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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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|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|
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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There are some cons too.
I don't like the fact that a user friendly manuel does not come with the camera. You have to download one and order it if you want a hard copy. I feel that the directions aren't very explicit...
The software is good, but I liked the canon one better.
The cord to download your pictures to the computer is very short...
I still give this camera 5+ stars. You won't go wrong with this one. I can't say enough good about this camera.
I did not shoot a lot of videos with it though. But, whatever I shot was pleasant to watch on the computer. I have not yet tried the video on the TV. Some people have also complained about the zoom sound showing up in the actual video. This camera has the capability to mute zoom sound. All in all this has been a great buy for me so far. There are some things that I thought Samsung could have done better. The charging cable is too short. I think they should have included the manual and the mini-HDMI cable in the box with the camera. The battery does not hold charge for long. I have ordered a spare battery from E bay. I still gave this camera five stars because performance wise I did not find any flaws. And I was looking for a camera that is not a pain to carry around and would still give me some control over the functions.
The camera is a little bit big, nothing that I wasn't expecting, because it has a 10x optical zoom, but it fits perfectly in my jeans pocket
- Powerful for it's size
- Fantastic 10x optical zoom
- Great close-up pictures
- In other cameras, my eyes would be red all the time. With this camera, I'm not even close to have problem with red eyes!
- If you don't understand about electronics in general, and if you are the type of person that set it in auto mode and forget about it, you would not enjoy all the features that the camera offers.
- The battery can just be charged in the camera, so you need to prepare youself before leaving. I'm trying to find a battery charger for it.
- I thought the battery would least more: I took 3GB of pics and HD Videos (50% pictures, 50% HD Videos) and it least for 2 days of pictures. It stills pretty good but I wish it was more.
Comparing the prices between the Samsung HZ15W and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, the HZ15W worth much more. It's a $100 difference for not that much different
I had read that the battery that comes in the camera can only be charged inside the camera, and there was no spare, so I purchased a spare battery (generic brand) and an external charger for very little money. I would recommend that. It is unfortunate that the camera doesn't come with a case, we had to buy that speerately too. All-in-all though, a great purchase.