Casio Exilim EX-Z550 Review

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Review posted 5/17/2010

Quick Take
Pros
Nice wide 4x optical zoom; Captures decent outdoor photos; Good shooting performance with fast SD/SDHC card; Loads of cool Best Shot modes; Slim body is easy to slip into a pocket; Appealing price tag
Cons
Slow shooting performance when not using a fast memory card; No AF-Assist lamp; Poor low light AF performance; Average HD video option
Bottom Line
The Casio EX-Z550 should make a nice camera for those who are on a tight budget, or are picking up a camera for their teenager.  Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Casio's EX-Z550 is yet another ultra-compact Exilim Zoom model to add to their ranks. This unit offers a very petite frame packed full of their usual goodies, including a 14-megapixel sensor, 4x wide view (26mm) optical zoom lens, 720p HD video option, a 2.7-inch LCD, YouTube video mode, new Premium Auto "smart" exposure program and more.

With an affordable price tag of about $170US, the EX-Z550 is an attractive package for those wanting a small pocket camera. It also offers some personalization with five color choices (Red, Pink, Blue, Black, and Sliver).

Casio Exilim EX-Z550 Features:
  • 14-Megapixel1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
  • 4x optical zoom lens covers 26 - 104mm
  • 2.7-inch, 230,400 dot LCD
  • 38 "Best Shot" scene mode options, including Dynamic Photo, Art Shot, Multi-motion image, etc.
  • Premium Auto mode detects the scene and chooses optimal settings (Program Auto also available)
  • Tracking AF option
  • YouTube movie mode
  • 24.5MB internal memory
  • SD/SDHC compatible
  • Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
In the Box:
  • Exilim Z550 Camera Body
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Manuals
The Casio Exilim EX-Z550 is available with a MSRP of US $169.99.


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