I got this camera as a Christmas present and I'm just…I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a small, compact camera with excellent video and image quality. Read more ›
After going through half a dozen cameras in as many months,…The battery life is long, the sync with my computer was a breeze, and the LCD screen is bright and clear. T… Read more ›
I have to say that it is remarkable how fast this camera soon as you push the power button it is ready to go. The LCD is huge and beautiful. Also, the quality of the… Read more ›
No more waiting for it to boot up. The LCD screen is great, the shots come out beautifully. I love how small this is. Read more ›
I purchased several of these cameras and each recipient raved about their pictures. The camera has a nice big lcd screen and is the easiest camera to use. I brought this… Read more ›
It was a close toss up, and required us buying a new memory card, but…I just tried the T-5, and the T-33, and like the T-7, I loved the LCD, but the pictures were softer. Read more ›
Its a great little camera to take everywhere!Has many cool features, just make sure you read the manual in order to know how to use them. Read more ›
I'm an engineer and tend to…My criteria for my first digital camera were: decent photos, camcorder replacement, pocket sized, durable, <=$330 and lots of nifty features. Read more ›
This camera has a lot of cool functions but it also needs to have the best care in the world. Just two weeks after I bought the camera, the screen got busted because it is… Read more ›
I secondly wanted to be able to capture action shots without using movie mode. The quick shutter function on this camera is terrific. If it is a series of shots you wish to… Read more ›
I am very happy with the EX-S500 from Casio, I did a lot of research before deciding on this Camera. It is very user frendly and has great features. You should purchase at… Read more ›
with the exception of the screen being too sensitive, I would rate the camer with a little more than 5 stars but seeing as how I can't review my pictures because I have NO… Read more ›
its sleek and easy to use. it takes great pictures and has alot of features Read more ›
Yet, getting the picture to pop back up is no bother. Like I was saying, it's easy to operate. Read more ›
It can go with me anywhere because it is thin and light and oh so attractive. It also is easy to use and takes great photos. The basic functions are well laid out and… Read more ›
I have been using a Sony PC 5 and this camera is so much more compact. The EX-S500 has a great screen and an easy to use menu. Read more ›
I also have several technical Casio watches, and I…If you have windows XP, you won't need to load the software on your CPU, I have found it easier to use windows media. I… Read more ›
The camera is very easy to operate -- even a caveman could do it :) It takes decent videos too. Read more ›
[...] Hello my red Sony 7.1 mp. The only reason I rated it a 2 is because it is compact cute and colorful. Read more ›
I have to say that, in addition, the color orange had an influence on me. I loved the idea of a camera in such a funky color. This camera exceeds my expectations for… Read more ›
I compared pictures from the Exilim with my old Canon SD10, which is similar in size. The Canon gave me much sharper images, better colors, and more detail. The fuzziness… Read more ›
- Competent image quality; good sharpness and color Read more ›
Prices went way down for this model after I purchased it. Love the color. Read more ›
My wife loves the proportions and balance of the camera. She loves the orange color! The pictures are very sharp, and detailed. Read more ›
The battery life is fantastic and so an optical viewfinder is hardly missed. Read more ›
7. battery life is amazing.. you'd prob get two full days of shooting and watching on it before it will run down Read more ›
Overall, I'd have to say I've been relatively pleased with my Casio…Battery life is excellent, and camera performance (start-up time, shutter lag) is generally top-notch. Read more ›
...with excellent battery life. very good at recording video, extremely pleasant image quality in still camera mode. Read more ›
It has amazing battery life. I have gone a couple of days without charging it with some light use and the battery was still almost full. Read more ›
Very easy to read. 3. Excellent battery life. 200+ images per charge. Read more ›
i love all the features on it, especially the different themes for video taking. the flash is really bright too. Read more ›
- "Full flash" recycle time is long (because the flash is remarkably powerful) Read more ›
The delay for autofocus/autoexposure is among the best of the tiny cameras. The flash is reasonably strong for such a tiny camera. You can choose how the camera focuses:… Read more ›
More an assessment on decent lighting products on the…I need a powerful battery powered light source, so I'm reduced to strong flashlights, not designed for image capture. Read more ›
The worst was trying to take a photograph in a low light/indoor…I personally dislike using flashes unless I absolutely have to, as they tend to wash out the subject matter. Read more ›
This is by far one of my favorite…It is the perfect size to take out to capture amazaing quality photos of your family, friends, social events, recreational trips, ect. I… Read more ›
I get so many compliments on it and the anti…I have had no problems since I ordered it in January and highly recommend it to anyone who wants quality in a compact size! Read more ›
I loved the size and quality better than expected given it's compactness, but if you have to send it for warranty repair get ready to pay. The optical zoom broke after… Read more ›
I carry the camera with me nearly everywhere I go. People are impressed with the size. Read more ›
The controls are very easy to use. I like the external zoom, but this can be more problematic, than internal. The camera has a quick start up and times betweem pictures are… Read more ›
The image stabilizer in this camera is "digital", kindof like the digital zoom. It is quite ineffective and pictures without flash are quite blurred. Read more ›
- The image stabilization is a mysterious function; we know it's digital, but it's not clear if there is an accelerometer in the camera detecting and correcting camera… Read more ›
Solid construction. The thing just reeks of quality. Read more ›
I 100%…I have had Canon and Sony digital cameras...this one BY FAR is the BEST in build and picture quality and it is so small, I can carry it anywhere, without a problem. Read more ›
There are many clever features, such as the capability to…The user interface is excellent, and this is important in a product that offers so many features and options. A… Read more ›
I love the menu buttons. Other cameras seem not to care about their ease of use and organization. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

