Kodak P850 Review

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Kodak EasyShare P850

First Look posted 11/17/2005
Full review posted 11/23/2005


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The P850 Zoom is the second camera in Kodak's new EASYSHARE P-Series of advanced digital cameras. The Easyshare P850 Zoom is a high performance "super zoom" camera for photographers of all experience levels.  It incorporates a 36-432mm (35mm equiv) 12x optical Schneider-KREUZNACH VARIOGON zoom lens with image stablization and a high resolution 5.1-megapixel imager for professional-quality prints.

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 P850 model shares many elements of the more advanced Easyshare P880, including 30 fps VGA video with single-frame still-extraction and trim/cut/splice/merge editing abilities. Thanks to cutting-edge Motion JPEG technology, record longer, TV-quality videos with sound -- up to 80 continuous minutes depending on card capacity -- while using less memory storage. EASYSHARE Software version 5 even makes combining, rotating, and adding music to video clips a breeze. The camera's bright, high-quality 2.5-inch color LCD and EVF simplify working with, viewing and sharing videos.

Other features include a hot shoe for using more powerful flash units; PASMC and extensive preset scene modes; multiple burst modes for action shooting; a live histogram; highlight/shadow clipping displays; RAW/TIFF/JPEG support; and lithium ion battery. It is compatible with EASYSHARE printer docks, the IMAGELINK print system, and PICTBRIDGE direct-print technology.


Kodak P850 Features

  • 5.1 megapixel imager for photo quality up to and beyond 11 x 14"
  • 12x optical 36-432mm super zoom with image stabilizer
  • Selectable JPEG, TIFF and RAW file formats
  • TTL-AF hybrid autofocus system with external passive sensor
  • High-resolution electronic color viewfinder
  • 2.5-inch TFT color LCD, indoor/outdoor type
  • TTL Multi-pattern, center weighted, center spot metering
  • ISO Auto or 50-400 in PASM, 800-1600 at 0.8MP
  • Adjustable color modes, image contrast and sharpness
  • White balance with compensation, presets, 3 custom settings and one-push
  • Auto, Program AE, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, 3 Custom and 16 Scene modes
  • AE Bracketing with 3 or 5 frames
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, 64-800 (800 only in 1.2MP mode)
  • 2.3fps Burst mode, up to 5 frames in JPEG, 3 frames in RAW
  • Shutter speeds from 16 - 1/1000 second
  • Flash hot shoe for optional Kodak P20 zoom Flash
  • 640x480 movies w/sound at 30fps up to 80 mins.
  • 32MB internal memory, SD/MMC card slot
  • Kodak high capacity Li-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac users
  • Audio-Video Out (NTSC or PAL selectable)
  • Optional EasyShare Camera Dock and Printer Dock


The KODAK EASYSHARE P850 camera kit is available now with a US$499 MSRP. Kodak is introducing a host of accessories including the new external KODAK P20 Zoom Flash (US$149.95 MSRP), which intelligently and automatically interacts with the P880 and P850 cameras. And the new Kodak Printer Dock Series 3 for US$179 MSRP.





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Kodak EasyShare P850

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Kodak EasyShare P850

The P850 and a standard CD for size comparison.





