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Samsung's i85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung i85: 8mpix, 5x zoom
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(Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 13:08 EDT)

A new digital camera model from Korea's Samsung offers an eight megapixel 1/2.5" CCD imager and 5x optical zoom lens in an attractive, feature-rich package.

The Samsung i85 has no optical viewfinder, in favor of making room for a a large 3.0" LCD display with 230,000 pixel resolution on which images are framed and reviewed. As well as capturing still images the i85 can record movies at up to 800 x 592 pixels, although the frame rate is limited to 20fps at this resolution. At VGA and below this improves to a maximum of 30fps. Editing of movies is possible in-camera, and the i85 can also function as an MP3 player, movie player, text viewer, voice recorder and storage device. Perhaps most unusually for a compact camera, the Samsung i85 can be attached via a 24-pin connector to an optional Samsung GPS module, allowing it to automatically set the time and date (and correct it as you travel between time zones), then record into the EXIF header the latitude / longitude / elevation at which images are captured.

The Samsung i85 goes on sale this fall, priced at $349.

Samsung i85
Samsung's i85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera TypeCompact
ManufacturerSamsung
Model Numberi85
Dimensions3.7 x 2.4 x 0.8"
95.0 x 61.5 x 20.2mm
Planned Price$349.00
Planned Availability Fall 2007
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
8.40 megapixels (total)
8.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1836 (6.0 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderNo
LCD3.0", 230,000 pixels
Lens
Lens TypeSamsung NV lens
5x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length6.0 - 30.0mm (actual)
36 - 180mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5 (wide) / f/4.9 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemTTL Multi / Center / Face Recognition AF
Focusing RangeNormal: 33" - infinity (80 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 33" (1 cm - 80 cm)
Exposure
ISO SensitivityAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesMulti, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Recognition
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Range: Wide : 4m, Tele : 2.85m (ISO AUTO 400)
Creative
Scene ModesNight, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Self shot, Café, Food
Digital Zoom1.0x - 5.0x
Self TimerYes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatAVI (MPEG-4) with audio
Storage
Recording MediumSD/MMC, MMC Plus
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Connectivity
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
OtherDC Input, Earphone
Power
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary SLB-1137D
Product Bundle
SoftwareDigimax Master, Digimax Converter
Battery / Charger1 x proprietary SLB-1137D Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory256.0MB built-in memory
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Samsung's i85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's i85 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung Takes the Multi-Purpose Digital Camera Concept to the Next Level with its New Thin Eight Mega Pixel i85

Ultra-Thin i85 Delivers a Feature-Packed Punch

Secaucus, NJ (July 30, 2007) – Samsung Camera today launched the eight mega pixel i85. Measuring 3.74”x2.42”x0.8”, the i85 is roughly the size of a credit card and is sure to turn heads with a brushed-silver aluminum body. An impressive, 3.0” high-resolution LCD screen dominates the back of the camera and enhances the imaging experience for end users, giving them a more detailed display to both compose their shots, review their images and enjoy video clips or movies. Shooters will also be amazed at the quality of the lens and optical zoom that the i85 puts at their fingertips. Going above and beyond what’s expected of an ultra-thin DSC, the i85 manages to pack in a non-protruding 5x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 36~180mm) NV lens boasting a maximum shutter speed of 1/2,000 sec and a super macro focus of 1cm.

The i85 is the third model in Samsung’s digital camera arsenal to feature PMP functionality, which enables users the ability to enjoy movies, music videos, television shows and even their favorite music while on-the-go. In addition to PMP, the i85 also features Samsung’s innovative World Tour Guide function, which provides travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries– helping users to plan trips and find their way while on the road.

“At Samsung, we take great pride in setting new standards when it comes to technology as well as our ability to give consumers new ways to integrate their lifestyles with their electronics,” said Stewart Henderson, Vice President Marketing, Samsung Opto-Electronics America. “Essentially a lifestyle accessory for the tech savvy, the i85 gives users the ability to shed the various gadgets that they would typically take with them on a daily basis, such as their MP3 players or video cameras, and simply carry one device. And with the World Tour Guide function, which we first launched with the L74 Wide earlier this year, the i85 puts a host of valuable travel information and must-see sites right in the palm of the user’s hand.”

When setting the camera to PMP mode, i85 users can easily listen to their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content on the camera’s large, 3.0” high-resolution display. The bundled Digimax Converter software seamlessly converts the user’s MPEG, AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the i85. For music on-the-go, the software can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. The i85 also doesn’t hold back when it comes to sound either. To listen to videos or music, the i85 features a 2.5mm headphone port as well as stereo speakers boasting SRS 3D acoustic technology.

The ultra-thin i85 also features Samsung’s i-movie mode, which offers users high-resolution SVGA (800x592) MPEG-4 video and advanced editing controls. By using the camera’s Successive Recording mode, users can pause, and then resume filming of video clips without having to save the clips as individual files. Additionally, users can operate the camera’s optical zoom while filming and can engage a movie stabilizer to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur.

In low-light situations, shooters can rest assured that their images will come out sharp and clear as the i85 is equipped with Samsung’s ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) image stabilization system and an ISO equivalent of 1600. When engaged, ASR helps to minimize the effects of hand shake and ensures that the best shots are captured even in dimly lit conditions.

Shooters can also take advantage of the camera’s Face Detection mode, which makes taking pictures of family and friends a snap. Samsung’s Face Detection technology detects up to nine faces and automatically adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality. Additionally, the i85 also features Wise Shot, which 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.

With 14 scene modes to choose from, including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Café, Food, and Self-Shot, shooters can effortlessly adjust the camera and capture the best image possible in any setting. Images can be saved to the camera’s 256MB of internal memory or to an external SDHC/SD card with a guaranteed maximum of 4GB.

Enabling users to further express their creativity is the "Fun" feature. This unique feature allows shooters to create a composite photo by saving up to four individual images as one. Beyond being a fun and entertaining feature, composite shot comes in handy for a number of situations, especially for use with online auction sites that limit the amount of images that can accompany an item description. As shooters can capture multiple images in one file, they can provide interested parties with a more robust display of the item they’re selling without having to pay additional fees to upload more images. Additionally, with the “Fun” feature, shooters highlight an image by sharpening the foreground and softening the focus of the background, as well as customize their saved images with photo frames, stickers of various shapes, and cartoon text bubbles.

i85: $349 MSRP – available Fall 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.

For full specifications and hi-res images visit the Samsung Camera website at: www.samsungcamerausa.com

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