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Samsung Europe: Seven new digicams
(Monday, June 6, 2005 - 00:22 EDT)

Korean consumer electronics company Samsung has unveiled seven digital camera models at a press conference in Europe, according to various websites.

The most notable model is Samsung's Pro815, a model we've mentioned several times on this news page of late. As we confirmed last month, the camera has an 8 megapixel imager and Schneider Kreuznach 15x optical zoom lens. Other features include an electronic viewfinder, 3.5" TFT LCD display, 1.44" top LCD (that doubles as a waist-level viewfinder and info LCD), pop-up flash and hot shoe, and power from a 1900 mAh battery. Full specifications for the camera are as follows:

Samsung Pro815
Camera TypeSLR-style
Model NumberPro815
Dimensions5.2 x 3.4 x 2.1"
132.0 x 87.0 x 53.0mm
Weight850.0 g
29.7 oz
Planned AvailabilityAug 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type2/3" CCD
8.30 megapixels (total)
8.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3, 3:2
Image Dimensions3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
3264 x 1840 (6.0 megapixels)
2400 x 1800 (4.3 megapixels)
1632 x 1224 (2.0 megapixels)
1024 x 768 (0.8 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture SpeedStandard: 1.5 frames per second
Continuous: 2.5 frames per second
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, 0.44" 235kpix EVF and 1.44" 115kpix top LCD
LCD3.5", 235,000 pixels
Playback Zoom10.0x max
Lens TypeSchneider-Kreuznach Varioplan
15x optical zoom
Focal Length7.2 - 108.0mm (actual)
28 - 420mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.2 (wide) / f/4.6 (tele) - ???
Focusing System1 or 9-point autofocus
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing RangeNormal: 4" - infinity (10 cm - infinity)
Macro: 1.2" - 122" (3 cm - 300 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesEvaluative, Center-weighted, Spot, AF Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceAuto, Sunny, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1 & 2, Manual 1 & 2, Manual
Internal FlashModes: On, Off, Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synch
Range: Wide: 0.1 - 7.7m; Tele: 0.5 - 3.7m
Scene ModesNight, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Macro, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlit, Fireworks, Beach / Snow
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseYes
Movie FormatAVI without audio
640x480 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 30 frames per second
Recording MediumCompactFlash Type 1
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatCCD-RAW, CCD RAW, JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherDC In
Battery TypeLithium Ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary SLB-1974 1900mAh 7.4v
Product Bundle
Flash Memory0.0MB
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Tripod Mount
Remote ControlYes, Optional infra-red

Other new models include two new L-series Digimax cameras, both with five megapixel imagers. The Digimax L50 features a 3x optical zoom, 2.5" LCD, 11 scene modes, and MPEG 4 video. The Digimax L55W sports a 4.8x optical zoom lens that offers a wide angle 28mm equivalent, as well as a 2.8" wide-view LCD display.

Three further five megapixel cameras are added to the Digimax A-series. The Digimax A50 and A55W are similar, including a 2.5" LCD display - but where the A50 offers a 3x optical zoom, the A55W boosts this to a 4.8x optical zoom lens. The Digimax A502 has a fixed focal-length lens and 1.8" LCD display.

Finally, the Digimax V800 updates the existing model to eight megapixels, while retaining the 2.5" LCD, Schneider Kreuznach 3x optical zoom lens, and 32MB built-in memory.

Samsung USA has not announced any plans for these models at this time, but should the company do so, you'll hear it on our news page...

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