HP Photosmart 850 Review
Top of camera controls
Controls on the top of the camera are limited to the flash release lever, the power / mode switch and the shutter release button. Note that directly behind the shutter release is the camera's speaker.
| Still image mode
Puts the camera into still image recording mode, all menu options are available, camera settings revert to factory defaults at power up.
Self timer still mode
Enters movie record mode, in this mode you can record 288 x 208 MPEG movie clips of up to 60 seconds each. Movies are recorded with audio and zoom can be altered during recording.
Slide this lever backwards to pop-up the flash. The last used flash mode will automatically be activated and the flash capacitor will charge. Depending on the selected mode the flash will fire with the next exposure.
Rear of camera controls
The rear of the 850 has a logical layout, a large four way controller with a central (a separated thank goodness) OK button. Beside this are buttons for Display mode, Play and Share (print mark). At the top are buttons to select flash mode and macro focus mode. The zoom control is identical that used on the 812, rubber single speed buttons.
Buttons / controls
| Zoom wide
Zooms the lens focal length towards maximum wide angle, 37 mm equiv.
Select flash mode (only available when flash is up):
Night Flash (Slow Sync)
Night Flash with Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Off (close flash)
Selects either macro focus or normal focus AF mode. In macro focus mode focus distance is limited to a range of 10 to 70 cm, zoom is limited to a maximum of approximately 130 mm equiv.
Switches between the LCD and EVF, if Eye Start sensor is enabled this button is used to switch the rear LCD on or off.
Enters play mode, the 850 is designed to be a shooting priority camera, this means that playback can be interrupted at any time by half-pressing the shutter release.
|Share / Image Mark
Image Mark displays a menu which allows you to mark images for printing (one or two copies) or for e-mail. If not already in play mode pressing this button displays the last image taken.
Print 1 copy
Print 2 copies
In image review mode the left and right arrows are used to browse through images. Just like the 812 the 850 has a 'smooth scroll' between each image. Otherwise this controller is used primarily to navigate menu options.
Pressing the OK button in record mode displays the record menu. During record review (immediately after the image is taken) the OK button can be used to discard the image.
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