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Casio Exilim EX-Z850 8.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Sep 21, 2015

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Casio Exilim EX-Z850 8.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 78 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 15.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Battery4.6   exceptional
Size4.6   average
Quality4.5   above average
Video4.2   average
Zoom4.1   average
Screen4.0   above average
Photo3.8   below average
Lens2.1   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Great features in a mostly practical mini package, but be prepared to print out and study manual and beware of some flimsiness [battery cover, telescoping lens and easily scratched exposed screen]."
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"It has the best battery life of any camera or other electronic I've ever owned."
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"I love the fact that it has a rechargeable battery."
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"The battery is fully charged, I have never damaged the camera, and really can't justify spending the money to repair it when a new camera will set me back about the same amount."
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"And as others have said, it powers up very quickly, has very little lag time, and am amazing battery life."
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"Amazing battery life, too, which has not degraded at all over a year as far as I can tell."
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Image

Image:
"On the downside, the camera cradle for recharging and image transfer is ok, but more direct transfer options would be desirable."
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"And there's one feature lacking on both of these cameras, or I would consider them nearly perfect: no raw image mode."
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"It does have an Anti-shake mode which really helps keep the images clear."
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"overall the camera has great easy to get to features on making a photo."
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"Its zoom is amazing, it takes spectacular videos&pictures, and you can control almost anything you could ever think of, like flash, focus (auto, manual, etc), rec light, etc."
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"Sure the photos all look great but as soon as you zoom in in any photo editor, they are all extremly blurry."
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Lens

Lens:
"And the lens error problem seems to be gone on the 850."
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"Their technicians claim impact lens deformation or a broken lens, and want to charge $137.07 to fix it (about half of what I paid)."
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"Great features in a mostly practical mini package, but be prepared to print out and study manual and beware of some flimsiness [battery cover, telescoping lens and easily scratched exposed screen]."
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"Camera has a fatal design flaw - the zoom lens assembly is fragile, locks up and malfunctions easily."
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"If you read the reviews of other Casio cameras this lens problem is very common."
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"Make sure that you go through the settings when you get the camera and disable the Review and Record buttons from turning on the camera (set it to only allow the power button to turn on the camera)....... it is way to easy to accidentally turn the camera on and extend the lens right into an immovable surface."
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"All of them were crisp, clear, and sharp, so I knew the unit was good, and the lens wasn't defective as it was with the previous one I had."
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"Great features in a mostly practical mini package, but be prepared to print out and study manual and beware of some flimsiness [battery cover, telescoping lens and easily scratched exposed screen]."
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"Camera has a fatal design flaw - the zoom lens assembly is fragile, locks up and malfunctions easily."
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"8MP is great, but one usually doesn't need it - the lens performance is such that much of the time there's little difference between the 6MP and 8MP resolution."
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Light

Light:
"Does not do well with low light."
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"It does great with room lighting, sun light."
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"-The clarity of the pictures was superb, very nice resolution in all light conditions."
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"Unbelievable light gathering ability but pictures will get grainy under poor lighting.8."
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"Great Pictures, adjustable flash strenght, a huge electronic viewfinder and a conventional viewfinder (nice if you want to take pics in low light without disturbing others with the light from the electronic viewfinder), a great (and big) Best Shot selection, the best video format (mpeg)... too many features to list."
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Manual

Manual:
"Great features in a mostly practical mini package, but be prepared to print out and study manual and beware of some flimsiness [battery cover, telescoping lens and easily scratched exposed screen]."
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"To those looking for more challenge you may go fully manual."
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"Also, on top of its numerous preprogrammed Best Shots, it has some manual controls, giving you even more flexibility."
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"Lots of helpful preprogrammed Snap Shot modes and a good manual mode that I rarely use.6."
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"Nevertheless, I bought it based on its excellent quality still shots (i. e. photographs) as well as the extensive manual control options (perhaps more than any other compact camera)."
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"I would love to have the manual handy when I am away from my computer and using the camera out in the field."
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"Full manual mode, but the best shot mode for those of us who aren't professional photographers."
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Photo

Photo:
"I assure you that, other than reviewing photos, I did NOTHING to damage this camera."
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"The lens froze in the open position, the camera wouldn't turn off or on but would only beep, and we were unable to take any photos."
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"sure you want this little thing to do everything top shelf like a digital SLR ,but be reasonable...it's not, but it's nice, works well, the photos and video shorts are just fine."
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"My photos are generally very clear, though there have been shots that I've tried taking and not ending up pleased with any, despite working through various modes and functions of the camera."
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"I bought it in January 2007 and loved the quality of photos, size, and ease of use."
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"This camera is amazing; I love it and carry it everywhere I go: to take photos of myself and with friends, to take video of funny things I see on the streets, to record rehearsals and performances and even auditions (it has a vocal recorder that records for 49 hours!"
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"-Reviewing photos was quick and easy on the large screen."
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"Pros:-The feature that allows you to take three photos in 1 second was great for action shots."
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Price

