Kodak EasyShare P850 Review
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
|Sensor|| 1/2.5" CCD
5.1 million pixels total
5.0 million effective pixels
2592 x 1944
|File Formats|| JPEG (basic, standard, fine)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
36-432mm equiv.(12x zoom) Schneider Variogon
Multi-zone, center zone, 25 selectable zones
|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
Color: High, natural, low (saturation)
• 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
|LCD monitor|| 2.5 " TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0
|Power|| Kodak 1700 mA Li-ion rechargeable battery
|In the box*||
KODAK EASYSHARE P850 Zoom Digital Camera
|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.
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