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Casio EXILIM EX-Z1000 | Digital Camera Review | Camera
Casio introduced their Exilim series of digital cameras in 2002, and each introduction of a new model is accompanied by further developments and improvements. Virtually every Exilim model has been submitted to either a striking innovation or an eye-catching new feature. This has enabled Casio to bring the Exilim series of digital cameras up to a level that easily withstands that of the, for instance, Canon IXUS series. Exilim has evolved into a benchmark for the Casio aficionado, and the concept has proven itself more than once in the countries where Casio hold a larger market share. Now it is simply up to Casio to position their brainchild into the market more assertively.
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Casio EX Z1000 - Solid stainless steel housing
The Casio Exilim Z1000 features a solid housing made from stainless steel and nicely sunk in screws, which give the camera an instant air of high quality. The housing of the Casio EX Z1000 is of a compact size, with attractively rounded corners. The camera has a weight of approximately 173 grams (including battery), which ensures it is pleasant to hold. The design is modern, yet not overly conspicuous. The Casio Exilim EX Z1000 is a typical example of a digital camera that does not reveal its prime characteristics until it is actually activated.

Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 - 3x optical zoom lens
The front side of the Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 is of a rigid and, apart from the eye-catching stickers, even sober design. A prominent position is taken by the 3x optical zoom lens, which is located just off centre on the right side of the camera's front. A large grinded out ring surrounds the lens, and draws the attention to the zoom lens. Above the lens we find a small LED, which serves as AF assistance illuminator and self-timer indicator. Diagonally below, a miniscule hole signals the microphone, with above it the thin built-in flash.

Casio Exilim EX Z1000 - Shutter release button
Casio have kept the top side of the camera clear and well-arranged. The matte grey shutter release button is easy to spot. It is surrounded by the zoom ring, which allows you to operate the optical and digital zoom. The on/off switch is very thin, and lies sunk into the housing. It remains easy to operate, even with a full fingertip. Below, in the slanting top side of the camera, we find three buttons for the record mode, the play mode, and a DISP function, which allows you to set the rendering of the menu in the different modes. A small LED, which serves as an indicator when, for instance, charging the flash, is located under the zoom ring. Both sides of the Casio Exilim EX Z1000 are virtually free of functions or features, with the exception of an eyelet for the wrist strap.
Casio EX-Z1000 - Tripod connection, Memory- & Battery compartment
When turning the Casio Exilim EX Z1000 to its bottom side, we see the universal (plastic) tripod connection, positioned just off centre, with a small loudspeaker on its left side. If the camera is placed onto a tripod, you no longer have the option to remove the battery and memory card, as a result of the fact that the compartment and the lid are placed right against the tripod connection. However, the compartment for the SD card and the battery is quickly opened. It features a plastic lid, which pops up easily. Casio have built in a security lock for both parts (battery and memory card), so that they cannot fall from the compartment by accident upon opening it. Practically in the centre, below the tripod connection, we find the USB interface, through which the Casio EX Z1000 connects with the supplied docking station.

Casio Exilim EX Z1000 - 2.8 inch LCD monitor
The back side of the camera is taken up mainly by an attractive wide-screen (14:9) format 2.8 inch monitor. Casio have equipped the camera with a luxurious monitor that adjusts to the surrounding light entirely automatically, can be set manually, features a high resolution of 230.400 pixels (960 x 240 pixels) and offers the option of displaying the pictograms either traditionally spread-out across the screen, or vertically on the left side. Beside the 2.8 inch monitor, we find the multi controller with both on top and below just one single button.

Casio EX-Z1000 - Good quality digital camera
The Casio Exilim EX Z1000 features a minimal amount of buttons. The emphasis of this camera lies on the use of the large monitor and the many pre-programmed scenes. The buttons are pleasant to touch, and as a whole they are neatly finished. The camera simply radiates quality, and it is clear to see that an exceptional amount of attention and effort has been invested into the design of the Casio EX Z1000.
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