Samsung officially announced its first SLR-styled digital camera, the Pro815, an 8 megapixel, 15x zoom model back in June, but it didn't actually arrive until the late autumn. It's targeted at enthusiasts and boasts a lot of 'world firsts' including the largest LCD on a digital camera (3.5 inches), world's longest zoom on a high-end camera and world's largest capacity lithium-ion battery. The Pro815 sports a Schneider-Kreuznach lens and boasts a color data LCD screen for waist-level shooting, 2.5fps continuous mode and a wealth of photographic features.

  • 8.0 million effective pixel CCD
  • 15x optical Schneider-KREUZNACH zoom lens (28-420mm equiv.)
  • World's largest (3.5") TFT screen on a digital stills camera
  • Raw, TIFF and JPEG shooting
  • 500-shot Lithium-Ion battery
  • Mechanical zoom
  • Full photographic control
  • Dedicated flash hot-shoe connector
  • Optional remote control

Samsung Pro815 Key specifications

Street price • US: $795
• UK: £520
Body Material Metal and Plastic
Sensor • 2/3 " Type CCD
• 8.3 million pixels total
• 8.0 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2)
• 3264 x 1840 (16:9)
• 2400 x 1800
• 1632 x 1224
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480

Still image recording formats

• JPEG
• TIFF
• Raw (DNG)

Movie clips • 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 / 160 x 120
• 25 / 15 fps
• With stereo audio
• 640 x 480 / 25 fps: 30 second max clip length
• All others limited only by storage
• MJEPG (.avi) format
Lens

• 28 - 420 mm equiv. (15x zoom)
• F2.2 - F4.6
• Labeled as "SCNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOPLAN "
• Mechanical linked zoom ring
• Focus-by-wire focus ring
• 72 mm lens thread

Focus

• Single and continuous TTL autofocus
• 9- point Area AF ('Wide AF')
• Fixed center spot AF
• 1-point Spot AF (user-selectable)
• Manual focus and Direct Manual focus (AF override) options
• 10cm macro mode (Wide), 150cm (Tele)
• 3cm 'Super Macro' mode (focal length 50-100mm only)
• AF assist lamp

Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program
• Aperture Priority
• Shutter Priority
• Manual
• Myset
• Movie
• Night
• Portrait
• Children
• Landscape
• Close up
• Text
• Sunset
• Dawn
• Backlight
• Fireworks
• Beach & Snow
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
Shutter speed • All modes except Manual: 2 - 1/4000 sec
• Manual mode: 15 - 1/4000 sec
Aperture • Wide: F2.2 - F8.0
• Tele: F4.6 - F8.0
Metering • Multi
• Center-weighted
• Spot
White Balance

• Auto
• Daylight, cloudy, fluorescent-H, fluorescent-L, Tungsten
2x Custom WB (manual)
Color temperature adjust (K)

Image parameters

• Contrast (5 levels)
• Sharpness (3 levels)
• Saturation (5 levels)
• Color effects (Negative, Black & White, Sepia)

Continuous • Full resolution: 1.0 or 2.5 fps
• Ultra High Speed mode: 10 fps, 1.0 megapixel setting (up to memory capacity)
• Exposure, focus and white balance bracketing (3 or 5 frames)
Flash • Built-in pop-up flash
• Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Slow sync , Slow sync with red-eye reduction, On (fill-in)/Off
• Range: 0.7 to 6.0 m (wide, ISO 100); 1.5 - 3.0m (tele, ISO 100)
• External flash via hot-shoe
• Flash exposure compensation (+/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps)
Storage

• CompactFlash
• 64 MB CF supplied*

Viewfinder • EVF (234,000 pixels), 0.44-inch
• Diopter adjustment
LCD monitor • Rear: 3.5" TFT LCD, 235,000 pixels
• Top: 1.44" Wide Color TFT LCD, 115,000 pixels.
Connectivity

• USB 2.0
• A/V out (stereo)
• DC-IN

Power

• Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery SLB-1974
• Charger included
• Optional AC adapter

In the box*

• Battery Charger
• Battery Pack
• CompactFlash card
• Lens Cap
• Lens Hood & adapter
• A/V & USB Cable
• Strap
• CD-ROM

Other features

PictBridge and DPOF compatible
sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces
High speed shooting mode
Live Histogram
Intervalometer
• Optional remote control
• Voice annotation
• 2/10 second self-timer
• TIFF and Raw modes

Weight inc battery 910 g (32.1 oz) / 870.5g without battery.
Dimensions 135.5 x 87 x 144.6 mm (5.4 x 3.4 x 5.7 in) including lens protrusion

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area