New features on the Z850 include an 8.1 Megapixel CCD, a “Rapid Flash” feature, more manual controls, improved battery life, and more. Some features that haven’t changed include a 3X optical zoom lens, 2.5″ LCD display, manual controls, AF-assist lamp, and a VGA movie mode.
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The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 will make a great choice for anyone who wants or needs an “ultra- compact” model with loads of useful scene modes, 8-megapixels of resolution, and robust performance, all for a reasonable price.
With the 8m Fine images, you’ll have plenty of resolution to create poster size prints, or photo-lab quality 13×19-inch prints of a cropped image.
With an MSRP of $399, it does offer a great value, however you can purchase a 10-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 for the same price, and it includes many of these features, plus has a large 2.8-inch LCD.
Let’s summarise my findings over the last few weeks. I’m pleasantly surprised at the high quality of both finish and the digital output.
The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 is a more than capable camera which should give years of great service - even when technology in 2010 will make us snicker at the “mere” 8MP of this model. It has my highest recommendation for this class of camera! It’s also very affordable.
In a couple of words: it’s fun, feature-filled and fantastic. On that note: I just bought a waterproof case for the Z850 so we’ll be plumbing new depths as well.
Casio are putting in serious work to achieve a larger market share. Now, we all know this can prove tricky if one’s product assortment does not meet the consumer demand - but for Casio, there are no such issues. Cameras like the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 more than deserve market share, simply because they are worth it.
The image quality is outstanding, and the speed with which the images are processed, as well as the speed of the camera actions, really is striking. In fact, the entire combination can easily face the competition of other camera manufacturers. The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 certainly leaves a dazzling impression. This camera, a true front runner, features everything needed to gain a larger market share. As far as I am concerned, the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 is absolutely recommended!