Kodak EasyShare P850

Kodak EasyShare P850

The 8-megapixel EasyShare P880 and the EasyShare P850







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Kodak P850 Specifications
CCD imager 1/2.5" 5.1 megapixel, 4:3 aspect ratio
Output image 5.0 MP (2592 × 1944)
4.5 MP (2592 × 1728), 3:2 print mode
3.1 MP (2048 × 1536)
2.1 MP (1664 × 1248)
1.2 MP (1280 × 960)
Still format JPEG/EXIF v 2.21 RAW, TIFF
JPEG compression basic, standard, fine
Lens Schneider-KREUZNACH VARIOGON 12X optical zoom
f/2.8-3.7, 6.0-72.0mm (36-432mm, 35mm equivalent), image stabilization - single or continuous
Zoom Advanced digital zoom - 3.3X
Aperture f/2.8 - f/8.0 (wide), f/3.7 - f/8.0 (tele), 10 position aperture f/2.8 - f/8.0 in 1/3 EV step
Shutter speed automatic: 1/2 - 1/1000 sec.; manual: 16 - 1/1000 sec.
Viewfinder electronic, 237K pixels with diopter adjustment
LCD 2.5 in. (6.4 cm) indoor/outdoor LCD
480 x 240 (115,000 pixels) with adjustable brightness settings
Still capture modes auto, SCN, P, A, S, M, C1, C2, C3
Scene modes portrait, self-portrait, sports, landscape, night portrait, night landscape, snow, beach, text/document, flower, sunset, candlelight, backlight, manner/museum, fireworks, party
Color modes high color, natural color, low color, sepia, black and white
Contrast high, normal, low
Sharpness high, normal, low
First burst mode 2.3 fps, maximum 5 images in any JPEG mode, maximum 3 in RAW mode
Last burst mode 2.3 fps, maximum last 5 images in any JPEG mode, maximum 3 in RAW mode
Time lapse burst mode user-selectable time-lapse, 10 sec-24 hr intervals, 2-99 images
Click to capture 0.4 sec. (wide)
Shot to shot 1.7 sec. interval
Video mode continuous QUICKTIME compressed video with audio recording during video capture
Video resolution 640 × 480 pixels at 30 fps
320 × 240 pixels at 30 fps
Video length continuous based on memory capacity
Video features 12X zoom during video with image stabilization, print wallet-sized photos from video, video editing including trim, cut, split, merge, fast forward, rewind
Video format QUICKTIME video format, motion JPEG (video), PCM (audio)
Auto focus TTL-AF, hybrid AF external passive sensor
Auto focus control single AF, continuous AF, moving AF
Auto focus modes multi-zone, center zone, 25 selectable points
Manual focus with indicator and enlargement in LCD/EVF
Focus range wide - 3.9 in. (10 cm) - infinity
tele - 35.4 in. (90 cm) - infinity
close-up wide - 3.9 - 35.4 in. (10 - 90 cm)
close-up tele - 35.4 in. - 6.6 ft (90 cm - 2.0 m)
Sensitivity auto; 50, 64, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 800*, selectable in PASM and custom mode
White balance auto, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, cloudy, open shade, sunset, click, custom 1 - 3
White balance compensation yes
Exposure metering TTL-AE, selectable AE (25 positions), multi-pattern AE, center-weighted AE, center-spot AE
Exposure control AE, selectable exposure metering, compensation, bracketing, and AE lock
Exposure compensation +/- 2.0 EV with 1/3 EV step increments
Exposure bracketing selectable: 3 or 5 images with selectable +/- 1/3, 2/3, and 1.0 EV steps
Long time exposure 0.7 - 16 sec.
Histogram display selectable for display on live view, quick view, and review
Built-in flash auto, fill, off, red-eye reduction with flash, algorithm, or both
Flash range guide no. 11 (m) ISO 100, wide (ISO 140): 2.9 - 15.4 ft (0.9 - 4.7 m), tele (ISO 140): 6.6 - 11.8 ft (2.0 - 3.6 m)
Hot shoe flash connector yes
Front/Rear curtain sync yes
Flash compensation +/- 1 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Review options 1X - 10X, magnify with pan, fast scroll, multi-up, multi-select, slide show, album, protect, image storage, copy, highlight clipping, histograms, dates, image info, play/pause movie, video date display, tag for e-mail or Favorites, create JPEG or TIFF from RAW file, red-eye reduction
Quickview user-selectable screen options
Editing still cropping, resizing, create JPEG or TIFF from RAW file
Favorites mode on-camera picture storage
Dedicated buttons flash, focus, drive, program, exposure metering, shutter, power dial, mode dial, EVF/LCD, info, delete, review, menu, Share, zoom, command dial, diopter dial, set
Auto picture rotation yes
Storage 32 MB internal memory** available, SD/MMC card expansion slot
Software works with KODAK EASYSHARE Software
Self-timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Dock compatibility works with optional KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Plus, Printer Dock Series 3, and Camera Dock Series 3***
IMAGELINK Print System compatible yes
PICTBRIDGE enabled yes
Power options optional KODAK EASYSHARE Docks; KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery (1050mAh, 1700mAh or higher), optional 5V AC adapter
Lens protection lens cap with strap
Tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
I/O interface A/V output (NTSC or PAL, user-selectable), exclusive KODAK Camera Dock/Printer Dock interface, digital (USB 2.0 full speed) connector, PIMA 15740 picture transfer protocol
Weight without batteries: 14.2 oz (403 g)
Dimensions W × H × D: 4.3 × 3.3 × 2.8 in. (108.0 × 84.2 × 72.0 mm)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)






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