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Old Oct 12, 2005, 5:39 PM   #31
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I'm sure the kodak is a good camera but it seems to suffer from that slow AF as did the dx7590.

Slow? I have a dx6490 prob the same af as the dx7590

look what I shot last weekend at the beach of the north sea holland

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Old Oct 12, 2005, 7:34 PM   #32
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Ya, that is strange. Along with the claim that the S2 is slower to focus than the P850, which is exactly the opposite of what I've heard some other (fairly reliable) sources say.



If your source was Kodak Tech support,as was mine, they will tell you there is a major shortage of all cameras and accessories, shipped direct out of Kodak "due to Hurracaine Katrina", this is the reason there is so few P880's andnow P850 (3 weeks for Dell). My e-mail(s) were questions of which:

- Can I use a 1g card in my P850? Answer was no. "Kodak has not tested 1g card in the P850 and recommend no more than 512mb for now.

- Why are the accessories for the P880 not available now till Oct., when they were available in Sept.? Answer "Due to Hurricaine Katrina there is a delay in shipping from are suppliers. The P880\P850 and accesories should be available agian by late October.

As far asfocus on the Canon.As I'm new to 'forums' this is my first,I have not read anything on theS2 vs P850,all I have is real world experience. I click the button on the Kodak and I've only misseda few action shot (Soccer - outdoors, my 2 year old - mostly indoors)the Canonwas good outdoor, terrible indoors.

Sorry for any confusion.







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Old Oct 12, 2005, 8:11 PM   #33
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I'm using the 64x ATP SD card in my P850. It works just fine.
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 12:03 PM   #34
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Thanks for the clarification.
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Old Oct 13, 2005, 5:04 PM   #35
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I also tried other 1 GB cards from Kingston and SanDisk in my P850 - all work just fine.
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Old Jan 10, 2006, 10:44 PM   #36
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I have been very pleased with it.

There are many nice pics on this forum taken with the p850
and they are perfect examples of a great cam


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Im looking at the S2, Fuji S5200 and p850. Basically long zoom cams with a vga movie mode. If you now own the camera, how do you think it stacks up? Mainly interested in accurate, fast auto focus over the length of the zoom and low noise. Good burst speed would be nice to. How does your prank in these areas. Thanks
Check out the "Pros" and "Cons" in this review. My experience with the 850 is the same as the reviewer's. However, based on my experience, he is being very generous in his description of macro mode and TIFF writing speed.

If the pros are more important to you, and the cons carry less weight, then the P850 may be for you.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/kodakp850/page15.asp
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Old Jan 11, 2006, 3:26 PM   #38
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A nice"List" of Pros/Cons. Quite interesting.

The pros seem to be dead on (about features, specs),
but the cons are alittle more subjective.
Much of it is opinion.

  • Soft images and lower than average resolution

    depends on what you are shooting, are the variables set right
    I dont get many "soft" images myself.
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  • Smearing of fine low-contrast detail

    no smearing here
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  • Focus slow in low light and at long end of zoom


    yep thats pretty common for UZ cams. Any of the ones I have seen have poor low light focus, even with an AF assist lamp.
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  • Flash won't fire when battery is low, but picture still taken

    well if the battery is low, the flash won't fire. DUH!
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  • Focus errors at long end of zoom

    see above - UZ have poor focus in telephoto with low light
    its not a camera defect, but a characteristic of these types of models
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  • Camera has to refocus with even the smallest zoom shift - can take a couple of seconds

    it's not that bad really, the z740 is much worse
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  • Over-aggressive noise reduction at ISO 200+ [/*]
  • Very noisy at ISO 400, very little fine detail

    we have seen photos posted here of the p850 in ISO 400 that looked spectactular. And you read reviews on other cams in the same class there is much documentation about high noise in 400 ISO as well (the PANNY FZ20, Canon S2 - > same deal)
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  • Very slow TIFF writing

    if youdont write TIFF, it doesnt matter.
    And if you are, then you may prefer a DSLR anyway.
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  • Macro mode nothing special

    aha! here is one welldocumented con, but if you look at the specs, the lens range is not set for high macros...its a ULTRA ZOOM camera. There is an addonmacro adapter for it, but really, it geared more for ULTRA ZOOM, than macros.
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  • Occasional auto white balance problems

    never been an issue for me, white balance has worked great
    especially compared to earlier kodaks
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  • Color shift at ISO 400

    again, it depends on what you are shooting...what is the lighting?
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so again, the cons I do not see as anything significant, but thats just me.
everyone has a different opinion, and each has a right to it.

my overall conclusion on these....

"THE PROS beat the CONS handsdown"

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Unless you do a lot of Macro shooting, or you need to be able to rely on focus speed and accuracy under a variety of lighting conditions, to include moderate to low light, you may want to consider the 850. If you don't use TIFF, you do not need to shoot with higher ISO's, and you don't need the sharpness and level of detail that larger prints require, then yes, the P850 should be fine.

It does have many strengths.
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