In August 2005 Kodak announced a new class of 'advanced digital cameras' with the introduction of the P series, which it hopes will provide an alternative to entry-level DSLRs. The EasyShare P850, which has an image-stabilized 12x zoom Schneider-Kreuznach lens (36-432mm 35mm equiv), is a direct competitor to the likes of Canon's S2 IS, Sony's H1 and Panasonic's FZ20. As well as the new image stabilizing feature the P850 boasts RAW file capture and a flash hot shoe, plus a real wealth of photographic controls.

  • 36-432mm (12x) Schneider KREUZNACH Variogon F2.8-3.7 zoom lens
  • Image stabilization
  • 5.1 MP sensor
  • VGA (640 x 480-pixel) video clips at 30fps
  • 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) LCD
  • High resolution electronic viewfinder
  • Hot shoe flash connector
  • Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual and three custom modes
  • Responsive performance
  • RAW file format
  • Histogram (capture and review)
  • Optional docks and printer docks
  • Optional 0.7x and 1.4x lenses

Kodak EasyShare P850 key specifications

Street price • US: $410
• UK: £310
Body Material Plastic
Sensor • 1/2.5" CCD
• 5.1 million pixels total
• 5.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 2592 x 1944
• 2592 x 1728 (3:2 ratio optimized for 6x4-inch prints)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1664 x 1248
• 1280 x 960

File Formats • JPEG (basic, standard, fine)
• RAW
• TIFF
Movie clips

• 640 x 480 (30 fps)
• 320 x 240 (30 fps)
• Duration limited by card capacity (streaming)

Lens

• 36-432mm equiv.(12x zoom) Schneider Variogon
• F2.8 - F3.7
• Optical image stabilization
• 55mm filter thread

Focus

• Multi-zone, center zone, 25 selectable zones
• TTL-AF, hybrid AF external passive sensor
• Normal: 0.1 m - infinity (W) 0.9 m - infinity (T)
• Macro: 10 - 90 cm (W) 0.9 m - 2 m (T)
• Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus

Shooting mode

• Auto
• Portrait
• Self-portrait
• Sport
• Landscape
• Night portrait
• Night landscape
• Snow
• Beach
• Text/document
• Flower
• Sunset,
• Candlelight
• Backlight
• Manner/museum
• Fireworks
• Party
• 3 custom modes
• AE Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps

Sensitivity

• Auto ISO
• 50, 64, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 800*
* ISO 800 only available in 1.2MP picture quality

Shutter speeds • Automatic: 1/2–1/1000 sec
• Manual: 16–1/1000 sec
Apertures • f/2.8– f/8.0 (wide), f/3.7–f/8.0 (tele)
• 10 position aperture f/2.8–f/8.0 in 1/3 EV step
White Balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Open Shade
• Cloudy
• Sunset
• Click WB
• 3 custom WB modes
• White balance compensation: blue/red bias and magenta/green bias

Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center-weighted
• Center-spot
• Selectable
Image parameters

• Color: High, natural, low (saturation)
• B&W
• Sepia
• Sharpness: High, normal, low
• Contrast: High, normal, low

Continuous • First: 2.3 fps up to 5 images (Fine / JPEG)
• Last: 2.3 fps last 5 frames saved (Fine / JPEG)
Flash • Built-in auto pop-up
• Modes: auto, fill, off, red-eye reduction
• Range @ ISO 140: (wide) 4.7 m, (tele) 3.6 m
• +/- 1.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
• Guide number: 11 @ ISO 100
• Hot shoe
Storage • SD/MMC card
• 32MB internal memory
Viewfinder • EVF
• 237,000 pixels
LCD monitor • 2.5 " TFT LCD
• 115,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• NTSC/PAL
DC in
AV out
Power • Kodak 1700 mA Li-ion rechargeable battery
• Adapter optional
In the box*

• KODAK EASYSHARE P850 Zoom Digital Camera
• High-capacity KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery and Charger
• USB and audio/video cables
• Lens cap with strap
• Neck strap
• KODAK EASYSHARE Software
• Getting Started Kit
• Custom camera insert for optional KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Docks and Camera Docks

Other features

PictBridge
Playback and record histogram
Exposure bracketing, 3 or 5 images 1/3, 2/3, 1.0EV steps
In-camera raw developer
In-camera red-eye removal (playback mode)
• +/-2EV with 1/3EV steps
• 1/2 - 1/1000 sec shutter
• Image stabilizer
• 2 or 10-second self-timer
• Timelapse (intervalometer)

Weight (excl batt) 403 g (14.2 oz)
Dimensions 108 x 84 x 72 mm (4.3 x 3.3 x 2.8 in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area.