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Samsung's S1050 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Samsung: 10mpix, 5x zoom digicam
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 13:36 EST)

Rounding out its announcements for the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung revealed its new S1050 digital camera.

The Samsung S1050 features a Samsung SHD-branded f/2.8 - f/4.4, 5x optical zoom lens with a generous (at the telephoto end, at least) 38 - 190mm equivalent focal range. The S1050 couples this with - as the name would suggest - a ten megapixel CCD imager that yields a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels. The S1050 also includes a whopping 3.0" LCD display that has 230,000 pixels; likely to help keep price and complexity down, this LCD is the sole method of framing images, as the Samsung S1050 forgoes any form of optical viewfinder. Autofocus is via contrast detection, while ISO sensitivity ranges from 80 to 1600 equivalent, selected either automatically or manually. Exposures are determined with multi-pattern or spot metering, and the user can tweak the exposure with +/-2.0EV of exposure compensation, in 1/2EV steps. Want a little more control? Then you'll be pleased to find that the S1050 offers both aperture- and shutter-priority modes, as well as fully manual shooting.

The S1050's shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 15 seconds. White balance can be controlled automatically, manually, or via one of five presets. The Samsung S1050 has a five mode internal flash good to five meters, and ten scene modes that help beginners get the most from their camera without needing to understand the subtleties of exposure variables. As well as still images, the S1050 can also capture movies (with audio) at 800x600 or lower resolution at a rate of twenty frames per second, in MPEG-4 format. The Samsung S1050 also has a two or ten second self-timer to let you get into your own pictures. The S1050 stores images on Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard media, as well as the newer SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards, or in a somewhat generous 45MB of built-in memory. The S1050 also offers USB computer connectivity, while power comes from two AA batteries - either disposable alkalines as included in the product bundle, or rechargeable NiMH types.

The Samsung S1050 ships this Spring, priced at US$299.99.

Samsung S1050
Samsung's S1050 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Samsung
Model Number S1050
Dimensions 3.9 x 2.5 x 1.0"
98.9 x 63.5 x 25.5mm
Planned Price $349.99
Planned Availability 2007
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
10.30 megapixels (total)
10.10 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3472 x 2604 (9.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3072 x 2304 (7.1 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2272 x 1704 (3.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 12.0x max
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 (W) - f/4.4 (T) - f/??
Focusing System Contrast Detect 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)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 15 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes Multi, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/2EV 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 (ISO AUTO)
Scene Modes Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Digital Zoom 1.0x - 5.0x
Self Timer Yes, 2/10/2+10 seconds
Movie Format AVI (MPEG-4) with audio
800x600 and 640x480
Max. frame-rate: 20 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in, SDHC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
Other Camera Dock
Battery Type Alkaline disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software Digimax Master
Battery / Charger 2 x AA Alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 45.0MB Internal
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
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Samsung's S1050 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's S1050 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's S1050 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's S1050 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Samsung's S1050 digital camera. Courtesy of Samsung, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Samsung's 10 Mega-Pixel S1050 Tops the Charts in Resolution, Quality and Style

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2007) -- Samsung Camera is pleased to announce the release of the S1050, a point-and-shoot digital camera with a premium quality 10.1 mega-pixel image sensor. Coupled with a super-sharp 5x optical zoom lens, the S1050 combines the hardware that demanding photographers require of a camera with the intuitive ease-of-use that is Samsung’s hallmark.

While ease-of-use was a top priority when designing the S1050, Samsung engineers were equally committed to delivering a comprehensive suite of robust features and technologies in the flagship model of the S Series. With shutter speeds that reach up to an effective 1/2000 sec and an ISO equivalent of 1600, users will be able to take advantage of the S1050’s speed and resolution in any situation -- from taking landscape photos at dusk to shooting fast action sports photography. Further ensuring razor sharp images in any situation, Samsung’s ASR image stabilization system helps to reduce camera shake and image blur during longer exposures and at times when holding the camera steady is impossible or a tripod is unavailable.

The S1050 also offers Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, which detects the subject’s face and automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure the best possible image quality in portraits and other shots featuring people. The AF function instantaneously recognizes the faces of up to 9 subjects and accurately focuses on them all. The AE function then takes over, setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image quality.

Samsung equipped the S1050 with several thoughtful features designed to allow users to capture the images they want without having to worry about tedious exposure adjustment or editing. Dedicated modes for common-yet-tricky shooting situations include Children (with a high shutter speed to freeze motion while avoiding blur), Backlight (to compensate for a rear-lit subject), and Portrait (to bring the subject into strong focus while deemphasizing the background).

When enabled, the S1050’s Wise Shot feature automatically takes two consecutive pictures in rapid succession ­-- one with ASR enabled and one with the flash -- then prompts the user to review both and select their preferred version of the picture.

The S1050’s dedicated Effect button lets users quickly access a host of powerful in-camera image effects, including conversion to sepia-tone, black-and-white and RGB color effects. Images can be trimmed, resized, and rotated in the camera without the use of a PC and a built-in microphone allows a 10-second voice memo to be attached to any still image. Slide Show automatically scrolls through photos and displays them on the bright and vivid 3.0” TFT LCD screen, which uses Samsung’s Intelligent LCD technology to automatically detect environmental illumination and adjust LCD brightness for optimal image viewing.

Just as much attention was given to the S1050’s Movie mode, which lets users capture video in one of four resolutions, from 160x128 to 800x600, at 20 frames per second and encoded as AVI MPEG-4 video. Just as in still-picture mode, the ASR image stabilization system can be engaged to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur in movie mode.

For maximum versatility, the S1050 can be powered by an optional high-energy rechargeable Ni-MH battery, as well as available-everywhere AA alkaline cells, which is a surefire boon for travelers and other power users.

All of these features are contained in a sleek silver or black housing that measures a mere 3.9 inches (width) by 2.5 inches (height) by 1 inch (depth). Unlike other compact cameras, the S1050 features a molded, ergonomic grip that makes framing, steadying, and shooting a breeze. The included USB 2.0 cable, camera cradle, and CD-ROM containing Samsung’s Digimax Master software (compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and Macintosh OS X 9.2 through 10.4) will get even beginning photographers up and shooting right out of the box.

The S1050 contains 50 megabytes of internal memory, and can accept Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards up to 4 gigabytes.

The Samsung S1050 will have an MSRP of $299.99 and will be available in the spring of 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.


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