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Samsung's WB5500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics GmbH. Samsung WB5500: 26x megazoom digicam
(Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 01:30 EDT)

Samsung has quietly unveiled a new megazoom digital camera in certain European and Asian markets, although the Samsung WB5500 has not been announced in the American market as of this writing.

With a 26x optical zoom lens, the Samsung WB5500 has even more telephoto reach than the existing 24x HZ25W model, which was the company's first megazoom digicam. Known as the Samsung VLUU WB5500 in some markets, the new model's body design seems to be little changed from that of the HZ25W, beyond the new lens. Maximum aperture varies from f/2.8 - f/5.0 across the zoom range, and 35mm-equivalent telephoto gives it a 26x focal lengths are from a useful 26mm wide angle to a very powerful 676mm telephoto. The HZ25W's twelve megapixel image sensor has been replaced with a slightly higher-res 13.8 megapixel chip, yielding images up to a maximum of 4,288 x 3,216 pixels. As you'd expect with such a powerful zoom, the WB5500 also offers sensor-shift image stabilization. For framing and reviewing images, there's a 0.24-inch electronic viewfinder plus a 3.0-inch LCD display, both with 230,000 dot resolution.

Most other features of the Samsung WB5500 are similar to its sibling, the HZ25W. European availability is slated for May 2010, with pricing of around €429 -- roughly equivalent to US$525 (ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties.)

Samsung WB5500
Samsung's WB5500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics GmbH. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeEVF
Model NumberNorth America: WB5500
Europe: WB5500
Japan / Other: VLUU WB5500
Dimensions4.6 x 3.3 x 3.6 in.
(116 x 83 x 91 mm)
Weight14.0 oz (396 g)
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.33 (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
14.50 megapixels (total)
13.80 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions4288 x 3216 (13.8 megapixels)
4288 x 2848 (12.2 megapixels)
4288 x 2416 (10.4 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, 0.24-inch, 230,000 dot LCD electronic viewfinder
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Lens TypeSchneider-Kreuznach lens
26x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.6 - 119.6mm (actual)
26 - 676mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) - f/5.0 (T) - f/8.0
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Center, Multi, Face Detection, Tracking, Selection
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 33" - 4,081" (80 cm - 9,999 cm)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,081" (1 cm - 9,999 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400* (*3 mpix or below)
Shutter Speed16 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesMulti, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, Kelvin
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Range: AUTO ISO: Wide: 0.3m - 6.0m, Tel : 0.8m - 3.0m
Scene ModesFrame Guide, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Digital ZoomUp to 5.0x
Self TimerYes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatMPEG-4 (H.264 ) with audio
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format.DNG 1.1, JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC Input
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary SLB-11A
Product Bundle
Flash Memory8.0MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal Microphone
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
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Samsung's WB5500 digital camera. Photo provided by Samsung Electronics GmbH. Click for a bigger picture!

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