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Casio Exilim EX-S500

Review posted 8/25/2005

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The EX-S500 is the next generation in the super-slim Exilim Card digital camera series. It is a culmination of Casio's core technologies, combining cutting-edge miniaturization and digital expertise with state-of-the-art movie recording capability.

As with all EXILIM Series digital cameras, the EX-S500 features Casio's EXILIM Engine, an image processing module that makes for high quality images, quick operation, and low power consumption. The latest version of the EXILIM Engine features the Anti Shake DSP, which reduces blurring caused by shaking hands or moving subjects, while the Auto Macro and Quick Shutter functions ensure that photos are properly focused.

The Best Shot Mode provides optimum camera setups in an instant. Simply select the sample scene that is similar to the image you want to record and the camera's exposure compensation, white balance, and other settings are configured accordingly. There are a total of 33 scenes built in, or you can custom build you own scene.

Casio Exilim EX-S500

The EX-S500 is available in white, orange and gray colors

In addition to the anti-blur technology, 5.0 megapixel resolution and 3X zoom capability means high quality pictures. A large 2.2-inch TFT LCD screen makes still and video photography easy to shoot, and the lithium ion rechargeable battery allows up to 200 shots on one charge.

The pocket-sized EX-S500 is quick and easy to use for both business and pleasure. Comparable in size and weight with most cell phones, the EX-S500 is conveniently portable, taking high quality pictures and movies anywhere, anytime. The included docking cradle makes charging the battery and transferring your photos and movies quick and simple with the EasyLoader software and USB 2.0 high-speed throughput.

Exilim EX-S500 Features:

  • 5-Megapixel effective CCD imager, 3x optical zoom w/auto macro
  • Stylish, durable and light-weight aluminum body
  • Large 2.2-inch TFT color LCD with 84,960 pixels
  • AF assist light makes focus operation easier even in dark settings.
  • High-speed start-up enables shooting approximately 0.9 seconds after powerup.
  • Release time lag of only 0.008 seconds after the shutter is pressed.
  • High-speed picture playback of approx. 0.1 seconds interval.
  • Continuous shutter function enables photos to be taken in 0.9 seconds intervals.
  • 33 "BEST SHOT" scene modes set the camera for easy to difficult situations.
  • Attach up to 30-second audio memos to still images at capture or later.
  • Record voice-only audio, approx. 25 minutes on internal memory.
  • MPEG-4, VGA(640×480 pixels), 30 frames/second high quality movies
  • Movies can be captured continuously for 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Movie Best Shot, Past Movie, Short Movie and in-camera movie editing.
  • 9-point autofocus system with selectable AF modes: Multi or Spot AF.
  • ISO sensitivity from 50 to 400 or Automatic.
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction and Flash-assist function.
  • USB 2.0 high speed data transfer to PC or Mac computers.
  • Super-Life battery enables up to 200 shots on a single charge.
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charging cradle included.
  • 8.3 Megabytes of internal memory and SD card slot for memory expansion.
  • ExifPrint, PRINT Image Matching III, USB Direct-Print, and PictBridge compatible.

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Casio Exilim EX-S500

Casio Exilim EX-S500

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Casio Exilim EX-S500

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The EX-S500 compared to a standard Compact Disc.

The Exilim "Card" cameras, the 3-megapixel EX-S100 and the EX-S500.

Casio Exilim EX-S500

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Casio EX-S500 Specifications

Imaging Elements 1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD (5.25 million total pixels; 5.0-million effective pixels)
Recording Formats Snapshots: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), DCF 1.0 compliant, DPOF compatible
Movies: AVI (MPEG-4)
Audio: WAV (MONO)
Recording Medium: Internal flash memory (approx. 8.3 MB recordable area), SD memory card/MMC compatible
Image recording pixels Snapshots: 2560×1920 / 2560×1712(3:2) / 2304×1728 / 2048×1536 / 1600×1200 / 640×480 pixels
Movies: 640×480(HQ) / 640×480(Normal) / 320×240(LP)

Recording Volumes and Times


Image size (pixels)

Image quality/
recording time

File size

Built-in memory (8.3MB)

SD Memory Card
256MB *

2560 X 1920


Approx 3.0MB/



640 x 480


Approx. 190KB/




640x480 (HQ)

Shooting time:

Approx. 4.1M Bit/sec.
(30 frames/sec.)

13 sec.

8 min. 29sec.

640x480 (Normal) Shooting time:
Approx. 2.0M Bit/sec.
(30 frames/sec.)
25 sec.
16 min. 6sec.
320 x 240 (LP) Shooting time:
Approx. 745k Bit/sec.
(15 frames/sec.)
1 min 9sec.
44 min. 57sec.

*-When using a Matsushita Electronic Industrial Co., Ltd 256MB
**-Depending upon memory capacity and battery life.

6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens; F2.7(W) to F5.2(T), f=6.2(W) to 18.6(T)mm (equivalent to approximately 38 to 114 mm when converted to 35mm film)
Zoom: 3X optical zoom; 4X digital zoom (12X total when optical and digital zooms are used in combination)
Focal point
Contrast type AF (selectable between spot, 9-point multi); macro mode; infinity mode; manual focus
Focus Length: Normal: 15.75" to infinity
Macro: 6.70" to 19.69" * varies with optical zoom
Exposure Control: Light metering method: multi-pattern, center-weighted, CCD spot
Control method: program AE
Exposure compensation: +/-2EV (1/3 EV units)
Shutter: CCD electronic / mechanical shutter; snapshot auto 1/8 to 1/2000 sec. shutter speed
Aperture: Auto; F2.7/F4.3 [using wide angle] * varies with optical zoom
White Balance: Auto / Fixed (6 modes) / Manual
Sensitivity setting: Snapshot; Auto, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, Movie; Auto
Shoot and Recording Functions: Snapshot / audio snapshot (up to 30 seconds); continuous shooting; Self-timer; Macro; BEST SHOT; movie
Self-timer: 10 sec. or 2 sec., Triple Self-timer
Internal Flash: Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Red Eye Reduction
Approximate Range: 0.4 to 2.8 meters (W); 0.4 to 1.4 meters (T)
Viewfinder: LCD Monitor
Monitor Screen: 2.2-inch digital interface TFT color LCD, 84,960 pixels (354×240)
Timekeeping Function Date and time recorded with image data; auto calendar up to 2049
World Time: 162 cities (32 time zones); city names, date and time, summer time (daylight saving time)
Input/Output Terminals: Charging cradle
USB: USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)
Audio: Microphone (mono); speaker (mono)
Batteries Proprietary lithium ion rechargeable battery / AC adapter
Battery Life Approx. 200 snapshots (CIPA standards)
Continuous shooting: approx. 410 snapshots (approx 1 hr. 40 min.)*
* 23ºC, LCD monitor ON, Flash disabled, alternating between wide-zoom and telephoto-zoom every 15 seconds
Continuous playback: approx 2 hr. 40 min. (snapshots)
Continuous recording: approx 1 hr. 20 min. (movie)
Continuous recording: approx 2 hr. 40 min. (voice recording)

Dimensions: 3.54" (W) x 2.32" (H) x .63" (D) (excluding projections, thinnest point .54")
Weight: Approx. 115g (without batteries and accessories)
Supplied Accesories Lithium-ion rechargeable battery; USB cradle; AV cable; Strap; AC power cord; CD-ROM

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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