Following in the vein of most easy-to-use point-and-shoot (PnS) cameras, the EX-Z2000's main function is to allow users to take good photos, easily. Luckily, the camera does just that - as mentioned earlier, it comes with an intuitive button layout and interface. It is extremely user-friendly, and has a couple of features that are appealing. Best of all, as mentioned earlier, it comes with ample battery life - as a point of reference, we took about 150 shots in one of the nights and the battery life indicator barely took a hit.
The EX-Z2000 is extremely fast when it comes to auto-focusing, taking less than a second to do so. Start-up is extremely speedy as well, clocking in at about 1 second. Processing speed varies across the board, with normal shots delivered speedily, and photos taken on certain best shot modes taking anywhere from 3 to 5 seconds. While shooting on the Premium Auto mode does show some improvement in the camera shots, the processing time is indecently slow, causing us to miss several golden photography opportunities.
Our test results showed that the camera's 14.1-megapixel sensor managed readings of a decent 1400 for the vertical LPH and 1100 for the horizontal LPH. Noise-wise, the camera exhibited excellent noise control - noise only shows up more prominently on ISO1600 and above. The camera is equipped with a decent range of ISO values from 64 to 3200, making low lighting shots pretty much a breeze and easy on the eyes.
Generally, shots turned out well in daylight. As a rule of thumb, night shots generally suffer from a dip in quality due to the compensation of light through ISO and slower shutter speeds, hence, resulting in grainier and blur images. This is of course, more prominent on PnS cameras as they come with smaller imaging sensors. Nonetheless, the EX-Z2000 yielded pretty good results in that department for its class of cameras. Check out more of our sample shots, including those shot at night on the next page.
A fun part of the shooting experience on the EX-Z2000 is that it comes with 40 Best Shot modes, allowing us to experiment with interesting presets like Water Color, Business Cards and Documents, and Oil Painting.
Besides its imaging capability, video recording and even a dedicated voice recording mode (available through the Best Shot menus are available on the camera. Video recording is possible with a maximum resolution of up to 1280 x 720 pixels.