Samsung Digimax V50 Review

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Samsung Digimax V50

Posted 08/11/2004

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The Samsung Digimax V50 is a palm-sized five-megapixel digital camera that features a superior Schneider multi-coated 3x optical zoom lens for clear and natural looking pictures. The camera can be powered by various kinds of power sources; Li-ion rechargeable (included), two AA type (alkaline, NiMH, NiCd, photo lithium) or CR-V3 (one-use or rechargeable.) Your pictures can be framed on the high resolution 2.0-inch color LCD monitor that tilts and swivels or by using the optical real image viewfinder. This compact Digimax V50 is also easy to carry around, weighing less than six ounces without batteries.

The Digimax V50 can be used in Easy mode like a simple point-n-shoot, allowing anyone to capture beautiful digital photographs. It also features advanced exposure modes such as Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, AE Bracketing, Portrait, Night Scene and three customizable MySet modes. The user can adjust the ISO sensitivity, the white balance, image sharpness, image size, image quality, exposure compensation, exposure metering mode and color effect. The Digimax V50's auto focus system is fast and accurate and in low light conditions it's enhanced by a focus-assist illuminator. The user can also manually adjust the focus when desired. The Super Macro mode allows you to focus on objects as close as 6cm from the lens.

In addition to high resolution still images, the Digimax V50 also records motion video with audio at 640x480 or 320x240 at 30fps/15fps, the length is limited only by the amount of available memory. You can record and attach 10-second voice memos to still images or use the camera as a digital voice recorder with a maximum recording time of two hours. Pictures can be resized or trimmed (cropped) in-camera without need of a PC. Post-capture editing can also be accomplished with the bundled software that includes the Digimax Viewer and MGI's PhotoSuite.

Digimax V50 Features:

  • 5-Megapixel resolution for images up to 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • Schneider 3x multi-coated zoom lens (38-113mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Record 640x480 MPEG4 movies w/audio to the capacity of the media
  • Records up to two hours of audio only
  • Attach 10-sec. audio memos to still images
  • Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual modes
  • Easy, Portrait, Night Scene, Movie, Voice recording modes
  • Three user-customizable MySet modes
  • High speed continuous and Auto Bracketing shooting
  • Tilt and swivel 2.0-inch color LCD screen
  • Super Macro as close as 6cm from the lens
  • Removable SD/MMC/MS Duo card storage, 32MB SD card included
  • Adjustable ISO, white balance and sharpening
  • Color effects: B&W, Sepia, Negative
  • Power source: Li-ion rechargeable, two AA or one CR-V3
  • USB 2.0 Mass Storage compliant device
  • Multi-language support: English, Korean, French, Germany, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian

The Digimax V50 package includes a luxury carrying pouch, 32MB SD card, driver and application software CD-ROM, CR-V3 battery, wrist strap, USB cable, Audio-Video cable, user manual and warranty card. (Bundle may vary depending on sales location.)

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The Digimax V50 compared to a standard CD.

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The Digimax V50 and the Digimax U-CA3.

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Digimax V50 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/1.8" CCD, 5.0 Megapixels effective
Recorded Pixels 5M 2592 x 1944
4M 2272 x 1704
3M 2048 x 1536
2M 1600 x 1200
XGA 1024 x 768
VGA 640 x 480

Movies - MPEG4
640 x 480, 320 x 240

Lens Schneider Varioplan 3X zoom, f = 7.7 ~ 23.1mm
(35mm film equivalent: 38 ~ 113mm)
Aperture: F2.8 ~ F4.9
Digital Zoom 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Focus TTL auto focus, Manual focus
Focus Range Normal: 80cm ~ infinity
Macro: 4 ~ 80 cm (Wide), 30 ~ 80cm (Tele)
ViewFinder Real image optical viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch color TFT LCD (117,000 pixels)
Tilts 180°, rotates 270°
Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE or Manual Exposure
Audio Recording Voice: Maximum 1 hour
Voice memo on still image, 10 sec. max.
Exposure Metering Multi or Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.5EV steps
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent L, Tungsten, Custom
Shutter Mechanical and Electronic shutter
2 ~ 1/2000 sec. (Manual, Night Scene max. 15 seconds)
Image Format Still Image: TIFF, JPEG(DCF), DPOF
Movie Clip: AVI, MOV(MPEG4)
Voice: WAV
Storage Media Dual Card Slots: SD / MMC (32MB included) and
Memory Stick Duo
Image Storage (32MB)
Image Size /
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
Shooting Modes Auto, Program, A/S/M, My Set, Night Scene, Voice, Macro, Scene
Scene Modes Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, AE Bracketing, Self-timer (10 sec, 2 sec), Remote control (optional)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid
Color Effect Normal, B&W, Sepia, Negative, RGB
Date Imprinting Date & Time, Date, Off
Flash Auto / Auto & Red - eye reduction / Fill-in flash / Slow sync / Flash off
Range: Wide 0.3 ~ 3.0m, Tele 0.3 ~ 2.0m
Recharge time approx. 6 secs.
Self Timer 2 or 10 sec.
Interfaces USB 2.0, Audio-Video (NTSC or PAL), DC INput 5V
PlayBack Single image, Thumbnails, Magnified 1.0X ~ 9.0X (depends on image size), Slide show, Movie Clip
OS Compatibility USB Storage Driver (Windows98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP)
Mac OS 9.x ~ 10.2
Power Source Included: SLB-1437 3.7V 1440mAh Li-ion rechargeable
Optional: CR-V3 battery, 2 X AA alkaline, Lithium, NiMH, NiCd batteries or SBP-1103 AC adapter
Dimensions (WHD) 4.17 x 2.24 x 1.5 in.
106.5 x 57 x 38.5 mm
Weight 6.69 oz / 190g (without batteries and card)
Package Luxurious Carrying Pouch, 32MB SD Card, Li-ion battery, AC charger, Wrist Strap, USB Cable, AV Cable, User Manual, CD-Rom Camera driver, MGI PhotoSuite, Digimax Viewer 2.0
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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