SLR-style camera with giant LCD and 15X optical zoom
30 November 2011
Excerpt: Measuring 6.1 x 5.4 x 3.4 inches it's certainly as big as a SLR and definitely looks like a SLR down to the overall design and matte-black body, but it's not a single lens reflex.
Pros: Huge 3.5-inch primary LCD makes camera a pleasure to use, Excellent 28-420 mm provides wide angle to massive zoom, Very powerful battery lasts a long time, Secondary LCD on top allows hip-level shooting, Excellent hi-res electronic viewfinder, Stereo sound and fll zoom with VGA movies, Clean, logical control layout, Good macro functionality, Fixed lens system eliminates SLR "dust problem", Supports RAW format
Cons: No true image stabilization, Only goes up to ISO 800, Needlessly sparse menus, almost no online help, Button labeling hard to see, Included software marginal, Large and heavy
Excerpt: 8MP and 15x optical zoom, built-in pop-up flash, low-noise processing algorithm, and the fastest response times in its class (shot-to-shot speeds have been reduced to 1.0 second and 1.3 second respectively; shutter release lag of 0.05 seconds) plus high-speed continuous shooting at 2.5 frames/sec make the Samsung Pro815 a brilliant camera for fast, sharp, clear, low noise, high resolution pictures.
Conclusion: Samsung has arrived at the super zoom / bridge camera party very late, but it has certainly made quite an entrance. The Pro815's designers obviously decided that the key to success was to take the successful formula established by the likes of Panasonic with its FZ series and 'super size' it in every way possible.
Pros: Huge 28-420mm equivalent zoom range with mechanical zoom ring, Excellent edge-to-edge results across the zoom range, Good resolution - especially in raw mode, Fairly light-handed noise reduction at higher ISO settings, Large, bright 3.5-inch screen, Useful secondary top plate screen can be used for waist-level framing, Excellent electronic viewfinder, Comprehensive array of photographic functions, Generally excellent ergonomics - most controls fall easily to hand, Lot...
Cons: Long shutter lag, Focusing can feel slow, 640 x 480 movies at 25 fps maximum clip length of 30 secs, Focus hunts - and often fails - at long end of zoom, especially in low light, JPEG processing doesn't make the most of the lens, smearing of low contrast detail, JPEG Images over-processed, specifically over-sharpened, Fairly harsh highlight clipping (JPEGs), No image stabilization, no high ISO capability, Supplied raw converter worse than useless, Raw files large, raw...
Excerpt: The Samsung Digimax Pro815 Digital Camera lets from wide angle to telephoto with one lens with a 15X optical zoom with a focal length of 28 – 420mm. It features: 8.0-megapixel CCD captures high-resolution images up to 3264 x 2448 pixels, 15x optical/4x digital/60x total zoom; precision-crafted Schneider-Kreuznach lens with 4 low-dispersion glass lenses and 2 aspherical lenses.
Excerpt: Big is generally good: big house, big car, big snarling Rottweiler in the back yard? Err... okay, so not everything big is good. But what about a camera with a huge zoom lens and a whopping LCD? "Bring it on," we hear you cry.
Samsung’s Digimax Pro815; Not For Pros, But For Everyone
1 July 2001
Excerpt: Samsung's Digimax Pro815 features several digital camera firsts, including the world's longest optical zoom lens--and it's a Schneider, too--and the largest LCD preview screen. It's all wrapped up in a Mad Max-design that looks like a digital SLR, except it's not. The Digimax Pro815 is an 8-megapixel fixed lens camera that provides three ways of looking at images, including that big preview screen, an electronic viewfinder, and, shades of Franke & Heidecke, a waist-level...
Summary: The Pro815 is a good first attempt by Samsung, but it is missing a few things that would allow it to compete with the big guns. The most practical feature is the 15X zoom, and if that is important to you then this may be a consideration
Pros: 15X zoom, huge screen, rugged design
Cons: Poor image quality, sits badly in the hand, lower than average battery life
Summary: There’s not a great deal wrong with the Pro815. The auto-focus isn’t as sharp as it should be but there’s good manual back-up here. The lack of some sort of anti-shake technology is a weak point but image quality is as good as any 8Mp compact. Shop about for a good deal and you’ll be happy with the Pro815. Solid build and a very fine lens - the full manual controls means that not only does it look like an SLR but it also works like one.