EX-Z55 Digital Camera (5.25MP, 2560x1920, 3x Opt, 9.30MB Built-In Memory) - Security Camera User Rating
 
Manufacturer: Casio
Model: EXZ55
Max Focal Length: 17.4 mm
Max Horizontal Image Resolution: 2560 pixels
Max Aperture: 2.6 1/f
Installed Memory: 9.3 MB
Image Format: DCF|DPOF|EXIF|JPEG
: Number of User Reviews: 6

Reviewed by: tommylamb from CO on Apr 25, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 55 Days

Strengths: Great display, programmable feature, very short shutter lag, long battery life, many options. SD memory cards, and generic NP-40 battery available at low cost on the net. Internal memory.

Weaknesses: None that I can think of.

Summary: This is my second Z55, and my 7th digicam. I like this one the best. So easy to use, takes great pictures, and of course very small. I carry it everyplace. The SD memory cards, and generic NP-40 batteries are available on the net. I use the Macro setting often and the Z55 does not require an extra step for Macro mode. The audio recorder and the movie mode work exceptionally well. The manual could be a bit more clear, does not cover all of the features!! You won't go wrong with this camera.

Reviewed by: adervaes from PA on Jan 12, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 1 Weeks

Strengths: compact size quality of pictures easy of set up and use battery operating time quality of design and construction

Weaknesses: propritary battery lack of significant built in memory for photos no "burst" mode for taking rapid multiple pictures

Summary: This is the handiest digital camera I have owned. Its compact size makes it very easy to use, especially for people who are doing active things, like skiing, mountain biking, etc. The camera fits into pockets, packs, jackets, or whatever making it readily available whenever photo ops appear. While there may be cameras which produce higher quality images, the difference to the average user would be lost and the advantages of this camera far outweigh any technical disadvantages. I love the camera and would highly recommend i to anyone.

Reviewed by: schneiderdriver from IN on Dec 28, 2004
Rating:

Experience: 2 Weeks

Strengths: small size SD card Battery life

Weaknesses: LCD (see note below)

Summary: The camera is great... The LCD is good, I probably shouldn't have listed it as a weakness. The only reason I did is because it looks poor when compared side by side with my Sony DSC-T1 LCD. They are both the same size (2.5"), but the Sony has what they call a "hybrid" LCD. I didn't know it was anything special, until I compared it to this Casio (then to my Pentax Optio S4i). The Sony, even when tilted away from you, remains sharp. The others wash out, or light colors turn dark, and vice-versa. Try it with yours, or with your cell phone, etc. This is turning into a review of the Sony.... I don't mean to do that. I bought the Casio to replace the Sony, because I wanted to get back to 100% SD memory cards in everything I use. I wanted to get away from the memory stick. I'm not sure what I will do now, after comparing them side by side.

Reviewed by: carebearbread from CA on May 16, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 5 Days

Strengths: Great shutter speed, battery life, features, weight, user friendliness, LCD screen.

Weaknesses: None

Summary: Got the recommendation from a friend. The camera is light and nice looking. It's very easy to use. It is a great camera for every need. The battery life is great. There are over 15 different settings to play with. It's a light and small camera to fit in any pocket. The LCD screen is big and clear. I love the shutter speed. All my friends love it too! I have had a lot of cameras like Sony and Minolta, but this has got to be the best one I've ever used.

Reviewed by: natwoo12 from CA on May 5, 2005
Rating:

Experience:

Strengths: Quick Shutter Speed, Large LCD,

Weaknesses: "Delete all button". Makes for easy accidental deletion of pictures.

Summary: I've been using Canon's for quite some time until I purchased this Casio. To my surprise, it has many useful and effcient features. I found the shutter speed is extremely quick, great for taking snapshots. The LCD is 2.5 inches large which makes for great viewability. I'd highly recomment the EX-Z55.

