Samsung Digimax L60 6.0 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black)
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- 6.2-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
- 3x optical zoom; 2.4-inch LCD display
- 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, and Text Recognition
- Built-in image editing functions including Trimming, Resizing, and Rotating
- Records VGA-quality video (640 x 480 resolution) at 30 frames per second
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|Display Size||2 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|Item Dimensions||0.29 x 2.05 x 0.79 inches|
With its faster response time, the Digimax L60 makes sure you won't miss those all-important spontaneous shots. The Digimax L60 is equipped with a 6.0 million pixel true-colour filtered CCD to guarantee you top notch image quality with every shot, and enough resolution for printing up to poster size. High-precision 3x optical zoom SHD lens delivers clear, crisp images and is even available in movie mode with the additional 5x digital zoom. The Digimax L60 supports MPEG-4 for an enhanced video shooting experience and a much higher compression rate than movie modes used in many other digital cameras. The Digimax L60 has a large 2.4 inch LCD for improved contrast and colour reproduction, allowing you to enjoy a wider and clearer image. The M button is used for quick mode switching. The Movie stabilizer function helps maintain steady recording of a subject by automatically detecting and correcting the lateral and vertical movements of the camera. Self-Timer - 2 seconds, 10 seconds, Double 10 seconds, 2 seconds Image Sensor - 1/2.5 inch CCD 11 Scene Modes - Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Text Sharpness - Soft, Normal, Vivid Shutter Speed - 2 - 1/2000 seconds, Night Mode 15 - 1/2000 seconds Power Source - 3.7V Li-ion battery Still image Modes - Auto, Program, Scene, Voice Recording System Requirements - Pentium II 450MHz or higher, Pentium 700MHz recommended, DirectX 9.0 or later, Machintosh Power Mac G3 or later, Mac OS 9.0 - 10.3, 200MB of available hard-disk space, Over 1GB recommend, Minimum 64MB RAM, Over 128MB recommended, USB port, CD-ROM drive Dimensions - Width 20.5 x Height 56.8 x Depth 96.9 mm, Width 0.81 x Height 2.24 x Depth 3.82 inch Weight - 129.5 grams Color - Black
From the Manufacturer
Samsung Camera announces the introduction of the new Digimax L60. Part of the Prestige line featuring sleek designs and user-friendly advanced features, the L60 features a 3x optical zoom SHD lens, 5x digital zoom, and a large 2.4-inch color LCD display. The Prestige line is perfect for the step-up user who desires high-quality optics but with easy to use features and a sleek, ergonomic body design with features such as MPEG-4 video recording in a compact package.
The Digimax L60 offers MPEG-4, the high-compression, high quality video format that can record for up to 3-4 times longer than traditional video formats commonly used in other digital cameras. The L60 can record in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 frames per second, for smoother video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens. For steady recording, the built-in movie stabilization will automatically detect and correct lateral and vertical camera movement caused by the shooter's unsteady hand. Users can also take advantage of the camera's unique movie shooting functions, including a movie stabilizer, continuous video recording, improved in-camera video editing, and the ability to use the 3x optical zoom while recording. Movie stabilizer helps reduce camera shake by automatic detection and correction of lateral and vertical camera vibrations, while continuous video recording allows the shooter to pause and resume video recording at any time and merge multiple video files into one single file. Users can also save a selected part of a movie clip into a new file during playback and capture a still image during video playback.
The L60 features several special effects functions for creative control in-camera, such as Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame, Negative, and Composite Shot. Color effects include black and white, sepia, blue, green, and red. For shooting fast-moving subjects, the L60 includes Continuous Shooting mode and Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), a feature that will shoot a series of images with slightly varying exposures.
For crystal-clear images under various shooting conditions, the Digimax L60 features 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach and Snow, and Text Recognition. Text Recognition, a feature unique to Samsung digital still cameras, allows users to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from the image taken using the bundled Digimax Reader text recognition software.
All Samsung digital still cameras feature a built-in image editing function allowing users to edit a variety of images without the use of a PC. The Trimming function can be used to cut an undesired part of an image and save only the required part. When short of memory, shooters can use the Resizing function to recover some of the memory space by resizing and saving images in a smaller size. The Rotating function allows users to rotate an image in the desired direction and save it.
To ensure the clarity of images regardless of shooting range, the Auto Macro function automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus. By using the macro button, users can set the camera to automatically adjust distance and focus from between 5 centimeters to infinity.
