January 19, 2006: A new, affordable, 5-megapixel Samsung digicam will be released locally next month.
The Samsung Digimax S500 has an RRP of $249 and comes with a 3x optical zoom lens plus 5x digital zoom capability. The rear panel sports a 2.4-inch, 112,000 pixel LCD monitor that doubles as a viewfinder and images can be viewed after capture by simply pressing the Play/Printer button, which can also initiate playback after the camera is switched off. The S500 offers three image quality settings, Super Fine, Fine or Normal and five resolution settings from 2592×1944 down to 1024×768. It has 20MB of built-in memory (which can also be used for voice recording) plus an expansion slot for SD cards up to 1 GB in size. The camera is also USB 2.0 compatible.
Key controls are accessed via a top-mounted mode dial that gives direct access to the Night, Portrait and Children modes making it easier to take family snapshots. The dial also allows switching between Auto, Program, Manual and Movie modes. Other features include an Effects button that allows a range of colour, highlight and framing effects to be applied to images, along with a Composite Shot setting that allows users to take up to four shots and save them as a single file.
Continuous shooting and auto bracketing settings are also provided and the camera provides 10 pre-set scene modes, including Macro Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks and Beach and Snow scenes. The Digimax S500 supports MPEG-4, the high-compression high-quality video format, and can record more than an hour of video with VGA (640X480) resolution at 30 fps on a 256MB SD card. PictBridge support is also included. For more information, visit www.adeal.com.au.