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Samsung HZ15W 12MP Digital Camera with 10x Schneider Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD (Grey)

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  • 12-megapixel resolution for large, photo quality prints
  • 10x optical zoom; 24mm ultra-wide angle Schneider lens
  • Dual Image Stabilization combines the strengths of Optical and Digital Image Stabilization
  • Record high-definition video at a resolution of 720p
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Flash
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 4.1 x 2.4 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001PKTR76
  • Item model number: HZ15W Grey
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,649 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 23, 2009

Product Description

The Samsung HZ15W includes a world first 10x optical zoom and 24mm ultra wide angle Schneider lens and cements Samsung's position as an innovator in the new and important High-zoom category - compact cameras equipped with the sort of advanced zoom lens technology traditionally seen only in SLR cameras. This new technology gives people even greater control and helps them take better, professional standard photos; enhancing the entire photography experience, from shooting to sharing images with friends and family. The 12-megapixel HZ15W also includes HD movie capture so people can "Pause and Re-record" high definition videos and super sharp movie-quality recordings in one movie clip - a Samsung patented function. The cameras also include "Smart Auto" (Scene Recognition) technology: 11 optimized picture pre-settings such as Portrait, Night portrait, Macro and Macro Color, to help people take the perfect shot regardless of the conditions.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Buttons could have been layed out better but only takes a few minutes to get used to them. Image is always sharp and in focus. QUICK too! Read more ›
I think if you play around a little with the shutter speed/aperture/and ISO settings in the Manual mode, you will not be disappointed, and you…Wide angle shots are amazing. Read more ›
This is a fairly nice camera & takes pretty nice pictures. The only real issue I have it that it has to be connected to the wall or computer to charge. Read more ›
I bought this camera for my wife for her birthday to replace an older, cheaper digital camera and it simply does not take good pictures. The pictures are routinely out of… Read more ›
I own a Samsung…So in searching for a pocket camera, this Samsung HZ15W had the features I most needed, and expected the inner workings to produce excellent quality photos. Read more ›
The camera has more capability than the…I have used the high speed frame capture while pranking someone with a bottle of diet cola and some mentos with excellent results. Read more ›
1) the "DUAL" function is stunning---- even under low light, it still produces very nice photos with acceptable noise Read more ›
It causes you to reach a little and you tend to put you hand in the way of the flash. The picture quality and settings are great. The battery takes about 3hrs to charge,… Read more ›
The charging port began to wiggle in the socket after…While it worked the image quality was decent and the controls pretty good but it only lasted for a very short while. Read more ›
The camera takes very good pictures. I don't like the manual controls. This is not a full manual camera. Read more ›
I am somebody who does not like setting camera modes and getting fancy with different settings. The most I do is change the flash mode. Read more ›
The "command lever"…- The shutter button on the top seems really small as do some other buttons like Function on the back which makes it not very intuitive and easy to use. Read more ›
I like tis camera very much. Its easy to use and take wonderful pictures. I would recommend it. Read more ›
easy to use, compact and takes quality pictures! I agree with the other reviewers on the short cord but really not a big issue since the camera is so sweet! Read more ›
Pro: Good looking. Easy to use. Good quality pictures. Read more ›
The quality of the pictures is stunning and it seems easy to use. Very nice, a bit larger (wider) than I expected though. Read more ›
There is some obvious digital manipulation of the photo's going on because the color balance changes from image to image but…The menus are easy to use and fairly intuitive. Read more ›
it fits perfectly in the lowepro rezo 30 i bought, hd filming rules, image quality is good, the menu is very easy to use, and the camera itself looks way tighter in person… Read more ›
Here's a clip I shot in near complete darkness at recent Lynch Mob concert and trust me it was LOUD! Sound and video quality is amazing compared to using other cameras! Read more ›
Happy with the quality of both. The HD video clips are pretty good. Love the wide angle lens. Read more ›
Do read the manual on how to use the video, I messed mine up trying to skip that part. Once I figured it out, however, the video is great and the sound is passable. - Very… Read more ›
Smart Auto and Movie mode are where…You will make GREAT HD video with the movie mode, and the provided image stabilization will make you look like a pro to your family. T… Read more ›
