Samsung Pro815

Announced Jun 2, 2005 •
8 megapixels | 3.5 screen | 28 – 420 mm (15×)
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I just wanted to say that even nine years after the release of this camera, it remains a totally relevant part of my gear list. The only camera I know of that allows the user to choose between the big, bright rear LCD, a top-notch (for the era) EVF and a waist-level electronic viewfinder, it's more of a pleasure to use than all my other cameras combined. I know it's only 8 megapixels, all crammed onto a sensor the size of my pinky fingernail, but with an ISO range of 50-400 (100 and 200 are ...

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Jumper1
 
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Good image quality 50 - 100 ISO. Wery good lenses. Wery good macro quality, wireless self-timer for nature, people, and night shoot - when You use tripood. Both lcd + viewfinder its excellent. Best Regards to all owners from JB ;-) Problems: Nothing!

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Mikelis
 
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I have had this camera for about 4 months. I have found it to be excellent in every way: built line a tank, a comprehensive set of features equal to most DSLRs + movie mode (including independent focus AND exposure locks, and excellent macro options, and RAW, not that I use it). Moreover, all the manual options have a direct button access (the camera is studded with them). There are 3 viewfinder options, including one at waist level, for that low-level shot. Great colour, direct from the ...

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ACEMANUK57
 
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My first venture into a proper camera. This camera is fab!!! Easy to use - tons of features - great burst mode pics - amazing lens both wide and telephoto. LCD brilliant so clear high quality easy to view for several people. Battery life excellent and a bargain buy on ebay! Can't go wrong! Problems: Camera shake at full telephoto difficult to avoid - automatic focus impossible at full zoom but manual focus easy!

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amberwitch
 
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This camera falls between two stools. It is too big and heavy to be versatile, and its features are not sufficiently adequate to make it, if you like, a digital medium format camera. Its sensor is too small for quality photographs, and its aperture range is limited. Also, the much vaunted large screen acts as a better mirror than viewer. Shooting on anything faster than ISO50 invites noise problems. I traded mine on a Samsung (OK - Pentax!) SLR, which is excellent.

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alantow
 
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I purchased this camera nearly a year ago now it being the third digital camera I've bought within two years after a ten year lay off from photography. I was previously working semi-professionally as a social photographer and actively involved in competition work so I feel I am reasonably qualified to comment about this camera, (unlike some people who have made comments here and do not appear to have even held the camera, can't these people follow the guidelines that have been set for this ...

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Ger Horgan
 
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This 8 mega pixel camera contains a superb lens with a nice 15x optical zoom. Picture qualities are great. Performance-wise, super fast and nice response time. It is definately a great value for its price. I had a Fuji S7000 before this and I prefer this camera. Great Battery life and takes very very vivid (color) pictures Problems: Raw processing is slow You will need Adobe Photoshop CS2 to get the full potential of the camera

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Andrzej Labeda
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A little odd controls and menus. After a time, however, it becomes logical and easy to use. Plenty of functions. Problems: The only one but utmost irritating. Large display in browsing/display mode shows very bad images. They are owfull, to avoid stronger word such as lousy. Have reported to service - after 4 weeks still waiting. Have contacted Samsung directly. Not a sign after 5 weeks. My advice - if you would like to study image after clicking - buy somthing else. Cameras for 200 bux provi ...

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Greg_Barker
 
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The first thing I have to say is that if you wish to get the best use from this camera you will need two things: A tripod, and Photoshop CS2 (v9.0). As mentioned in the review here, the software that came with the camera simply does not work if you save to RAW format. Adobe's DNG Converter allows one to open these files (they will not look as clear as the thumbnails when opened) and adjust white balance, temperature, tint, exposure, shadows, brightness, contrast and saturation. This allows ...

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Tony SM
 
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Just becasue I am not a lucky guy? In general I have to say this is poor quality camera. 1. batery life is too short, 450 Ave? <100 for me 2. image quality is poor, so no use high with high X len 3. zoom ring turning not smoothly 4. very poor body plastic job, cap fix not very well... Problems: see above + stuck in using then have to take battery out put back again...

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