The launch of the first Exilim camera in 2002 signalled the start for Casio to design a series of Exilim cameras that emphasise user-friendliness, as well as compactness and innovation. Therefore, it is unlikely we will see Casio venture into the market for digital SLR cameras or hybrid digital cameras any time soon. Unless, of course, they decide on a coalition with a partner that would enable them to discover this market. For now, however, the Exilim camera will remain the key player in the Casio digital camera assortment.
Casio Exilim EX Z1000 - Very fast start-up time
The Exilim EX Z1000 features a remarkable start-up time; it needs only just over a second to be ready to capture the first shot. What's more, this time is enough to charge the flash, position the optical zoom lens, and activate the monitor. The Casio EX Z1000 certainly does not lack in speed. The shutter release button feels pleasant to touch, and offers a decent and clear pressure point. With a shutter release lag of a mere 0,002 seconds, it goes without saying that the word "shutter time lag" may be scratched off the list. The Casio EX Z1000 is equipped with separate buttons for record and play mode, which can be assigned an extra function via the menu and serve to activate the camera directly in record or play mode. The combination of all these seemingly small details ensures the Exilim Z1000 offers an excellent working speed.
Casio EX-Z1000 - Widescreen format LCD display
The application of the widescreen format (14:9) LCD display is an excellent solution to store additional information whilst capturing your images. The display is exceptionally bright (1200 cd/m²) and offers a sharp rendition. The actual photo taking already proved the Casio Exilim EX Z1000 is a particularly fast camera, but it is when playing back your images that the Casio shows the additional advantages of the special Exilim processor. Browsing through the stored images can be done with an interval speed of 0.1 seconds. A handy asset is the option to display 12 small thumbnails at the same time. The Casio Exilim Z1000 is equipped with the latest generation Exilim processor, which is 35% smaller than its predecessor, and thus takes significantly less space.
Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 - Record & Play mode
The record menu of the camera consists of 3 folders, whilst the play mode features two. The multi controller enables you to browse through the well-arranged structure swiftly, and change a setting to your own preference. The widescreen monitor permits a display of the main settings on the left side of the screen.
Pushing the multi controller up or down provides direct access to either the top setting or lowest setting, and shows a horizontal bar with setting options for the selected function. This proves particularly pleasant to work with, and will undoubtedly be appreciated by the advanced photographer. Those who do not require this information may opt to deactivate this display.
Casio Z1000 - Capture several image formats
The use of the widescreen monitor enables the user to capture several image formats. You can, for instance, decide on 4:3, 3:2 and 14:9 images. As a result, those who intend to review their images mainly via a projector or television can now take into account the final format that is in accordance with the projector or television that will be used for viewing. The 3:2 format is the right choice to print images, whilst 14.9 is of course suitable for a widescreen LCD or television, and 4:3 can be used to play back on the monitor or standard television. Via the menu, the user also has the option to rotate an image, which ensures even images that have been captured vertically can be displayed properly.
Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 camera - Menu
At first the user will easily find his or her way on the Casio Exilim EX Z1000. The menu speaks for itself, and the pre-programmed scenes can be accessed directly through the BS button on the back side of the camera. However, there are certain features to which one can not gain access directly without having read the manual. Typical features, such as the so-called Quick Zoom (which enables you to zoom from wide-angle to tele in 1 step) and the Zoom Continue (two images with a different zoom setting at the same time) functions are either hidden or tucked away inside the menu. We would recommend taking a little extra time to read through the manual, which will quickly update you on where certain functions can be found, and what their purpose is. This apart, the Casio EX Z1000 is a pleasant and especially fast camera to work with.