Samsung’s Digimax Pro815; Not For Pros, But For Everyone Page 2
Samsung's Digimax Pro815 is a far cry from the cute digital point-and-shoot cameras the company has thus far produced, and while some of them did bear Schneider optics, none match this lens for overall performance. That, combined with a really big preview screen, help you produce surprisingly good output. The Pro815 can be noisy at high ISOs, which is why I tended to shoot it at the lowest--ISO 50--and was able to produce impressive quality image files.
The Pro815 captures image files--in order of decreasing size--using TIFF, raw, or JPEG formats. Thus far, only Leica's DIGITAL-MODUL-R, Hasselblad's H2D, Ricoh's GR Digital, and Samsung's Pro816 use DNG as their native raw format. Raw formats vary from camera to camera, even those produced by the same manufacturer! Sometimes a manufacturer will terminate support for a discontinued camera's raw format, leaving photographers high and dry. That's why Adobe defined a non-proprietary format for raw called Digital NeGative (DNG) that can be used by hardware and software developers to provide raw processing in the future. Is this a trend, wavelet, or what? Let's hope it's one of these.
Image Sensor: CCD
Effective Megapixels: 8.0
Total Megapixels: 8.3
Lens: Schneider Varioplan f/2.2-4.6
Focal Length: 28-420mm (35mm film equivalent)
LCD Monitor: 3.5" color TFT LCD
Macro: 3.9-27.5" (wide)
Super Macro: 1.18-27.5"
Metering: Multi, center-weighted, spot (AE lock available)
Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV (1/3 EV steps)
ISO Equivalent: Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Storage Media: CompactFlash Type I or Type II (up to 4GB guaranteed)
Power Source: Rechargeable 7.4v lithium ion battery, AC adapter
Weight: 1.92 lbs (without battery and card)
For more information, contact Samsung Camera, 40 Seaview Dr., Secaucus, NJ 07094; (201) 902-0347; www.samsungcamerausa.com.