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Samsung Digimax S500

The Digimax S500 is a high resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 5.1 mega-pixels CCD. You can use the Digimax S500 to ...

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Review of "Samsung Digimax S500"

published 06/08/2008 | jonahea
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Excellent
Pro best camera for its price!!!
Cons The video recording- read for my way to get around this :D
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"If carslberg made digital cameras..."

I brought this camera last year ready for holiday and it has been immense since day one!
I wanted something that had a lot of features but didnt need to be top of the range - then I came across the gem - I paid £65 for it (still sell for that price on Amazon I believe) I was expecting something that was complicated or tempormental and to my surprise it incredible!

With 5.1 mega pixel it offers a good quality size of picture and the resolution is very clear - infact I have taken quite a lot of pictures on the 1 mega pixel mode as it saves memory and these still come up amazing! (Still come up about 1024 x 768 so you can then set them as desktop)
Also the 3 times optical zoom is very usuful; optical is a lot better than digital as it doesnt affect the picture quality- digital doesnt you might as well just wait and zoom in on your pc after its been uploaded! It gets pixelated--- but with 3times digital zoom you can just use that!!! A real bonus as cheaper cameras normally have lotes of digital and no optical!

The camera is easy to use and simple (my mum the most untechnological person in the world has no problems) The auto setting is the one I prefer and this takes quality picture after picture! The auto can be turned off if you dont trust the camera at night or something--- but I shouldnt worry about this as the camera is very smart and reads the environment briliantly!

I would recommend getting so rechargable batteries for it as the screen on the back is large and will drain the juice quite quickly- but expect to keep it on for 2-3 hours before that.

The biggest flaw about the camera is the video... its still great for the price but there needs to be something lol?! It doesnt compress the file very well so short clips can take up soo much space and when you watch them back you are disapointed with the quality-- If you know what your doing I would recommend setting the camera to the highest possible video settings to keep the quality and then compress it on your pc!

This is I believe to be the best all round camera for its price- and its samsung so you know its going to have quality about it!

10/10.... This one is must if your looking for a digital camera!!! Buy Buy Buy lol!

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  • jeaniecz published 06/08/2008
    If carslberg made digital cameras, then?
  • manlybeach published 06/08/2008
    I am like your mum ...not technological at all so this sounds good! x
  • dizzy07 published 06/08/2008
    I'd like a new digital camera myself and I'll be sure to consider this, although I'd like more mega-pixels if i was to buy one now... maybe there's a decent newer model available. Anyway, nice review.
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Product Information : Samsung Digimax S500

Manufacturer's product description

The Digimax S500 is a high resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 5.1 mega-pixels CCD. You can use the Digimax S500 to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Digimax S500 has a 3X optical and 5X digital zoom giving 15X total zoom when combined. The Digimax S500 has a large 2.4" LCD for improved contrast and color reproduction, allowing you to enjoy a wider and clearer image. When it is set to Auto Mode, the Digimax S500 automatically adjusts the shooting distance and focus from between 5cm to infinity, helping the picture taker to get better pictures more easily. The user does not need to activate the macro function separately in order to take pictures as close as 5cm. The Digimax S500 has some intriguing special effect functions - including Highlight, Photo Frame, and Composite Shot - that give you unique, and sometimes amusing, shooting experiences beyond conventional picture-taking. You can access each of these special effects with just one touch of the "E" button. The user-friendly ergonomic body design delivers comfort and a steady hold for better shots. This means you can expect even better focus no matter where your subject is in the frame. Digimax S500 has various scene modes to obtain the best picture result in a variety of settings. The scene modes provided are Night scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach and Snow. The family-friendly mode dials - with Night, Portrait and Children modes - make it easier to get great shots of the family by giving in stand access to the appropriate mode for each individual situation. Children mode, with its open aperture and fast shutter speeds, lets you 'freeze' children in fast moving action shots. Night mode automatically uses the slow synchronization function to help you get clearer and brighter pictures at night. When using Portrait mode you get more pleasing people pictures with improved redeye reduction. The Digimax S500's print button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the S500 to any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the illuminated print button and print! Also use the button to transfer images directly to a computer.

Product Details

Product Description: Samsung Digimax S500 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Internal Storage: 20 MB flash

Sensor Resolution: 5.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 17.4 mm - f/2.8-4.9, 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 13.4 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 80 cm

Digital Zoom: 5 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 2.4"

Supported Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included ), 2 x AA alkaline battery

AV Interfaces: Composite video, Composite video/audio

Colour: Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.7 cm x 2.6 cm x 6.2 cm

Weight: 136 g

General

MPN: 8801089764546, Digimax S500, S 500 SILBER, SAM-S500, 8801089764522

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Silver

Sensor Resolution: 5.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 5,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 5,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 5 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: AVI

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video, Composite video/audio

Available Body Colours: Black, silver

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, night mode, close-up, backlight, beach/snow, Children, fireworks, dawn/dusk, sunset

Special Effects: Soft, Negative, Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid, blue, green, red

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 17.4 mm - f/2.8-4.9, 3 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 13.4 mm - f/2.8-4.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 105mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 80 cm

Macro Focus Range: 5-80cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Features: Built-in lens shield

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode with red-eye reduction, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode

Effective Flash Range: 0.2 m - 3 m

Additional Features

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, date/time stamp, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support

Display

Type: 2.4" LCD display

Resolution: 112,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Samsung Digimax Master

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS 9.2 - X 10.3

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

System Requirements Details: Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP - Pentium II - 450 MHz - 64 MB - 200 MB ¦ MacOS 9.2 or later - PowerPC G3 - 64 MB - 110 MB ¦ MacOS X 10.3 - PowerPC G3 - 64 MB - 110 MB

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Video / audio / USB cable, Battery charger, USB cable, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included ), 2 x AA alkaline battery

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Internal Storage: 20 MB flash

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 7 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 14 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 21 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 10 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 18 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2272 x 1704 : 24 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 12 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 22 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 32 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 19 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 34 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 43 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 52 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 83 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 89 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 114 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 125 - with 20MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 157 - with 20MB built-in memory

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps ¦ AVI - 160 x 128 - 15 fps ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 160 x 128 - 30 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.7 cm

Depth: 2.6 cm

Height: 6.2 cm

Weight: 136 g

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