Conclusion: Like the EX-Z750 before it, the EX-Z850 has much to commend it to the more serious photographer wanting a truly pocket-sized camera with real photographic control - in fact more so, given that the default settings produce images that lack the over-processed Technicolor look of its predecessor. It's also got a much better screen, much better flash and a few genuinely useful new tricks up its sleeve to boot.
Pros: Good resolution, natural accurate color, fairly subtle processing, Huge, comprehensive feature set with real photographic control, Lots of control over image parameters, Wide selection of scene modes, Excellent user interface, Excellent all-metal construction, Good white balance, Very compact, Big bright screen, Very responsive operation, very low shutter lag, Fast focus, More customization options than normal in this class of camera, Excellent battery life, Comprehen...
Cons: Default settings do not necessarily produce the best results, Default sharpening is a bit high (can be reduced), Macro mode doesn't get as close as some competitors, Highlight clipping and some red channel clipping in wide dynamic range scenes, Fairly consistent (but mild) over exposure in bright outdoor conditions., Intrusive noise reduction at ISO 400, Only two aperture settings, ISO 800 and 1600 not manually selectable, results not very good, Have to use the dockin...
Conclusion: Casio Exilim EX-Z850 compact digital camera With the introduction of the Exilim Z850 camera, Casio clearly assert their ability to equip a compact camera with a simply astounding amount of functionality, whilst ensuring it remains particularly accessible. Until recently, one could say the high resolution of 8 Megapixels formed a certain kind of boundary. We saw numerous manufacturers admit, perhaps even in spite of themselves, that this really was the limit.
Excerpt: The 8 megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z850, big brother to stylish 6 megapixel sisters the EX-Z600 and EX-S600, shares some, but not all of its siblings' fun and functional features. And then it adds some of its own features and functions to the lineup. Like the EX-Z600, the EX-850 has eBay mode for optimized online auction images, and like the EX-S600, it has old-time silent movie mode.
Excerpt: The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 ($399) is an update to their popular EX-Z750 model (see our review) that was introduced back in 2005. New features on the Z850 include an 8.1 Megapixel CCD, a "Rapid Flash" feature, more manual controls, improved battery life, and more. Some features that haven't changed include a 3X optical zoom lens, 2.5" LCD display, manual controls, AF-assist lamp, and a VGA movie mode.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Compact, stylish metal body, Large 2.5" LCD can be seen in bright outdoor light plus dimly lit rooms (though see issues below), AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Snappy performance, Tons of Best Shot modes, Full manual controls (though see issue below), Electronic anti-shake feature seems to work, Unique flash burst mode, White LED lamp can be used for brightening subjects, Very good movie mode, Class-leading b...
Cons: Camera tends to overexpose at default settings, Poor night shot performance, Redeye a problem, High sensitivity mode not worth using, Tiny amount of built-in memory, Limited aperture options, Low LCD resolution, Dock required for just about everything (unless you buy expensive accessories), Plastic tripod mount; flimsy door over memory/battery compartment, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, Software bundle isn't great; most software is Windows-only
Excerpt: The EX-Z850 compared to a standard Compact Disc. The 10-megapixel Exilim EX-Z1000 and the EX-Z850. Continue on to Features & Controls Casio EX-Z850 Specifications Imaging Elements 1/1.8-inch square pixel color CCD, 8.32 million total pixels, 8.1 million effective pixels Image Files Format Still images: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2), DCF 1.0 standard, DPOF compliant Movies: AVI (MPEG-4) Audio: WAV Recording Media Internal flash memory (image area 8.0 MB), SD Memory Card, MMC...
8.1 megapixel digital camera with eBay Best Shot mode
Consumer Electronics Net
5 June 2006
Excerpt: The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 is at the top of the Zoom family of Casio cameras. It sits right next to the recently introduced EX-Z1000, which sports a 10.1 megapixel image sensor, but retains the same $399 list price. The EX-Z850, at 3.5" x 2.3" x.93" is small, about the same length as a standard business card, slightly taller and thicker.
Conclusion: There is a lot to like about the Exilim EX-Z850. For a pocket sized digital camera it has a good set of features. This includes the illusive manual exposure modes. Picture quality is good as is ease of use. All in all a very appealing package.
Summary: Overall the Z850 is a solid advanced camera. It doesn't take the best photographs in the world, but it performed above average in most of our tests and crams a robust feature-set into a relatively small design.
Pros: Lightning quick, Nice features for such a small model