Casio Exilim EX-S500 Review

The Exilim EX-S500 doesn't just take great photos. It's also very stylish and sleek.

The Exilim EX-S500 camera by Casio is a very well balanced camera for most digital camera needs. At a mere .63 inches it may not seem like a big contender but don't let the size fool you. This little camera has a beautiful 2.2 inch LCD screen and a huge range of features at its disposal. With a 5 mega pixel CCD, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom you can achieve those great high resolution shots.

The Exilim EX-S500 helps out as best it can when taking photographs. The two most useful features in the camera are built-in with taking a snapshot. While you take snapshots the EX-S500 has a built-in anti-shake digital signal processor and quick shutter. The Anti-shake DSP and quick shutter features can help out greatly in taking those moving photos by decreasing blur and focusing at high-speeds.

High resolution shots are crystal clear with the EX-S500

Speaking of focusing, that's a minor issue with this camera. The EX-S500 with its auto macro feature adjusts camera focus automatically, so you don't have to worry about turning on auto macro. Another one of my favorite features with the EX-S500 is the best-shot function. Before you take a picture you can choose what type of picture you're shooting, with presets that include day and night shot, portrait, landscape, party and many more.

The best shot feature even has a best shot mode for animals like Neko-San.

The best-shot will adjust the camera settings to give a better looking photo for the environment you're in.  Another very useful automatic function is the auto-brightness adjust feature with the built-in image processor. So if your flash doesn't reach the subject the camera will process the image and make it brighter.

This camera doesn't just take photos though the EX-S500 supports high quality mpeg-4 video recording. It records VGA size (640 x 480-pixel) images at 30 frames per second and the audio with it.Sometimes you got those videos where you hit the record button a few seconds late, no need to worry about that with this camera. The EX-S500 has a feature called past movie. Past movie records video 5 seconds before you actually hit the shutter/record button allowing you to not miss those once in a lifetime events. After you've captured those events, it's time to prepare them for show. Getting your movies ready for show is very simple with the Exilim EX-S500. The camera comes bundled with Ulead Movie Wizard SE VCD for cutting video, adding video together, inserting music and text into your movies and more. For basic video cutting you can do that right from the camera. Although you may be comfortable watching your video on the 2.2 inch LCD screen is nice, sometimes you want to show off your video to a whole group. The EX-S500 supports a TV-out so you can watch your movies or slideshows on your TV.

Best shot landscape feature makes the colors on the landscape look much more vibrant and full of life.

All in all the Casio Exilim EX-S500 is a great user-friendly camera. It does have a few drawbacks though. For one you have to get a memory card for it if you plan on taking say a trips worth of pictures without bringing your pc with you. With only an 8.2 MB built in memory chip at the 2560 x 1920 pixel size on fine resolution the camera only stores 2 photos. The camera also has no glass viewfinder should you break your LCD screen. The last setback for this camera is the still image time. After you take a picture the camera only gives you a few seconds to see how it turned out before the LCD screen turns back into a viewfinder.

All in all the Casio Exilim EX-S500 is an excellent pocket camera for taking pictures on the road.

 

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