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Samsung Digimax L55W Review

Uncategorized author: Djuki 04.13.2006 Comments Off


Content

LCD Screen
Response Time
Video features
Charging
Features
Pros / Cons
Sample image

PreviewGadgets tested Samsung Digimax L55W. This is compact 5 Mpx camera, from Samsing L series. The L55W is superior then model L50W, it has a 28 – 135 mm lens(4.8x zoom) and L50W has 3x zoom.


LCD Screen

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Samsung L55WSamsung Digimax L55W has very big LCD screen (2.8″) and allowing 16:9 and 4:3 view. The LCD display uses TMR(Transmissive with Micro Reflective) technology for balanced light. It’s 28 mm angle lens affords a far wider vision field that any regular camera, so consumers can capture sweeping landscapes or a group of subjects into one frame. When i shot pictures outside it was a sunny day and i can see the screen very clearly, so i can say that screen has balanced light even in bright outdoor environments. The LCD screen viewing angle is 160 degrees. Screen has high contrast ratio and reproducing 16.7 million true colors, so it offers bright display image.


Response Time

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The Digimax L55W has very fast response time, that means consumers have more chance to catch spontaneous moments. When you press on button, camera is already prepared for action. Samsung reduced shot-to-shot time to one second on this camera and continuous shooting is 2.5 frames per second, so I could say that this camera is the fastest camera I ever seen.


Video features

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Samsung L55WThis camera offering powerfully video capability in MPEG-4 high compression and high quality video mode. Consumers can recording 3-4 time longer video movies with the Digimax L55W than in other digital cameras. For example, with 256MB memory, you can record 1 hour movie of high quality. The Digimax L55W recording video in VGA(640X480) at 30 fps. I was recording videos with this camera, and i can say it provides clearer video quality with wider screen view. With this camera buyers got cable for watching videos, and images on TV. Camera has movie stabilization, witch helps users to maintain steady recording. It also features automatic detection and correction of vertical and lateral camera movements. Users can pause and continue to recording as desired, and Samsung Digimax L55W will collate multiple files they selected. And this is not the end of Samsung’s video capabilities, camera also allows to select and save part of video file, and to capture a still image while watching video playback.


Charging

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The Digimax L55W battery charging is very fast. Camera comes with 24 pins portable charger, and cradle for easier charging and data-transfer is optional. I tested version without cradle, and charging was uncomfortably because, charging input is below the camera, so i need to turn sidewise the camera and it that position camera was unstable, and i need to be carefull. There is optional extra charger witch uses USB on PC for charging, it is for people who travels a lot with their notebooks.


Features

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I realy liked Samsung L55W special effects functions like: Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame and Composite shot.

  • Color Effects include B/W, Sepia, Blue, Red, Green.
  • Highlight enables users to emphasis a subject by putting it’s surroundings into soft focus.
  • Composite shot allows users to divide a shooting scene into 2-4 segments and save them into a single file.
  • Photo Frame support 9 different types of photo frame.

Special Effects examples

Somposite shot
Samsung L55W

Fun Frame
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Macro function is improved and you can capture subject close at 2cm. In Auto macro mede the camera will automaticlu detect the distance from subject, and soptimize the settings instantly.

Samsung L55WThe Digimax L55W has various scene modes like: night, portrait, children, landscape, text, close up, dawn, sunset, back light, fireworks and Beach & Snow. This scene modes will be perfect for beginers who don’t need to regulate the settings for better images, they just need to chose the scene mode, and their job is done. Text Recognition is feature for shooting documents, books and magazines and then extract text from images using he “Digimax Reader” software. Users can’t change settings for scene modes, beyond program mode. In program mode users can set the focus frame, color and fun frame. Some users wants to change scene mode settings, but this camera don’t have this feature.

The PictBridge feature allowing you to print the images without the PC, just connect the camera with compatible printer. The Digimax L55W has build-in 32MB memory, so you can take pictures without the memory card. The camera provides more features like: My Set Shot for snapshot, voice recording, voice memo for adding voice messages to a pictures etc.

The Digmax L55W software is easy to use and menu setting can be done quickly using the Move and Set functions.


Pros / Cons

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Pros

  • Li-ion battery makes this camera ultra thin
  • Wide screen
  • Special effects
  • Metal body
  • Easy to use, made for beginners
  • Fast start time
  • Fast charge battery

Cons

  • Charging input is below the camera
  • Can’t change scene mode settings


Sample image

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Samle image Samsung Digimax L55W

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