Price:
"Although it may not be as cute and tiny as some other cheap ones, this camera is really worth the money."
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"Cameras this small have to make compromises to stay affordable."
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"Reasonable price compare to similar productsAnd the negative ones:1."
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"The dealer I bought it from mailed it out right away and the price was good."
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"The price, right now is what made it a winner over the Canon SD800IS."
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"At my uncle's recommendation, I bought this camera with the graduation money have gave me."
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"Pros: Nice camera, great features, big LCD screen, nice viewfinder, decent optical zoom, price $$$Cons: Bad digital zoom, when you start the camera is defaults to single shot mode(annoying if you want to shoot multiple shots, you have to access a sub-menu for this."
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"The picture quality is also good (as good as most of the cameras in this price range) and I found that the digital anti-shake is more effective than any I have seen."
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Quality

Quality:
"Unfortunately, it lacks in two important departments - quality and reliability."
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"I was also initially disappointed in the video quality until I saw reference here to the firmware upgrade."
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"Supposed to be a great camera but obviously has reliability quality problems."
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"It's not hard to find one for under $50.The EX-Z850 is a quality piece that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again."
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"Overall satisfied with the performance and the quality (the zoom actuator sticks but other than that it is working fine even after some abuse)"
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"The pictures are decent quality - with some noise that can be removed by a utility such as Neat Image (free advertising) - and I have published many pictures taken with this camera in magazines along articles I write."
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"I've owned both of these cameras for a couple of years, and I appreciate the optical viewfinder, excellent picture quality, large LCD, fast shutter delay, and manual operating modes."
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"I bought it in January 2007 and loved the quality of photos, size, and ease of use."
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Screen

Screen:
"I own the z750 as well, and bought this one used after I broke the lcd screen on the 750."
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"I was hiking up a very steep hill when the screen broke."
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"While hiking on vacation, I placed this camera in my pocket as I had done dozens of times before with my Canon... and the screen broke."
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"Videos are good enough to watch on a TV screen!"
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"It's sleek and easy to manipulate; it has a very nice size display screen; and the buttons and prompts are very easy to follow."
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"Although the screen is more accurate than an optical viewfinder, it's virtually useless in bright sunlight."
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"Great features in a mostly practical mini package, but be prepared to print out and study manual and beware of some flimsiness [battery cover, telescoping lens and easily scratched exposed screen]."
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"Nice big preview screen."
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Setting

Setting:
"PS 2: EX-Z850 has some noise problems, esp at high ISO setting but it's manageable with some tricks such as low ISO, quick shutter OFF, higher shutter speed etc... Also I heard some rumuors via Internet that some EX-z850 models with serial no above 556XXXXX is fine, below problematic but no chance to confirm this."
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"-shoots great pictures (8MP) with decent default settings."
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"The contrast and saturation are easily compensated, but the brightness adjustment requires a -0.3 EV setting that is not sticky - it isn't remembered when you turn the camera off."
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"The only way to save this so that you don't have to reset it every time you turn the camera on is with your own Best Shot setting."
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"The Snapshot function that automatically adjusts settings seems to be a little retarded, but Bestshot settings are numerous and create good pictures."
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"It takes good little moveies and it has many different settings to offer the novice and advanced photographer."
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Size

Size:
"Cameras this small have to make compromises to stay affordable."
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"Love the camera but recently noticed some small spots on my lcd screen."
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")Overall, this is an excellent camera for the point-and-shoot amateur who wants a small camera that will take great pictures."
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"I bought it in January 2007 and loved the quality of photos, size, and ease of use."
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"I bought it because I like the compact size, I had a good experience with my old Exilim 3.1MP, and the 8.1MP was high ranked in Consumer Reports."
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"It's sleek and easy to manipulate; it has a very nice size display screen; and the buttons and prompts are very easy to follow."
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Video

Video:
"The original firmware, version 1.0, that the camera came with had a problem with stair stepping - the movies were jerky, and noisy."
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"What finally made me gave it up (I sold it on eBay), was the Casio's ignorance and unresponsiveness to the fact that it had a broken movie mode."
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"sure you want this little thing to do everything top shelf like a digital SLR ,but be reasonable...it's not, but it's nice, works well, the photos and video shorts are just fine."
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"The only downsides of the Z's are xD picture cards and non-mpeg4 movies."
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"I was also initially disappointed in the video quality until I saw reference here to the firmware upgrade."
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"Videos are good enough to watch on a TV screen!"
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"Everyone I know comments on the quality of the video and the pictures come out amazing."
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"Anti-shake for stills and movies works very well."
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"I haven't seen a combo camera that is good taking stills and movies."
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"This is an excellent still camera with many superior features and a modest movie camera."
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Zoom

Zoom:
")Also, in the first year there was a problem with the camera (zoom, I think) and I sent it in and it was returned promptly."
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"Camera has a fatal design flaw - the zoom lens assembly is fragile, locks up and malfunctions easily."
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"-The zoom wan't that great, there is room for improvement."
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"A greater optical zoom would make it perfect."
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"Overall satisfied with the performance and the quality (the zoom actuator sticks but other than that it is working fine even after some abuse)"
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"Not a problem most often, because the minimum one (depending on zoom) is always available, and that's the one I want to choose most of the time."
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"The zoom resolution is amazing and pictures generally turn out clear."
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"lolAgain, the zoom resolution is absolutely amazing."
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