byMarc Perton||April 24th 2006 at 11:05amApril 24th 2006 11:05 am
Casio's Exilim series may be known largely for its sub-compact form factor, but the latest members of the family still manage to pack in a lot of features. The Exilim EX-Z850, launched earlier this year, includes an 8-megapixel sensor, 3x zoom, 2.5-inch LCD, 440-shot battery life and the ability to shoot at sensitivities all the way up to ISO 1600. DPReview took a look at the pocket digicam, and found that it had "much to commend it" to photogs looking for a lightweight with "real photographic control." The reviewer liked the camera's selection of scene modes, accurate white balance, good burst mode -- which even allows a three-shot burst to be taken with the flash on -- and the fast autofocus. Some downsides included murky high-ISO results (hey, at least Casio tried) and poor movie quality. However, that didn't stop the reviewer from giving it a "Recommended" rating, and suggesting it as an ideal lightweight for SLR shooters who want to occasionally leave the pro gear at home.