Thursday, October 4, 2007

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

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