Casio Exilim EX-Z850 Review
Announced just before PMA in February 2006 - almost exactly a year to the day after the camera it replaces - the EX-Z850 is Casio's latest ultra-compact flagship model, offering a huge feature set in a very slim, all-metal body. The EX-Z750 was very well received when it was launched, and remains to this day the most highly-specified 7MP ultra-compact on the market. The EX-Z850 doesn't change the basic formula much but does offer a raft of small improvements; there's an extra megapixel, a couple new Best Shot modes, improved screen brightness, a more powerful flash (with some extra modes) and a movie light. As is becoming standard on this type of camera the Z850 also includes a 'high sensitivity' mode, with up to ISO 1600 on offer.
- 8.12 Megapixel CCD
- 3x optical zoom lens
- High speed start up and operation
- 2.5-inch TFT super-bright screen and optical viewfinder
- MPEG-4 movies at up to 640x480 / 30fps
- 34 Best Shot scene modes
- 440-shot battery life (CIPA standard)
- In-camera special effects
- Post-shot white balance and exposure adjustments
- Aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure options
- EX button for fast access to shooting controls
- White LED light enables both still images and movies to be taken in low light conditions and acts as an AF assist light
Casio EX-Z850 vs EX-Z750 (main differences)
|Effective Pixels||8.0 million||7.2 million|
|Max image size||3264 x 2448||3072 x 2304|
|Best shot modes||34||29|
|• Built in
• Modes: Auto, on, off, red-eye reduction
• Range: Wideangle: 0.4 - 2.9 m, Tele: 0.4 - 1.6 m
|Sensitivity||• Auto (Max ISO 1600 when using 'Anti-Shake' or' High Sensitivity' BEST SHOT modes)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• Auto (50-400)
|Mode dial positions||Auto, A, S, M, Best Shot, Movie, Movie Best Shot, Audio||Auto, M, Best Shot, Movie, Custom Movie, Movie Best Shot, Audio|
|Battery life (CIPA standard)||440 shots||325 shots|
|Other|| Brighter screen
Flash continuous mode
'Anti Shake' DSP
White LED light (AF illuminator)
Casio EX-Z850 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $359
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" CCD
8.32 million total pixels
8.1 million effective pixels
• 3264 x 2448
• 640 x 480 HQ @ 30fps
• 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
|Shutter speeds||• 60 - 1/1600 sec in Shutter Speed Priority and Manual Exposure modes
• 1/2 - 1/1600 sec in Program AE mode
• 1 to 1/1600 sec in Aperture Priority mode
|Focus|| Contrast Detection AF
• Pan Focus
• Manual Focus
• AF area: spot, multi, free
• Spot by CCD
ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
• Saturation (5 levels)
|Continuous||• Normal speed
• High speed
• Flash continuous
• Built in
|Storage||• SD/MMC Memory Card
• 8.0 MB internal memory
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
|Power||• NP-40 lithium-ion rechargeable battery|
|In the box*||
Casio Exilim EX-Z850
Self timer 2 or 10 secs, triple self timer
|Weight (exc batt)||130 g ( 4.6 oz)|
|Dimensions||89 x 58.5 x 23.7 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 0.93 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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