399 of 406 people found the following review helpful By K. Osborne on July 25, 2005
Color Name: Grey
I bought this camera for my wife who needs no more than a point and shoot. I wanted something she could throw in her purse and take everywhere so she would take more pics of our boys. I own a Nikon D70 (which is an awesome camera) but it is too big to for my wife and even for me sometimes.

I figured if I was going to spend $500 (by the time I bought a memory card, case, etc...) on another camera I wanted to make sure it was as good as I could get in an ultra compact camera. So I actually bought 3 cameras, took about 75 pics apiece (half indoors and half outdoors). I took the best 20 pics (10 indoor and 10 outdoor) and got them developed. The three cameras were the Casio EX-S500, Nikon S1 and the Canon SD400 - I had no preference but since I already owned a Nikon I was pulling for that one a little.

Out of the three the Nikon and Casio were easily the best. The Canon SD400 did not really compare in my opinion. The pics were soft and not very sharp. The exterior case of the Canon also seemed cheaper than the other two. It was a very hard decision between the Nikon and Casio. Both had sharp pics but the Casio did seem to be a tad was honestly hard to tell. The Casio was also a little easier to use...especially the menus on the back. We ultimately kept the Casio (took the other two back) because the pics were very good for a small camera and my wife liked the feel, look and size and felt it was easier to use.

P.S. I would have been happy with either camera.

P.S.S. All three cameras's had problem with red-eye but I think all cameras will at this size.

P.S.S ***If you buy this camera I would definitely recommend you click on the menu button on the back and increase the contrast, sharpness and saturation to +1. The range is -2 to +2. That made a big difference in the colors jumping out and once it is changed it stays that way until you change it again.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. Terretta on October 25, 2005
Color Name: Grey
If you're a pro or pro-amateur photographer, you're likely tired of carrying bulky camera gear, but wish you could have a "back pocket" slim camera with you always. That's the point of this gem: at 1/2" thick, it's about the highest quality in the slimmest design available.

Naturally, the "out of the box" configuration sets images up for mass market consumers printing on cheap home inkjets: too much contrast, with overbright highlights. But this camera simplifies getting the perfect exposure if you make three simple tweaks:

1. Turn on the real-time histogram function. This allows you to see the image exposure plotted on a graph, with dark shades at the left and bright colors at the right. If the graph hits the right, some part of the image will be overexposed. If it hits the left, something will be underexposed.

2. [optional] Change the default contrast value to -1. This will give you more exposure latitude -- brights will be a little less bright, and darks a little less dark, so more shades will fit in your exposure. It's easy to boost contrast after the fact, even free Picasa software will do it. But you can't get back over/under exposed pixels.

3. Assign EV (exposure value) compensation to the L/R (left and right) thumbpad keys. With this change, you can fiddle with the exposure on-the-fly as you're looking at the image and histogram. Typically, a -0.7 to -1.0 value will give you the brightest image without over exposing highlights.

With these three (or optionally, two) quick image quality changes, the results will satisfy even a pro photographer enough to warrant keeping this wallet-thin camera glued to the hip.


- Slimmest (1/2" thin!
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171 of 181 people found the following review helpful By M. Lin on July 26, 2005
Color Name: Grey

- Very compact: the face of the camera is about the size of a playing card, and it's a bit less thick than a deck. Compared to the Canon SD400, it is slightly longer and somewhat less thick.

- The stainless-steel body is very solidly built

- Competent image quality; good sharpness and color

- Nice big LCD screen

- You're ready to take a picture within a second of when you press the power button

- The docking cradle is really convenient

- The menu system is very responsive and easy to use

- Easily accessed "Best Shot" menu gives you a large selection of preconfigured scene modes, and you can define your own modes as well.

- The camera has a number of small, thoughtful features that aren't advertised (the "unexpected extra", if you will). For example, the "quick shutter" function allows you to emergency skip the auto-focus and take a picture instantly, possibly saving you from missing a precious moment. On a similar note, the movie recorder can be configured to include the 5 seconds *before* you press the record button. "Business shot" can automatically straighten out pictures of business cards, whiteboards, etc. taken at an angle. You can turn on a live histogram while composing a shot.

- Casio's accessories, such as batteries and carrying cases, are not *as* overpriced as they are from most digicam manufacturers.


- Merely competent image quality; higher ISOs and image stabilization can result in very noticeable noise

- It's small and solid enough to carry around in your pocket, but for $400, do you really want to?

- The docking cradle is an extra thing that you have to bring when you travel.
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