Casio EX-Z550

Last Updated (28 June’10):
- Review by ITReviews

Casio EX-Z550 is a 14.1 Megapixels digital camera features 26 mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom, ISO 64-3200, and 2.7-inch TFT color LCD. The camera measures 3.9”(W) x 2.1”(H) x .83”(D) and weighs 4.8oz (including battery and memory card) or 4.1oz (excluding battery and memory card).

Casio EX-Z550
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Casio EX-Z550 Reviews

ITReviews reviews the Casio EX-Z550 and writes;
“Picture quality throughout is good without being exceptional, and certainly well within the expectations of this price bracket.”
rating: N/A

Pocket-lint reviews the Casio EX-Z550 and writes;
“The Casio Exilim EX-Z550 is an inexpensive, easy to use, snapper that allows you to do a little bit more with your images – and videos – within the camera than your bog standard £100 budget-priced compact. Little extras that reveal its manufacturer’s consumer electronics heritage include the handy inclusion of the video record button, making it easy to swap modes in a thrice.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Casio EX-Z550 and writes;
“I was impressed that the EX-Z550′s flash unit was able to illuminate our indoor shots well, and even thought the camera choose ISO 400 most of the time, photos still look nice. “
rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Casio EX-Z550 and writes;
“Mostly the Casio EX-Z550 acquits itself well when it comes to delivering even exposures. Colours are generally well saturated and brought the best out of the scene before the lens at any given time – all that one can really ask for from a point and shoot model. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Samples

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Manual

Casio EX-Z550 User Manual (PDF)

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Features

Casio EX-Z550 Features

26 mm wide-angle lens
So far, so good! – Whether for landscape photos, tourist sights or group pictures in confined spaces: the 26 mm wide-angle lens* makes the EX-Z550 your perfect companion whatever the occasion. The 26 mm focal length allows you to capture a larger area and include several friends in a group photo from only a short distance away.

4x optical zoom with mechanical image stabiliser
High performance – Zoom in on your favourite moments: The 4x optical zoom can bring even the most distant subjects up close, while the automatic mechanical image stabiliser significantly reduces blurring. The EX-Z550 has everything you need in any situation and guarantees outstanding photos.

Mechanical image stabilisation
Outstanding pictures – It is virtually impossible to hold a camera absolutely still. Even the slightest movement can cause blurring and lack of clarity in the photo. The mechanical image stabilisation captures these movements and balances them out mechanically with the help of CCD shift technology, reducing the likelihood of blurred photos to a minimum.

EXILIM Engine 5.0
Extremely powerful – The digital brain of the EXILIM camera is the EXILIM Engine 5.0. This innovative image processor functions according to a completely new concept to achieve particularly bright colour reproduction, high image quality and quick response times: The processor offers even better performance and is even faster, ensuring effective moiré and noise suppression without losing details. The EXILIM Engine 5.0 masters all challenges such as backlighting, portrait, landscape and night shots or poor lighting conditions. In addition, the image processor provides clever functions such as Intelligent Colour Technology, the new Dynamic Photo function, improved Make-up mode or the new Premium Auto mode, which independently analyses the exposure conditions and then automatically configures the optimal settings.

Premium Auto mode
Perfectly equipped for every situation – Portrait, landscape, night or backlight photography: you will be able to take the most amazing photos with the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z550 even in poor lighting conditions. The highlight: In Premium Auto mode, the camera automatically recognises typical subject scenarios and adjusts the settings accordingly. Depending on the exposure conditions, BEST SHOT motif programs such as Auto BEST SHOT, night shot without tripod, Make-up mode, Landscape mode or Intelligent AF are activated. In this way, movements, shaking, backlight and even faces of people are automatically detected and perfectly focused and exposed. No need to worry which BEST SHOT mode is best suited for the situation; you can just focus completely on your subject. This results in top-quality, high-resolution photos.

NEW: Extended Dynamic Photo function
Bring your photos to life – With the extended Dynamic Photo function you can continue to cut out subjects from an image series, position them in front of a different background, change the size and combine them with fun animations. In addition, you now have even more amazing new options: Add a single stationary subject or one or more moving subjects into your films! A special highlight: You can not only provide animation for subjects that you add to your film, but you can also insert your own handwritten texts. What are you waiting for? Get creative, bring your snapshots to life and surprise your friends with a fun “Dynamic Photo” greeting with a personalised message!

Make-up Mode
Feel like a model – The EXILIM Zoom EX-Z550 also features a Make-up Mode Function for especially appealing portrait photographs. The outstanding image processing makes the skin on faces appear smoother and softens facial shadows caused by strong sunlight or illumination. You can select from twelve levels as desired – from minimum to maximum – and observe the effect on the TFT colour display while taking the photo.

