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Samsung's Digimax 530 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Samsung announces 5mpix, 3x zoom digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 18:37 EST)

Amongst its PMA announcements, Samsung is offering three cameras with a resolution of 5 megapixels - one of them being the new Digimax 530.

Coupling its 1/1.8" 5.13 megapixel CCD sensor with a 3x optical zoom lens, the Digimax 530 also offers a 1.5" color LCD display, built-in five mode flash, Secure Digital storage card slot, and 32MB of built-in flash memory. There are also both DC Input and USB 2.0 connections, and the camera draws power from two AA or one CR-V3 battery.

The Samsung Digimax 530 will cost $279.99; availability has not yet been announced.

Samsung Digimax 530
Samsung's Digimax 530 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Image Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 5.13 Megapixel
Total Pixels Approx. 5.25 Megapixel
Focal Length SHD Lens f = 7.7 ~ 23.1mm (35mm film equivalent: 38 ~ 111mm)
F No. F2.7 ~ F4.9
Digital Zoom
Still Image mode: 1.0X ~ 4.0X
Play mode: 1.0X ~ 4.0X (depends on Image Size)
Optical Viewfinder Real image Optical viewfinder
LCD Monitor 1.5" color TFT LCD (130,338 dots, 557x234)
Focusing Type TTL Auto Focus
Range
Normal: 80cm ~ infinity
Macro: 6cm ~ 80cm (Wide), 40cm ~ 80cm (Tele)
Fixed Focus: 1m, 2m, Infinity
Shutter Type Mechanical shutter and Electrical shutter
Shutter Speed
Normal Mode: 1 ~ 1/2,000 sec.
Night Scene: 15 ~ 1/2,000 sec.
Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual Exposure Metering (Multi & Spot)
Compensation +/-2 EV (0.5EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 100, 200, 400
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off
Flash Range
Wide: 0.6 ~ 3.0m
Tele: 0.6 ~ 2.0m
Recharging Time Approx. 8 sec.
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid
Effect B&W, Normal, Sepia
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Sunset, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Shooting
Still Image Modes: Program, A, S, M, Set, Voice Recording, Movie Clip, Night Scene; Shooting Modes: Single, Continuous, AEB
Movie Clip: with audio, recording time is memory capacity dependent; Size: 15fps for 640x480, 30fps for 320x240, 15fps for 320x240 (Internal & MMC)
Media
Internal memory: 32MB flash memory
External memory: SD Card (up to 512MB guaranteed)
File Format
Still image: JPEG, DCF1.0, DPOF1.0, EXIF2.2
Movie Clip: AVI (MJPEG)
Audio: WAV
Image Size
5M: 2592 x 1944 pixels
3M: 2048 x1536 pixels
2M: 1600 x 1200 pixels
1M: 1280 x 960 pixels
0.3M: 640 x 480 pixels
Capacity (32MB Internal Memory)
5M: Super fine - 6, Fine - 13, Normal - 20
3M: Super fine - 7, Fine - 15, Normal - 23
2M: Super fine - 28, Fine - 56, Normal - 84
1M: Super fine - 109, Fine - 199, Normal - 299
0.3M: Super fine - 109, Fine - 199, Normal - 299
These figures are measured by Internal memory base. These figures are measured under Samsung's standard conditions and may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings.
Image Play Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show, Movie Clip
Interface Digital output connector: USB 2.0, DC power input connector: 3.3V
Power Source
Included: 2 x Alkaline Battery
Optional: 2 x AA Ni-MH, CR-V3 Lithium, SBP-1103, AC adapter
Included battery may vary depending on sales region.
Dimensions (WxHxD) 109.7 x 59 x 40mm
Weight Approx. 180g (without batteries and card)
Software
Camera Driver: Mass Storage Driver (Windows98/98SE/2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 9.0 ~ 10.2)
Application: Digimax Viewer 2.1, Arcsoft Photo Impression 4.0
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Samsung's Digimax 530 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's Digimax 530 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's Digimax 530 digital camera. Copyright © 2004, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
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Original Source Press Release:

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX 530 DELIVERS QUALITY AND VERSATILITY AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE

SECAUCUS, N.J., (February 12, 2004) – Samsung Camera is proud to introduce the Digimax 530 -- a 5.0 megapixel digital camera that is big on quality and small on price. A quality 5-megapixel auto focus digital camera with 3x optical and 4x digital zoom, the new Digimax 530 allows even the casual snap shooter to experience everything the 5?megapixel world has to offer without breaking the bank. With an approximate street price of $279.99, the Digimax 530 is an incredible value. Its 1/1.8” CCD captures razor sharp images, and the 1.5” TFT LCD with multiple language support is ideal for image preview and review.

The Digimax 530 offers many of the same state-of-the-art technologies found in higher priced 5-megapixel cameras, including multiple flash modes, adjustable white balance and selectable ISO sensitivity (100, 200, 400 and Auto). The camera’s super macro mode allows users to capture crystal clear images of subjects as close as 6cm from the lens. Digimax 530 users can capture both still images and movie clips with audio, and the bundled USB and user selectable NSTC/PAL connectors allow for high-speed transfer to a PC.

The Digimax 530 has 32MB of internal memory and also has a built in slot for up to 256MB of external SD/MMC memory. The Digimax 530 supports 8 different power sources in AA Alkaline, Ni-MH, CR-V3 Lithium, Digimax I-Pack, Ni-Cd, 2 x Ni-Zn, 2 x Ni-Mn and optional AC adapter. With TTL Auto Focus, Programmed AE and Metering exposure controls, Normal and Night scene modes, and Single and Continuous shooting, the Digimax 530 screams value as it’s packaged with features that would normally draw a higher price-tag in other 5 megapixel digital cameras.

Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., Secaucus, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd., Sungnam Kyungki-Do, Korea. Samsung is the world's 11th largest company. 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 band name. CCTV monitors and lenses, motorized zoom lenses, binoculars, observation and security systems, and video presenters are other products in the family of photographic and optical equipment.

Visit the Samsung Cameras Web site at: www.samsungcamerausa.com

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