Monday, August 11, 2008

Casio Exilim EX-P505

By Jeff Keller

Casio is one of those camera manufacturers who doesn't include a memory card with their camera. Instead, they build some memory right into the camera. Unfortunately Casio gives you an absurdly low amount of built-in memory -- just 7.5MB. Yes, you read that right. That holds just THREE photos at the highest quality setting. So consider a larger memory card to be a required purchase. I'd recommend a 256MB or larger Secure Digital (SD) memory card to start with. Casio doesn't say that a high speed memory card is required for the fancy movie mode, so it looks like you can save your money on this.

Battery life on the P505 is above average. The camera uses the same NP-40 lithium ion rechargeable battery as several other Casio cameras. This battery has 4.6 Wh of energy, which is decent. That translates in to 220 shots per charge using the CIPA battery life standard. Compare that with 500 shots per charge on the upcoming Canon PowerShot S2 and 160 shots on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1.