The 3x Optical zoom (38mm-114mm 35mm equivalent) EX-Z850 has a slightly bigger footprint than either of its 6MP sisters, which allows more real estate for dedicated dials and buttons for certain functions and settings. Shooting mode is selected via a dial to the left of the 2.5 inch LCD, above the typical multi-direction plus center button cluster on the camera back. To the right of the LCD on the angled back edge of the camera are two small square buttons. The top controls shooting modes -- single, multi, multi-flash, etc. The lower is dedicated to image quality controls -- ISO, white balance, image size, and AF selection. The addition of all these dedicated buttons and dials means you'll spend less time thumbing through menu after submenu, and more time framing your next photo. Also, the user can assign a number of different functions to the left/right multicontroller buttons, to make switching your most frequent image quality control choices that much quicker.