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Casio EX-P505 Digital Camera Review
Digital Camera Review by: Michael Gazzola
 
The Casio Exilim Pro EX-P505 is quite simply a small digi-cam with plenty of features.

Encased in a hard plastic outer, the camera is finished nicely in a flat pearl black surface complimented with hints of chrome. The camera is not covered in buttons, with pretty much only 5 function buttons other than the master dial, capture and power on/off button.

The menu is quite easy to navigate and accessed at the push of a button. There are plenty of options for shooting, along side the standard 'auto' function. The EX-P505 has 8 white balance settings, two of which are fluorescent modes and a manual option.

On the lens of the camera there are two handy buttons, one for controlling the white balance modes and the other for focus modes - macro, infinity, auto and manual.

The camera used in flash mode produces clear, crisp and sharp images. The flash can be controlled by a single button on the top of the camera, and complimented with the option at the push of another button to raise or lower the exposure in thirds to + or - 2 stops.

The EX-P505 does not have a viewfinder as Casio has opted for a larger LCD screen - which is a good move. As digital cameras get smaller, so do viewfinders, so a larger LCD is always going to be appreciated by the photographer.

The LCD on this camera is very flexible. It is not fixed permanently, yet hinged on one side allowing a 180 degree twist and rotatable up to 270 degrees. This allows for low to the ground photography, or being able to hold the camera high above a crowd and still being able to compose a shot by easily viewing the screen.

Image quality on the camera is as sharp as they come for this grade of camera. Once the EX-P505 was set on spot focus and spot metering the results were great every time. At a wider point of focus (like many others in its class) the camera didn't always hit it's target. But at the end of the day, most people use the spot focus function bypassing the issue easily.

Shots taken in a dark room at 400 ISO produce slightly grainy images but still sharp none the less. The ISO options of 50 to 400 are a good range for most situations with the added bonus of great shutter flexibility with variations of 60 seconds to 1/2000 of a second.

There is plenty of fun to be had too with 8 colour filter options. But the most important of these is the B&W function which looks very true to the grey scale tonal range. Many of the EX-P505's competition miss the mark with the B&W option and tend to push a slight sepia tone, which Casio have smartly made an alternate option in the 8 colour filters. medal-gold-r.jpg
  
Finally, the software bundled with this camera (like the P-700 model) is great. As I have mentioned in previous Casio reviews I really like the ease of use of the 'Photo Loader' software. For those unaware of how it works, once the software is loaded onto your computer it's only a matter of plugging your EX-P505 via a USB connection and the images are automatically uploaded. Furthermore the images are filed into date order and thumbnails displayed in a browser window for easy viewing.

Overall, this camera will more than satisfy those looking for plenty of functionality coupled with a quality image capture, plus easy to use bundled software.


Appearance rating 5 stars
Functionality rating 5 stars
Image quality 5 stars
Value for money 4 stars
RRP (AUD) $699
SPACER.GIF  
Effective Pixels 5 Million
Image Sizes 6 Sizes / 3 quality modes and TIFF
Lens - zoom wide [mm] 6.3mm (35mm equivalent of 38mm)
Lens -zoom tele [mm] 31.5mm (35mm equivalent of 190mm)
Zoom 5x optical. 8x digital
Resolution Settings From 640x480 to 2560x1920
Quality Modes 5 Individual. Plus auto and manual
Manual Focus No
Auto Focus Yes
Focus Range [cm] 40cm to infinity
Aperture Range Auto / F2.8 - F11.1
Aperture Priority Yes
Macro Yes
Macro Range [cm] 1cm
Shutter Speeds Bulb, 60 to 1/2000
Shutter Priority Yes
ISO 4 Options. 50, 100, 200, 400. Plus auto.
LCD Monitor Yes
LCD Size 2.0-inch digital interface TFT color LCD
Viewfinder No
Flash Built In. 3 mode options. Plus auto.
Hot Shoe No
White balance 7 modes. Plus auto and manual.
Self Timer Yes. 2 or 10 seconds and triple self-timer
Auto Power Off Yes. 2min or 5min.
Sleep Yes. 30sec / 1min / 2min / Off
Movie Options Yes. Only limited by card size and battery.
Audio Options Yes. Only limited by card size and battery.
Video Out Yes.
Storage Type SD / MMC Cards
Storage Included 7Mb Internal.
Image / Movie / Audio Jpeg / AVI / Wave
Connectivity USB 2.0.
Power Source Rechargeable battery and AC adaptor included.
Dimensions 98.5mm x 55.5mm x 73.5mm
Weight 215 Without batteries


 
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