8MP Samsung camera with 15x optical zoom

Heading Samsung’s new digital line-up is the Digimax PRO815, an 8MP camera with a 15x optical zoom lens.

Heading Samsung’s new digital line-up is the Digimax PRO815, an 8MP camera with a 15x optical zoom lens. The camera is one of Samsung’s most ambitious digital cameras and is aimed at enthusiast photographers. There are a selection of innovative features including – at 3.5ins – the world’s largest TFT LCD screen, a top-plate LCD screen and the world’s largest-capacity lithium-ion battery capable of capturing up to 500 shots from a single charge. One of the most striking elements of the camera is the 15x optical zoom lens with a focal length from wide to telephoto of 28-420mm. Four low-dispersion lenses are designed to reduce the effects of chromatic aberration and two aspherical lenses rectify spherical aberration. Unlike some other super-zoom cameras, the PRO815 doesn’t feature an optical image stabiliser, instead a High Speed mode automatically adjusts the camera’s sensitivity (up to ISO 800) and increases the shutter speed. The fastest response times of its class are promised, including a 1-second start-up and shot-to-shot shooting speed of 1.3-seconds. Zooming, focusing and exposure compensation are controlled by three rings around the lens barrel. The Digimax PRO815 will be available later this year for between £500 and £600. Find out more at www.samsungcamera.co.uk or by calling 00 80 0122 93727. SPECIFICATIONS MANUFACTURER: Samsung MODEL: Pro815 CCD: 2/3 inch 8.0MP CCD, 8.3 MP effective 3264 x 2448 maximum MAX PRINT SIZE: 16 x 12 at 200dpi LENS: f2.2-4.6 (35mm equiv 28 – 420) 3cm super macro SHUTTER SPEEDS: 30 – 1/4000th sec ISO: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400 EXP MODES: P, SP, AP, M, 11 scene modes FLASH: Wide 0.7 – 7.7m, Tele 1.5 – 3.7m FOCUS: TTL autofocus (9-point multi focusing) VIEWFINDER: 0.44” colour TFT LCD 235,000 dots DRIVE MODES: Single, Continuous, Continuous HS, Continuous UHS METERING: Multi, Centre-weighted, Spot, AE lock available WHITE BALANCE: Auto, six presets, two custom MONITOR: Main 3.5” colour TFT LCD 235,000, Top 1.44” TFT LCD 115,000 CONNECTION: USB 2.0, AV FILE: Jpeg, AVI FILE SUPPORT: Exif 2.2, Pictbridge 1.0, DPOF 1.1 VIDEO OUTPUT: NTSC/ PAL POWER: Li-ion SLB-1974 STORAGE: CF OTHER: 640 x 480 movie clips, sRGB, RGB colour space, DIMENSIONS: 132 x 86.9 x 53mm WEIGHT: 850g