The 850Z's CompactFlash slot is a Type II so it can accomodate the new
CF/2 memory cards. The 850Z is not
IBM Microdrive compatible though, it can only
"see" about 90MB of its total capacity. Epson has no plans to update the 850Z's
firmware to accomodate the Microdrive at this time.
On the left side are the I/O ports. At the top is the AV OUT port for
the video (NTSC or PAL selectable) and the audio. There's a DC IN port
for the optional AC power adapter and that data port handles serial,
USB and direct print to Epson printers.
The camera is powered by four AA-size batteries and Epson includes a set
of rechargable NiMH batteries and a wall charger.
The optical viewfinder is complete with a diopter adjustment so it can
be easily used by those who wear glasses.
Epson also includes this nice, metal stepup ring/lens adapter to attach
49mm filters and add-on lenses. Also note that builtin lens protector
that automatically opens and closes as the camera is turned on and off.
Next to the color LCD on the back is a builtin microphone and a speaker
that is used when you record and playback your 3-, 5- or 10-second audio
The PhotoPC 850Z is shown here next to a Nikon Coolpix 950 to give you an idea of its size. It's no pocket camera but it's not really what I'd call a big camera either. It's the same size, shape and weight of most ordinary 35mm film cameras.
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