The Casio Exilim EX-S5 aka the Casio EX-Z1 in Europe is an ultra-slim and stylish compact point-and-shoot digital camera with 10 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens and 2.7-inch LCD screen. It is a budget digital camera.
The Casio S5’s 3x optical zoom is not the longest one and the lens is not very fast - f/3.1 at the wide end and f/5.8 when it’s fully zoomed out. The camera’s 2.7 inch LCD has a wide viewing angle from left to right, but its resolution is rather poor - just 114,960 dots. There is no optical viewfinder on this model.
The EX-S5 is an extremely well-made, very compact digital camera, with a shiny metal body in the choice of 6 colors and excellent overall finish. The only minor drawback is the lack of any handgrip on the front.
The camera has an Easy Mode targeted at beginners, it effectively sets all of the camera options apart from the flash, self-timer and image size. The Casio EX-S5 offers Auto and a range of 23 different scene modes as well.
Among its other useful features are Face Detection, electronic anti-shake, YouTube mode for uploading video and 16:9 wide-screen format movies.
As it’s a budget model, the EX-Z1 isn’t going to impress you. Image quality is satisfactory rather than outstanding, with noise and loss of detail at relatively slow ISO speeds, significant barrel distortion at the wider-angle focal lengths, and a disappointing macro mode.
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Casio Exilim EX-S5 – Specifications:
- 1/2.3 inch CCD Sensor
- 10.1 Megapixels
- Maximum Image Size: 3648 x 2736 pixels
- 3x Optical Zoom
- Aperture Range: F3.1 (W) to F5.6 (T)
- Focal Length Equivalent: 35.5 to 106.5mm
- 2.7″ LCD with 114,960 pixels
- Exposure Metering: Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot by imaging element
- Shutter Speed: 4 to 1/2000sec
- Sensitivity: ISO64 - ISO3200
- YouTube(TM) Capture Mode
- Face Detection
- BESTSHOT (23 predefined scenarios)
- Contrast Detection Focus
- Continuous Mode: 0.7 frames per second
- Movie Mode: 848×480 or 640×480 pixels at 30fps
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Battery Life: 210 still images
- Recommended Price: £149.99 / $159.99