Kodak EasyShare P850 Review
Like the 10x models that preceded it, the P850 is very compact indeed - despite upping the zoom range to 12x and adding image stabilization. The styling is marginally more conventional than the DX or Z series, giving the P850 a more serious, mini-SLR look. It's made entirely out of plastic, which presumably keeps the price - as well as the weight - down, but it doesn't feel particularly 'cheap', and is very well put together.
In your hand
Kodak has obviously thought long and hard about how to make a big zoom camera that is as compact as possible without sacrificing handling, and the P850, like the other models before it, gets it just about right. The grip is improved over previous models, and in general I found the camera to be both comfortable and stable in the hand. Single-handed operation is not just possible, but a real pleasure, with all the important controls falling in the right place and the weight of the battery and grip perfectly balancing the lens on the other side. That said, with a long (380mm equiv.) zoom you will probably want to support the camera with both hands most of the time to avoid camera shake.
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