Samsung Digimax V50 Review

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Samsung Digimax V50



Features & Controls



Samsung Digimax V50

The Digimax V50 is equipped with a 3X Schneider Varioplan zoom lens, 7.7-23.1mm (equivalent to 38 - 113mm in 35mm format) f/2.8 - f/4.9, multi-coated all glass lens with aspherical elements.  When powered down the lens automatically retracts and is protected by a builtin lens cap.

Featuring a TTL contrast detection AF system combined with a low-light focus assist illuminator with an unspecified range. The user can manually operate the focus with an onscreen distance guide.

Autofocus Range:

    Normal: 80cm to infinity.
    Macro: 4cm to 80cm (Wide), 30cm to 80cm (Tele).




Samsung Digimax V50

Samsung has two auxilliary lenses for the V50, the SCL-T3755 1.7X telephoto and thew SCL-W3755 0.7x wide conversion lens. The chrome dress ring is removed and the SLA-3537 lens adapter is screwed in place to accept the add-on lenses.



Samsung Digimax V50

Here's the SCL-T3755 telephoto conversion lens fitted on the V50.





Samsung Digimax V50

The real-image zoom viewfinder has about 85% coverage, there is no dioptric adjustment. There are no framing or focus area indicators in the viewfinder. The two LEDs indicate auto focus and flash status.



Samsung Digimax V50

Samsung Digimax V50

Samsung Digimax V50

The high-resolution 2.0-inch color LCD monitor can be freely tilted 180° and turned all the way to forward for self-portraits. And it can be rotated 270° to be viewed from many different angles. It can be closed against the back with the monitor turned with the face out like most digicams or with the face in to protect the screen when stored or when using the optical viewfinder.



Samsung Digimax V50

The built-in flash has modes for auto flash, fill-flash in low lighting and backlight condition, flash-on and flash-off and "Red-eye" reduction function which employs a single discharge. The flash working range in wide angle is approx. 0.2 to 3.0m, telephoto is 0.2 to 2.0m. Recharge time is approx. 6 seconds with fully charged battery.



Samsung Digimax V50

The W-T zoom control functions as the image Index and Magnify buttons in play mode. To the left of the optical viewfinder is the AE-Lock/Copy button and the Manual Focus/Delete button. To the right of the color LCD is the Monitor button which controls the color LCD and the info displayed on it. Below that is the "S" button to enable the Exposure Menu to change (Exp Compensation, RGB colors, ISO speed, White balance) below the 4-way selector is the Play mode/Review button.

The 4-way selector switch is for navigating menu options, press the MENU/OK button in the center to call up the menu or accept a selection. Press "Right" to activate Self-timer or Remote mode, press "Down" to enable Macro and Super Macro focus mode, press "Left" to change flash modes and press "Up" to enable sound recording. In Play mode you press "Right" or "Left" to advance to the next picture.



Samsung Digimax V50

On top you'll find the power On/Off switch and the shutter release with a control dial mounted around it that's used for adjusting shutter speeds, aperture values and manual focus distance. The Mode Dial has positions for Auto, Program AE, A/S/M, MySet, Voice Recorder, Movie, Night Scene and Scene.



Samsung Digimax V50

Images, movies and sound clips are stored on either Secure Digital (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC) or Memory Stick Duo memory cards. Two card slots are provided and may be occupied simultaneously and selected via menu option. Samsung provides a 32MB size SD card with the camera.


32MB Storage Capacity

Image Size /
Quality
5M 4M 3M 2M XGA VGA
TIFF 1 2 3 5 12 29
S. Fine 11 15 18 30 70 183
Fine 23 30 36 61 130 305
Normal 35 45 53 91 183 457




Samsung Digimax V50

The I/O ports are on the back and include a miniature connector for both the USB 2.0 data cable and the Audio / Video cable for connection to a TV set. The 5VDC IN port is for an optional AC power supply or external battery pack.



Samsung Digimax V50

The Digimax V50 is powered by the included SLB-1437 3.7V 1440mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack that Samsung claims is good for up to 280 shots. Also included is a small AC charger.


Samsung Digimax V50

The camera can also be powered by a CR-V3 lithium one-use or CR-V3 rechargeable battery or with two AA type batteries, alkaline, lithium, NiMH rechargeable type.





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