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Casio Exilim EX-S5 Review


ex-s5pe_xlargeThe Casio Exilim Ex-S5 is definitely the camera to buy if you are looking for a consumer friendly camera that is easy on your wallet and you don’t want to stress your brain. It’s a simple camera that provides excellent photo quality, ease of use, and it is extremely light to carry.

This 10MP camera doesn’t disappoint. Right out of the box you can start using the camera without ever having to pick up the manual. It’s super simple to use and there is not much room for mistakes. It is also sleek and light at only 3.5oz, but actually, it feels lighter than it is. It is also available in several colors:  black, chocolate, cinnamon, rose, sky blue and olive green. It’s thin enough to slip into your pocket or pocketbook without showing a hug bulge or taking up much room in your bag.

The Casio Exilim EX-S5 excels in not only looks but in picture quality as well, even in Auto mode. However, if you want to get fancy, there is always the Best Shots feature that again like the Casio EX-S12 will automatically set the up the camera for the type of photo you want to take. Portrait, landscape, scenic, etc…all the different types of settings are there. There is also the Makeup function, tracking Auto Focus, and an HD Movie function.

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Photos are easily taken and viewed on its 2.7 inch TFT color LCD and it has an ISO Sensitivity of up to 1600. The 3X Optical Zoom makes it easy to get close-ups of images further away. The picture quality does degrade a bit when you take a photo at the highest zoom and also focusing becomes an issue but that really is a minuet problem. If you want to take pictures from such a distance than you probably shouldn’t be using a compact digital camera in the first place.  There is of course White Balance for Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Auto, and Manual.

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Recording movies is extremely easy with the designated Movie button. Just press it and you are ready to go. Video is recorded in HD and can be recorded with an aspect ration of 16:9.  You Tube capture mode lets you record and easily share your video once you are ready to upload it.  We actually did a video review using the movie feature of this very camera and we were very impressed. The video came out very good and the built-in mic picked up our voices even with the sound of the beach and wind rumbling in the background. It was super easy to use and we could zoom in and out easily without affecting the image quality of the video we were shooting.

Overall, the Casio Exilim Ex-S5 does exactly what it’s meant too well. There is no hesitation between shots – The camera takes no time at all from snapping picture after picture especially with its new 4.0 engine which delivers the improved picture quality and high-speed dedicated image processing. This is one camera that I would highly suggest for anyone, although it may be marketed more for the female audience with its many color options and ease-of-use,  but any guy would appreciate it too. The Casio Exilim EX-S5 retails for as little as $125.85 at Amazon.

The Good: Excellent picture quality for the price point. Sleek and light design is perfect for taking pictures anywhere. Good HD video quality.

The Bad: Indoor pictures tend to fair less in quality due to the brightness of the flash even with white balance adjusted or the Best Shots feature enabled.