Casio EX-Z550 Review

May 6, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


The 14.1 megapixel Exilim EX-Z550 from Casio looks like any other run of the mill pocket-sized point and shoot compact at first glance. Its sub £150 price seems to confirm that, high resolution aside, there's nothing extraordinary here. It's a pleasant surprise therefore that, taken as a whole proposition, the Z550 adds up to more than the sum of its parts and actually delivers a fair amount of bang for your buck.

The EX-Z550 does its best to enable its users to take better pictures, effortlessly. When conditions are ideal, you can just point and shoot, and if they are less than ideal you have the Art Shot filters to pull something interesting and usable from adversity.

It might not be the 'ultimate' travel compact that this site maintains a constant search for on your behalf. It lacks the increasingly ubiquitous HDMI output or a particularly great deal of truly hands-on photographic control, and incorporates a zoom that at 4x appears quite modest with 10x, 12x and 14x alternatives doing the rounds, albeit for an increased price. But anyone looking for an unobtrusive snapper for an equally modest outlay will find that the Z550 makes an able companion.

The inclusion of a dedicated video record button and a greater range of (fully auto) creative options than usually found in its class ensure that, while it may not be an option for the enthusiasts and pros, the Casio Exilim EX-Z550 is deserving of a Photographyblog recommended badge nonetheless.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 5