Casio EX-Z550

 
Casio Exilim EX-Z550 front
 
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
25
Overall
32

Casio EX-Z550 summary

Casio EX-Z550 is Casio's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on January of 2010. It has got a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The EX-Z550 is positioned #87 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over-all #1038 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Casio EX-Z550 history

The Casio EX-Z550 has a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can find all past and current models along with important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZS5 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZS5
EX-Z550 vs EX-ZS5
()mm
F
14MP1/2.3"2011
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z16 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z16
EX-Z550 vs EX-Z16
36-107mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-S200 front thumbnailCasio EX-S200
EX-Z550 vs EX-S200
27-108mm
F3.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z800 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z800
EX-Z550 vs EX-Z800
27-108mm
F3.2-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Casio-Exilim-EX-S7 front thumbnailCasio EX-S7
EX-Z550 vs EX-S7
36-107mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z35 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z35
EX-Z550 vs EX-Z35
36-107mm
F3.1-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z2000 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z2000
EX-Z550 vs EX-Z2000
26-130mm
F2.8-6.5
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z550 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z55026-104mm
F2.6-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Casio-Exilim-EX-G1 front thumbnailCasio EX-G1
EX-Z550 vs EX-G1
38-114mm
F3.9-5.4
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Casio-Exilim-EX-S5 front thumbnailCasio EX-S5
EX-Z550 vs EX-S5
()mm
F3.1-5.6
9MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-FS10 front thumbnailCasio EX-FS10
EX-Z550 vs EX-FS10
38-114mm
F3.9-7.1
9MP1/2.3"2009
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z400 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z400
EX-Z550 vs EX-Z400
28-112mm
F2.6-7.0
12MP1/2.3"2009

Casio EX-Z550 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of positives and negatives of the Casio EX-Z550 based on factors which are often considered crucial in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (14MP)
good zoom range (26-104mm 4.0 x zoom)
great minimum ISO (64)
has built in flash
has manual focus
reasonably wide (26mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have external microphone support
doesn't have HDMI out
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no aperture priority
no manual mode
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
slow at tele end (f5.9)
slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Casio EX-Z550 Sensor info

The sensor dimension on the Casio EX-Z550 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and provides a standard ISO range of 64 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less margin for error.

The image underneath displays the EX-Z550's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The EX-Z550 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Casio Exilim EX-Z550 sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Casio EX-Z550 dimensions

Casio EX-Z550 weighs in at 0.32 lbs (143 gr or 5.04 ounces) & the sizing of the camera is 99mm x 53mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Casio EX-Z550 is more heavy when compared with various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Casio EX-Z550 alongside a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Casio Exilim EX-Z550 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button design on the EX-Z550.

Casio Exilim EX-Z550 topview buttons dials

Casio EX-Z550 Lens info

The EX-Z550 houses a fixed lens providing a focal range of 26-104mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't great nevertheless it is likely to be valuable in some situations.

At the widest 26mm, it has an aperture of f2.6 and that's fairly slow and not good for low light situations and you will probably struggle to get good bokeh. You could also need to up the ISO causing noisy images. On the tele end, 104mm comes to f5.9 making it very sluggish and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Casio EX-Z550 Connectivity

The EX-Z550 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer files and oftentimes alter settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Casio EX-Z550 Video info

The max video resolution on the Casio EX-Z550 is 640 x 480 and you can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low for today's requirements. You should strive for a minimum 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone socket so you have got no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to take a look at another model in case you require better audio for your videos.

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Casio EX-Z550 Weather Sealing

Casio EX-Z550 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions can affect the camera.

Casio EX-Z550 Screen and Viewfinder

The Casio EX-Z550 has got a 2.7" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details for Casio EX-Z550 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are very useful.

Casio EX-Z550 Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Casio EX-Z550 Flash and Hot shoe info

Casio EX-Z550 has only built-in flash without external flash support.

Casio EX-Z550 Autofocusing info

Casio EX-Z550 has just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Casio EX-Z550 supports manual focus when needed during low light situations or you need to have more accurate control on focus.

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Casio EX-Z550 Battery life

The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the maximum (320) battery life within this class of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Ultracompact cameras with the strongest battery life:

Casio EX-Z550 for varying styles of photography

The following illustration displays a rundown of the Casio EX-Z550 for varying styles of photography. To check out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Casio EX-Z550 Portrait photography information

The Casio EX-Z550 has a points total of 36 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not appropriate to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support and capability to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
good MP (14 megapixels)
no manual control
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Casio EX-Z550 Street photography features

With a reasonable score of 57, the Casio EX-Z550 is fairly suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Sports photography with Casio EX-Z550

A subpar sports photography points total of 39 suggests the Casio EX-Z550 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Casio EX-Z550 as a Travel photography camera

Size is very critical in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Casio EX-Z550 gets a above average 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent choice to buy for your vacations.

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decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.6)

Casio EX-Z550 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Casio EX-Z550 at it's subpar grade of 42 for a landscape camera is just not appropriate in the current market.

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focusing manually
fairly wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (14MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Casio EX-Z550

A vlogging camera should really posses a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Casio EX-Z550 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 29.

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rather wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.6)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone support

Casio EX-Z550 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the EX-Z550, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The line chart below shows you a bird's eye view of the EX-Z550 compared to it's top rated competitors shown earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may look at as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Casio
Model
Casio Exilim EX-Z550
Type
Ultracompact
Introduced
2010-01-06
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-104mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/2.6-5.9
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
4s
Max shutter speed
1/2000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings
Auto, flash off, flash on, red eye reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 × 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Maximum video resolution
640x480
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
143 grams (0.32 lbs)
Dimensions
99 x 53 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.1" x 0.8")
Other
Self timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Single
Launch cost
$149