Casio Exilim EX-Z55
- Good looking, very small, large LCD
- Needs external card reader or cradle to transfer photos to PC
The Exilim EX-Z55's slim shape and big LCD make a winning combination for quick, anytime snap-shooting.
Price$ 749.00 (AUD)
The tiny Casio Exilim EX-Z55 is immediately attractive. About the size of a deck of cards, it's easy to pack along for any occasion. Its brushed-silver metal body and nicely machined control buttons give it a solid feel in the hand and support smooth operation. Since the back of this 5 megapixel Exilim is nearly entirely covered by a 2.5" LCD, the control buttons have to be small. But even people with large hands and fingers will find them easy to work with.
Photos produced by the EX-Z55 were nearly as good-looking as the camera itself. It had above-average sharpness and exposure accuracy. Colour was generally good, though all the photos we took had a slight brownish tinge to them. This effect makes your shots look a bit warmer than they would if taken by most other digital cameras; although good for portrait work, the results don't faithfully reproduce what you photographed. Fortunately, the camera includes manual white balance calibration, along with the usual list of white balance presets.
We liked this camera's quick shutter release. Whether taking outdoor shots or flash portraits, we noticed almost no shutter lag.
The EX-Z55 has one useful feature that Sony left off its Cyber-shot T series: an optical viewfinder. Sometimes, in very low or very bright light, an optical viewfinder helps you compose your shot faster and more easily than you could with the LCD.
The EX-Z55 lacks manual-exposure modes and a burst-shooting mode (a feature that nearly all digital cameras have), but it has multiple scene modes, including one for combining two shots into one. The camera's manual focus equals those we've seen on many advanced cameras. For greater accuracy, it magnifies the image while you change the focus.
Most of the Exilim's controls reside in its menu system. Overall, the menus are well labelled and easy to read in any light. The camera also provides text prompts for some control icons, plus brief descriptions and sample images for its many scene modes.
Casio provides no standard camera-to-PC connectors (such as a USB socket) on this model. To move your photos to a PC or printer, you must remove the SD Card and use an external card reader, or connect the camera to the included docking station.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei P10 smartphone review
- 2 Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Motorola Moto G5 smartphone review
- 4 Oppo A57 phone: full, in-depth review
- 5 Moto G5 Plus phone: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Huawei P10 smartphone review
- Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- CCNetwork EngineerVIC
- TPSenior Project ManagerQLD
- FTLevel 3 Service Desk Support Engineer / Project ManagerQLD
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW
- TPEOI - Developers and Tester (APS)ACT
- FTTest AnalystACT
- FTSolution Architect - NetworksWA
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTInformation Architect / Data Architect- ETL, BINSW
- CCVDI EngineerACT
- FTData Analyst/ Reporting AnalystQLD
- CCSoftware DeveloperVIC
- FTIteration ManagerQLD
- CCProject ManagerQLD
- FTBUSINESS TECHNOLOGY PARTNERVIC
- FTDisaster Recovery AnalystNSW
- FTProject SchedulerQLD
- CCDevOps Engineer with strong Docker skills - Contract - North Shore SydneyNSW
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- FTsolution ArchitectNSW
- FTSoftware TesterACT
- FTFull Stack Developer - JavaNSW
- FTSupport Engineer Level 3QLD