Equipped with 32 MB of built-in memory, the L60 allows shooters to save pictures without a memory card, while the Copy to Card function allows users to seamlessly transfer images saved in the internal memory to external memory. The L60 allows includes helpful features such as voice recording for up to one-hour, voice memo, and One-touch Playback for instant playback of an image, even when the power is off.
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The photo quality between the two cameras is a draw. In some situations the Samsung performs better, in others the Canon wins out. The overall differences are marginal.
Where the Samsung excels over the Canon is in it's MPEG4 video cabability. Using a 1GB card you can get 48 minutes of video at 640x480 resolution at 30 frames per second (1.5 hours at 15 FPS). You can even cut footage inside the camera (though it's a bit awkward). That said, the video is of the same grainy, highly compressed quality you get with your standard digital camera. You wouldn't use it to record a wedding, but still, it's a fun diversion that's well implemented.
I was also surprised at the battery life I've been getting (when freshly pulled off the charger). I charged the batteries before a 3-day hiking trip and came back with over 200 photos and 10 minutes of video - and the camera still had plenty of juice in it for another 40 photos a few days later (I was too lazy to charge it when I got back). Most of these were outdoor photos, so there wasn't much flash usage. Still, that's 240 photos plus 10 minutes of video, plus enough juice to download all of it to my computer. I've never had it die on my during use.
In either case, it's tough to go wrong with this camera for only 180 bucks or so. I carry it in my pocket or backpack most everywhere I go. I sewed a piece of fabric into a sleeve to keep the screen from being scratched while in my pocket. That's the only case I've needed for it and I like that it doesn't add any bulk to the camera's slim profile.
For those wondering about the size of the camera, it is similar in thinness to the the Canon Digital Elph series of cameras but slightly longer in it's longest dimension. Overall the slim design (0.8 inches) is very easy to slip into my jeans pocket.
**** RESPONSE TO THE FEW NEGATIVE REVIEWS ****
I completely agree that the "pre-flash" (the auto-focus assist lamp) slows down photo taking. Also, in dark situations, people will sometimes see the red assist lamp turn on, think it was the flash, and start to move before the real flash kicks in. I sometimes have to tell people to "wait for the second flash!"). However, this handy feature does allow the camera to do an admirable job of focusing in low light conditions - even complete darkness. And to be fair, my Canon Digital Elph did the SAME THING with its AF assist lamp (and likewise did an admirable job of focusing in low light.) I agree that it should be easier to turn off the AF assist lamp without turning off the flash.
At the end of the day, this camera still holds it's own against ultra-compact cameras costing 250+ dollars, which makes it a solid buy. It has all of the advantages (and disadvantages) of other ultra-compact cameras. You need to decide if you can live with the compromises of an ultra-compact camera in return for the high-portability.
Pros: Included Cable hook up to TV (yellow and white AV Cable) that allows you to see whatever you would see on the camera LCD onto your TV.
Easy to navigate Menu
Video captures in mpeg4 format, which means you can use these videos on an ipod and also take up a bit less memory.
Took good snapshots in low lighting, the flash is bright, and the pictures were not noisy, nor washed out.
The screen in low light is a lot less grainy than my own camera, the Canon SD400.
The camera has a very sleek body and a very well constructed feel. It has a nicer feel and a much nicer LCD than my own Canon, at almost half the cost!
after all of the pictures taken for Christmas, and some video, the battery is still indicated to be full!
The LCD goes blank as pictures are snapped and the image appears instantly after, which is a bit annoying until you get used to it. (it bothered me at first, but really not so much after that)
Not a whole lot of manual controls
All in all, Considering the price point, this camera is a great bargain. Those who cannot stand the LCD to go blank
as a picture or prefer to use it for anything more than snapshot style photography may want to look elsewhere, but for someone like my girlfriend who only uses a camera for snap shots of family get togethers and occasional travel, then this is truly a gem. I give this a full 5 star rating largely because i was suprised that the photo quality and LCD quality and some of the camera features greatly surpass my SD400, which I believe now to be overrated.
On the inside, it was also beautiful. I've ordered prints upto 11x14 and they turned out beautiful. Using a 2GB SD card, it also allowed me to record more than 1.5 hours of 640x480 video in MPEG4 at 30 FPS. If you need a small, robust camera that you can take everywhere you go and still takes beautiful pictures, this is it.