Casio EX-Z550 Review

May 6, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


Number of Effective Pixels 14.10 million
Image Sensor   1/2.3-inch square pixel CCD
Total Pixels 14.48 million
File Format Still Images JPEG (Exif Version 2.2, DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant)
Movies AVI format, Motion JPEG, IMA-ADPCM (monaural)
Audio (Voice Recording) WAV format (monaural)
Built-in Flash Memory (Image Area)*1 24.5MB
Recording Media SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card*2
Number of Recorded Pixels Still Images 14M (4320 x 3240), 3:2 (4320 x 2880), 16:9 (4320 x 2432), 10M (3648 x 2736), 6M (2816 x 2112), 3M (2048 x 1536), VGA (640 x 480)
Movies HD: 1280 x 720 (24 fps) / STD: 640 x 480 (30 fps) / LP: 320 x 240 (15 fps)
Recording Capacity (Maximum Image Size Setting) Still Images (JPEG) Built-in Flash Memory Approx. 2 shots (Fine) / 5 shots (Normal) / 7 shots (Economy)
SD Memory Card 1GB*3 Approx. 103 shots (Fine) / 199 shots (Normal) / 298 shots (Economy)
Movies Recording Time Maximum Recording Time per File: 29 min
SD Memory Card 1GB*3 Approx. 6 min. 51 seconds (HD)
Operating Speed Power on to First Shot*3*4*5 Approx. 2.0 seconds
Shutter Release Time Lag*3*4*5*6 Approx. 0.009 second
Image Playback*3 Approx. 0.1 second/image
Shot to Shot Time*3*4*5*6 Approx. 2.0 seconds intervals
Auto Focus Speed Approx. 0.20 second/image (At full wide angle; speed measurement conditions defined by CASIO)
Normal Speed Continuous Shutter*3*5*7 Approx. 1.7 second intervals
High-speed Continuous Shutter*3*8 Approx. 4 frames per second; max. 8 images at 1600 x 1200 pixels
Flash Continuous Shutter No
Lens Construction 7 lenses in 6 groups, including aspherical lens
F-number F2.6 (W) to F5.9 (T)
Focal Length   f = 4.65 to 18.6 mm
35mm Film Equivalent Approx. 26 to 104 mm
Zoom Optical Zoom 4X
Digital Zoom 4X (16X in combination with optical zoom)
HD Zoom 27.0X (image size: 640 x 480 pixels)
Focusing Focus Type Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Focus Modes Auto Focus, Macro Mode, Super Macro, Pan Focus, Infinity Mode, Manual Focus
AF Area Intelligent, Spot, Multi, Tracking
AF Assist Lamp No
Focus Range*9 (From Lens Surface) Auto Focus Approx. 15cm to infinity (W)
Macro Approx. 5cm to 50cm (First step from widest setting)
Super Macro Approx. 5cm to 50cm
Infinity Mode Infinity (W)
Manual Focus Approx. 15cm to infinity (W)
Exposure Exposure Metering Multi-pattern, center weighted, spot by imaging element
Exposure Control Program AE
Exposure Compensation -2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)
Shutter Type   CCD electronic shutter, mechanical shutter
Shutter Speed*10 Auto 1/2 to 1/2000 second
Night Scene 4 to 1/2000 second
Aperture*9 F2.6 (W) to F7.8 (W)*11
White Balance Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual WB
Sensitivity (SOS/REI)*12 Still Images Auto, ISO64, ISO100, ISO200, ISO400, ISO800, ISO1600, ISO3200
Movies Auto
Other Recording Functions Image Stabilization Mechanism CCD-shift image stabilization
Premium AUTO Yes
Make-up Mode Yes (12-level steps)
Landscape Mode Yes (Vivid Landscape: 2-level steps / Mist Removal: 2-level steps)
Handheld Night Scene Yes
Lighting Function Yes
BEST SHOT   Yes: 42 scenes
Dynamic Photo Yes
Art Shot Function*13 Oil Painting, Crayon, Water Color
Multi-motion Image*13 Yes
YouTube™ Capture Mode Yes
Voice Recording Yes
Face Detection Yes
Auto Shutter Yes
Self-timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
Built-in Flash Flash Modes Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction
Flash Range*8 Approx. 0.15 to 5.8m (W), approx. 0.6 to 2.5m (T)
Flash Charge Time Approx. max. 5 seconds
Monitor Screen 2.7-inch TFT color LCD, 230,400 dots (960 x 240)
Timekeeping Functions Date and Time Recorded with image data
On-image Time Stamp Function Yes
Auto Calendar To 2049
World Time 162 cities in 32 time zones, city name, date, time, daylight saving time
Input/Output Terminals   USB/AV port
USB Hi-Speed USB
Microphone Monaural
Speaker Monaural
Power Requirements Rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-80) x 1
Battery Life Number of Shots*14 (CIPA Standards) Approx. 250 still images
Continuous Playback (Still Images)*14*15 Approx. 4 hrs.
Continuous Movie Recording Time*16 Approx. 1 hrs. 50 min.
Continuous Voice Recording Time*17 Approx. 4 hrs.
Dimensions (CIPA Standards) 99.5 (W) x 55.4 (H) x 22.4 (D) mm, 21.1mm thick excluding protruding parts
Weight (Including battery and memory card) Approx. 137 g (CIPA Standards)
Weight (Excluding battery and memory card) Approx. 116 g (CIPA Standards)
Bundled Accessories Rechargeable lithium ion battery, lithium ion battery charger, AC power cord, USB cable, AV cable, strap, CD-ROM