Full Review Posted for Kodak EasyShare P850|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, December 19, 2005 - 23:06 EST)
The 5-Mp P850 lives up to the EasyShare legacy but takes it a little further with a wide range of exposure and creative control.
Kodak's EasyShare line of digital cameras has long been a favorite among a wide range of consumers, as they pretty universally live up to the "Easy" part of their name. While somewhat more advanced than the typical EasyShare model, the new Kodak P850 offers a wide range of exposure and creative control without compromising usability. The P850 offers partial and full manual exposure modes for the more advanced consumers, but also maintains a healthy selection of automatic and preset shooting modes for novices. Plus, the P850 continues with Kodak's popular EasyShare features, including printer and camera dock compatibility, the Share menu for tagging images for printing, downloading, and emailing, as well as the Favorites mode for viewing a digital photo album. The camera's 5.0-megapixel (effective) CCD captures high resolution images, and its image-stabilized 12x optical zoom is a nice bonus as well. We did find its tendency to blur the viewfinder display for as long as a couple of seconds after even minor zoom adjustments rather annoying though, and its autofocus system had more difficulty with dim lighting than we like to see. The Kodak P850 does indeed combine ease of use with a long zoom and advanced features, but we found its focusing foibles too much to get past. Overall, an excellent choice for stable long-telephoto shots in daylight, but not a good solution if you frequently need to shoot under dimmer interior lighting. Read our Kodak EasyShare P850 review for all the details!