Samsung Camera releases the best-in-class 8 megapixel digital camera - Pro815
Samsung Camera releases the best-in-class 8 megapixel digital camera
Samsung Camera has announced that the company will release the world's longest(15X) optical zoom
8 megapixel high-end digital camera(model name: Pro815), targeting enthusiast photographers,
later this year. The Pro815, offers unrivalled features and performance and is beyond comparison
to other cameras in the same class. This marks the pinnacle of Samsung Camera's product range for 2005.
Huge 15x Optical Zoom (24-420mm*)
The Pro815 is equipped with a 15X optical zoom with a focal length of 28-420mm* (*35mm equivalent),
this means you can shoot from wide angle to telephoto with one lens. Normally it is not possible
to incorporate both 28mm wide-angle and 420mm tele-zoom capabilities in an average high-end camera,
since they generally, only come with a 7-8X zoom.
With SLR systems, different lenses need to be switched to shoot wide-angle and ultra high zoom pictures,
this means carrying lots of equipment, missing some shots due to lens changeover and buying multiple lenses.
The Pro815 has four low-dispersion glass lenses specially manufactured to minimize chromatic aberration that
can occur when wide-angle and ultra high zoom are supported at the same time. In addition, it employs 2
aspherical lenses for the correction of spherical aberration and lateral colors for the entire zoom range
from wide to tele. This world-renowned Schneider-KREUZNACH lens offers outstanding reliability. This lens
combined with the high-sensitivity CCD means the Pro815 provides the best image quality possible in its class.
World's Largest 3.5" TFT LCD
Another feature of the Pro815 is that it has the world's largest 3.5" TFT LCD used in a digital camera.
Conventional high-end or SLR cameras use a relatively small 1.8-2.0" LCD and the screen does not show
the shot at the point of taking the picture for SLR. With the Pro815, anybody can easily take a picture
and view images through its large LCD, the large LCD is also a real benefit for better composition. By
using Transmissive with Micro Reflective(TMR) technology, it can be displayed at bright condition outdoors.
Plus! Waist-Level Color LCD (1.44")
Another great feature of the Pro815 is waist-level shooting, enabled by its top LCD. The 1.44" wide colour TFT LCD of the Pro815 displays a preview screen in real time, allowing the waist-level shooting style often adopted by professional photographers. This LCD position enables high-level shooting as well as taking pictures from various angles. The top LCD can also be used as a status LCD to display shooting data. Since the required information is available on the LCD at all times, you can shoot a subject or choose a desired function more quickly.
16.7 Million Colors
This, coupled with the 16.7 million true colors supported means you can share your images with other
people because the viewing angle is wide and the colors are well reproduced. There is also an electronic
Longest Lasting Battery
The Pro815 comes with the world's largest-capacity 1900mAh, 7.4V lithium-ion battery included. A large-capacity
battery is a must because this camera encourages you to take more pictures. On a full charge this battery can
enable shooting of up to 500 frames(based on CIPA standard), before further charging is required.
High-Speed ISO 800 - Low Noise
The High speed mode provided by the Pro815 ensures steady shooting even in tele-zoom. The camera has a high
sensitivity 2/3" CCD and a large high-performance lens. When High speed mode is selected, the Pro815
automatically increases the sensitivity up to max ISO 800, depending on the surrounding exposure and
focal length. Employing an exclusive low-noise processing algorithm, the Pro815 ensures superb image
quality with low noise, even at ISO 800. In addition, in High speed mode, a faster shutter speed
enables sharp shooting of fast moving targets.
Fastest Response Time in Class
The Pro815 achieves the fastest response times in its class. Its startup and shot-to-shot speeds have
been reduced to 1.0 second and 1.3 second respectively, and it delivers a fast AF speed of lower than
1.0 second even in tele-zoom mode by utilizing a passive AF sensor. The shutter release lag of 0.05
seconds lets you capture those shots without fail.
Shoot at 2.5 fps
The Pro815 includes high-speed continuous shooting at 2.5 frames/sec, normal continuous shooting that
lets you shoot while viewing an image taken on the LCD, and ultra high speed continuous shooting that
allows you to shoot up to ten 1Megapixel-sized images per second. As it has high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity,
images taken can be transferred to a PC quickly.
The Pro815 offers comprehensive manual photography features that should meet all the needs of aspiring
photographers. Manual exposure(Aperture/Shutter/Manual) and manual focus control features are included
Three Ring Control
Three rings surrounding the lens controls manual zoom, manual focusing and EV compensation, provide you
with direct control of manual operations. The dual jog system, which is used to control aperture and
shutter speed, also delivers precision in manual operation. The camera has various focusing modes
including AF Lock, Continuous AF and Select Area AF. Its direct manual focusing feature lets you switch
to manual focusing from AF instantly by turning the manual focus ring. In addition, bracketed shooting is
allowed for exposure, focus and white balance. In particular, white balance is available in Preset, Custom
and Colour Temperature Adjust modes. This lets you express colours exactly as you want. Contrast and saturation
can also be controlled for creative expression in the depth of colour required. The camera supports Adobe RGB
color space as well as an 8 MP non-compressed RAW file, making it the perfect choice for enthusiast image output.
The Display mode of the Pro815, which utilizes a large 3.5" LCD, extends its application potential
even further. In contrast to the normal 9-thumbnail screen, the Pro815 has a 25-thumbnail display,
allowing you to search for a desired picture more quickly. The camera also offers histogram display
for checking and adjusting an exposure, and grid display for easier image composition.
High-Power Built-in Flash
In particular, the exclusive features are Review Shot mode, that lets you set the optimal image composition
while viewing an image just taken, together with the technical details: and a display mode that allows you
just to display an image in the centre of the screen, and place the icons and other screen information at
the edges of the screen. The Pro815 is equipped with a high-powered built in flash to let you obtain a
perfectly exposed picture even in dark environments. The Pro815 not only has a powerful flash that allows
shooting at up to 7.7m(wide settings) but can also compensate a flash light by +/-2EV depending on the
surrounding exposure environment. Not content with delivering a truly all round still picture experience the
Pro815 supports video recording to VGA screen size with stereo sound.
Lens Hood and Filter Adapter
A rich and varied set of accessories enhances the Pro815 offer even further.
First, a lens hood, essential for outdoor photography, is included and can be reversed to make it easier
to carry when the camera is not being used. A lens adapter for general-purpose filter mounting and lens
cap for lens protection are also included.
Optiona External Flash
The optional external flash(SEF-42A) is a large-capacity flash that follows Guide No. 42, and its angle
can be adjusted for creative use of flash lighting. In addition, an optional external remote control can
also be purchased. The external remote control can be operated to the side of the camera as well as with
the front. A luxury case can also be purchased separately.
A Breakthrough Achievement
The launch of the new Pro815 is a brilliant achievement from Samsung Camera, based on the technology it has refined through compact digital camera development. The launch of the Pro815 by Samsung Camera will add a truly aspirational camera for enthusiasts to its already strong compact camera product lines.