Main shooting mode is controlled via a large dial on the camera’s top panel. The dial itself feels a bit cheap and clunky, with distinct air of Fisher Price about it. The shooting modes consist of program, full auto, video mode and five quick scene modes with a further 11 under the SCN setting. There are no manual exposure options.
Canon uses variations of the same menu system on all its compact cameras, including the useful function menu system, simply adding or removing features for each model as necessary. The menu on the A2000 appears to be similar to some of the recent IXUS range, with fewer options than usual for an A-series camera, but it is just as quick and easy to operate as ever.
The function menu offers exposure compensation, white balance, the “My Colour” settings, metering mode and image quality settings, all of which are useful, and the custom setting in My Colours does allow adjustment of contrast, saturation and sharpness. The main menu is also fairly simple, with basic AF settings (AiAF, face detection or centre spot), custom self-timer setting and image stabilisation options among others, but again there is little in the way of creative control. All the other functions, such as drive mode, ISO setting and macro/landscape focus mode, are selected via secondary functions of the D-pad.
The external controls don’t appear to be as solidly mounted as they might be, and some feel decidedly flimsy. Catch one with the edge of a fingernail and it gives an distinctly plastic ‘ping’.
The zoom control is a rotary bezel around the shutter button. The control action is fairly crude; you have to turn the ring a long way to make it move, and when it does it moves jerkily and too quickly, making accurate framing difficult. Since the 6x zoom range is a major selling point of the camera I would have hoped that Canon might do a better job on the zoom control.