Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850

Last Update: Review by DigitalCameraInfo (added on 28.10.06)

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z60 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 21.02.06), featuring a 8.1 megapixels (CCD sensor) with 3x Optical Zoom lens (35 – 210mm equivalent) with anti-shake technology, a 2.5″LCD screen, it measures 89 x 58.5 x 23.7 mm and weights 130 g.


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>> REVIEWS (last update: 28.10.06)

DigitalCameraInfo have recently reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 where they rate the camera 3/5 and write;
“The Casio Exilim EX-Z850 has a sturdy aluminum body that measures 0.93 inches thick. The size and portability may be a big plus for many consumers, but there are tradeoffs. Those include poor handling, under-sized and oddly placed controls, and ports that are only accessible from a camera dock. Casio took some other shortcuts too: The LCD screen’s resolution is substandard and the optical viewfinder isn’t accurate at all, making both viewing options muddled. Still, this digital camera retails for $349 and can be found for significantly less online. The Casio Z850 stands near the top of its class in terms of build quality and manual controls in a price bracket where many competing models are plastic, with a primarily automatic interface. The Z850 doesn’t fall short in automatic modes either though. It provides users with 34 scene modes and the ability to save 999 more. Overall, the 8-megapixel Casio Z850 is a good candidate for budget consumers as the price continues to fall, but some of the camera’s shortcomings may be too much for many other consumers to take. “

PCMag have recently reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 where they rate the camera 3/5 and write;
“Overall, I found the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 to be easy to use once I mastered its settings. I also liked its wide selection of scenes and its manual controls for aperture, shutter speed, and exposure. The shooter’s compact size and style are appealing too, but its picture quality fell short of expectations, especially considering its 8MP resolution and relatively high price. “

Popular Photography Magazine reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 and wrote;
What’s Hot: Lots of manual controls, Lots of buttons means lots of top-level menu items, Fun best shot modes such as Pastel, Illustration, In-camera color correction, white balance correction, exposure correction, Hi speed Flash Burst Mode, Optical viewfinder, Silent Movie Mode is fun, funny. What’s Not: Barrrel distortion at 1x impacts Macro work, Limited user-selected ISO range, Despite 8MP sensor, Resolution is closer to a 6MP camera”

DCRP reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 and wrote;
What I liked: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Compact, stylish metal body, Large 2.5″ LCD can be seen in bright outdoor light plus dimly lit rooms (though see issues below), AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Snappy performance, Tons of Best Shot modes, Full manual controls (though see issue below), Electronic anti-shake feature seems to work, Unique flash burst mode, White LED lamp can be used for lightening subjects, Very good movie mode, Class-leading battery life, USB 2.0 High Speed support. What I didn’t care for: Camera tends to overexpose at default settings, Poor night shot performance, Redeye a problem, High sensitivity mode not worth using, Tiny amount of built-in memory, Limited aperture options, Low LCD resolution, Dock required for just about everything (unless you buy expensive accessories), Plastic tripod mount; flimsy door over memory/battery compartment, Can’t swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, Software bundle isn’t great; most software is Windows-only.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 and wrote;
“The EX-Z850’s 8m Fine images are excellent. Every single shot we took was in sharp focus and the exposure system did well in a variety of different lighting situations. Colors are pleasing for a consumer model, and the white balance system seemed to produce accurate color temperature almost every time. The only time I saw any problems was when there was a fingerprint on the lens. This will cause your pictures to have a “haze” to them as well as looking a bit on the soft side.Bottom line – Casio’s 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. “

Let’sGoDigital reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 and wrote;
“The optical zoom lens of the Casio Exilim EX Z850 performs well, and only shows the standard distortion that I frequently encounter with the 3x optical zoom lenses. The sharpness of the images easily suffices, and the same can be said for the colour rendition, which is particularly true to nature. Personally, I am quite pleased with the automatic white balance, which functions exceptionally well, and practically did not let me down…As far as I am concerned, the Casio Exilim EX Z850 is absolutely recommended! “

CamerasUK reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 and wrote;
“…outdoor scenic shots the images are sharply focused compared to most rival digital cameras without quite matching the very best. In the main focusing also stays sharp towards the edges of the photos. Another area where the Exilim EX-Z850 is able to outperform many of its rivals is in its ability to bring out detail in both light and dark areas…The indoor portrait also works very well. Some digital cameras experience difficulty focusing for this shot as the light is not perfect. The Exilim EX-Z850 produces a very sharp and clear photo. The other important test in this shot is the level of red eye. This camera manages to control the level of red eye well.” reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 and wrote;
Pros: Lots of camera in a compact size, Loads of shooting modes, “Rapid flash” lets you shoot three images with flash in a row, Great oversized LCD screen (especially for a compact digital camera), Great for shooting eBay auction photos
Cons: Hard to avoid getting fingerprints on the LCD screen, Too easy to bump the control dial”

CNET Asia reviewed the Casio Exilim EX-Z850 and wrote;
“Our images produced nice saturated colors which we liked but some of our pictures exhibited blown-out highlights which caused us to lose some details. In ambient surroundings, the camera produced decent captures in Night mode. However, with flash, there was an unnatural brightness in some of our images. The objects in the center of the picture tended to be brighter than the surroundings.
The anti-shake feature had its limitations when it came to moving subjects or shaky hands. Proper photo-taking techniques still had to be observed. Noise wasn’t an issue and was reasonably contained even at the maximum sensitivity level of ISO 400.”

>> SAMPLE PICTURES (last update: 03.08.06)

Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850 Sample Photos posted @ DCRP
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850 Sample Photos posted @ Steve’sDigicams
Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850 Sample Photos posted @ CamerasUK


– Download Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850 User Manual – International Customers (PDF – 6.4MB)
– Download Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z850 User Manual – European Customers (PDF – 6.4MB)


– Casio, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. announced the release of the latest addition to its EXILIM ZOOM digital camera series with the stylish, compact, and high-resolution EX-Z850, at the PMA 2006 Show that opened in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando today. Offering high quality 8.1 megapixel photos, the EX-Z850 includes a 3X optical zoom, and offers both manual aperture and shutter speed priority AE options for advanced users who prefer to create customized images. The impressive 2.5” Super Bright LCD generates approximately 1,200 cd/m 2 of luminescent output, making the monitor even easier to view when outdoors. The EX-Z850 will be on display at Casio’s Booth # 4609.

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