Although the controls on the back and top panels seem to be designed more for style than function, they are fairly large and easy to use. There is a dedicated button to start video recording, another to switch between normal program auto and the intelligent scene recognition Premium Auto mode, and another for the Best Shot menu, Casio’s comprehensive scene program system. This has 40 options, including some unusual ones, such as silent movie, ID photo, multi-exposure, YouTube video and particularly the Dynamic Photo mode, which uses pattern recognition over a series of images to extract a subject from its background. The camera comes with special software that works with this feature.
The Z2000 has Casio’s usual sidebar menu system, which can be customised to suit the user, as well as a comprehensive main menu. Useful options include adjustable contrast, saturation and sharpness, a wide range of colour filter effects, and a Lighting option which boosts shadow detail in high contrast lighting. There are also a number of handy features in playback mode such as red-eye removal, white balance, colour and perspective correction, layout print and movie editing.
The Z2000 has mechanical sensor-shift image stabilisation, a system that Casio has used before on some previous high-end models. It is a good system, and adds around three stops to low-speed hand-held stability. The HD movie recording mode is good too, but no better than many contemporary cameras. It can shoot at a resolution of 1280 x 720 and 30fps, with mono audio and no optical zoom while recording. The video and audio quality are pretty good, although the microphone isn’t particularly directional.
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