Casio EX-Z55 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z55

Record Modes

(Note: Please excuse the poor quality of some screen captures, the EX-Z55 does not have a video out feature so we had to photograph them.)

The Snapshot record screen. The top-center icon indicates the record mode (Snapshot, Best Shot, Snapshot+Audio or Voice) Upper left is showing icons for flash mode (off), infinity focus mode, daylight white balance, and self- timer. There's space for 10 pictures at the current settings of 1600x1200 Normal and we are using the camera's internal memory. Lower left is the status of the battery and on the right is the time and date of capture.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

Center left is the real time histogram display and in the center are the AF target marks. To enable the histogram, simply press the DISPlay button.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

The Z55 has five recording modes to choose from: Snapshot, Best Shot, Movie, Snapshot+Audio, and Voice.

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The Best Shot mode features different pre-programmed exposure scenes to make photographic tasks easier. You select the scene that best fits your needs and the camera makes all the necessary settings for you. When taking a shot of a business card, document, whiteboard, or similarly shaped object from an angle, it can cause the subject to appear angularly distorted. Business card/Document and White board/Etc. modes automatically correct the shape of rectangular objects to make them appear like the camera was positioned directly in front of them.

There are 23 different Best Shot scenes:

    Portrait, Scenery, Portrait w/Scenery, Coupling Shot, Pre-Shot, Children, Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, Monochrome, Retro (Sepia), Twilight, Business cards/Document, White Board/Etc. and Register Favorites (custom build your own Best Shot scene)

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Here is a look at the Coupling Shot scene mode. Coupling Shot lets you record images of two people and combine them into a single image. This makes it possible for you to include yourself in group images, even when there is no one else around to record the image for you.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

Pressing the Focus mode button allows you to switch between Auto, Marco, Pan, Infinity, and Manual focus modes (shown above.) When using Manual mode, the center of the frame enlarges to help determine critical focus, a sliding distance bar is also displayed across the bottom of the screen.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

Here is a "busy" Snapshot screen. Across the top you can see icons for flash mode (off), Macro focus mode, daylight white balance, self-timer, snapshot mode, and there is enough room on the internal memory to take 10 more images. The 1mage size is 1600x1200 and the quality is Normal. Below that is the memory icon, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and the time and date. You can also see the live histogram display, battery level indicator, and exposure compensation is set a +1.0 EV.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

Here is a screen showing the framing Grid display. You activated this via the record menu. This is a helpful framing guide to ensure you get level shots.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

The EX-Z55 can record video at 320x240 (15fps) with sound, the length is only limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery. The zoom can not be used while recording, but can be preset before. Motion video capture consumes 300KB/second of storage space (i.e. a 10 second movie will use about 3MB of memory.)

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

It can also be used like an audio recorder. Approx. 39 minutes can be recorded using the internal 9.3MB of memory. When using optional memory card the length is limited only by available memory, file size is 4KB per second. Standard Windows WAV format.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

Record mode MENU options:

Page one

    REC Mode - Snapshot, Best Shot, Snapshot+Audio or Audio

    Self-timer - Off, 2 or 10 secs, and 3x (takes a series of three shots)

    Size - 2560x1920, 2560x1712(3:2), 2048x1536, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

    Quality - Fine, Normal, Economy

    EV Shift - Exposure compensation +/-2.0EV in 0.3EV steps

    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, fluorescent 1, fluorescent 2, incandescent, and manual

Page two

    ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400

    AF Area - Spot, Multi

    Auto PF - Auto Pan Focus, On or Off

    Sharpness - Adjust sharpness: 0 or ± 2 stops

    Saturation - Adjust saturation: 0 or ± 2 stops

    Contrast - Adjust contrast: 0 or± 2 stops

Page three

    Flash Intensity - 0 or± 2 EV

    Flash Assist - Auto or Off

    Grid - On, Off

    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom feature, On or Off

    Review - Review image after capture, On or Off

    Icon Help - On, Off

Page four

    L/R Key - Assign a function to the Left and Right keys of the 4-way controller (Record only): REC Mode, EV shift, White balance, ISO, Self-timer, or Off

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

The memory tab allows you to setup the camera to remember specific settings like ISO sensitivity, white balance, focus mode, etc. If not enabled, settings will return to the factory default when the camera is powered down.

Casio Exilim EX-Z55

Setup MENU options:
    Sounds - Adjust camera sounds (Startup, Half Shutter, Shutter, Operation, and Volume)

    Startup - On (Selectable image), Off

    File No. - Continue or Reset

    World Time - Home and World Time setup (city, DST, etc.)

    Date Style - YY/MM/DD, DD/MM/YY, MM/DD/YY

    Adjust - Set Time and Date

    Language - Choose menu language

    Sleep - 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, Off

    Auto Power Off - 2 min, 5 min

    REC / Play - Power On, Power On/Off, Disable

    USB - Mass Storage (USB DIRECT-PRINT), PTP (PictBridge)

    Format - Format, Cancel

    Reset - Restore factory defaults

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