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Samsung's Digimax L85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: New Digimax offers HDMI interface
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 19:00 EST)

One of two new Digimax-branded digital cameras being announced today, the Samsung Digimax L85 is, says the company, the world's first digital camera to offer an HDMI interface.

For our readers who may not be familiar with HDMI, which stands for "High-Definition Multimedia Interface", it is used to connect digital audio/video devices to high definition televisions, and Samsung states that the interface will allow users to see images on their HD television sets "in their original quality". The L85 also offers a wealth of other features including an eight megapixel imager, Samsung SHD-branded 5x optical zoom lens, generous 2.5" LCD display (but no optical viewfinder), and a range of manual controls including aperture-priority, shutter-priority and full manual modes. Images are stored on Secure Digital cards or 32MB of built-in memory, and transferred to a computer via a USB 2.0 connection (type unspecified). There's also a regular NTSC / PAL video connection for the luddites amongst us who've yet to upgrade to an HD television...

The Samsung Digimax L85 will go on sale from April, priced at $499.99.

Samsung Digimax L85
Samsung's Digimax L85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Samsung
Model Number L85
Dimensions 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.8"
110.5 x 60.4 x 20.6mm
Planned Price $499.99
Planned Availability Apr 2006
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
8.40 megapixels (total)
8.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1836 (6.0 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
3072 x 1728 (5.3 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2816 x 1583 (4.5 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.5", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 12.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Samsung SHD Lens
5x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 7.8 - 39.0mm (actual)
38 - 190mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.4 (tele) - ???
Focusing System TTL auto focus with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 33" - infinity (80 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 33" (1 cm - 80 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Multi, Center weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.4EV 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
Range: Wide : 0.2m - 5.0m, Tele : 0.5m - 3.0m
Creative
Scene Modes Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Digital Zoom 1.0x - 8.0x
Self Timer Yes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Movie Format AVI (MPEG-4) with audio
720x480 and 320x240
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Storage
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
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
Other DC In, HDMI (High resolution digital multimedia interface)
Power
Battery Type Lithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary SLB1337
Product Bundle
Software Digimax Master 1.0, Digimax Reader
Flash Memory 32.0MB built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Remote Control Yes, Optional
More Photos
Samsung's Digimax L85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Camera Releases New High-Performance Digimax L85 Featuring World's First High Definition Multimedia Interface

New Models Allows Users to View Crystal-Clear Images in Hi-Def

Secaucus, NJ (February 23, 2006) – The new Digimax L85, the latest addition to Samsung’s Prestige line of digital cameras, is the world’s first digital still camera to feature High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). This revolutionary new feature allows L85 users to share their photos on a high definition television in their original quality. The eight-mega-pixel L85 also includes a world renowned Schneider Kreuznach 7.8 23.44mm lens with 5x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD display (approximately 230K pixels) which provides the photographer with a wider viewing angle and a more vivid viewing display. The stylishly designed camera offers a comfortable grip, ergonomic design and a sleek black body with silver accents.

“At Samsung Camera we are committed to providing the consumer with the latest technology, such as the first HDMI in a digital still camera, at an affordable price,” says Stewart Henderson, National Marketing Manager at Samsung Opto Electronics America, Inc. “By combining our technology with Schneider optics users can now capture, and then display their photos with breathtaking clarity.”

For the more advanced photographer looking for additional control, the Digimax L85 provides multiple manual functions at the user’s fingertips. The L85 features three kinds of manual exposure adjustment including Aperture Priority which allows more control of depth, Shutter Priority which allows better capture of fast motion and Manual adjustment which allows users to set the shutter and aperture themselves.

Along with its many manual functions, the Digimax L85 also has Continuous Shooting mode for consecutive shots at up to (insert fps). This model also includes Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), allowing users to shoot a series of pictures with slightly different exposures to ensure perfect lighting and Auto Focus Bracketing to take several shots which focus on different elements of the frame to ensure that the perfect image is captured.

The L85 provides MPEG-4 video compression which allows recording times that are three-to-four times longer than the standard digital camera. It has the advanced capabilities to capture movie clips in VGA (640 x 480) at 30fps and several unique movie shooting functions, including a movie stabilizer function, continuous video recording, improved in-camera video editing and the ability to use the 3x optical zoom while recording. Movie stabilizer helps reduce camera shake by automatic detection and correction of lateral and vertical camera vibrations, while continuous video recording allows the shooter to pause and resume video recording at any time and merge multiple video files into one single file. Users can also save a selected part of a movie clip into a new file during playback and capture a still image during video playback.

To accommodate any subject matter, the Digimax L85 also features 11 scene modes including Night Scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text Recognition. The camera also provides various user-friendly functions such as My Set shot mode, which allows the user to save customized shooting settings. A unique feature, Text Recognition allows the user to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from the image taken using the bundled "Digimax Reader" text recognition software. And, the L85 also includes several special effects functions including Color Effect, Highlight and Photo Frame.

Faster in operational speed than its predecessors, the Digimax L85 boasts a speedier booting time and quicker shot-to-shot speed that reduces down time between pictures. Shooters can take pictures immediately after the power is turned on, and they can just keep snapping. The L85 also features an improved Graphic User Interface (GUI) that ensures faster and smoother menu navigation. Menu settings can be accessed quickly and with ease, by using the camera’s Move and Set functions. Due to this camera’s high-speed capabilities and a display that notifies the user of remaining battery power, users can be assured that with the Digimax L85 they will never miss a beat.

The Digimax L85 is equipped with 32 MB of built-in memory, a voice recording function and comes bundled with Samsung’s exclusive “Digimax Reader” software.

The Samsung Digimax L85 has an MSRP of $499.99 and will be available in April 2006.

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. 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.

Technical specifications subject to change prior to product launch

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