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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.4 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||30|
|Flash Memory Type||SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal|
|Flash Modes Description||fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||TTL auto focus (Center AF, Multi AF, Selection AF, Manual Focus, Face Detection AF)|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (Up to 3M)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9, 4:3, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||2.4 x 1.46 x 4.13 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.55 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.3 - F5.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||240 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Memory Storage Capacity||21 MB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||16 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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Top Customer Reviews
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Lowerpro Ridge 30 Digital Camera Bag (Artic Blue)
HDMI connection terminal
In-camera trimming of video clips
10x optical zoom
Crisp viewing from LCD
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
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?
Audio Video Cable
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got a great price on this and it does everything I need it for. The macro is not really a macro mode though it is just a matter of getting the right settings and then you do not... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kevin D. Miller
I bought this as a replacement for my Kodak V570 ultra-wide lens camera after the lens on that one jammed. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chris Lewis
I like tis camera very much. Its easy to use and take wonderful pictures. I would recommend it. Thank you.Published on January 10, 2014 by eric
I kept this only for a while. I ended up giving it away to a friend. It is a good camera for the casual vacationer. I really wanted a Canon G-series as a backup to my Canon DSLR.Published on November 23, 2013 by Bart J. Schuck
The charging port began to wiggle in the socket after only a few dozen charges and then it stopped charging all together. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by GoClick
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!Published on July 20, 2012 by Alicia Shook
I am very impressed with quality of the Camera and photos taken. Initially had a problem trying to charge it (where it would not charge) but all of sudden it got working. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by jmindito
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 morePublished on September 15, 2011 by mr_cmm
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.Published on September 5, 2011 by HUH?