No software is included for Mac but I had no problem using the camera with…I tested out the ability to record HD movies and it worked great producing very satisfying video. Read more ›
Wide angle lens and video compression that will allow you to record video…It will change settings to allow for the best video, changing for low light, indoors, outdoors . Read more ›
I bought as a replacement for fujifilm camera. The zoom is great and the features are simple enough to use. The only downside is no through the lens viewfinder. Read more ›
Nice to do on the run. 10x optic zoom is very nice. Clear pictures. Read more ›
This camera outperformed all our expectations. With dual stabilization (Optical+Digital) even the longest zooms were rock solid. Low light did not appear to be a problem… Read more ›
If you are a user who likes good looking photos at a good price and wants to shoot HD video in the latest format (MP4), have a powerful zoom, and don't care about it being… Read more ›
Of…However, the nicer features, like the great zoom and better stabilization than my old camera, means even mediocre (at best) photographers like me can get great results. Read more ›
Plus…I took the camera on a vacation to Las Vegas and I am very pleased with the 9 megapixel 16x9 pictures that I took and the 1280 x 720 movies with 10x smooth zooms. P… Read more ›
The glossy LCD screen is comprehensive showing icons for remaining battery life, shots remaining on camera,…The quality of the images viewed on the LCD is vivid and crisp. Read more ›
PAUSE feature in video mode provides one continuous clip up to 30-min Good 3" LCD screen (460k) Intuitive manual system Read more ›
Manual controls. Good 3" screen. Generally good results under all conditions. Read more ›
MY it looks nice. That nice big LCD is pretty as well but will need some kind of protection or case to be safe. Small enough to fit into a smaller purse or a large shirt… Read more ›
Lightweight Crisp viewing from LCD Read more ›
The Battery chamber…The back of the camera has a nice vivid color screen, a multidirectional keypad, command lever, function/delete key, play button and effect button. O… Read more ›
This camera produces exceptional quality photos and is extremely easy to use. For the price, it is a great buy. Everyone I've shown the zoom feature has been very impressed. Read more ›
I loved it - big screen, easy to use, good looking and good size, not too small that it feels weird in your hand and not to big that I can't toss it in my…Great price .. Read more ›
If you are a user who likes good looking photos at a good price and wants to shoot HD video in the latest format (MP4), have a powerful zoom, and don't care about it being… Read more ›
Being cheaper than the competition and a brand that is not a big name in photography, my expectations were that I'd get good value for the money but no more than that. Was… Read more ›
If you're looking for something in between those extremes, then this could be an…The wide lens is very nice and 12 megapixels is plenty of resolution for most anyone. Read more ›
Pros: - The wide-angle lens is wonderful. You'll never go back once you try a wide lens. Read more ›
LENS Wonderful wide angle lens, 10x zoom. Lens does not collect much dust, and the lens itself seems scratch resistant, but the rings around the lens can scratch easily. Read more ›
I've owned a dozen or so camera's and this is the best so far. I love the wide angle and the VIVID color. The screen on back is just the right size and the circular option… Read more ›
Generally good results under all conditions. Great color. Well built and designed. Read more ›
The Battery chamber…The back of the camera has a nice vivid color screen, a multidirectional keypad, command lever, function/delete key, play button and effect button. O… Read more ›
Highlights: * High resolution, very detailed photographs. * Vivid colors in day light. Read more ›
I was at the beach last weekend and I…With the 12 Megapixel resolution, I was able to zoom into the picture and see very good detail of people (who were in the distance). Read more ›
There's a reason why a Nikon D300 has 12MP and costs the better part of two thousand dollars, while this 12MP camera only costs around three hundred dollars... The sensor… Read more ›
I specially missed the photo-stitch…- The power button is very easy to turn on accidentally as it is a little raised and it could damage the camera if it's in a case. -… Read more ›
I have found two minor flaws in the design of…First, the LED associated with the power button is so bright that it casts a blue glow on the ceiling when in a dark room. S… Read more ›
However, it's just not very easy to enter into the menus. Do you hit the Menu button of the Function button? Do you use the 4-way button or the little micro-adjust black… Read more ›
Nothing cheap feeling with this gem. I have taken many pictures and the battery is still strong. I bought 2 extra batteries and a battery charger for it. Read more ›
This is not a full manual camera. Battery is great, I took over 200 shots and still had some battery left. That included looking at the photos with the camera. Read more ›
The case has a solid, no nonsense feel to it that my Fuji A900 did not have. The Samsung also runs off a cell phone like battery, which is a massive relief. AA batteries… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

