Samsung Digimax V50 Review
Features & Controls
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.
Macro: 4cm to 80cm (Wide), 30cm to 80cm (Tele).
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.
Here's the SCL-T3755 telephoto conversion lens fitted on the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
32MB Storage Capacity
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.
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.
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