Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3

Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
25
Overall
32
Casio Exilim EX-Z550 front
 
Nikon D3 front
Portability
50
Imaging
58
Features
63
Overall
60
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Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 Overview

Here is a in-depth overview of the Casio EX-Z550 versus Nikon D3, former being a Ultracompact while the latter is a Pro DSLR by competitors Casio and Nikon. The image resolution of the EX-Z550 (14MP) and the D3 (12MP) is pretty comparable but the EX-Z550 (1/2.3") and D3 (Full frame) enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The EX-Z550 was introduced 21 months later than the D3 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Casio EX-Z550 being a Ultracompact camera and the Nikon D3 being a Large SLR camera.

Before diving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise overview of how the EX-Z550 grades versus the D3 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 Key Specs

Casio EX-Z550
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-104mm (F2.6-5.9) lens
  • 143g - 99 x 53 x 20mm
  • Introduced January 2010
Nikon D3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1300g - 160 x 157 x 88mm
  • Launched April 2008
  • New Model is Nikon D3S
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Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Casio EX-Z550 provides outside dimensions of 99mm x 53mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.8") with a weight of 143 grams (0.32 lbs) while the Nikon D3 has dimensions of 160mm x 157mm x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5") along with a weight of 1300 grams (2.87 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the EX-Z550 and the D3.

Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the EX-Z550 and D3 is 95 and 50 respectively.

Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by reading through a spec sheet. The visual underneath will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the EX-Z550 and D3.

As you can see, the two cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The EX-Z550 featuring a tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field harder and the Casio EX-Z550 will give extra detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs way more aggressively. The newer EX-Z550 provides an edge in sensor technology.

Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-Z550 Portrait photography advice
Nikon D3 Portrait photography advice
36
you can focus manually
MP count good (14 megapixels)
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
64
focusing manually
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Casio EX-Z550
Street photography with Nikon D3
57
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
55
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-Z550 Sports photography advice
Nikon D3 Sports photography advice
39
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
66
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
great sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
environment sealing
great battery power (4,300 shots)
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
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Travel Comparison

Casio EX-Z550 Travel photography advice
Nikon D3 Travel photography advice
65
MP count good (14MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.6)
51
great battery power (4,300 per charge)
environment sealing
MP count low (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Casio EX-Z550 Landscape photography details
Nikon D3 Landscape photography details
42
you can focus manually
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
68
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
great sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
great battery power (4,300 CIPA)
two card slots
no image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-Z550 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D3 as a Vlogging camera
29
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
does not have selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external mic jack
9
no video shooting
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Casio EX-Z550 vs Nikon D3 Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Casio
Nikon
Model type
Casio Exilim EX-Z550
Nikon D3
Class
Ultracompact
Pro DSLR
Introduced
2010-01-06
2008-04-18
Physical type
Ultracompact
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by
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Expeed
Sensor type
CCD
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
36 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
860.4mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
5:4 and 3:2
Highest resolution
4320 x 3240
4256 x 2832
Highest native ISO
3200
6400
Highest boosted ISO
-
25600
Lowest native ISO
64
200
RAW data
Lowest boosted ISO
-
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
-
51
Cross type focus points
-
15
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Nikon F
Lens zoom range
26-104mm (4.0x)
-
Highest aperture
f/2.6-5.9
-
Number of lenses
-
309
Focal length multiplier
5.8
1
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inch
3 inch
Screen resolution
230k dots
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
-
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.7x
Features
Lowest shutter speed
4s
30s
Highest shutter speed
1/2000s
1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate
-
11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
-
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, flash off, flash on, red eye reduction
Front curtain, Rear curtain, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
-
1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 × 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
-
Highest video resolution
640x480
None
Video data format
Motion JPEG
-
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
143 gr (0.32 lbs)
1300 gr (2.87 lbs)
Physical dimensions
99 x 53 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.8")
160 x 157 x 88mm (6.3" x 6.2" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
81
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
23.5
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
12.2
DXO Low light rating
not tested
2290
Other
Battery life
-
4300 shots
Battery type
-
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer)
Yes (2 to 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Compact Flash (Type I or II) x2
Card slots
One
Two
Cost at launch
$149
$5,450