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Casio Exilim EXP505 5MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom

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  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 5x optical zoom with macro focusing as close as 1 centimeter
  • High-speed start-up enables shooting only 0.8 seconds after the power is turned on
  • Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual exposure modes; MPEG-4 format for long-playing video shooting
  • Powered by Lithium-ion battery; records images on SD or MMC cards
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Product Description

Product Description

Get function-packed powerful features in a compact design with this Casio EX-P505 5MP digital camera. Camera’s body comfortably fits into the palm of your hand and has a 5x optical zoom, 8x digital zoom and a 2.0” TFT LCD flip screen. The EX-P505 also features a 7.5MB built-in flash memory with external SD/MMC memory card slot and MPEG-4 high-quality movie making with sound. Keeps track of world time of up to 162 cities in 32 time zones and has an auto calendar up to the year 2049. Bonus features include auto pop-up flash, AC adapter, USB cable, strap, CD-ROM, A/V cable and a lens hood, cap and holder. Made in USA. 3Hx2-1/5Wx4L”.

From the Manufacturer

The new Exilim Pro EX-P505 is a stylish digital camera equipped with a 5.0 megapixel imaging element and a 5x optical zoom. It not only takes superbly detailed digital photos, it is also capable of shooting extended video scenes with high-image quality.

The new Exilim Pro EX-P505 is a high-performance digital camera with an amazing high- quality video capability. The EX-P505 features a 5x optical zoom, an imaging CCD with 5.0 effective megapixels, Casio's Exilim engine, and a large 2-inch TFT color rotating screen that makes angle shots a snap. It offers the same manual operation made famous by the EX-P600, as well as high-quality video shooting capability of 30 frames per second, in VGA size, thanks to the incorporation of MPEG-4 technology.

Authentic manual operation puts the user in control
With a CCD imaging element with 5.0 effective megapixels, along with the advanced Exilim engine, remarkably detailed images can be taken with ease. The 5x optical zoom lens has macro capability down to 1 centimeters, as well as aperture priority or shutter priority automatic setting, along with manual exposure mode for completely manual operation.

High-quality video shooting
The adoption of MPEG-4 technology enables full-scale high quality video shooting in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second. Movie Best Shot allows the user to select from sample scenes for a wide range of shooting styles. Short Movie lets users film short movies during a single shutter, while other shooting and editing functions such as Motion Print can be used to obtain a still image from a movie.

Authentic manual shooting of photo subjects

  • CCD with 5.0 effective megapixels and the Exilim engine assure detailed images
  • Optical 5x zoom lens with macro shooting down to 1 centimeter
  • Super Life Battery gives approximately 220 pictures per battery charge
  • High-speed startup enables shooting only 0.8 seconds after the power is turned on
  • Release time lag of only 0.01 sec. means images are recorded approximately 0.01 seconds after the shutter is released
  • High-speed picture playback of approximately 0.1 second interval
  • Automatic power on/off when the LCD panel is opened and closed
  • Best Shot function: 22 different types of shooting possible by simply selecting a scene from various samples
  • Flash automatically pops up when needed (Auto pop-up flash)
  • Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, and manual exposure modes can be selected
  • EX Finder shows shooting information by easy-to-understand graphics Various manual settings can be quickly set on a single screen (EX Button) Various shooting effects possible by changing the manual settings are shown in sample images (Manual Assist)

High-quality video shooting

  • MPEG-4 format used to enable long-playing video shooting
  • VGA size (640 x 480) pixels), 30 frames per second, stereo audio high-quality video possible
  • Optical 5x zoom lens with macro shooting down to 1 centimeter
  • Movie Best Shot: select a scene from among the samples (Portrait, Scenery, Night Scene, Fireworks, Silent) to achieve the desired shooting effect
  • Approximately 2 hours of movie shooting on a single battery charge (continuous recording)
  • Past Movie function enables video recording to begin from five seconds before the shutter is pressed
  • Short Movie function enables up to eight seconds of movie to be taken during a single shutter
  • Motion Print function enables either 9 or 1 frames to be converted to a still photo
  • Movie Playback Zoom function enables zoom display during video playback
  • Three types of Movie Editing operation (before, during or after) can be used to eliminate unwanted scenes

Other Features

  • New compact body reflects the high performance features of this stylish line of cameras
  • Large 2-inch TFT color rotating LCD panel enables angle shooting
  • High-speed USB 2.0 compatible for high-speed image transfer
  • Both still images and video images can be viewed on a television or monitor
  • Photo Loader PC software included to enable automatic transfer of images to the user's personal computer
  • Windows Media Player 9 video playback software and Ulead Video Studio video editing software included
  • Menu display can be set in 10 languages, including Chinese (simplified and traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Compatible with PictBridge specifications for direct connection to a printer
  • ExifPrint (Exif 2.2) and Print Image Matching III compatibility

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.9 x 2.9 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 9.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Item model number EX-P505
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #56,125 in Camera & Photo
#5,363 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com January 30, 2005

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I'm very happy with this purchase. I've had it for a month now and it has worked flawlessly. It takes great stills, on par with other 5mp cameras, but that's not why I got it. I wanted something that could do decent stills & videos - so I wouldn't need my camcorder anymore. The vids are not quite as good as a DV camcorder, but I'll settle for 90% of dv camcorder quality for the joy of leaving the camcorder at home. Another thing - tape sucks! It takes forever to get a movie on tape into my computer for editing/burning. Saving movies on a SD card rocks!

