Casio Exilim EX-S500 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Anti Shake Optical Zoom (Grey)
- 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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Display Resolution Maximum||84,960|
|Effective Still Resolution||5 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card, Internal|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||2.32 x 0.63 x 3.54 inches|
|Item Weight||0.28 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||17 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.7 - F4.3|
|Maximum Focal Length||114 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,560|
|Minimum Focal Length||38 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||1.59 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 with audio|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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Top Customer Reviews
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 sharper...it 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.
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!Read more ›
- 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After quite a few uses, it stopped turning on or if it did the lens would stay in the out position. I don't recommend buying electronics online. I won't again. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jessiemichelle
Great piece for the price quality and reasonable shipping timePublished 18 months ago by Happy Customer
I sold my two newer cameras and purchased this Oldie but goodie. Lighter and slimmer than new cameras, and the metal case is nice (the plastic cases on new cameras are so cheap). Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by sergio lopresti
love the ease of the menu. quality is obviously not like a Canon 5D, but clear! Color of photos is accurate/ Have had fun and is my 'go to' camera for even our honeymoon. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by T S
This camera works great, no complaints, but it was an emotional purchase, not a practical one. Prices went way down for this model after I purchased it. Love the color.Published on May 6, 2010 by Buffy
The camera arrived quickly, and exactly as described. A new camera would have been 3X the price.Published on August 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer