Samsung has announced five 5 megapixel cameras today in a bid to 'drive penetration of this important sector'. The first two introduce a new L series in the shape of the L50 and the wideangle Digimax L55W. The metal-bodied L55W sports the biggest LCD on a compact Samsung camera at 2.8 inches. It has a 28 - 135 mm lens(4.8x zoom), 2cm macro function and MPEG 4 movie mode. The L50 is pocket-sized and has a 3x optical zoom, and MPEG 4 movie mode which you can pause. You can also use the zoom during recording but if you do so you will lose the sound.

Specficiation to follow.

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Samsung Digimax L55W Press Release:

Samsung Camera widens its range even further with the release of the Digimax L55W a 5 mega-pixel, 4.8X zoom digital camera with wide-angle capabilities

Samsung Camera has announced that the company will release a 5 mega-pixel, 4.8X optical zoom digital camera (model name: Digimax L55W) later this year marking Samsung's entry into the market for compacts with a high zoom.

Most regular compact digital cameras have a 3Xoptical zoom, the Digimax L55W has a 4.8X optical zoom offering a focusing range of 28mm-135mm(35mm equivalent). The 28mm wide-angle lens provides a far wider field of vision than a regular camera, allowing you to capture sweeping landscapes or to fit a group of subjects into just one frame. The Digimax L55W is a unique advanced digital camera that supports both 28mm wide-angle and 4.8X telephoto zoom, extending the range of options available to the photographer.

For the first time ever, a 2.8" wide TMR LCD is adopted by Samsung Camera for the Digimax L55W, enhancing your photography with a wider and larger display. This 2.8" wide LCD allows you to view in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. The LCD display of the Digimax L55W uses TMR(Transmissive with Micro Reflective) technology to maintain balanced light, even in bright outdoor environments. The 160 degrees of wide viewing angle LCD display delivered by the Digimax L55W provides a more comfortable image-viewing, and sharing, experience. With its high contrast ratio the TMR LCD display offers a clearer and brighter display image. Colours are represented better by the LCD's ability to reproduce 16.7 million true colours.

With a faster response time, the Digimax L55W means you have more chance catching those spontaneous moments. With its booting and shot-to-shot time reduced to 1 second respectively, it also offers continuous shooting at 2.5 frames/sec.

The Digimax L55W, which has been developed based on high-density packaging design technology, not only offers the 4.8x optical zoom, but is also slim. Add to that, the fine metal ergonomic finish and you have an elegant camera design.

The powerful video capability of the Digimax L55W delivers a "camcorder like" experience. For a more enhanced movie shooting experience, the Digimax L55W uses MPEG-4, the high-compression high-quality video format, which can record for up to 3-4 times longer than the traditional video formats used in many other digital cameras. The Digimax L55W can even record more than 1 hour of high quality if you are using a 256MB memory card. With powerful video recording in VGA(640X480) at 30 fps, it provides a wider screen view and clearer video quality. These movies can even be viewed on the TV.

The Digimax L55W has movie stabilization, which helps maintain steady recording of a subject by means of automatic detection and correction of lateral and vertical camera movements of the camera. The continuous video recording feature of the Digimax L55W, which is based on exclusive Samsung technology, allows you to pause and resume video recording as desired and merge those multiple movie clips into a single file at a later time. You can press the Pause button to pause or resume recording.

For easier editing of movies, the Digimax L55W allows you to select and save only the desired part into a new file during playback, on the camera. The Digimax L55W also allows you to capture a still image during video playback.

With its Easy Charging System, the Digimax L55W recharges quickly and conveniently. A 24-pin portable charger comes with the camera, and an optional cradle can also be purchased for easier charging and data-transfer. Also, for the first time in digital cameras, an optional extra charger which uses the USB port in a PC can be bought by those who frequently use their PCs or notebooks during business travel.

With the Digimax L55W, the Macro function, an important feature of a digital camera, has been greatly improved. The Digimax L55W allows capturing of a subject as close as 2cm. The Auto macro mode means the camera will automatically detect the distance the user is trying to focus and will optimize the settings for Macro mode instantly.

The Digimax L55W has Special Effect functions that help take picture taking a stage further. The special effect functions offered by the Digimax L55W are Colour Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame and Composite shot.

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

The Digimax L55W has various scene modes to help you obtain the best picture results in a variety of settings. The eleven scene modes supported by the Digimax L55W are Night Scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Closeup, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text. In particular, Text Recognition is a feature that allows you to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from the image taken using the "Digimax Reader" text recognition software in the box.

The PictBridge feature of the Digimax L55W allows pictures taken with the camera to be directly printed without a PC, so you can instantly obtain clear 5 mega-pixel prints just by connecting the camera to a compatible printer. You can use the "Quick Print" button to print a desired photo immediately. This coupled with the editing features in the camera means that you really can go from picture to print without the need for a PC. In addition, it provides a substantially faster transfer rate with USB 2.0 as compared to the existing USB 1.1.

