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Casio Exilim EX-Z55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 512 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and portability are overall positive. The usability and battery are also mentioned favorably, but the low light performance and features get critical reviews. Views about the optics and value for money are mixed.

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features, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Casio Exilim EX-Z55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z55 review

 

PC Magazine checks out the Exilim Zoom EX-Z55, Casio's 5 megapixel ultracompact (roughly the size of a credit card in length and width) digital camera which has a large 2.5-inch LCD, good startup time, a 3x optical zoom, uses SD memory cards and a...

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Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z55

 

Megapixels: 5, Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Secure Digital, Maximum Resolution: 2560 x 1920 pixels, Typ...

Sharp, well exposed images. Tiny and lightweight, extended battery life, very good menu functions, and wide variety of preset shooting configurations.

LCD blacks out while image is processed. Images show fall off at the edges of the frame, flash shots unevenly illuminated.

The Z55 has the sharpest images we've seen in a camera this size, a big LCD, Casio's great menus and features, and reasonable speed. But the images produced by this camera don't quite measure up to those of of the Canon Powershot SD300.

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PCWorld.com - Casio Exilim EX-Z55

 

The tiny Casio Exilim EX-Z55 is immediately attractive. About the size of a deck of cards, it's easy to pack along for any occasion. ...

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Casio Exilim EX-Z55

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

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Casio Exilim EX-Z55

 

The centerpiece of the Z55's design is its 2.5-inch LCD screen, which takes up most of the small camera's back and, thus, seems even bigger. Also contributing to this effect is the Z55's comically small and essentially useless optical viewfinder, which...

Large, bright LCD screen; outstanding battery life; intelligent and eye-catching design; solid indoor photo quality.

Poor outdoor photo quality; no burst mode; few manual features.

A great-looking 5-megapixel point-and-shoot with a big screen and so-so photo quality.

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Casio EX-Z55

 

The EX-Z55 ZOOM is the latest addition to Casio's ultra-compact EXILIM series (as of 9/2004.) It shares a 5 Megapixel CCD imager and high-performance 3X Pentax zoom with its brother the EX-Z50, but adds a larger 2.5-inch LCD screen, etc. It features a...

Bottom line - the Exilim EX-Z55 is an awesome digital package. If you're in the market for a digital camera that has great image quality, speedy performance, and can be slipped into almost any size pocket or purse, then this is the digicam for you! Not ba

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Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z55

 

The Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z55 fits into the ultra-compact family of digital cameras, being about the same size as a credit card at just 8cms by 6cms and weighing a mere 130g. Despite its diminutive dimensions, Casio have still managed to include bot

If you're looking for an ultra-compact camera then you should seriously consider the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z55. Casio may not be the first name that you associate with digital cameras, but they have definitely produced a very capable camera in the EX-Z55.

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Review: Casio Exilim EX-G1 camera

 

The Casio Exilim EX-G1 is certainly rugged--but you're paying more for durability, not great images.

Taking the battery out, on the other hand, is quite a hassle—especially if you have big hands. Casio includes a special tool for prying open the battery compartment; but even with said tool, the compartment requires some dexterity to open

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Casio Exilim EX-Z55

 

What's in the Box

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Ultra-thin, stylish metal body ; Big LCD for a small camera (see issues below) ; Robust performance ; Tons of scene modes ; Amazing battery life ; Cool playback mode features

Softness around edges and corners of photos; moderate barrel distortion ; Redeye ; LCD only "gains up" in certain Best Shot modes, most of which require a tripod; LCD resolution isn't great either ; Poor low light focusing / no AF-assist lamp ; Can't...

Each of the cameras have their own advantages and disadvantages. For the EX-Z55, it's battery life, scene modes, and a large LCD. For the Sony DSC-T1, it's style, movie mode, and LCD size. The Panasonic FX7 offers and image stabilizer and a large LCD....

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Outsized LCD provides a nice view, but pictures disappoint

 

The Exilim EX-Z55 is compact and lightweight, yet it offers a generous 2.5-inch LCD. The bright, outsized monitor is nice, but the picture quality fell short of expectations.

Light and compact ; large LCD ; live RGB histogram ; 23 scene modes ; useful Business Shot mode ; automatic Macro mode

Noisy pictures ; no continuous shooting mode ; poor video quality ; need cradle for recharging and picture transfer

The EX-Z55 has 23 scene modes in all, including a Business Shot mode for straightening pictures of business cards and white boards in-camera. Manual controls are limited to manual focus, exposure compensation (which you access via a menu), white...

Product Specifications

The EX-Z55 produces beautifully detailed images and is easy to use. A high performance CCD and 5-million pixels of resolution provide sharp images, while the 3-segment telescoping 3X optical zoom lens provides plenty of resolution. And you get it all in a thin design. The EX-Z55 allows you to take up to 400 shots (continuous recording) on a single charge. Its 2.5-inch LCD monitor screen provides a clear view of subjects as you compose images for recording. The EX-Z55 is designed for versatile, but simple operation. The Best Shot Scenes allow you to select a scene resembling the image you are trying to record. The camera then is configured automatically including recording mode, Auto Focus setting, and more. An on screen grid allows you turn on a display of grid lines to compose images better. Automatic focus features include Auto Macro and 7-point Multi AF to ensure images are captured in focus every time. Finding and manipulating images is easy using the full-month calendar screen, 0.1 second image scrolling, and image rotation features. The EX-Z55 lets you do more with your images after you record them. The bundled USB cable provides easy connection to a computer, just place the camera onto the cradle and press the SB button to automatically transfer images from camera memory to a computer. Or you can connect directly to a printer that supports PictBridge, without going through a computer. The EX-Z55 is also compatible with PRINT Image Matching and Exif Print for high-fidelity print images. Sleek and small with a highly fashionable aluminum alloy body houses a 3X optical zoom lens in a thin, stylish, 5 megapixel digital camera with a 2.5" LCD. The EX-Z55 is packed with a powerful collection of features and functions for enhanced performance. Key extras include 9.3 MB built-in memory, Favorite folder for image retention, and key customization that allows you to assign parameters for easier operation.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.3in
Weight:0.2lbs
Width:3.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Candlelight portrait / Children / Collection / Coupling shot / Document / Fireworks / Flower / Food / Natural green / Night portrait / Night scene / Party/indoor / Pet / Portrait mode / Portrait with scenery / Pre-shot / Scenery / Sundown / Text / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated

Header

Manufacturer:Casio Computer
Model:Z55
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Casio EXILIM EX

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-4.8
Max Focal Length:17.4mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Whiteboard
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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