Samsung L830 Review

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Samsung L830

Posted 11/26/2007

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The Samsung L830 is a compact digicam with 8-megapixels of resolution and a 3x optical zoom. The Samsung L series has evolved to become more stylish, with its metal front cover and minimalist design concept. With Samsung's exclusive Multi Charge system that has been adopted in the L830 and L730, recharging and data transmission can be done at the same time by connecting the USB cable to your PC. Without a heavy charging unit or cradle, these new Samsung models claim to be the easiest digital camera to carry around with you.

The L830 is ideally suited for family gatherings such as picnics, school exhibitions or trips, with functions such as Face Recognition (AF & AE) and Red-eye fix. The Face Recognition (AF & AE) function recognizes the face of subjects in the frame, and adjusts focus and exposure to help you produce the best portraits possible, while the Red-eye fix helps takes care of the red-eye phenomenon during and after shooting.

The 2.5" Intelligent TFT LCD fitted to the camera automatically adjusts its brightness according to the surrounding levels, for optimum visibility. Also the camera is equipped with Samsung's proprietary ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) and high sensitivity ISO 1600, which ensures sharply-focused images without flash in an indoor environment. The Mode Dial enhances ease of use when operating the camera with only one hand, while photo frames, cartoons and stickers add more fun to taking pictures. The Samsung L830 also has a powerful movie function using MPEG4 SVGA level resolution (800x592), and is equipped with both an editing capability and a variety of image viewing functions.

L830 Features:

  • 8-Megapixel resolution for images up to 3264x2448 pixels
  • Samsung 3x internal optical zoom lens (38-114mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) mode for blur free photos
  • Capture SVGA (800x592) MPEG-4 movies w/audio and movie stabilization
  • Auto, Program, Manual, ASR and 12 scene modes
  • Powerful Effects: Color, Image Adjustment, and Fun
  • High speed continuous and Auto Bracketing shooting
  • High-quality 2.5-inch color LCD screen with 230K pixels
  • Auto Macro as close as 10cm from the lens
  • 10MB of internal memory and removable SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCPlus card storage
  • Adjustable ISO, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpening
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger included
  • USB 2.0 Mass Storage and PictBridge compliant

The L830 is available now, with a street price of US$229 or less.

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L830 Specifications

Product Specifications
Image Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 8.1 Megapixel
Total Pixel Approx. 8.3 Megapixel
Lens Focal Length NV lens f =6.3 ~ 18.9mm (35mm film equivalent: 38 ~ 114mm)
F No. F3.0 ~ F7.7 (Wide)
F5.6 ~ F14.1 (Tele)
Digital Zoom

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

LCD Monitor 2.5" color TFT LCD (230,000 pixel)
Focusing Type TTL auto focus (Multi AF, Center AF, Face Recognition AF)
Range Normal : 80cm ~ infinity
Macro : 10cm~80cm (Wide), 50cm ~ 80cm (Tele)
Auto Macro : 10cm~Infinity (Wide), 50cm~ Infinity (Tele)
Shutter Speed 1 ~ 1/1,500 sec. (Manual: 8 ~ 1/1,500 sec.)
Exposure Control

Program AE

Metering Multi, Spot, Face Recognition
Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye fix
Range Wide : 0.2m ~ 4.6m
Tele : 0.5m ~ 2.6m (ISO AUTO)
Recharging Time Approx. 4 sec.
Sharpness Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+
Color Effect Normal, B&W, Sepia, Red, Blue, Green, Negative, Custom Color
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
Voice Recording

Voice Recording (Max. 10 hrs)
Voice Memo in Still Image (max. 10 sec.)

Date Imprinting Date, Date & Time, Off (user selectable)
Shooting Still Image

· Mode : Auto, Program, ASR, Manual, Scene, Portrait, Night
· Scene : Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
· Shooting : Single, Continuous, AEB, Wise Shot, Motion Capture
· Self-timer : 2 sec., 10 sec., Double

Movie Clip

With Audio or without Audio (user selectable, recording time : memory capacity dependent)
* The maximum memory capacity of continuous movie clip is 2 hours.
· Size : 800x592, 640x480, 320x240(20fps Only 800x592 quality)
(30fps / 15fps Only 640x480, 320x240 quality)
· Frame rate : 30 fps, 20fps, 15 fps

Storage Media Internal memory: Approx. 10MB flash memory
External memory (Optional) : SD (up to 2GB guaranteed), SDHC Card (up to 4GB guaranteed), MMC Plus (Up to 1GB, 4bit 20MHz)
File Format

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

Image Size

- Normal Shooting Mode
8M: 3264x2448 pixels
5M : 2592x1944 pixels
3M : 2048x1536 pixels
E-mail : 1024x768 pixels

- Wide Shooting Mode
6M : 3264x1836 pixels

- 3:2 Shooting Mode
7M : 3264x2176 pixels

Capacity (256MB MMC)

- Normal Shooting Mode
8M : Super Fine 53 Fine 104 Normal 151
5M : Super Fine 94 Fine 181 Normal 256
3M : Super Fine 142 Fine 264 Normal 363
E-mail : Super Fine 459 Fine 710 Normal 822

- Wide Shooting Mode
6M : Super Fine 76 Fine 144 Normal 223

- 3:2 Shooting Mode
7M : Super Fine 63 Fine 118 Normal 197

* These figures are measured under Samsung's standard conditions and may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings.

"E" Button Effect Color, Image Adjust, Fun ( Highlight, Composite, Photo Frame)
Editing Resize, Rotate, Color, Special Color, Image Adjust (Red Eye Fix, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation ,Add Noise), Fun (Cartoon , Highlight, Composite, Photo Frame, Sticker)
Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show, Movie Clip

Digital output connector : USB 2.0 High Speed
Audio : Mono
Video output : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)

Power Source

Rechargeable battery: SLB-0937, 3.7V (900mAh)
Adaptor: SAC-46 (DC 4.2V, 450mA)

Dimensions (WxHxD) 95x59x21mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 132.6g (without battery and card)
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40 °C
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%
Software Samsung Master, Adobe Reader
For Windows

- PC with processor better than Pentium II 450MHz (Pentium 800MHz recommended)
-Windows 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP/Vista
- Minimum 128MB RAM (Over 512MB recommended) 200MB of available hard disk space (Over 1GB recommend)
- USB port
- CD-ROM drive
- 1024x768 pixels, 16bit color display compatible monitor (24bit color display recommended) MicroSoft DirectX 9.0C

For Macintosh

- Power Mac G3 or later
- Mac OS 10.0 ~ 10.4
- Minimum 64MB RAM 110MB of available harddisk space
- USB port
- CD-ROM drive
- MPlayer (For movie clip)

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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