Casio EX-Z850 Review

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Casio Exilim EX-Z850





Record Modes


(Note: Please excuse the quality of some screen captures, the EX-Z850 does not have video out when in record mode so we had to take these from the user's manual.)


Casio Exilim EX-Z850

Record screen icons and indicators: (1) flash mode, (2) focus mode, (3) white balance, (4) Continuous shutter, (5) self-timer, (6) recording mode, (7) metering mode, (8) image size, (9) memory capacity, (10) image quality, (11) focus light, (12) date and time, (13) battery level, (14) histogram, (15) anti shake indicator, (16) focus frame.



Casio Exilim EX-Z850


Typical Auto record mode screen - image size is set to 6-megapixel (6m), "N"ormal image quality, 3 pictures remaining and the battery is fully charged.



Casio Exilim EX-Z850


Center left is the real time histogram display and in the center are the AF target marks. To enable the histogram, press the DISPlay button.



Casio Exilim EX-Z850


Here you can see Manual mode. This is an advanced exposure mode that enables users to choose the aperture and shutter speed values manually.

You can also choose from Aperture priority (you choose the aperture and the camera selects the shutter speed) and Shutter speed priority (you choose the shutter speed value and the camera selects the proper aperture.)



Casio Exilim EX-Z850


Press the "BS" button to select the Record mode:

Portrait, Scenery, Portrait with Scenery, Children, Sports, Candlelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower, Natural Green, Autumn Leaves, Soft Flowing Water, Splashing Water, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait, Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection, For eBay, Backlight, Anti Shake, High Sensitivity, Pastel, Illustration, Cross, Monochrome, Retro (sepia), Twilight, ID Photo, Old Photo, Business Card and Documents, White Board, and Register (custom build your own BS mode)


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When taking a shot of a business card, document, whiteboard, or similarly shaped object from an angle, it can cause the subject to appear angularly distorted. Business card/Document and White board/etc. modes automatically correct the shape of rectangular objects to make them appear like the camera was positioned directly in front of them.



Casio Exilim EX-Z850


Here is a screen showing the framing Grid display. You activated this via the record menu. This is a helpful framing guide to ensure you get level shots.



Casio Exilim EX-Z850


The EX-Z850 can record high quality motion video at 640x480 (30fps) with sound in one of two quality settings (HG or Normal) or smaller LP (320x240.) The length is only limited by the capacity of your memory card and the life of your battery. The zoom can not be used while recording, but can be preset before. Motion video clips are encoded into MPEG-4 AVI format.

You can also select one of nine Best Shot movie modes like Short Movie (2-8 seconds, past+future, settable by user) and Past Movie uses a 5-second buffer that captures the 5 seconds previous to pressing the movie record button plus the action that occurs in the future until you stop recording. You can also choose from Portrait, Scenery, Night Scene, Fireworks, Backlight, High sensitivity, Silent and Register (custom build your own BS mode.)


Casio Exilim EX-Z850





Casio Exilim EX-Z850


The Z850 can also be used like an audio recorder. Approx. 25 minutes can be recorded using the internal memory. When using optional memory card the length is limited only by available memory, file size is 5.5KB per second. Standard Windows WAVE/ADPCM ".WAV" format.



Casio Exilim EX-Z850


MENU (REC tab):
    Self-timer - Off, 2 or 10 secs, and 3x (takes a series of three shots)
    Anti Shake - Auto, Off (still image mode only)
    Rec Light - Auto, On or Off
    AF Area - Auto focus area: Spot (center only), Multi (9-area), Free (user defined)
    AF Assist Light - On, Off
    L/R Key - Assign function to the Left and Right keys of 4-way controller
    Quick Shutter - Super fast snapshot mode, On or Off
    Audio Snap - Record audio with snapshots, On or Off
    Grid - Display grid lines, On or Off
    Digital Zoom - Digital zoom feature, On or Off
    Review - Review image after capture, On or Off
    Icon Help - Onscreen text labels, On or Off
    Memory - Memorize settings between power off and on

MENU (Quality tab):

    Size - 8m (3264x2448), 8m 3:2 (3264x2176), 6m (2816x2112), 4m (2304x1728), 2m (1600x1200), VGA (640x480)
    Snapshot Quality - Fine, Normal, Economy
    Movie Quality - HQ, Normal, LP
    EV Shift - Exposure compensation ±2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Fluorescent N, Fluorescent D, Tungsten, and Manual
    ISO - Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
    Metering - Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
    Filter - Off, BW, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Purple
    Sharpness +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Saturation +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Contrast +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Intensity +2, +1, 0, -1, -2
    Flash Assist - Auto or Off


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