The Digimax L55W is equipped with a built-in memory(32MB), allowing you to save pictures taken, even without a memory card. It also provides various useful functions such as My Set Shot mode for snapshot, voice recording for up to 1 hour, voice memo for adding a short voice message to a picture, and "One-touch Playback" for instant playback of a picture, even without power.

Furthermore, the Graphic User Interface(GUI) of the Digimax L55W has been improved to ensure a faster and more seamless menu operation and menu setting can be done quickly using the Move and Set functions.

Samsung Digimax L50 Press Release:

Samsung Camera releases a 5 mega-pixel digital camera - the Digimax L50

Samsung Camera releases a 5 mega-pixel digital camera Samsung Camera has announced that it will release a 5 mega-pixel high-resolution digital camera with Samsung's 3X optical zoom SHD lens(model name: Digimax L50) to strengthen its success in the expanding, 5 mega-pixel digital camera sector.

The Digimax L50, released by Samsung Camera, is a portable pocket-sized digital camera (93.3X52.1X22.3 mm) that provides faster operation speed and a variety of functions. Even though the Digimax L50 is small Samsung have managed to ensure it has a 230k-pixel 2.5" large LCD.

The Digimax L50 has a 4x digital zoom in addition to a 3X optical zoom delivering a 12X total zoom capacity. It also provides 5X zoom during playback, to check the detail in your shots. The Digimax L50 uses the best Samsung LCD technology in a 230K-pixel high-resolution 2.5" large LCD. With 16.7 million True Colour representation, and Wide View features this LCD offer superior quality during image playback and shot composition.

The powerful video capability of the Digimax L50 means it can function as a camcorder too. For an enhanced movie shooting experience MPEG-4 is used. MPEG-4 is a high-compression high-quality video format, which can record for up to 3-4 times longer than traditional video formats used for other digital cameras. With a 256MB memory card over an hour of great video can be recorded. The Digimax L50 can record in VGA(640X480) at 30 fps, to give smoother video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD screens and through the TV.

The video capability of the Digimax L50 has been improved in the following areas:

  • First, it has a movie stabilizer to reduce camera shake. By automatic detection and correction of lateral and vertical camera vibrations it delivers even smoother video recording.
  • Second, the Digimax L50 has a continuous video recording feature, which is based on exclusive Samsung technology.The continuous video recording feature allows you to pause and resume video recording with the results being in one file.
  • Third, the Digimax L50 has video editing capabilities in the camera. It allows you to save a selected part of a movie clip into a new file during playback. The Digimax L50 also allows you to capture a still image during video playback.
  • Finally, you can use the Digimax L50 optical zoom to zoom in during recording(sound is muted during use of the zoom or users can use Mute button in movie clip).

The Digimax L50 has Special Effect functions that help take picture taking a stage further. The Special Effect functions offered by the Digimax L50 are Colour Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame and Composite shot.

  • Colour Effects include B/W, Sepia, Blue, Red, Green and Negative
  • Highlight enables you to emphasize a subject by putting its surroundings into soft focus.
  • Composite shot allows you to divide a shooting scene into 2-4 segments and save them into a single file.
  • Photo Frame allows you choose from 9 different types of fun photo frame.

The Digimax L50 supports Continuous Shooting and Auto Exposure Bracketing(AEB) functions. You can use Continuous Shooting to shoot a fast-moving subject continuously and AEB to shoot a series of pictures with slightly varying exposures.

Using the built-in image editing functions of the Digimax L50, you can edit a picture in a variety of ways, without a PC. The Trimming function allows you to cut an unwanted part of an image and save only the required part. When you are short of memory, the Resizing function lets you recover some of the memory space by resizing and saving images into a smaller size. The Rotating function allows you to rotate an image in the desired direction and save it.

The Digimax L50 has various scene modes to help the user take better pictures in various shooting conditions. The 11 scene modes supported by the Digimax L50 are Night Scene, Portrait, Text, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks and Beach & Snow. In particular, Text Recognition is a feature that allows you to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from the image taken using the"Digimax Reader" text recognition software included in the box.

The PictBridge feature of the Digimax L50 allows pictures taken with a camera to be directly printed without a PC, so you can instantly obtain clear 5.0 mega-pixel prints just by connecting the camera to a compatible printer. This, when used with the in camera editing features means you really can go from picture to print without the need for a PC. In addition, it provides a substantially faster transfer rate with USB 2.0 as compared to the existing USB 1.1.

The Album feature of the Digimax L50 allows you to categorize and save images based on your own criteria, including event and date, and to enjoy only selected images in a slide show.
In addition, the Digimax L50 is equipped with a built-in memory(32MB), allowing you to save pictures taken, without a memory card. With the Copy to Card function, you can seamlessly transfer images saved in the internal memory to an external memory. It also provides various useful functions such as voice recording for up to 1 hour, voice memo for adding a short voice message to a picture and "One-touch Playback" for instant playback of a picture, even when the power is off.

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