Casio EX-P505 Review
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The high resolution 5-megapixel imager along with the advanced Exilim engine ensures that remarkably detailed images can be taken with ease. The 5X optical zoom can be used during both snapshot and movie recording. Used in combination with the 8X digital zoom, this gives you total zoom capabilities of 40X and macro mode for distances as close as 1 cm. Fully automatic exposure control, aperture priority or shutter-speed priority, along with full manual exposure mode allows you to get as creative as you desire. The "BEST SHOT" function features 22 different scene modes to help you capture the best possible pictures in the most difficult situations.
MPEG-4 technology enables high quality video shooting in VGA size (640 x 480 pixels) at 30 frames per second with stereo audio, the length is limited only by available memory. "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.
The EX-P505's high-speed startup enables shooting only 0.8 seconds after the power is turned on. Shutter release time lag of only 0.01 sec. means fewer "missed" shots when things are happening fast. Casio's Super Life Battery supplies enough power for approx. 220 pictures per charge. To help conserve the battery the camera power is automatically switched ON/OFF when the LCD panel is opened and closed. Pictures and movies can be quickly transferred to the host PC thanks to a high-speed USB 2.0 interface. That same USB interface can be used to print directly to any Pictbridge compatible printer without need of a computer.
Exilim EX-P505 Features:
DIWA Silver Medal Award
The reviewers were impressed to see how Casio's engineers have managed to adapt the credit card size symbolizing the EXILIM concept, yet maintaining the professional SLR look as well as including a multitude of features normally found in much larger cameras. Most surprisingly is its powerful and high quality 5x optical zoom lens with focal lengths comparable to 38-190 mm in a 35 mm film camera, including macro as close as 1 cm, 7-points auto focus as well as an option for manual focus. The EX-P505 also delivers fast startup, auto focus and playback function, virtually instant shutter release response, 5 Megapixel resolution for 30x40 cm (12x16") photo quality prints, a large movable 2-inch (5.1 cm) LCD screen, fully automatic and manual controls and tailor made Best Shot programs optimized for 22 different scene types. The EX-P505 also introduces stereo sound to movie recording, with VGA resolution and 30 fps in the high quality MPEG-4 format.
Kai Thon, DIWA's test manager comments: "No other camera combines compactness and high quality features like the Casio EXILIM EX-P505. Aimed at an audience in search of a handy, user friendly camera with extended optical zoom capabilities, excellent movie functions and a multitude of creative options through manual override, the EX-P505 is a top shelf selection. Still, its price is pleasantly modest."
The DIWA group of camera experts found the image quality to be well adapted for its targeted consumer, with true colors, low image noise, impressive macro and a wide range of individual preferences for the ambitious photographer. Movie enthusiasts can enjoy ingenious features like Past Movie, Short Movie, Movie Edit and Movie Print functions, compatible with the easy-to-use PictBridge standard via a USB 2.0 High-Speed interface.
Other high scoring details are the 7-point auto focus system with auto or manual selection, the efficient pop-up flash with Flash Assist function, the powerful Super Life rechargeable battery pack, the foldable swivel LCD screen, the unique EX quick menu and Icon Help, the comfortable, secure grip with good camera balance, the EXILIM Engine high-speed image processor and last, but not least, a surprisingly budget-friendly price.
The EX-P505 compared in size to an average CD disc.
The Casio EX-P505 and EX-Z55 Zoom for size comparison.
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