Casio Exilim EX-S500 reviews, sample photos, full specifications and press release
The EX-S500 model is barely bigger than a credit card and just 13.7 mm at its thinnest point. Packed into the pocket-sized body are 5.0 mega pixels and MPEG-4 quality movie recording capabilities, allowing more than one hour of standard video recording when using a 1GB SD memory card.
Casio Exilim EX-S500 Reviews (last update: 31.08.05)
Jeff Keller from Dcresource.com reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-S500 and wrote:
“What I liked: Ultra-thin metal body comes in three colors, Above average 2.2″ LCD display, Robust performance, Anti-shake system, Limited manual controls, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Excellent movie mode, Tons of scene modes
What I didn’t care for: Very soft and noisy images, Electronic image stabilizer doesn’t work as well as optically based systems; cannot be used in movie mode, High ISO settings are too noisy and camera likes to use them with certain Best Shot modes , Unimpressive continuous shooting mode, LCD resolution could be better, Weak flash, USB and video out requires use of camera dock, No memory card included; just 8.3 MB of on-board memory, Full camera manual only on CD-ROM”
Steve’s Digicams reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-S500 and wrote:
” If small size, durability and stylishness are as important to you as image quality, the Casio Exlim EX-S500 should be high on your digicam shopping list. This diminutive point-n-shoot is simple enough for a beginner to use, yet offers a set of scene modes and advanced features that will please the intermediate user. Offered at the same $399 MSRP as its predecessor, the EX-S100, the EX-S500 has improved the value equation with increased resolution, wider optical zoom range, larger LCD and enhanced features. “
Terry Sullivan from PCMag gave 4 out of 5 stars to the Casio Exilim EX-S500 and wrote:
“The Casio Exilim EX-S500 is a great choice for style-conscious shooters. It boasts excellent image quality, great usability, and a gorgeous design.
With its super-slim body, light weight, versatility, and excellent picture quality, the 5-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-S500 is a camera you can carry everywhere. What’s more, the hot colors and “electrical coating” ensure you’ll take it out of your pocket as often as possible to show it off (and maybe shoot some photos, too). It performs on par with our Editors’ Choice, the 4-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD300 Digital Elph (and its big brother, the SD400), though the SD300 retains its EC title.”
Theano Nikitas from CNET gave 7 out of 10 stars to the Casio Exilim EX-S500 and wrote:
“The good:Tiny, attractive form factor; above-average feature set for its class; excellent selection of scene modes; ability to record and save 999 of your own Best Shot scene modes; solid performance.
The bad:Average image quality; above-average visual noise; antishake system appears to bump ISO (and noise) to unacceptable levels; no optical viewfinder.
This camera will make a great companion for snapshot photographers who like to travel light but don’t want to make large prints.”
Ken Rockwell from kenrockwell.com reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-S500 and wrote:
“For a tiny camera giving full size results the EX-S500 is the winner today for most normal people. My only reservation for normal people is the long time the flash takes to charge, which could annoy you and your friends if you take flash photos indoors often.
If you’re a serious, critical photographer then get the EX-Z750 instead. It’s a quarter of an inch thicker, 3/4 of an ounce heavier and sells for about the same price. Poor baby: it’s bigger but still so small I forget when I have it in my pocket. It has better optics and it’s easier to use if you’re one of us who actually understands all the features you can get to with the extra buttons. Non-photographers would prefer the simpler and smaller EX-S500.”
Ben reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-S500 at Digitalcamerareview.com and wrote:
“The Casio Exilim EX-S500 is an attractive, well-built camera. While the ultra-compact size is nice for some, for others it can easily slip out of your hand. With three colors to choose from, it’s obvious that a large point of difference for this camera is its looks. The image quality is good with some minor issues at times (softness, slightly less color saturation) but I think that most users of this camera will not notice. The LCD is nice and sharp and makes for excellent viewing and framing of images.
This camera is a good choice for people who need a stylish camera to take out on the town, as it won’t take up much space in a pocket or purse. The speed of the camera and great battery life make it easy to catch the right “moment”, which could come in handy for snapshots of kids. The Best Shot modes give you a ton of choices for those special shots, but the Auto mode works well too.”
