Heading Samsungu2019s 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