Samsung S1050 Review

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Samsung S1050

Posted 9/06/2007

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The first model we have seen from Samsung in their "Designer Series" of digital models, the S1050 is a point-and-shoot camera with a 10.1 megapixel image sensor, coupled with a super-sharp 5x optical zoom lens.

While ease-of-use was a top priority when designing the S1050, Samsung engineers were equally committed to delivering a comprehensive suite of robust features and technologies in the flagship model of their S Series. With shutter speeds that reach up to an effective 1/2000 sec and an ISO equivalent of 1600, users will be able to take advantage of the S1050's speed and resolution in any situation -- from taking landscape photos at dusk to shooting fast action sports photography. Further ensuring sharp images, Samsung's ASR image stabilization system helps to reduce camera shake and image blur during longer exposures and at times when holding the camera steady is impossible or a tripod is unavailable.

The S1050 also offers Samsung's Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, which detects the subject's face and automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure the best possible image quality in portraits and other shots featuring people. The AF function instantaneously recognizes the faces of up to 9 subjects and accurately focuses on them all. The AE function then takes over, setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image quality.

When enabled, the S1050's Wise Shot feature automatically takes two consecutive pictures in rapid succession - one with ASR enabled and one with the flash - then prompts the user to review both and select their preferred version of the picture.

The S1050's dedicated Effect button lets users quickly access a host of powerful in camera image effects, including conversion to sepia-tone, black-and-white and RGB color effects. Images can be trimmed, resized, and rotated in the camera without the use of a PC and a built-in microphone allows a 10-second voice memo to be attached to any still image. Slide Show automatically scrolls through photos and displays them on the bright 3.0" TFT LCD screen, which uses Samsung's Intelligent LCD technology to automatically detect environmental illumination and adjust LCD brightness for optimal image viewing.

Just as much attention was given to the S1050's Movie mode, which lets users capture video in one of four resolutions, from 160x128 to 800x600, at various frames rates, which are encoded as AVI MPEG-4 video. Just as in still-picture mode, the ASR image stabilization system can be engaged to compensate for unwanted camera movement and subject blur in movie mode.

S1050 Features:

  • 10-Megapixel resolution for images up to 3072x2304 pixels
  • Samsung SHD 5x optical zoom lens (38-190mm 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, Aperture, Shutter, Manual, ASR, and 11 scene modes
  • Voice Recording limited by amount of available memory
  • High speed continuous, Wise Shot and Auto Bracketing shooting
  • Interval Shooting
  • High-quality 3.0-inch color LCD screen with 230K pixels
  • Auto Macro as close as 10cm from the lens
  • AF assist lamp for low light shooting
  • 45MB of internal memory and removable SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCPlus card storage
  • Adjustable ISO, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpening
  • Various Color effects for that unique look
  • Powered by 2x AA type batteries (2 Alkaline included)
  • USB 2.0 (Full speed) Mass Storage and PictBridge compliant

The S1050 is available now, with a street price of US$299.99.

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S1050 Specifications

Product Specifications
Image Sensor Type 1/1.8" CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 10.1 Mega-pixel
Total Pixel Approx. 10.3 Mega-pixel
Lens Focal Length SHD Lens f = 7.8 ~ 39mm (35mm film equivalent : 38~190mm)
F No. F2.8 ~ F4.4
Digital Zoom

Still Image mode : 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Play mode : 1.0X ~ 12X (depends on image size)

LCD Monitor 3.0" color TFT LCD (230,000 dots)
Focusing Type TTL auto focus, Face Recognition AF & AE
Range Normal : 80cm ~ Inf.
Macro : 10 ~ 80cm(Wide), 50 ~ 80cm(Tele)
Super Macro: 1cm~10cm(Wide)
Auto Macro : 10cm~Infinity (Wide), 50cm~ Infinity (Tele)
Manual Focus:1cm~Inf..(Wide), 50cm~Inf..(Tele)
Shutter Type Mechanical and Electronic shutter
Speed 1 ~ 1/2000 sec.(Manual : 15 ~ 1/2,000 sec.)
Exposure Control

Program AE, Face Recognition AE
Metering : Multi, Spot

Compensation ±2EV (0.5EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 80,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off
Range Wide : 0.2m ~ 5.0m, Tele : 0.5m ~ 3.0m (ISO AUTO)
Recharging Time Approx. 4 sec.
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid
Effect Normal, B&W, Sepia, Red, Blue, Green, Negative, RGB
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
Voice Recording

Voice Recording(recording time : memory capacity dependent)
Voice Memo in Still Image (max. 10 sec.)

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

Modes : Auto, Program, Scene, A, S, M, ASR, Movie
※Scene : Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape,
Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
※Mode Dial: Auto, Program, Manual, Movie, Scene, Portrait, Night, Children
Shooting : Single, Continuous, AEB
Self-timer : 2 sec .,10 sec., Double (10 sec., 2 sec.)

Movie Clip

With Audio (recording time : memory capacity dependent)
Size : 800x600,640x480, 320x240, 160x128
Frame rate : 20fps(800x600 only)30 fps, 15 fps
Movie Stabilizer
Movie Editing (Embedded): Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming

Storage Media Internal memory: Approx.45MB flash memory
External memory: SDHC/MMC/SD card (Up to 4GB Guaranteed)
File Format

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

Image Size

10M: 3648x2736 pixels 9M : 3472x2604 pixels, 8M : 3264x2448 pixels,
7M :3072x2304 pixels, 6M : 2816x2112 pixels 5M : 2592x1944 pixels,
4M : 2272x1704 pixel, 3M : 2048x1536 pixels, 2M : 1600x1200 pixels,
1M : 1024x768 pixels, VGA : 640x480 pixels

Capacity (256MB MMC)

10M : Super Fine 48 Fine 94 Normal 109
9M : Super Fine 53 Fine 104 Normal 151
8M : Super Fine 60 Fine 115 Normal 169
7M : Super Fine 67 Fine 128 Normal 197
6M : Super Fine 80 Fine 157 Normal 223
5M : Super Fine 93 Fine 181 Normal 264
4M : Super Fine 121 Fine 226 Normal 279
3M : Super Fine 148 Fine 284 Normal 400
2M : Super Fine 244 Fine 434 Normal 520
1M : Super Fine 520 Fine 868 Normal 1041
VGA : Super Fine 1041 Fine 1116 Normal 1302
* These figures are measured under Samsung's standard conditions and may vary depending on shooting conditions and camera settings.

Image Play Type Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show, Movie Clip
Editing Trimming, Resizing, Rotate, Effect

Digital output connector : USB 2.0 Full speed
Audio : Mono
Video output : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
Cradle Interface

Power Source

Primary Battery: 2x AA Alkaline
Rechargeable battery(0ptional) : SNB-2512B KIT(2xAA Ni-MH Battery & Charger)
* Included battery may vary depending on sales region.

Dimensions (WxHxD) 104.5x 64.2x 25.5 mm(excluding protrusions)
Weight 204g
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40 °C
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%
Software Camera Driver Storage Driver (Windows98/98SE/2000/ME/XP, Mac OS 9.2 ~ 10.3)
Application Digimax Master
Special Features

User-friendly "Effect" button
Power Grip
3.0" Large LCD
Convenient Mode Dial
Face Recognition AF & AE

For Windows

PC with processor better than Pentium II 450MHz
(Pentium 700MHz recommended)
Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP
Minimum 64MB RAM
200MB of available hard disk space
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 9.2 ~ 10.3
Minimum 64MB RAM
110MB of available hard-disk space
USB port
CD-ROM drive

Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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