Reviewed by: scherza from CA on Mar 1, 2005
Rating:

Experience: 4 Days

Strengths: compact size, large 2.5" LCD screen, battery life, best shot scene modes, value (features comparitive to price)

Weaknesses: no reference manual (more of a nuisance than weakness) none others noted yet

Summary: This is my first digital camera. As I set out to research models, my initial priorities were:
-size/weight of camera
-ease of ease
-quality of photographs
-and reputation of brand.
I asked friends, sales clerks, anyone I thought would have an opinion and read tons of user and expert reviews. It came down to a few models including the Canon SD300 as well as a few other Canon models, Pentax Coolpix 4100 and the Casio Exilim Z50. The Casio Exilim wasnt going to be included in the mix until a few sales clerks pointed out that Exilims have the Pentax lens, which was thought of to be one of the better ones out there. And I had not even thought about getting a 5mp camera, believing that 4mp was more than adequate for my needs, but the Z50's price was less than most other brand's 4mp models (Major plus there!!) It seems like everything was going toward "bigger and better" and I didnt want to have a camera that I felt was going to be obsolete too quickly.

Then at the last moment I opted for Z55 over the Z50 because of the larger LCD screen and placement of operational buttons. The extra $40 didnt seem worth it at first, but then I felt that anything that would help me take better pictures (bigger LCD helps to line up photos) and help me to operate the camera better (better placement of buttons) was going to be worth it in the long term. Also, although not a big difference was that the Z55 had longer battery life that other Exilim models.

A few of the factors that finally swayed my decision away from the other models were these:
a) LONG BATTERY LIFE. Every review I read talked about how the Exilim models smoked all the other cameras in its class in terms of battery and charge longevity by around 3 TIMES the amount
b) BEST SHOT SCENE MODES. Since I am a novice digicam user, I felt this was going to be important feature for me to taking better pictures without fussing with adjustments.
c) VALUE and bottom line LOWER PRICE. This came in a few forms. Docking station meant no extra charger/battery, universal SD memory cards rather than more expensive memory sticks, or other formats and a 5mp larger screen LCD camera that was less than other 4mp models with just as many features as most other cameras had in same price range.

Once I made my decision I was quite excited about it. Upon receiving my camera (I ordered online), I spent about 20 minutes skimming the manuals- paper and online versions- and getting appropriate programs loaded into my computer. From that point on, I spent the next 3 days almost solidly taking pictures. I experimented with the scene modes, different lighting conditions, different objects all to familiarize myself with my new digicam. I found the camera to be easy to operate. Although I didnt initially read the manual so thoroughly, it wasnt very difficult to figure out the camers's functions. The LCD turned out to be way more of an asset than I thought it would be, really helping to frame my subjects properly to aid in taking high quality shots. And of course, the scene mode!! What fun this was. For a novice like me, this was perfect. No trying to figure out when to use flash, macro modes, focus, etc...the camera does this for you. I even took a great picture of a sushi chef (and self-proclaimed inventor of the "California Roll") holding a beautiful platter of sashimi. For anyone of you who eat sushi, you know how many colors and details can be represented on a platter prepared by a very skillful, proud sushi chef. I quickly put the camera into food mode and the picture turned out awesome. So much so that the chef insisted I get him a copy of the 2 pics I took. And I would have missed the opportunity had the camera not been easy to stuff into my purse for the evening.

The camera didnt give me a low battery warning till the end of the 3rd day since the initial charge. I took my camera out of the box on a Friday and I didnt get the low battery signal till sometime Monday. So Exilim definitely lived up here.
One of the things I heard more than once as a negatives, turned out not to be for me. The docking station proved to be so simple to hook up, and the download program automatically transfered the pictures once it recognized the camera was there. The concept of always having to have charged batteries did not appeal to me.
I really believe that as Casio catches on with the consumer and becomes better branded for their cameras, they will have the similar type of reputation for cameras that others such as Sony, Canon, Nikon and Pentax.
Overall, I feel like I made an excellent purchase. Of course, the Z55 did not top in all areas as I read reviews, but I wouldn't expect any camera to do that. The Exilim fit all of the criteria that was important to me, and all for a price that in the range I wanted. If your criteria is similar to mine, then the Z55 is tops.


 
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