Kodak P850 Review
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Features & Controls
Optical image stabilization, combined with the advanced, hybrid AF system (25 selectable points), provides a 2-stop advantage over non-Image Stabilized systems for better capturing subjects in low light for both still and video. It also minimizes handheld camera shake at longer focal lengths, which is critical when not using a tripod -- a scenario found on the sidelines of sporting events, on scenic hiking trails, and during everyday spontaneous picture-taking when carrying a stabilizing device is impractical.
The autofocus range is:
Macro close-up: 3.9 to 35.4 inches (10 to 90 cm) in wideangle and from 35.4 in to 6.6 ft. (90 cm to 2.0 m) in telephoto.
Selectable Zone lets you select any one of 25 different AF areas
Manual focus is aided by a distance indicator and center enlargement in the LCD/EVF for critical focusing.
The built-in flash has modes for auto, slow-sync fill, fill, red-eye and forced off.
The flash is automatically "popped up" when needed and can be used with an external
flash on the hot shoe.
Enhance your picture taking experience with the KODAK P20 Zoom Flash. The bounce head
allows images to have a more natural light affect; the automated zoom gives greater
flash coverage; the intelligent flash system can read camera setting information
through the hot shoe and react accordingly.
The eyelevel finder is really an electronic viewfinder (EVF) which is a small
237,000 pixel electronic color viewfinder with a magnified eyepiece and dioptric
can display anything on that can be displayed on the color LCD - just press the
EVF/LCD button to swap the displays.
The EVF automatically turns off after 1 minute of inactivity.
To turn it back on just press any button.
Controls on the back: Upper left corner is the EVF/LCD button to toggle the active
display. The SET button works with the Command Dial to select and change camera
settings that are displayed on-screen. The zoom lens control which acts as the zoom-
in/zoom-out control during review. The "i" button controls the amount of information
that is overlayed on the EVF/LCD image. The AE/AF button locks exposure and focus for
re-framing. The Review button puts the camera into playback mode. The 4-way joystick
lets you navigate menus and images, accept selections by pressing it inward. The
Delete button erases images during review. The Menu button calls up and dismisses
the menus. The Share button lets you select images for printing, e-mailing, or to
mark as a favorite.
Controls on the grip: Shutter release with the Power/Favorites switch built around
it. The Metering mode button (multi, center, spot). The Program button is user-
programmed to quickly access a capture or review submenu. The Drive mode button
(normal, selftimer, burst, AE bracketing, time-lapse modes). The Mode Dial: Auto,
Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter-speed priority, Manual, Custom1, Custom2,
Custom3, Movie, SCeNe (portrait, self-portrait, sports, landscape, night portrait,
night landscape, snow, beach, text/document, flower, sunset, candlelight, backlight,
manner/museum, fireworks, party).
P850 Burst Rate Depth
Controls on the top/left: The Focus button
selects macro, infinity or manual modes.
The Flash button selects auto, fill, off, red-eye reduction with flash mode.
I/O ports on the side:
USB port works with the Kodak EasyShare Sofware to make image downloading fast and
easy even without the use of the optional Easy Share Camera Dock or Printer Dock.
The USB port is Pictbridge compatible for direct,
This port also facilitates the A-V output cable with selectable NTSC or PAL
format and monoraul audio for connection to a TV set.
The DC IN jack for an optional AC power adapter. Not shown is
the docking connector on the bottom of the camera.
The P850 Zoom comes with 32MB of internal memory and is equipped with a SD/MMC
card slot that accepts any capacity SD or MMC flash card.
Shown here with the spacious and speedy Lexar 32x 512MB SD card.
Power is supplied by a proprietary KLIC-5001 3.7v 1700mAh Li-ion battery pack that Kodak claims will capture 210-290 shots per charge based on CIPA standards. You can also use the KLIC-5000 1050mAh battery but expect about 30% less capacity. Included is a small AC rapid charger.
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