Kodak P850

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by clint, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. clint

    clint Guest

    New 12X IS camera. Any users or reviews?
    clint, Sep 29, 2005
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  2. clint

    clint Guest

    Thanks so much, will be looking.......
    clint, Sep 29, 2005
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  3. Digital Photography Now wrote:
    I agree with you about the zoom and focus rings, but how good are the
    images? Have Kodak sorted out their JPEG compression problems (I don't
    have the time or card space for RAW)? Is the Image Stabilisation as good
    as on other cameras? Objective test of IS? How does the 24mm stand up at
    its widest FOV? Distortion compared to other 24mm cameras?

    My feeling is that we are now at the level where many cameras have reached
    a similar performance plateau, and that we need to look harder to see the
    differences in quality. Some brands seem to want to give us marketing
    gimmicks rather than performance gains.

    David J Taylor, Sep 30, 2005
  4. Thanks for that, Ian. I can't comment on the relative JPEG issues
    compared to earlier Kodak cameras, but I see some sort of patterning in
    the light blue, out-of-focus sleeve to the left of the face, and certainly
    some fine pattern artefacts in the hair over the subject's left ear.
    Couple of hot pixels as well. Good for a pre-release camera.

    Nice to see a reflection of the photographer as well!

    David J Taylor, Sep 30, 2005
  5. clint

    Ron Hunter Guest

    The specs list three jpeg compression settings, as well as TIFF and
    RAW. That should put to rest the overcompression problem.
    Ron Hunter, Oct 1, 2005
  6. Ron Hunter wrote:
    I do hope so - seems so silly to throw away all the potential image
    quality when saving data to the card! Nevertheless, the actual images do
    need to be checked because there's a lot more to JPEG than simply choosing
    a compression level - as you know there are lots on things you can tune in
    the compression algorithm.

    David J Taylor, Oct 1, 2005
  7. clint

    KennyJr Guest

    This isn't related to the P850, but it does address the "quality" of
    Kodak cameras. I have a DX6490.

    I have a DX6490. The issue in question is JPEG compression levels. I can
    understand Kodak not wanted to release firmware updates for minor
    problems in older cameras, but in my opinion this is not a minor problem
    as it affects most of the images and effectively reduces the dynamic
    range of the camera. It is noticable in banding in images of the sky and
    as "blocky" jpeg artifacts in darker areas of the image.

    I can't imagine that it would be that hard for Kodak to update the
    firmware of the DX6490 to either reduce the compression level, offer a
    menu to select compression level, or to offer either tiff or Raw output.
    Personally I would think the adding an option for RAW would be the
    simplist way to deal with the problem.
    KennyJr, Oct 1, 2005
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