Casio EX-P505 Review

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Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505





Record Modes



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Snapshot exposure mode showing Flash is Auto, Single shot, Matrix metering and spot focus. The image size is 2560x1920 and Fine quality has been selected, we can shoot 444 more frames at this size/quality, Exposure compensation +0.0EV and the battery is fully charged.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

When you half-press the shutter release the camera sets the exposure and locks the focus, if successful the AF target marks turn green.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505


The Best Shot mode features different pre-programmed exposure scenes to make photographic tasks easier. You select the scene that best fits your needs and the camera makes all the necessary settings for you.


Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

There are 22 different Best Shot scenes:

    Portrait, Scenery, Portrait w/Scenery, Children, Sports, Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Soft Flowing Water, Splashing Water, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, Monochrome, Retro (Sepia), and Register Favorites (custom build your own Best Shot scene)



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

The Aperture-priority mode allows you to select the desired aperture and the camera automatically matches the proper shutter speed. Available aperture settings are: F3.3, 3.7, 4.4, 5.2, 6.2, 7.4 - at wide angle (F3.4 - F7.4 tele), aperture values vary at different optical zoom focal lengths.


Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Pressing the SET button will bring this assistance screen up on the LCD to help you select the right setting and shows the corresponding shutter speed and exposure value. Small aperture numbers yield shallow depth of field (range of focus), large aperture numbers yield much larger depth of field.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

The Shutter-speed priority mode allows you to select the desired shutter speed and the camera automatically matches the proper aperture. Shutter speeds range from 60 seconds to 1/2000 second plus Bulb in Shutter-speed priority and Manual mode. 1/8 to 1/2000 second in Aperture priority, Program Auto and Best Shot.


Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Pressing the SET button will bring this assistance screen up on the LCD to help you select the right shutter speed and shows the corresponding aperture and exposure value. Slower shutter speeds allow subjects in motion to blur, faster shutter speed will effectively "freeze" any motion.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Manual exposure mode lets you set both the shutter speed and aperture as desired. The EX-P505 also has a ND (neutral density) filter option to further decrease the light by 2EV so you can use different aperture values even in bright light conditions.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Pressing the "EX" button brings up this shortcut menu to quickly change the White balance (auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent 1/2, flash, manual), ISO speed (50, 100, 200, 400), Metering mode (Multi-pattern, Center-weighted, Spot) or AF Area (Center, Multi, Free) mode.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505


Press the DISPLAY button to cycle from normal overlay, Histogram, Ex Finder or no overlay. The Ex Finder superimposes a wealth of camera settings on the screen in a real-time graphical user interface. Flash mode, Focus mode, White Balance, Focal Distance (depth of field), Histogram, ISO speed, Color adjustments, Aperture, Shutter speed and Exposure Compensation value. To be honest, I find it so distracting that you can hardly see your subject and doubt that you will use it very much...



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505


The realtime Histogram graphs the combined RGB channel as well as the individual color channels. Once you learn how to "read" a histogram, it can tell you at a glance whether the image is properly exposed or not.




Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505


Animated look at all of the exposure modes: Snapshot, BestShot, Aperture AE, Shutter- speed AE, Manual, Past Movie, Short Movie, BestShot Movie and Movie. This screen also demonstrates the Icon Help - a highly visible label that displays momentarily as the settings are changed.



Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505


Up to 30 seconds of audio can be attached and played back with still images.




Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Record MENU options:
    Self-timer - 10 sec, 2 sec, X3 (takes 3 pictures), off
    Size - 2560x1920, 2560x1712 (3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
    Quality - JPEG Fine, Normal and Economy
    Movie Quality - 640x480 HQ (30fps), 640x480 Normal (15fps), 320x240 LP (15fps)
    EV Shift - Exposure compensation +/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
    White Balance - Auto, daylight, cloudy, shade, tungsten, fluorescent1, fluorescent2, flash, manual
    ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    AF Area - Spot, Multi, Free
    Metering - Multi, Center weighted, Spot
    Audio Snap - On, Off (record audio memo with each picture)
    Filter - Off, B/W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple
    Sharpness - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Saturation - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Contrast - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Intensity - +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Assist - Auto or Off
    Grid - Enable onscreen grid guides
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom feature, On or Off
    Review - Review after capture, On or Off
    Icon Help - On or Off
    L/R Key - Assign a function to 4-way controller in record mode: EV shift, White balance, ISO, Metering, AF Area, Off


Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Memory (retain settings after power off)
    Flash - On, Off
    Focus - On, Off
    White Balance - On, Off
    ISO - On, Off
    AF Area - On, Off
    Metering - On, Off
    Self-timer - On, Off
    Flash Intensity - On, Off
    Digital Zoom - On, Off
    MF Position - On, Off
    Zoom Position - On, Off




Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

The EX-P505 can record MPEG-4 encoded video at 640x480 HQ (30fps), 640x480 Normal (15fps) or 320x240 (15fps) with stereo sound, the length is only limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery.

There are four different Movie modes:

  1. Movie - Normal movie recording mode, press shutter to start and again to stop

  2. Past Movie - Uses a 5-sec buffer that is continually updated. Pressing the shutter starts recording from 5 sec prior to pressing the shutter

  3. Short Movie - Records an 8-second movie consisting of 4 sec before shutter is pressed to 4 sec after shutter press.

  4. BestShot Movie - Like normal movie mode but user can choose from one of the BestShot scenes (portrait, scenery, night scene, fireworks, silent, custom)


Storage Capacity Approximate

Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505





Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505

Setup menu options:
    Sounds - Settings for: Startup, Shutter, Operation and Volume
    File No. - File numbering, continuous or reset
    World Time - Set the time zone for display
    Date Style - MM/DD/YY, DD/MM/YY, YY/MM/DD
    Adjust - Set time or date
    Language - Menu language (English, Japanese, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese)
    Sleep - Sleep timer 30s, 1m, 2m, Off
    AutoPowerOff - Turns camera completely off after 2m or 5m
    USB - Mass Storage, PictBridge
    Video Out - NTSC or PAL
    Format - Format the SD card
    Reset - Reset all parameters to default




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