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Samsung's L73 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! Samsung announces L73 digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, January 9, 2007 - 19:22 EST)

Among a whopping seven digital camera announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung has revealed its new L73 digital camera.

The Samsung L73 combines a seven megapixel CCD imager and a Samsung NV-branded 3x optical zoom lens with a fairly standard 35 - 105mm equivalent focal range. For framing images, the L73 forgoes any form of optical viewfinder - increasingly rare on digicams these days - in favor of a large, high resolution 2.5" LCD display with 230,000 pixels. The lack of an optical viewfinder, while not unusual, is a shame since they add a good degree of versatility - letting you get the shot when you can't make out the LCD in bright sunlight, or save battery life by disabling the LCD when accurate framing isn't vital. Images are stored on Secure Digital / MultiMediaCards, or in 19MB of internal memory.

The Samsung L73 has eleven scene modes to help beginners achieve the results they're looking for without the need to comprehend shutter speeds, apertures and the like. The L73 determines exposures with multi, center-weighted or spot metering, and offers 2.0EV of exposure compensation in 1/3EV increments. Seven white balance settings are available including an auto mode, five presets and the ability to measure a custom white balance. ISO sensitivity is controlled automatically or manually, ranging from 50 to 1600. The Samsung L73 also offers a movie mode, capturing clips at up to 800 x 592 pixel resolution with audio, using MPEG-4 compression. Power comes from a proprietary Lithium Ion battery, and the L73 comes bunded with Digimax Master software.

The Samsung L73 will ship this Spring, priced at $249.99.

Samsung L73
Samsung's L73 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Samsung
Model Number L73
Dimensions 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.8"
98.0 x 59.0 x 20.3mm
Weight 140.0 g
4.9 oz
Planned Price $299.99
Planned Availability 2007
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
7.40 megapixels (total)
7.20 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
0.3 megapixels
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Samsung NV Lens
3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.9 (tele) - ???
Focusing System TTL contrast auto focus (Multi AF)
Focusing Range Normal: 33" - infinity (80 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 33" (5 cm - 80 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multi, Center Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye Fix
Range: Wide : 3.5m, Tele : 2.5m
Creative
Scene Modes Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Digital Zoom 1.0x - 5.0x
Self Timer Yes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format AVI (MPEG-4) with audio
800x592 and 720x480
Max. frame-rate: 20 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in, SDHC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (Exif 2.2)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other DC input
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary SLB-0837
Product Bundle
Software Digimax Master, drivers
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary SLB-0837 Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 19.0MB Internal
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
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Samsung's L73 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's L73 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's L73 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's L73 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Introduces the Powerful, Pocket-Sized L73

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2007) -- Samsung Camera today announced the release of the Samsung L73, a sleek and pocket-sized digital point-and-shoot camera with a 7 mega-pixel image sensor and a precision 3x optical zoom lens. The L73 is the ideal camera for photographers who want a compact digital camera they can take anywhere without compromising on features, image quality or ease of use. Housed in a lustrous black or silver finish, the L73 boasts many of the features typically reserved for cameras that cost twice as much.

With shutter speeds that reach up to an effective 1/2000 sec and an ISO equivalent of 1600, users will be able to take advantage of the L73’s high resolution in any situation, ranging from dusk-landscapes to fast action sports photography. Samsung’s proprietary ASR image stabilization system helps to reduce camera shake and image blur during longer exposures and in situations where holding the camera steady is impossible. When enabled, Samsung’s Wise Shot automatically takes two consecutive pictures in rapid succession­—one with ASR image stabilization enabled, and one with the flash—and prompts the user to review both and keep the preferred version of the picture.

A built-in motion detection feature automatically halts exposure for two seconds when it detects movement in self timer mode. This unique feature virtually eliminates the possibility of one family member showing up as a blur in that precious family portrait. Further enhancing ease-of-use, the L73 features Samsung’s renowned Smart Touch user interface, which employs two sets of pressure-sensitive buttons to access the camera’s controls. Smart Touch menus dynamically allow the user to change aspects of exposure (including color tone and brightness) gradually or rapidly including brightness and color balance via virtual sliders. Users can quickly page through settings much as they would with a mouse with a scroll wheel.

The L73 also offers Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, which detects the subject’s face and automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure the best possible image quality in portraits and other shots featuring people. The AF function instantaneously recognizes the faces of up to 9 subjects and accurately focuses on them all. The AE function then takes over, setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image quality.

Individual dedicated modes for common-yet-difficult shooting situations including Children (with a high shutter speed to freeze motion while avoiding blur), Backlight (to compensate for a rear-lit subject), and Portrait (to bring the subject into strong focus while deemphasizing the background) are included. The powerful in-camera image effects include conversion to sepia-tone and black-and-white. A built-in microphone allows a 10-second voice memo to be attached to any still image. Images can be trimmed, resized, and rotated in the camera without the use of a PC. Slide Show automatically scrolls through photos and displays them on the bright and vivid 2.5” TFT LCD screen.

Just as much attention was given to the L73’s Movie mode, which lets users capture video in one of four resolutions, from 320x240 to 800x600, at up to 30 frames per second in AVI (MPEG-4) format. Just as in still-picture mode, the ASR image stabilization system can be engaged to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur.

The included USB 2.0 cable, camera cradle, and CD-ROM containing Samsung’s Digimax Master software (compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and Macintosh OS X 9.2 through 10.4) will get even beginning photographers up and shooting right out of the box.

The Samsung L73 contains 20 megabytes of internal memory, and can accept Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards up to 4 gigabytes. Over 1,300 images can fit on a 256 megabyte card, depending on the selected image quality. The Samsung L73 will have an MSRP of $249.99 and will be available in the spring of 2007.

Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., Secaucus, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd., Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung Opto-Electronics markets a full line of auto focus cameras, zoom and digital cameras for the amateur as well as the professional under the Samsung brand name.

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