Face detection function
The simple touch – Whether you’re on holiday, at a party or spending time with your family – people are particularly popular subjects for a photo. It’s always a pity when faces turn out blurred on a picture. The Face Detection function now offers the perfect solution, recognizing the individual faces or even entire groups, and automatically applying the best possible setting.

BEST SHOT Art Shot
Discover the artist in you – Produce real works of art with the new BEST SHOT “Art Shot”: With the new EXILIM Engine 5.0, the “Art Shot” can convert ordinary subjects into artistic images. Simply choose between Oil painting, crayon and watercolor — your photos are converted into little masterpieces without special artistic talent and expensive paints.

Landscape Mode
I like the sound of that! – The EX-Z550 is equipped with a landscape mode for outstanding landscape photos. The “Vivid Landscape” feature analyses the images and intensifies the key colours. In addition, the “Mist Removal” option automatically reduces clouding, haziness or mist. The outcome is a clearer landscape or skyline with sharp contours and a bright sky.

BEST SHOT motif programmes
You don’t need to be an expert to create great photos – From “Landscape” and “Portrait” right through to “Night scenes” or “Retro” look – your EXILIM EX-Z550 adapts flexibly to a whole host of requirements. To ensure that all your photos and movies are a success from the start, the flat digital camera comes with 42 presettings for a wide variety of situations. With BEST SHOT, you can also create and save your own settings, which can be selected at any time.

BEST SHOT-Button
Why hide? – BEST SHOT motif settings are extremely practical and therefore can be accessed immediately at the touch of a button. From “Landscape” to “Sunset” your EX-Z550 readily adjusts to the most varied demands, regardless of whether you are taking photos or movies.

Hand-held night scene
Steady hand – With the newly developed image processor EXILIM Engine 5.0, your camera recognizes dark or night scenes automatically. Without the help of a tripod, the EX-Z550 reduces camera shakes, creating sharp, bright portraits and night shots.

Auto Shutter function
Enjoy the moment – Blurred images are usually the result of an unsteady camera action or subjects that move while the release button is being pressed. EXILIM offers a simple solution to the problem of blurred or shaky photos: The new Auto Shutter function can automatically determine the perfect moment to take a photo.

Working in conjunction with the Anti Blur Auto Shutter, Pan Auto Shutter, Smile Detection Auto Shutter and Self Portrait Auto Shutter functions, the new technology ensures rapid focus and takes the photo automatically when the image is steady, so the result is not impaired.

Anti Blur Auto Shutter
Hold it there! – The practical Anti Blur Auto Shutter function helps prevent shaking and blurring caused by movement; it does this by taking the photograph at the precise moment when your hand or the moving subject becomes still.

Pan Auto Shutter
Always on the move – Fast-moving subjects are very difficult to capture in a photo. When you activate the Pan Auto Shutter, the photo is automatically taken as soon as the moving subject becomes still in the display, e.g. when you follow it with the camera.

Smile Detection Auto Shutter
No smile, no photo! – Smile and the world smiles with you! The innovative Smile Detection Auto Shutter function ensures that you will never again miss that smile when taking photos. Press the release button as soon as you have the faces in the frame. The photo will then be taken, fully automatically, once the subjects are smiling.

Self Portrait Auto Shutter
Are we all in the photo? – Totally practical: the Self Portrait Auto Shutter function enables the camera to recognise faces. Once the release button is pressed, the camera prepares to take the photo and automatically does so once the faces of the subjects are located within the frame.

Advanced Auto Tracking AF Function
Everything in view – Dogs running, kids jumping around, moving cars – there are countless examples of moving subjects, which can try the patience of even professional photographers. Thanks to the Auto Tracking AF function with motion analysis, you can relax and concentrate on the overall subject. Press the release button half way down, to fix the focus for saving – as soon as you see the picture you want, simply press release!

Multi-motion function
Always on the move – The BEST SHOT function Multi-Motion-Image enables you to capture a movement sequence in just one single photo. Take a photo of the moving motif in front of a still background. This motif is photographed in a series of images which are compiled to one single picture by the new EXILIM Engine 5.0. This enables you to capture movements such as a snowboarding jump from the launch to the landing on one single photo.

Lighting function
Rich colours – The EX-Z550 can recognize and correct difficult light situations: the light function optimizes the brightness of faces automatically even in scenes with backlight simply by pressing the release button. Even the sky or buildings in the background that are subject to overexposure are rendered in full colour.


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