In today’s review I’m taking a look at the Casio Exilim 10MP Digital Camera model EX-S5PE. I recently had a chance to try out this camera and I decided to use it to grab some photos of my niece’s wedding. Read more to find out how well that worked for me and what I thought about this camera…
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Let’s begin by examining some of the basic stats for the Casio EX-S5PE. The 10 MP camera has the typical features you’ll find on many newer digi-cams in this price range such as 3x optical zoom, wide-screen HD video, in camera picture editing and face recognition. Casio calls their face recognition technology a makeup function that’s supposed to make adjustments to soften facial shadows during the shot and for editing afterward. As for video, it has a YouTube mode so that you can pre-format your video for uploading there. It works with SD and SDHC cards. You’ll need to buy a card or two for the camera since it only has 17mb in built-in memory.
So far as picture quality goes the Casio Exilim 10MP Digital Camera performed rather well. I’d rate it slightly above average for the price range, as I did its cousin, the Exilim EX-Z85. I thought the facial and motion handling was slightly better on EX-S5 but not dramatically so.
On ease of use, I found the Casio EX-S5PE relatively easy to operate. Some of the buttons are on the small side and cramped but this shouldn’t present a problem unless you have large fingers. The on-screen functions are relatively straight forward and organized well. The camera is small and will slip easily into your pocket or purse. My wife carried this one in her small formal clutch purse and it fit in well with her other stuff.
The battery life seems good but I didn’t have a chance to really test it out with the unit I tried.
Why didn’t I get to try out the battery life? Well, unfortunately, the Casio Exilim EX-S5PE I was using decided to flake out during the wedding reception. To be fair, the one I tested was a returned one but it wasn’t listed as needing repair. Here’s what happened. When the camera was powered on it made a buzzing sound as the lens was extended which didn’t sound good. Then the LCD had the message “Lens Error”. I powered it down and tried again with the same result. I tinkered around with it a bit more but I had to give up pretty quickly since the newlyweds were starting their first dance. I had to snap some shots of the occasion with my LG Neon phone which weren’t as good. After doing some checking around online I found that this glitch isn’t uncommon with this camera.
So, the bottom line is I can’t really recommend the Casio Exilim 10MP Digital Camera model EX-S5PE to you. The features seem good, the picture quality is good, but somewhere along the line a design or manufacturing error slipped in it seems. Fortunately, it seems specific to this model of Casio Exilim since other models I’ve tried and heard about seem more solid. I guess it’s not surprising that this model is making the rounds right now on the closeout circuit. My suggestion if you want to give this camera a try is to only buy it from sellers who offer a good and reliable return policy.