Top of camera controls
Top of the camera is the main mode dial, it switches between the various shooting / playback modes for the camera, in the center of this dial is single push power on/off button, luckily the dial is located far enough away from the shutter release not to suffer the same fate as Olympus's C2000Z which was plagued by mistaken power offs (when people were actually hunting for the shutter release button). Beside the mode dial are quality, flash and self-timer buttons. All described in more detail below:
|Photography mode with
For taking single frame shots using the LCD to frame the scene, and recording audio annotations (up to 10 seconds per frame)
|Photography mode with
LCD off (viewfinder only)
In this mode you rely on the top LCD for status information and must use the viewfinder to frame the scene.
|Playback images, movies
& audio clips
Enter playback mode, immediately displays the last image taken.
|External connect mode
For connection to external computer / printer by USB or Serial.
|Camera setup mode
For general camera setup and settings specific to different camera modes.
Change Image Quality/Resolution
Change Flash Mode
Automatic - camera decides when to use flash based
on light levels
|Toggle Self Timer
Switches self timer on or off
A good set of sensible basic controls, having them here next to the status LCD means that you can make basic settings changes without having to have the LCD monitor on (if that's how you prefer to work). The only other button / setting I'd like to have seen here is macro mode (although that's easily accessible with the LCD monitor switched on).
Rear of camera controls
On the rear of the camera, surrounding the LCD are seven multifunction buttons. Each button takes on a different role based on the current camera and menu mode. The MENU On/Off button allows you to remove the menu text from the LCD for shooting with a clear monitor. Although quite "ATM style" this layout actually becomes quite intuitive and makes changing camera settings and modes really rather easy.
The only other control on the back of the camera is the zoom lever which sits under your thumb when gripping the camera, although it looks like two buttons it's actually a single lever which rolls quite easily (and fairly accurately changes the focal length).
Epson Photo PC 3000Z 3.2MP Digital Camera
w/ 3x Optical Zoom