Simon Lee has emailed me his reader review of the new Samsung Pro815 – Samsung’s high end ultra zoom digital camera – it features an 8 megapixel sensor, a 15x wide-angle optical zoom lens, a 3.5″ back screen, a 1.4″ top screen, and a professional manual focus ring, manual zoom ring, manual exposure compensation ring.
Samsung announced the camera in June 05 and had this to say:
“Longest 15x Optical Zoom in its class – Samsung Pro815 digital camera is designed for prosumer and advanced users, featuring top notch Schneider lens and a 2/3 inch 8 mega-pixel CCD to ensure excellent digital shooting results. Samsung Pro815 features 7.2-108mm lens (equivalent to a 28-420mm lens in 35mm format), the longest in its class, as well as 4x digital zoom, allowing users to capture ultra-crisp images in both wide angle and telephoto modes from a distance.
World’s largest 3.5 inch Liquid Crystal Display – Samsung Pro815 digital camera comes with the world’s largest 3.5 inch TFT LCD screen, which provides 230,000 pixels and 16.7 million color display. The LCD also features TMR (Transmissive with Micro Reflective) technology, ensuring ultra-crisp images even when shooting under bright sunlight.”
- 8 megapixel CCD Sensor
- 15x optical zoom lens – 35mm film equivalent : 28~420 mm
- 3.5″ back screen, 235,000 pixels
- 1/4″ top screen, 115,000 pixels
- EVF (Electronic viewfinder) 235,000 pixels
- 3cm Super Macro mode, 10cm normal macro
- ISO Settings: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
- 640×480, 25fps video mode with stereo sound
- Size: 135.5x87x78.6mm
- Weight: 870.5 g (without battery and card)
- Rechargeable battery : 7.4V Li-ion battery, 1900mAh, for upto 450 shots
- USB2.0, Pictbridge support
Time with camera: A few months
Image Quality: Really good
Battery Life: I guess pretty good, not having much to compare it to. Also, the battery doesn’t take that long to recharge. Upto 450 shots according to Samsung.
Speed, Ease of Use, Ergonomics: On the whole its great. My only criticism is the LCD viewfinder. I wish this was linked optically, as in a SLR, but I guess thats why you buy an SLR. Manual focus is still tricky, mainly because it’s hard to see when the image is perfectly in focus using an LCD. (I’d imagine this would be the same with any LCD based camera, so I doubt its a fair criticism for this particular camera per say.)
Pros / Cons: Hard to say with no other digital camera experience. Seems pretty nifty. Zoom’s BIG!! Fairly simple to change the setup once you know your way around the menu’s. Con is the apeture only goes down to F8. F22 would have been nice! Lacks image stabilisation – to stabalise the camera a tripod, nearby wall, or small cushion can be used with self-timer to achieve blur free photos.
Conclusion: I’d say its a great camera. Is almost an SLR, with many of the features and quality you’d expect. The Zooms actually fairly easy to use, and on a light day you can take full zoom pictures with no need to stabalise the camera.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Further Information and Links:
Read reviews on: Samsung Pro815
Samsung Pro815 Product Page
Samsung Pro815 Sample Photos
ePhotoZine Samsung Pro815 Review
DPReview Samsung Pro815 Review
Samsung Pro815 Guided Flash Tour