My only gripes are the included software and camera computer interface.

Each time you take a movie clip, it is saved on teh SD card as a seperate mpeg4 file. That's OK, except Casio doesn't include an easy way to link the clips together again. The included Movie Wizard software will let you link together clips, but you must save them as dv or mpeg1/2 files which are much bigger and the conversion process is very slow. I searched the net and found a program called avi joiner to quickly splice together mpeg4 clips.

As for the camera computer interface, I have had trouble moving large video files from the camera to my HDD. The process errors out and I get a message that the connection to the camera is lost. I have to cycle power on the camera and try again. I always get them off eventually, but it is a pain. I haven't tried it with a different computer, so it might not have anything to do with the camera.

But overall I am very happy with the EX-P505
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Had this camera for about 2 months for a good trial, still images captured on the 5 MegaPixel sensor is acceptable not great, manual controls like aperture and shutter priority will appeal to the budding amateur looking for more options to practise true photography. The swivel LCD is a real bonus for taking photos above a hoarding crowd, but visibility is less than adequate in bright sunlight.

Some of the neat features include a built-in -2EV ND (Neutral Density) filter, a macro setting that automatically kicks in when focusing upclose, a 5 step incremental adjustment of flash intensity, which generally perform better than a normal compact, giving a decent 'throw' up to 6 meters. And not forgeting a very useful fast start-up time of less than a second, plus a good battery life for >200 shots on a single charge.

The 5X optical zoom lense perform well on photo. A point to note, the zoom isn't smooth but graduated in 5 steps, a real letdown. The lense will also accept 43mm add-on lense mount or filter, e.g. wide angle lense or a polarizer.

The best feature however has to be the 30 fps VGA MPEG-4 capture, with the HQ setting, a 1GB SD card gives you 30 minutes of excellent live action. An added feature lets you record video 5 seconds the shutter is press, nice! With a firmware update, this camera now accepts the newly introduced 2GB SD card.

In general, this camera packs a lot of features for its size, definitely worth a look if you want something that is light and compact yet has the tweaks only available on digital SLRs.
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I ordered the SanDisk Ultra II 2.0 GB and I use Windows XP and at first, I followed the directions to a "T" and it just wasn't working. I searched the internet to see if anyone else was having the same problem. I went to the CASIO website and there wasn't any information about it. Finally . . . I got this weird idea in my head, that "What if I change the "USB" in the Set-up menu to "PTP" (PictBridge), maybe it might work." I seriously tried everything and I was crossing my fingers on this one. And honestly, from what I was reading, it seemed that SD card readers weren't working either, and I didn't want to have to fork out another $30-40 for one if I wasn't sure it was going to work.

Anyways, I turned off my camera and turned it on after I had changed the settings and IT WORKED!!!!!!! You can either copy them directly using "Windows Explorer" to a different folder, or set it up to automatically copy the pics/video files to somewhere else on your computer. If you're using the "Photo Loader" Program (AWESOME that it automatically puts them in HTML form after you've put the pics in the library), you have to load the images through the program, which is really easy. (At least you can get your pics off the camera, now.)

It's small and compact, which is great during a day of sightseeing and not having to lug around a heavy camera. It sits perfectly in the palm of my hand and I have long fingers. It has grippers to stablize what you're filming/taking pics of. I love all the options for "Best Shot." The 40x zoom is great for a digital camera. The movie modes are great, too!! The microphone works great. I didn't have to buy a new camera case, because it fit perfectly in my old one. I love the way the LCD screen swivels, almost like having a little camcorder in hand.
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I love this camera. The swivel view screen works very well when you want to take pictures at an awkward angle. As a photographer, I really need that.

The camera is tiny. It can fit in the palm of my hand, and my hand is rather small. It can easily fit into my purse or perhaps a large pocket, so you can take it wherever you want to go. It is not so small that it seems easily damaged, though.

The videos are the most amazing I've ever seen on a digital camera. Good quality and pretty high resolution. I love the fact that you can also hook the camera up to a TV to review your pictures and videos.

I've never had a digital camera with optical zoom before. It was so much better than digital zoom.

I think the main reason I love this camera is because it has an AMAZING macro focus. You can get the slightest little details in fingerprints, bugs, etc, etc.

I didn't like that if I accidentally plugged my camera in before installing the driver for it, it would never work on that computer. It makes it clear not to do that in the directions, but I had forgotten a few times.
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