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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: #19,831 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.

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beta: what do you think?
  • "Image Quality" 54
  • "Features" 23
  • "Ease of Use" 18
  • "Video Quality" 15
  • "Zoom" 9
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

334 of 343 people found the following review helpful By Timothy B. Riley HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
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If you are like me you prefer to see a camera in person and to hold it in your own hands before you purchase it. I made this video review hoping that it could serve as a "virtual" hands-on demo. I go through some of the Samsung's major features and even demonstrate a few in the field. I hope that this review helps you in your decision making process.

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Vision TOP 500 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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