Samsung i85 Review

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Samsung i85

Posted 11/26/2007

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The i85 is a slim, high-resolution digital camera featuring 8.2-megapixels, a 5x optical zoom, and a 3.0 inch LCD display. This is the third model in Samsung's digital camera arsenal to feature PMP functionality, which enables users the ability to enjoy movies, music videos, television shows and even their favorite music while on-the-go. In addition to PMP, the i85 also features Samsung's innovative World Tour Guide function, which provides travel information covering 4,500 regions in 30 countries- helping users to plan trips and find their way while on the road.

Sticking to their commitment to develop electronic products that make bold fashion statements, Samsung has created this digital camera with the distinctive CMF (Color Material Finish) stainless finish and offers it in a wide selection of colors: red, black, gold and silver.

When setting the camera to PMP mode, i85 users can easily listen to their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content on the camera's large, 3.0" high-resolution display. The bundled Digimax Converter software seamlessly converts the user's MPEG, AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the i85. For music on-the-go, the software can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. The i85 also doesn't hold back when it comes to sound either. To listen to videos or music, the i85 features a 2.5mm headphone port as well as stereo speakers boasting SRS 3D acoustic technology.

The ultra-thin i85 also features Samsung's i-movie mode, which offers users high-resolution SVGA (800x592) MPEG-4 video and advanced editing controls. By using the camera's Successive Recording mode, users can pause, and then resume filming of video clips without having to save the clips as individual files. Additionally, users can operate the camera's optical zoom while filming and can engage a movie stabilizer to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur.

In low-light situations, shooters can rest assured that their images will come out sharp and clear as the i85 is equipped with Samsung's ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) image stabilization system and an ISO equivalent of 1600. When engaged, ASR helps to minimize the effects of hand shake and ensures that the best shots are captured even in dimly lit conditions.

Shooters can also take advantage of the camera's Face Detection mode, which makes taking pictures of family and friends a snap. Samsung's Face Detection technology detects up to nine faces and automatically adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality. Additionally, the i85 also features Wise Shot, which automatically takes two consecutive pictures in rapid succession­-- one with ASR image stabilization enabled, and one with the flash -- and prompts the user to review both and keep the preferred version of the picture.

A must for intrepid travelers, the i85 includes a nifty World Tour Guide function, which provides instant access to travel information covering 6,500 famous attractions - in the form of images and explanations - in 30 countries, meaning that you will always know where the action is! Further information can also be downloaded directly from the Internet, and with 190 MB of internal memory you won't need to worry about space for useful travel tips.

i85 Features:

  • 8.2-Megapixel resolution for images up to 3264x2448 pixels
  • Samsung SHD 5x optical zoom lens (36-180mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • ASR (Anti-Shake Reduction) image stabilization system for blur free photos
  • Capture 800x600 MPEG-4 movies w/audio and movie stabilization
  • Face Recognition AF & AE system
  • Auto, Program, ASR, and 14 scene modes
  • Continuous shooting, Wise Shot, and Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • High-quality 3.0-inch color LCD screen with 230K pixels
  • Auto Macro as close as 2 in. (5cm) or Super Macro as close as 0.4 in. (1cm) from the lens
  • AF assist lamp for low light shooting
  • 190MB of internal memory and removable SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCPlus card storage
  • Adjustable ISO, white balance, sharpness, contrast and saturation
  • Built-in MP3 player, headphones included
  • View text documents
  • Voice Recording, limited by amount of available memory
  • Various Color and Photo effects for that unique look
  • Powered by a high-capacity (1100mAh) Li-ion battery pack
  • USB 2.0 (Full speed) Mass Storage and PictBridge compliant

The i85 is available in red, black, gold and silver, with a street price of US$299.99.

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i85 Specifications

Image Sensor


1/2.5" CCD

Effective Pixel

Approx. 8.2 Mega-pixel

Total Pixel

Approx. 8.4 Mega-pixel


Focal Length

NV Lens f = 6 ~ 30mm (35mm film equivalent :36~180mm)

F No.

F3.5 ~ F3.9 (Wide)
F4.9 ~ F8.0 (Tele)

Digital Zoom

Still Image mode : 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Play mode : 1.0X ~ 12.8X (depends on image size)

LCD Monitor

3.0" color TFT LCD (230,000 dots)



TTL auto focus(Multi AF, Center AF, Face Recognition AF)


Normal : 80cm ~ infinity
Macro : 5cm~80cm (Wide), 30cm ~ 80cm (Tele)
Auto Macro : 5cm~Infinity (Wide), 30cm~ Infinity (Tele)
Super Macro : 1cm~5cm(Wide)



2 ~ 1/2,000 sec. (Night : 16 ~ 1/2,000 sec.)



Program AE
Metering : Multi, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Recognition


±2EV (1/3EV steps)

ISO Equivalent

Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600



Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix


Wide : 0.2~4m, Tele :2.8m (ISO Auto) - Gno :7.2

Recharging Time

Approx. 5 sec.


Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+


Color : (Normal, B/W, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Negative, Custom Color) Special Color : (Color Mask)
Image Adjust : (Saturation)
Fun : (High Light, Composite, Photo Frame, Cartoon)

Voice Recording

Voice Recording (depends on capacity)
Voice Memo in Still Image (Max. 10 sec.)

Date Imprinting

Date&Time, Date, Off (user selectable)

Still Image

Modes: Auto, Program, Scene, ASR
Scene : Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Cafe, Food, Self shot, Cafe, Food
Continuous: Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture, Wise shot
Self-timer : 10 sec., 2 sec., Double

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom



Internal memory : About 190MB
SD (up to 2GB)
SDHC Card (Up to 4GB)
MMC Plus (Up to 1GB)

File Format

Still Image : JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Movie Clip : AVI (MPEG-4)
Audio : WAV


Digital output connector : USB 2.0
Audio: Mono
Video out : PAL & NTSC (user selectable, only Playback)
DC power input connector : 4.2V

Power Source

Rechargeable battery : SLB-1137D, 3.7V (1100mAh)
Charger : SAC-45, SUC-C2

Dimensions (WxHxD)

95 X 61.5 X 20.2 (mm)


158g (without battery & card)


Camera Driver

Storage Driver (98E/2000/ME/XP/Vista, Mac OS 10.1 ~ 10.4)


Digimax Master, Digimax Converter

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Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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