More About Samsung's Cameras

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We got to feel up Samsung's new digicams today. The flaks even let us take some sample shots—despite the cameras being very pre-production. Photos taken with the 10-megapixel S1050 didn't show any big problems at least. 10 megapixels is likely overkill, so you could pay $100 less ($250) and get almost all the same features in the 8-megapixel S850 - but you would have to settle for a 3.5-inch LCD instead of the giant 3-incher in the S1050.

One feature common to both cameras (and the new L73) is WiseShot - which takes two versions of a photo—one with the flash and one with natural lighting and a high ISO to reduce blur from camera shake. The interface is slick. It show the two photos side by side, with a paning zoomed window to show how details came out.

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More news and pics after the jump.

One model we didn't know about before is the the 7-megapixel L700. It provides the industry-standard 3X optical zoom; and it supports high-capacity SDHC memory cards. The basic silver block, with rounded sides, has a nice, minimalist look. But its onscreen menus are of the horrendous, old-school Samsung type. Lots of options, but hard to navigate them. Turns out Samsung has a different interface for each camera line: the L, S, and NV (which is probably the best).

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All the cameras will have some handy features. For example, the scene modes will include on-screen descriptions of what they do. And one or more of the models wil probably feature Intelligent LCD—which dims or brightens the screen based on ambient lighting. At least a few models will also have face recognistion—which optimizes focus and exposure to make people look good.

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@lordargent - I was thinking more in terms of standardizing the test so all cameras would have a fair shake. The lowest-possible ISO number would equate to the "best" picture mode.

Shutter speed is a variable - generally it'll be the lowest it can be to create a well-exposed picture. Traditionally shutter speeds below 60 will cause blur if not backed up by a (fill) flash - but shutter speed at any speed won't necessarily effect the picture quality - especially if the test shots are taken with a tripod.

I was just hoping to get a baseline test of all cameras using their lowest (best) ISO and letting the cameras use their flash as best they can, so we could get an idea of the picture quality.

If you just need the wow-factor of a camera, product shots are fine, and like I say: the NV10 and NV line of Samsung cameras are matte black sex on a wrist strap.