Samsung SL310W Review

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Samsung SL310W

Features & Controls

Samsung SL310W

The SL310W is equipped with a Schneider-Kreuznach 3.6x optical zoom lens, which covers a focal range of f =6.0 ~ 21.6mm (28 - 102mm, 35mm equivalent) and has a maximum aperture range of f/2.8 - f/5.7. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into the body and is protected by a built-in lens cover.

Focus is achieved by a TTL contrast detection AF system, that features a low-light focus assist illuminator. The Autofocus Range is:

    Normal: 2.6 ft. (80cm) to infinity at wide angle
    Macro: 2.0 in. - 2.6 ft. (5cm - 80cm) wide, 1.6 - 2.6 ft. (50cm - 80cm) telephoto
    Auto Mode: 2.0 in. (5cm) to Infinity at wdie angle, 1.6 ft. (50cm) to Infinity at telephoto

Samsung SL310W

The built-in flash has modes for Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, and Red-eye fix. Working range in wide angle is approx. 1.6 to 15 ft. (0.5 to 4.6m), telephoto is 1.6 ft. to 7.5 ft. (0.5 to 2.3m), using ISO Auto. Recharge time is approx. 4 seconds or less with fully charged battery.

Samsung SL310W

Here you can see the 2.7-inch color LCD monitor, which takes up a large portion of the back of the camera. This display features 230,000 pixels of resolution with several brightness settings (Auto, Dark, Normal, Bright).

Controls on the back: At the top are the zoom controls, which also function as the image Index and Magnify buttons in play mode. Next is the "E"ffects button, which allows you to use creative effects on your images in record mode, and calls up the edit menu in playback mode. The Fn or Function button calls up a shortcut menu for quick adjustments to image/movie resolution, quality, metering, drive mode, ISO, white balance and exposure compensation. In playback mode it also acts as the image delete button. The 4-way selector controller is for navigating menu options, press the MENU/OK button in the center to call up the menu and accept a selection. Press "Right" to activate the Self-timer, press "Down" to enable Macro mode (Play/Pause button in playback), press "Left" to change flash modes and press "Up" controls the amount of information displayed on the LCD screen.

Along the bottom are the playback button (enters review mode), and the OIS button, which enables or disables this feature.

Samsung SL310W

On top you'll find the power On/Off switch, built-in microphone, shutter release, and the Mode dial with positions for: Auto, Movie, Scene, Beauty Shot, Photo Guide, Dual IS, Manual and Program.

Samsung SL310W

The combination I/O port is located on the right-hand side of the camera. The miniature connector is for the USB 2.0 (full-speed) data cable, Audio/Video cable for connection to a TV set, and is used for charging the battery.

Samsung SL310W

The SL310W stores images, movies and sound clips on either the ~30MB of internal memory or a MMC cards up to 2GB, SD cards up to 4GB, and SDHC cards up to 8GB.

Approx. Storage Capacity (1GB card)

Samsun SL310W

Samsung SL310W

The SL310W is powered by a SLB-10A 3.7V 1050mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack. This Li-ion battery pack is charged while inside the camera, and Samsung has taken a creative approach to the AC charger.

The USB cable is also the charger cable - you just plug it into the small AC adapter included in the box or plug it into your PC to transfer your photos and recharge at the same time (note: charging from the PC takes about twice as long as using the AC adapter).

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