336 of 345 people found the following review helpful By Timothy B. Riley HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Vision TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2009
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PROS
HDMI connection terminal
In-camera cropping
In-camera trimming of video clips
10x optical zoom
Lightweight
Crisp viewing from LCD

CONS
No dedicated battery charger
Unusual placement of flash adjacent to grip
Short charging cable (2 feet)
Average sound quality for a camera but below average for someone looking for a camcorder

INTRODUCTION

I am a casual user who prefers size, convenience and function over versatility of SLR cameras. I have been using digital cameras since the 1.2 MP era in the late 1990s. My most recent camera prior to this model was the Panasonic Lumix TZ-5 with 9 MP and 10x optical zoom.

WHAT IS IN THE BOX?
Camera
User manual
AC adapter
Rechargeable battery
Audio Video Cable
Carrying Strap

CONSTRUCTION

The metallic body has a black matte finish with a grip on the right side. The grip is textured which decreases the chance of slipping from my hand. It is slightly heavier than my TZ-5 and really requires two handed operation to keep it steady.

On the top of the camera, there is a power button, speaker, zoom lever, and mode dial. The flash is on the same side as the grip which is something that you need to be congnisant of when using flash. In the bottom of the unit, there is a centrally placed tripod unit which is more stable than eccentric placement that I have had on other cameras. The Battery chamber holds the battery and memory card. The back of the camera has a nice vivid color screen, a multidirectional keypad, command lever, function/delete key, play button and effect button. On the right side of the unit a USB, AV and DC terminal are located towards the top.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. White on May 26, 2009
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Have been testing out this camera for the last few days. The camera produces very good pictures indoors and out and exposure is right on in the vast majority of cases. The camera comes with 21 Mb of internal memory so it is possible to take a few pictures without an SD Card being inserted. I took about 250 photos over the weekend and the battery still had some charge left. Software is included for XP/Vista and it seemed to work fine. No software is included for Mac but I had no problem using the camera with OS 10.5.7. I tested out the ability to record HD movies and it worked great producing very satisfying video. The included wide angle lens is fabulous.

So what are the problems I found?

1). The camera does not have Aperture or Shutter Priority modes. The camera does however have a Manual Mode where Aperture and Shutter Speed can be selected.

2). The included Power Adapter cord is only about two feet long.

3). The battery can only be charged in the camera using the included Power Adapter. I could not find an optional battery charger on the Samsung website.

4.) The only available format is JPEG. No type of a RAW mode is provided.

5.) The User must purchase an optional HDMI cord to connect this camera to an HDTV. It will not work with a standard HDMI cable. A video cord is included for SD television.

6.) The audio level for video recording seems low.

The vast majority of the camera buying public will be satisfied with this camera. Serious photographers will miss the ability to use Aperture or Shutter Priority modes however.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randal Gibson on July 8, 2009
I bought the Samsung HZ15W for its small size, high megapixels resolution, large LCD screen, and wide-screen 720p movie recording ability. Plus there were some pretty good reviews concerning this camera's picture quality. I took the camera on a vacation to Las Vegas and I am very pleased with the 9 megapixel 16x9 pictures that I took and the 1280 x 720 movies with 10x smooth zooms. Pictures and movies shot in low light and night-time situations turned out better than I believed possible.

THE SOUND OF ZOOM

One of the reviews for this camera complained about the fact that you can hear the zoom when recording movies with sound. Yes you can but there are three options available when recording movies. You can record with no sound at all, sound at all times, or you can automatically have sound muted when you use the zoom feature. With a movie editing program on your computer you could then cut and paste a length of background sounds from the rest of your movie to cover the zoom sound or the muted portion of your movie, depending on your settings.

SHUTTER BUTTON AND GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

As soon as I got this camera I knew something was weird with the functioning of the shutter button. I would press the shutter button half way and nothing would happen - no pre-focus or focus lock. And, sometimes when I pressed the shutter button all the way down the camera would not take a picture. I would sometimes have to press the shutter button 2, 3, or 4 times before the camera would take a picture. Despite this obvious problem, I took a lot of very good pictures and movies in Vegas. I also got a chance to try this model camera in a store where I discovered that my camera was definitely acting abnormally with the shutter button.
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