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Samsung SL820 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch LCD (Silver)

3.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • 12.2-megapixel resolution for large, photo quality prints
  • 5x wide-angle dual image stabilized zoom lens
  • 720p HD movie recording (H.264 format)
  • Perfect Portrait System: Face Detection, Smile Shot, Blink Detection, Beauty Shot
  • 100 MB internal memory; capture images to SD/SDHC/MMC cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Minimum RAM: 256
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Now it's easy to capture all the details that make memories so special. The SL820 includes an astounding 12 megapixel resolution sensor for fine, detailed, sharp still pictures. Its 5x optical zoom goes from wide angle for breathtaking landscape shots up to a close view. Plus, the 28mm wide-angle lens (35mm equiv) gives you a wider shooting range from a shorter distance. And the Dual Image Stabilization makes every shot a beauty. The most stunning photos come from a SAMSUNG digital camera. Want to shoot movies? The SL-820 can at up to 720p High-Definition quality. For digital imaging, Samsung is head of the class. 3.0'' LCD screen Speed - auto - 1/8 ~ 1/2000, program - 1 ~ 1/2000 s (AEB, continuous - 1/4 ~ 1/2000), night - 8 ~ 1/2000 s, fireworks - 4 s File Format - still image JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0; movie clip MP4(H.264); audio WAV Dual Image Stabilization Record movies in HD - 720p Dimensions (WxHxD) - 3.72'' x 2.32'' x 0.89'' HD Movie Experience - 720p HD movie capture so you can Pause and Re-record' high definition videos and super sharp movie-quality recordings in one movie clip - a Samsung patented function. Samsung's new Smart Auto (Scene Recognition) technology which has 11 optimized picture pre-settings such as Portrait, Night portrait, Macro, Macro Color - helping people take the perfect shot regardless of the conditions. You can also use these settings when sorting through your photos - making it quick and easy to find all the portraits, outdoor or macro shots you've taken. Smart Album - Samsung's unique Smart Album Digital Contents Management system; a program built into the camera that significantly reduces the time it takes to find your favourite photos - so it's quicker and easier to store and manage your photo collection. The clever navigation program automatically organizes photos based on the date they were taken, their contents, colour, or th

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 0.9 x 2.3 inches
Item Weight 5.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces
Manufacturer Samsung
Item model number SL820 Silver
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #46,736 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#4,724 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
Pros: nice pictures, high-def (720p) video mode, light weight, quick start-up time, wider-than-normal lens with 5X optical zoom.

Cons: Questions on durability (see below), warranty service doesn't cover shipping to repair center, sound stops recording when using zoom.

Purchased as a graduation gift, and was well-received. Worked well for recording video of graduation ceremony, and video quality of ceremony looked good. However, it was annoying that the audio in the recording cuts out when using the zoom. Would be interested in learning if that is on purpose, perhaps to prevent picking up zoom motor noise, or just an artifact of limitations on the camera not being able to perform too many things at one time. Whatever the reason, it limits what can be done in that mode.

Later that evening, found that the lens didn't retract when the camera was shut off one time. Normally, like most cameras of this type, the lens extends when the camera is powered on, and retracts when the camera is powered down. I just figured the camera was very low on power (which it was), and had failed for that reason. Later, when we attempted to turn the camera back on, we could hear a whirring noise in the camera for a few moments, and then nothing. I assumed the noise was the lens motor attemnpting to either close or open the lens, but being unsuccessful. At the point, the camera would shut down. No amount of coaxing would convince the stubborn lens to behave.

A call to Samsung tech support turned up no solutions to the lens problem. They emailed me an RMA and a shipping address for the repair center, but didn't cover the shipping costs. Repairs took a bit over a week.
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Color: Black
Specifically, I hate that it's taken me over a year to acknowledge that this camera just isn't that good. No hope of returning it now.

I bought this camera after reading a bunch of reviews online. I would agree that it's pretty easy to use, it's heavier than other models but not too heavy, it has a decent zoom, and it does in fact have all of the features it advertises.

Here's the problem: The picture and video quality is terrible. I'm not a photo snob by any means - I've used DSLRs in the past, but I'm just as happy with the pictures my iPhone takes.

This camera takes fuzzier, grainer pictures than my cell phone does. It's better in very bright natural light, but if your subject is standing in a shadow or it's starting to get dusky out, forget about getting a clear shot.

I've tried everything--cleaning the lens (obviously), tinkering with all of the settings, restoring default factory settings. No luck. The best performance I get (and this is inconsistent) is in Smart Mode.

Bottom line: While this camera technically does take pictures, they're not worth the money and trial and error time it takes to get a decent shot. True, I may have gotten stuck with a lemon, but I'm not so sure. I know people who are very happy with Sony Elph, the Canon Powershot, and some Nikon point-and-shoot (can't remember the model). If you're going to spend the money, I would suggest checking out one of those options instead of this guy.

(And if anybody has any great ideas for how to somehow replace or return this baby after the warranty is up, I'd love to hear them!)
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this camera to replace a Nikon Coolpix S230 10MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 3 inch Touch Panel LCD (Jet Black) that I was unhappy with.

I've been using this camera for about a week now and I'm very happy with it. The camera feels great in your hand, the colors are spot on, HD video is fantastic and the image quality (video and still shots) is awesome. I'm also impressed with battery life with this camera. I highly recommend this camera to anyone. Thanks Samsung! :)
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Color: Silver
Bought this for my wife for Christmas, mostly for the good resolution and features like "smart mode". First off, most of the modes end up making the picture taking so slow that you have to plan your pictures well in advance. Ironic, really, when you've got modes like "children playing". Yes, the quality of the picture you get in that mode is very good - but it's usually the back of someone's head because it took several seconds longer than you thought to capture the picture. The "beauty shot" mode is very good, because by definition you've got someone who is standing still for you for several seconds to get a posed picture.

But that's not my biggest concern, I could live with that. Barely. The problem is that 6 months into ownership, the viewfinder started developing spots. I know they are on the finder and not the lens because they do not appear on the pictures. They became more numerous to the point where they interfered with being able to see my pictures. And now, spots have appeared on the lens as well that no amount of cleaning will fix. So the pictures are basically ruined.

Samsung support tells me I can get a warranty repair, but when I go to register the camera I discover that the serial number sticker on the bottom of the camera has rubbed off several digits and now I cannot register (support also tells me I must have a valid serial number to register, this is the only way). So I guess I have to pay for repairs? The only service center for this camera - I am in Massachusetts, mind you - is in New Jersey. So I have to ship my camera away just to find out whether it can be fixed, on my nickel.

I don't think I'll be getting a Samsung digital camera of any sort again. The only reason I abandoned my Kodak was for features and resolution - it never just stopped working on me.
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