|Fujifilm FinePix Z2 - Zoom lens
The shutter release is well placed and reacts quickly. The camera makes a classic shutter sound that sounds nice and reliable. The Fujifilm Z2 camera reacts quickly to changing light conditions and adjusts itself quickly in the A setting. Zooming also goes quickly and users will soon learn to trust this camera's technology. The zoom lens is built like a periscope on the far left side of the camera casing and is comparable to a 36 - 108mm lens in a 35mm camera and will be enough in practise. Due to the construction used the lens does not exit.
Fujifilm Z2 - Shutter release button
The lens's focal range is more than enough in regard to every aspect and can be handily controlled on the screen. The flash, which is placed in the middle, has enough power to do its work within a normal range. If the Fujifilm Z2 camera is in the stand-by setting (with open slide), a short signal is emitted and the camera is switched off. To get back into user mode, the slide opening on the front must be shut then opened again and this can slow things down a bit. The shutter release and select button for photo/video have been placed to the above right of the camera casing. The shutter release reacts quickly, but not too quickly; actually it is just right and in combination with the shutter noise mentioned earlier, it gives a tried and trusted feeling.
|Fujifilm Z2 camera - Operation buttons
The necessary operation buttons have been placed in logical order on the rear, to the right of the screen. On the top there is the zoom button, then indicator lights for the battery with a button underneath which when pressed, lets you see the last picture taken. To the right of this is the Fujifilm F button in blue; when taking photos, you can use this to adjust the picture quality, ISO setting and the setting for FinePix Color. Directly underneath is the menu button, which although it is not big, is easy to operate. The last button to the bottom right is used to adjust the settings of the LCD screen and to stop settings chosen in the menu to return to the standard setting.
Fujifilm Finepix Z2 - Camera casing
Underneath the camera casing, there is no connection for a tripod, but I'm not sure that one is needed anyway. Because the camera (due to the lens' construction) has no balance change, a very small edge or corner is sufficient for taking pictures with the self-timer. Maybe a hood or flap to close off the USB interface would have finished everything off better and kept out dirt: a camera that fits easily into your pocket will also collect more dust.