CES 2007: The fifth new camera from Samsung today is the slim 7MP. 3x zoom model with a decent range of features - including face recognition technology, the Smart Touch interface, MPEG-4 movies, motion-triggered self-timer and a plethora of scene modes. The L73 will be available in black or silver.

Press Release:

Samsung Introduces the Powerful, Pocket-Sized L73

8 January, 2007 - Samsung Cameras today announced the release of the Samsung L73, a sleek and pocket-sized digital point-and-shoot camera with a 7 mega pixel image sensor and a precision 3x optical zoom lens. The L73, equipped with Smart Touch technology, is the ideal camera for photographers who want a compact digital camera they can take anywhere without compromising on features, image quality or ease of use. Housed in a lustrous black or silver finish, the L73 boasts many of the features typically reserved for cameras that cost twice as much.

The L73 includes Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, which detects the subject’s face, automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure better composition and image quality in portraits, and other shots featuring people. The AF function instantaneously recognises the faces of subjects and accurately focuses on them. The AE function then takes over, setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image quality.

The L73 also features Samsung’s proprietary ASR image stabilisation system help to reduce camera shake and image blur during longer exposures and in situations where holding the camera steady is impossible. When enabled, Samsung’s Wise Shot automatically takes two consecutive pictures in rapid succession¬ - one with ASR image stabilisation enabled, and one with the flash - and prompts the user to review both and keep the preferred version.

Other features include:

  • Samsung’s Smart Touch interface, which employs two sets of pressure sensitive buttons to quickly access the camera’s controls
  • A bright and vivid 2.5” TFT LCD screen
  • Movie mode lets users capture video in one of four resolutions, from 320x240 to 800x600, at up to 30 frames per second in AVI (MPEG-4) format. Image stabilization can be engaged to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur – images can also be edited in the camera
  • Shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 sec for fast moving subjects
  • An ISO equivalent of 1600 for better pictures in low light
  • Various scene modes, continuous shooting and exposure bracketing to help get the best shots
  • Motion Timer – the L73 can take a self timed picture triggered when the subject has stopped moving
  • A built-in microphone allows a 10-second voice memo to be attached to any still image
  • Includes Samsung’s Digimax Master software (compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and Macintosh OS X 9.2 through 10.4), enabling beginners to edit and manage their pictures as soon as they start using the camera
  • Features 19 megabytes of internal memory, and can accept Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards up to 4 gigabytes

Samsung L73 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 7.4 million pixels total
• 7.2 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1024 x 768
• 3072 x 1728 (5M W)
• 3072 x 2048 (6M P)
Movie clips • with WAV audio
• 800 x 592 @ 15 / 20 fps
• 720 x 480 @ 15 / 20 fps
• 640 x 480 @ 30 / 20 / 15 fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30 / 20 / 15 fps
File formats • JPEG Exif 2.2
• DCF
• DPOF 1.1
• AVI (MPEG-4)
Lens • 35 - 105mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.8 - 4.9
• 3x optical zoom
Image stabilization No
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 5x
Focus • TTL Auto Focus
• Multi AF
• Manual AF
• Face Recognition AF & AE
AF assist lamp n/a
Focus distance • Normal: 80cm - infinity
• Macro: 5 - 80cm (wide) 40 - 80cm (tele)
• Auto Macro: 5cm - infinity (wide) 40cm - infinity (tele)
Metering • Multi
• Spot
• Center-weighted
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Shuttter speed 1 - 1/2000 sec (Night 15 - 1/2000)
Aperture F2.8 - 4.9
Modes • Auto
• Program
• ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction)
• Effect
• Scene
• Movie
• Photo Gallery
Scene modes • Night
• Portrait
• Children
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Text
• Sunset
• Dawn
• Backlight
• Fireworks
• Beach & Snow
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent H
• Fluorescent L
• Tungsten
• Custom
Self timer 10 or 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer
Continuous shooting n/a
Image parameters • Sharpness: Soft, Normal, Vivid
• Effect: Color: Normal, B&W, Sepia, Negative, Red, Green, Blue, RGB, Composite, Highlight, Frame
Flash • Auto
• Auto & Red-eye Reduction
• Fill-in Flash
• Slow Sync
• Flash Off
• Red-eye Fix
• Range: 0.4 - 3.0m (wide) 0.5 - 2.5m (tele)
Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch Color TFT
• 230,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• NTSC / PAL selectable
• DC in
Print compliance PictBridge 1.0
Storage • SD / MMC / SDHC card compatible
• 19 MB Internal memory
Power • Rechargeable battery SLB-0837
• Charger SAC-45
Weight (no batt) 140 g
Dimensions 98 x 59 x 20.3 mm