The EX-Z2000 boasts a 5x
optical zoom lens, which offers a nice wide range of 26-130mm (in 35mm equivalence). It is made up of 7 lenses in 5 groups, including an
aspherical lens. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into
the camera for protection.
Like most compact cameras, Casio has equipped the EX-Z2000 with a tiny built-in flash unit. While you won't be able to illuminate a far off subject, it should be useful for low-light shooting from less than 10 feet away. You can choose from Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Soft Flash and Red-Eye Reduction modes.
Range at ISO Auto:
Wide: 4.7" - 16.7'
Tele: 1.9' - 6.8'
Positioned on the back of the camera is a 3.0-inch TFT color LCD screen, which is used for viewing
and framing photos or video and navigating the menu system. This display is the only viewfinder on the camera, and offers good resolution with 460,800 dots (960x480). There are two Auto screen brightness settings, along with 4 manual adjustments available.
Controls on the back: In the upper
right is the Movie mode shutter release. Next is the Play and Record
mode buttons position above and below the 4-way controller. They switch the camera between Record and Playback modes. The 4-way controller lets you easily navigate menu screens
or select files for playback, the center "Set" button accepts menu
selections. You can program the "Left" and "Right" actions in the Record
menu. In Record mode you push "Up" to control the amount of info
displayed on the LCD and "Down" to change the flash mode or to delete an
image when in Playback. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu
system. The BS button calls up the BestShot scene mode menu.
On the top you will find the Auto button, which switches the camera between Program Auto and Premium Auto. Next we have the BS (Best Shot) mode and On/Of button. Lastly you can see the shutter release with the Zoom controls mounted around it. The zoom controls also act as the Index and Magnify options in playback.
Located on the right hand side of the camera is the USB/AV combination I/O port. With the provided cables, you can either connect the camera to your PC/Mac via USB 2.0 (high-speed) connectivity or plug into your TV set using standard definition Audio/video output.
Casio equipped the EX-Z2000 with ~73.8MB of internal flash memory. While this will get you started, you'll want to pick up a SD or SDHC memory card for more storage space; like the speedy SanDisk Extreme (30MB/s) 4GB SDHC card shown above.
Located under the same port door is the EX-Z2000's NP-110 3.7v 1200 mAh Li-ion battery pack. This unit is charged in the included AC unit, which uses a power cord (no fold-away prongs unfortunately). Casio claims
that this battery is capable of powering the EX-Z2000 for up to 580 shots on a single charge, which is quite impressive as the typical battery life we see in cameras this size is 200-300 shots per charge.
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