Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Sharp, well exposed images. Tiny and lightweight, extended battery life, very good menu functions, and wide variety of preset shooting configurations.
Cons: LCD blacks out while image is processed. Images show fall off at the edges of the frame, flash shots unevenly illuminated.
Excerpt: The Casio
Exilim EX-Z55 ($449) is an ultra-compact 5 Megapixel
camera with a large 2.5" LCD display and class-leading
battery life. A slightly cheaper model, the EX-Z50 ($399),
has a 2-inch screen and slightly lower battery life.
Both cameras make up Casio's entry into the crowded
ultra-compact field. I'll be looking at the Z55 here
-- read on to find out how it stacks up against the
Pros: 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
Cons: 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 swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, No memory card included; just 9.3MB of on-board memory, No video out port, Outdated movie mode, Full camera manual only on CD-ROM
Excerpt: The EX-Z55 compared to an average Compact Disc. The EX-Z55 and the EX-S100 for size comparison. Continue on to Features & Controls Casio EX-Z55 Specifications Recording Element 1/2.5-inch square pixel primary color CCD (5.25 million total pixels; 5 million effective pixels) File Record Format Snapshots: JPEG (Exif. Ver.
Conclusion: The Casio Exilim EX-Z55 is a fairly solid offering. It scores highly for ease of use and I like the design. I did experience problems using the camera indoors and it tends to struggle in lowlight.
Pros: Design and build quality, Overall ease of use, Great menu layout, Lightening fast shutter response
Cons: Indoor picture quality, Very small internal memory, After sales support
Summary: 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. It offers better image quality than the
that I have previously reviewed, although the images are still quite noisy at ISO 200 and above.
Summary: Casio's EX-Z55 sports a lightweight aluminium body with a large 2.5-inch colour LCD and small optical viewfinder. It comes with 9.3MB of internal memory (enough for four high-resolution images) and an SD/MMC card slot. The retracting smc Pentax 3x zoom lens is reasonably fast and the camera is supplied with a docking cradle for downloading pictures and recharging the battery. . .
Pros: Functionality not compromised by small size, Excellent menu system, Fast to start, Minimal shutter lag
Cons: No continuous shooting mode, Compression artefacts in lower quality settings, No memory card supplied [BG05]
Excerpt: Con una semplice pressione di un pulsante la fotocamera è pronta all'uso - in soli ca. 1,6 secondi. Il cambio dalla messa a fuoco normale al campo macro è molto rapido - grazie alla funzione di messa a fuoco Auto-Macro. Per il ricercato corpo in metallo di color argento si utilizzano esclusivamente materiali di ottima qualità. Convince sempre, sia da vicino sia da lontano: L'obiettivo Pentax di elevata qualità con triplo zoom ottico.
Summary: Сердцем Casio Exilim EX-Z55 является пятимегапиксельная матрица
ПЗС с фильтрами основных цветов (RGB) и физическим размером 1/2,5
дюйма. Это типичный размер для современных бюджетных моделей ЦФК
и, к сожалению, такие матрицы всегда довольно шумные. Причем главный
бич – это шум яркостный, проявляющийся на любых, даже коротких выдержках.