Casio Exilim EX-S500 sample pictures
Casio Exilim EX-S500 Press Release
Photo and movie fun in checkcard format:
The new EXILIM EX-S500 with 5 megapixels and movie function
Quickly grab your digital camera and the snapshot is perfect. But can’t the situation be conveyed a little more vividly in moving images? The new EXILIM Card EX-S500 von CASIO can do both. The ultra-slim and multifunctional digital camera is quick to hand, records high-quality movies in MPEG-4 format and takes impressive photos with 5 megapixels and 3x optical zoom. The big 2.2-inch TFT colour display leaves nothing to be desired and provides fantastic film and photo pleasure. The elegant EX-S500 is available in three trend colours. The variation ‘Brilliant Grey’ stands for understatement, Nordic Silver provides gloriously clear moments and Latin Orange brings Southern European awareness of life closer. The design of the camera in checkcard format sets stylistic trends and causes a sensation not just among lovers of digital photography.
The clear lines of the EX-S500 make it simple to use: every function can be selected and operated with only one hand. The change from photo to movie mode is possible without complicated menu-adjustment by pushing the Direct Movie Button resp. the shutter release. The high-quality MPEG-4 movie format in VGA size, which takes 30 pictures per second, provides the movie quality. Despite classic lens design with 3x optical zoom, CASIO has succeeded in building a particularly flat1 and fast camera. The EXILIM EX-S500 is ready for operation in only 1 second2 and fits into every trouser pocket or handbag, thus making it the ideal companion for spontaneous photo and film situations.
The EX-S500 is the first digital camera in the company’s history to have an Anti-Shake DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for photo-stabilisation. Contrary to traditional optical stabilisation systems, the CASIO’s specially developed Anti-Shake DSP balances out trembling hands, prevents blurry photos through a self-movement of the motif, and also provides sharp images even with a combination of both causes of error.
The integrated flash and the new Autofocus auxiliary light provide good photos even in bad light conditions. A large number of integrated BESTSHOT motif programs optimise the picture during sport or close-up shots, for example. For the first time they are equally planned for the photo and movie function and are activated through the practical BESTSHOT button directly next to the display. Once pressed, a clearly structured multiscreen appears on the large display with all pre-set photo scenarios. The function that allows photos with up to 5 megapixels to be taken and stored during movie recording deserves a special mention, as does the editing of a movie, the so-called MOVIE EDIT, or zooming while the movie is being played back, ‘?MOVIE enlargement playback, are new, helpful additional functions of the super-compact camera.
The new and fast EXILIM Engine provides maximum utilization of the EX-S500. It allows the compact structural shape as well as a high photo and movie quality at simultaneously low energy consumption. Together with the SUPER LIFE battery it provides the camera with the necessary power once loaded, up to 200 shots3 are possible.
The USB docking station with high-speed USB 2.0 is used for the transmission of the image data on to the PC and supports PictBridge and USB Direct Print Standard. Movies and photos in fantastic quality can be very easily viewed directly on television by means of the AV output at the docking station or the optionally available AV cable so there’s nothing more standing in the way of your photo fun at home.
USB cable, extensive software on CD-ROM and hand carrier straps are included in the delivery scope, as are SUPER LIFE battery and docking station. A fast-charger, portable AV cable for connecting the camera directly to the television set as well as camera bags and neck straps, a media case for storing memory cards and other accessories are optionally available in the latest EXILIM look.
The EXILIM Card EX-S500 is available from retailers from July 2005.
Casio Exilim EX-S500 Full Specifications
• 1/2.5″ Type CCD
• 5.3 million pixels total
• 5 million effective pixels
• 2560 x 1920
• 2560 x 1712 (3:2)
• 2304 x 1728
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 640 x 480 (HQ)
• 640 x 480 (Normal)
• 320 x 240 (Long play)
• Still: JPEG
• Movie: MPEG-4
• Sound: WAV
• 38 – 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.7 – 5.2
Up to 4x
• Contrast type AF
AF area modes
• 9-point multi
AF assist lamp
• Normal: 40 – infinity
• Macro: 17 – 50 cm
• Multi pattern
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
+/-2EV in 1/3 stop steps
1/8 – 1/2000 sec
F 2.7/4.3 varies with optical zoom
33 BESTSHOT modes
• 6 modes
• 2 or 10 sec
• Triple self-timer
• Auto, on, off, red-eye reduction
• Range: 0.4 m 2.8 m (W) 0.4 – 1.4 m (T)
• 2.2 ” TFT LCD
• 84,960 pixels
• AV out
• EXIF 2.2
• PIM II
• SD card
• 8.3 MB card supplied
• Lithium ion battery
• Charging cradle
• AC adapter
(no batt) 115 g (4.05 oz)
90 x 59 x 16 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)