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Samsung Pro815 is unveiled. The Samsung Pro815 is an 8 megapixel digital camera with a 15x Schneider-KREUZNACH optical zoom lens equivalent to 28-420mm on a 35mm camera and a massive 3.5” TFT LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder. The Pro815 comes with the world’s largest-capacity 1900mAh, 7.4V lithium-ion battery which enables shooting of up to 500 frames on a full charge. In addition the Samsung Pro815 has a 1.44 inch LCD on the top of the camera to enable waist-level shooting. High speed mode ensures steady shooting even in tele-zoom, as the Pro815 automatically increases the sensitivity up to a maximum of ISO 800. Three rings surrounding the lens control manual zoom, manual focusing and EV compensation, providing you with direct control of manual operations on the Pro815.
Samsung Press Release
Camera releases the best-in-class 8 mega-pixel digital camera - Pro815
Samsung Camera has announced that the company will release the world’s longest (15X) optical zoom 8 megapixel high-end digital camera (model name: Pro815), targeting enthusiast, later this year. The Pro815, offers unrivalled features and performance and is beyond comparison to other cameras in the same class. This marks the pinnacle of Samsung Camera’s product range for 2005.
The Pro815 is equipped with a 15X optical zoom with a focal length of 28-420mm(35mm equivalent), this means you can shoot from wide angle to telephoto with one lens. Normally it is not possible to incorporate both 28mm wide-angle and 420mm tele-zoom capabilities in an average high-end camera, since they generally, only come with a 7-8X zoom. With SLR systems, different lenses need to be switched to shoot wide-angle and ultra high zoom pictures, this means carrying lots of equipment, missing some shots due to lens changeover and buying multiple lenses. The Pro815 has four low-dispersion glass lenses specially manufactured to minimize chromatic aberration that can occur when wide-angle and ultra high zoom are supported at the same time. In addition, it employs 2 aspherical lenses for the correction of spherical aberration and lateral colours for the entire zoom range from wide to tele. This world-renowned Schneider-KREUZNACH lens offers outstanding reliability. This lens combined with the high-sensitivity CCD means the Pro815 provides the best image quality possible in its class.
Another feature of the Pro815 is that it has the world’s largest 3.5” TFT LCD used in a digital camera. Conventional high-end or SLR cameras use a relatively small 1.8-2.0” LCD and the screen does not show the shot at the point of taking the picture for SLR. With the Pro815, anybody can easily take a picture and view images through its large LCD, the large LCD is also a real benefit for better composition. By using Transmissive with Micro Reflective(TMR) technology, it can be displayed at bright condition outdoors.
This, coupled with the 16.7million true colours supported means you can share your IMAGES with other people because the viewing angle is wide and the colours are well reproduced. There is also an electronic viewfinder. The Pro815 comes with the world’s largest-capacity 1900mAh, 7.4V lithium-ion battery included. A large-capacity battery is a must because this camera encourages you to take more pictures. On a full charge this battery can enable shooting of up to 500 frames (based on CIPA standard), before further charging is required.
Another great feature of the Pro815 is waist-level shooting, enabled by its top LCD. The 1.44” wide colour TFT LCD of the Pro815 displays a preview screen in real time, allowing the waist-level shooting style often adopted by professional photographers. This LCD position enables high-level shooting as well as taking pictures from various angles. The top LCD can also be used as a status LCD to display shooting data. Since the required information is available on the LCD at all times, you can shoot a subject or choose a desired function more quickly.
The High speed mode provided by the Pro815 ensures steady shooting even in tele-zoom. The camera has a highsensitivity 2/3” CCD and a large high-performance lens. When High speed mode is selected, the Pro815 automatically increases the sensitivity up to max ISO 800, depending on the surrounding exposure and focal length.
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