Samsung Digimax Pro: More details|
(Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 12:40 EDT)
We told readers a month ago today about a rather interesting-sounding camera on the way from Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung.
The Digimax Pro 815 was shown by subsidiary Samsung Opto-Electronics Co. Ltd. at the 2005 Shanghai Imaging Expo, where it attracted quite some interest for the fact that it features a whopping 15x optical zoom (7.2 - 108mm, F2.2 - 4.6) Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan lens, equivalent to 28 - 420mm on a 35mm camera. The lens, which is locked to 50 - 100mm equivalent in Macro mode, apparently has rings on the barrel for zoom, focus and exposure compensation.
Other features are believed to include a 2/3" sensor with a resolution of eight megapixels, electronic viewfinder, 3.5" TFT LCD display, pop-up flash and hot shoe, and power from a 1900 mAh battery. The camera is also believed to offer aperture and shutter priority, full manual, a range of scene modes, single / continuous AF, AF and AE lock, plus manual control of ISO sensitivity and metering modes. Startup and shot-to-shot time are both believed to be one second, and the camera is believed to offer a 2.5 frames per second burst mode.
New details are emerging on Chinese-language websites in Taiwan including IDV Digital Image Studio and DCView (free subscription required), based on a press release there. Much of the information above is restated, but particularly interesting are the following two points:
Also interesting are the first images we've seen from the camera's display which show that the camera has several other features:
- The camera may feature image stabilisation, according to IDV. Bear in mind, this could just be done by moving a cropped area on the image sensor at lower resolutions, something that is particularly common in movie modes on some digicams.
- The camera appears to offer the ability to replace the top-mounted LCD info display visual with a color preview, allowing for framing with the camera at your waist, or low to the ground. (It isn't clear whether this is achieved with a separate LCD panel on the top of the camera, or perhaps via a mechanical arrangement as seen in some past Konica Minolta cameras).
As more details surface, you'll hear about them on our news page.
- Histogram (unclear if it is record or playback mode)
- Framing guidelines
- Lens focal length shown on the LCD (suggesting the lens zoom is possibly electronic rather than mechanical)