Samsung today announced its latest multimedia camera - the i85. Following on from previous i-series devices by combining music and video playback alongside its photographic abilities, the i85 has a few new tricks up its sleeve such as an inbuilt travel guide which may be updated online and a generous 450MB of internal storage.

Update: The amount of internal memory available for document storage is 173MB

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Samsung Cameras unveils quality convergence with the i85

30 July 2007 - Samsung Cameras is pleased to announce the release of the 8.1 mega pixel i85. The i85 is equipped with a 3.0” touch screen LCD, an integrated MP3 player and PMP (Portable Multimedia Player) function. An inbuilt Tour Guide function provides instant access to travel information covering 2,600 regions in 30 countries, so you’ll always know where the action is. Further information can also be downloaded directly from the internet, and with 450 MB of internal memory you won’t need to worry about space for favourite travel tips. The camera is equipped with the Samsung Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) system and ISO 1600 high sensitivity support so that images remain crisp and detailed even without a flash.

The i85 also features 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. The AF function instantaneously recognises the faces of subjects and accurately focuses on them before the AE function takes over, setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image quality.

The stunning new Samsung i85 is a must-have camera packed with intelligently integrated multimedia features. The i85 will retail at £229 and will be available from leading high street and online retailers from the end of August 2007. Customers requiring further information should call 00 800 122 637 27 or visit www.samsungcamera.co.uk

Samsung i85 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 8.4 million pixels total
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3264x2448
• 3264x2176
• 3264x1836
• 2592x1944
• 2048x1536
• 1024x768
Movie clips

• 800x592 @ 20fps
• 640x480 @ 30/15 fps
• 320x240 @ 30/15 fps
• 5X Optical Zoom
• Movie Stabilizer (User Selectable)
• Movie Editing: Pause during recording, Still Image Capture,Time Trimming

File formats • JPEG Exif v2.2
• AVI (MPEG-4)
Lens • 5x optical zoom
• 36 - 180 mm (35 mm equiv)
• F3.5 - F4.9
Image stabilization ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction)
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom up to 5x
Focus modes

• TTL Autofocus
• Macro
• Super Macro
• Auto Macro

Focus distance • Normal: 80 cm - ∞
• Macro: 5 cm - 80 cm (wide), 30 cm -80 cm (tele)
• Super Macro (wide) : 1 cm - 5 cm
• Auto Macro: 5 cm - ∞
AF area modes • Multi AF
• Center AF
• Face Recognition AF
Metering • Multi
• Spot
• Center Weighted
• Face Recognition
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing Yes (unspecified)
Shuttter speed Up to 1/1000 sec (Large iris), 1/2000 sec (Small iris)
Modes

Auto, Program, ASR, Scene

Scene modes

Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Self shot, Café, Food

White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent H
• Fluorescent L
• Tungsten
• Custom

White balance fine tune No
Self timer 2 or 10sec, Double self-timer
Continuous shooting Full-Resolution: 3 frames/sec or 2 frames/sec max. 7 images (Standard mode), Max. 5 images (Fine Mode)
Image parameters

• Color Effect : Normal, BW, Sepia, Red, Blue, Green, Negative, Custom Color, Color Mask
• Image Adjust : Saturation, Sharpness
• Fun : Cartoon, Photo Frame, High Light, Composite

Image editing

• Image Edit : Resize, Rotate, Trimming
• Color Effect : Normal, BW, Sepia, Red, Blue, Green, Negative, Custom Color Color Filter, Color Filter
• Image Adjust : Brightness, Contrast, Add Noise, Saturation, Red Eye Fix
• Fun : Cartoon, Photo Frame, High Light, Composite, Sticker

Flash

• Auto
• Auto & Red-eye reduction
• Fill-in flash
• Slow sync
• Flash off
• Red eye fix
• Range: Up to 4.0 m (wide), up to 2.85 m (tele)

Viewfinder No
LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixel
Connectivity • DC in
• AV out (NTSC/PAL)
• USB 2.0
Print compliance • EXIF 2.2
• PictBridge 1.0
• DPOF 1.1
Storage • SD/SDHC/MMC card
• Internal memory (173MB available to user)
Power • Li-ion battery pack (SLB-1137D: 3.7V, 1100mAh)
• Optional AC adapter
Other functions MP3 playback
PMP (Portable Media Player)
World Tour Guide
Text Viewer
Storage Driver
Voice Recorder
Weight (no batt) TBC
Dimensions 95 x 61.5 x 20.2 mm (3.7 x 2.4 x 0.8 in)