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Casio Exilim EX-Z2000: Full-fledged Point and Shoot Camera
By Wong Casandra - 7 Oct 2010
Launch SRP: S$479

Design & Handling

Design & Handling

The Casio EX-Z2000 might not resemble some of its teen-friendly and candy color coated counterparts, but instead adopts a more somber and angular design that's pleasing to the eye. While we were given a black set for our review, the camera comes in other colors: red, violet, pink, blue and metallic silver. Sporting a stylish and sleek metal body lined with chrome trimmings, the EX-Z2000 adds more to the visual palate by having an unusually-contoured body. At 19.8mm thick, it is not the thinnest and leanest camera available, but definitely small enough to squeeze into your tight jeans pockets. For a compact camera, it's also hefty at almost 150 grams, but this is easily attributed to the use of stainless steel as part of its build. As such, the camera feels extremely solid. The only small complaint that we have of its build is that it can chalk up minor scratches easily as we found out from carrying it in our bag. Perhaps an extra coat of paint or a tougher finish for the exterior would have helped this aspect.

We've said much of its overall build and design and it's time we focus on what it has to offer. The rear of the camera is largely taken up by a 3-inch LCD screen. Accompanying it are five buttons (of which, one sits squarely in the middle of a click wheel). The Video, Camera, Play and Menu buttons are marked out by discerning symbols; complicated toggling happens squarely with the Set button and the click wheel. Even then, it is not that complicated as the main function of the click wheel is to act as a directional pad while other functions are clearly labeled.

Here's a view of the back, with buttons and the 3-inch LCD screen taking up most of the real estate.

The Display settings refer to a small but concise strip of information (doubling as shortcuts) that includes eight important elements like ISO, Flash, Timer, and AF options. Once you have this option switched on, it is visibly seen, allowing you a sweeping look at your settings. When toggled off, you can only access these on pressing the Set button, which then allows you to navigate and make your choices through the directional pad. Another novel addition allows you to customize the eight settings that you want displayed by simply pressing on the Menu button once you press Set.

Pressing the Display button when you are taking photos will make the right bar of information visible or hidden, depending on your preference.


Pressing the Set button, regardless of whether the display bar is visible, allows you to toggle with the elements you have chosen as shortcuts. Simply use the directional pad (left and right) as directed.

Press the Set button, then the Menu button to change your shortcut settings. While quite intuitive and convenient, the only irritating part of it is that if you want to make any slight changes to your line-up of shortcuts, you would have to re-select all 8 settings all over again.

If you prefer to shoot without manual controls, the Auto button is on the top. Unlike the shutter release button, the Auto button is not raised and requires a tad more pressure on activating it. Once pressed, a photo will be taken in the Auto mode. Next to it is the Best Shot button, which contains 40 modes to choose from.

 Awkwardly situated in the center with a virtually flat surface, the Auto and Best Shot buttons are a tad hard to press.

Some of the Best shot modes we played with included productivity-related ones like ID Photo mode (which creates multiple images of standard ID photo sizes), Business cards and documents mode (crops shots as nicely as possible) and fun ones like crayon, oil painting and watercolor mode. There are also non-photo related modes like pre-video recording and voice-recording modes.

A bird's eye view of what you will see when you press the Best Shot Button...

... and once selected, a short description of the particular mode pops out, along with a mock sample.

All in all, navigation is extremely intuitive and simple-to-use. Buttons are purposeful and not extraneous, with clear-cut assigned roles. Also, most of the buttons are easy to press, save for the flatter ones but those aren't much of a detraction from an intended purchase.

The USB port is snuggly tucked at the left hand side of the camera, covered by a rubber cap.

As per normal, SD memory card slot is placed within the battery compartment. We must add that the battery life is extremely good - we shot about 150 photos in one night, with the camera still displaying a near full battery life indicator.

  • Performance 8.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Good noise control up to ISO 1600
Excellent battery life
Quick and accurate auto-focusing
40 Best Shot Modes
The Bad
Certain modes take too long to process
Scratch-prone surface
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