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Samsung Digimax A55W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and usability. The battery and lens are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the low light performance and shutter. Comments are divided on the responsiveness.

screen, lens, battery, usability, size

value for money, performance, flash, shutter, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Digimax A55W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Samsung Digimax A55W


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Wide-angle, 4.8X zoom lens for very little cash ; Large 2.5" LCD display (though see issues below) ; Well built plastic body; metal tripod mount a nice touch ; Very nice movie mode ; USB 2.0 High Speed support

So-so photo quality ; Poor showing in redeye and night shot tests ; Noticeable shutter lag, slow focusing ; Poor low light focusing, despite AF-assist lamp ; LCD not usable in low light; screen didn't seem terribly sharp either ; Sluggish continuous...

At this time, the Samsung Digimax A55W is the cheapest wide-angle camera you can buy. Unfortunately, the camera isn't the best performer, so I'd recommend passing on it and spending the extra money for something a little more capable. There is a...

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Owners Opinion: Samsung Digimax A55W (Ozan Erkal, 17 Nov 06)


useful for wide end, funnily affordable.. i got it for around USD170, (not icl. batteries or SD card).. here in Turkey cameras are around twice their price in the US so it was a really funny price, and the 28mm equivalent wide angle was the real reason...

have been using it for over 6 months and once it was broken (wouldn't operate in any way) and was repaired.. every now and then it locks itself time to time.. poor image quality in dark shots.. no zooming during video recording mode

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Owners Opinion: Samsung Digimax A55W (PeterNYC, 4 Sep 06)


I would only recommend this camera for the wide angle capability and low price. The large display is nice, but drains battery. Very fast battery drain, very poor lowlight focusing, and flash washout are significant. All functions are very slow. I would...

There is no socket to connect this camera to a power supply. Battery only. Since the AA's drain so quickly it can be hard to do USB download. The flash washes out images and can only be set for double flash red-eye. Lowlight focusing was very...


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Owners Opinion: Samsung Digimax A55W (danfrumkin, 20 Nov 05)


This is a solid little camera with lots of features. It fits in my cell phone holster! Big colorful screen, with easy to reach controls. Snap shut lens cover if you need to slide it into your pocket, but the view screen is still exposed. Pictures...

Things I don't like, you can't disable the double flash. Even if you use the "manual ; mode. This is anoying since I can deal with red eye better on my PC, and would not ; like to waste battery life on a flash I don't need. Also, as the battery...

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Owners Opinion: Samsung Digimax A55W (susannayip, 29 Jul 05)


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Amazon review summary for Samsung Digimax A55W


alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Samsung Digimax A55W from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

screen, battery, lens, zoom, usability

responsiveness, performance

53% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Digimax A55W 5MP Digital Camera with 4.8x Wide Angle Zoom (Silver)Samsung Digimax A55W 5MP Digital Camera with 4.8x Wide Angle Zoom (Black)

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hard to turn on! where's my kodak?


features sepia and blk and white.......

can't get it to start..... how can i resell this? i can't!!

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I will try to get a full refund....


pretty compact, good lens specs

battery life/response, pre-flash, motion blur

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Absolutely Worthless


The size of the camera and the size of the screen are nice

There are too many cons to list

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Lightweight Digital Camera with some Backbone!


SAMSUNG DIGIMAX A55W Review by Albert Ashton I personally use Samsung Digimax A55W for taking high quality digital MPEG-4 movies and still images in both low light areas indoor or outdoor shots and wide angle shots also! My personal ...

24X Total Zoom (4.8X Optical) 28mm Wide Angle Lens, MPEG-4, Fully Featured Camera

No Carrying Case


Product Specifications

The exterior design of the DIGIMAX A55W is simple compared to other digital cameras. The location of the Power button near the part where a user grips the camera simplifies the button arrangement, which can be easily complex in regular digital cameras. Due to the location advantage, you can turn-on the power very easily and quickly while gripping the camera. The button arrangement makes the image of this digital camera more elegant and stylish. The DIGIMAX A55W employs a high resolution large LCD so you can take pictures whilst viewing subjects via the clear and large screen. The large LCD makes this camera a perfect substitute for a camcorder particularly for users who frequently use movie functions. The 200, 000 pixels high resolution TFT LCD will give you satisfaction when shooting and playing images. Various and complex digital camera functions make regular users who are not familiar with various camera functions uncomfortable when using a camera. The DIGIMAX A55W provides convenient function and setting buttons that can be used simply and easily with just one hand. In addition, this small pocket sized body enables you to firmly grip the digital camera. Thus, you can easily operate camera buttons in any situation.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA / CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Close-up / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-4.8
Max Focal Length:22.2mm
Min Focal Length:4.6mm
Optical Zoom:4.8
Type:Lens/Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MPEG-4/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Frames / Green / Red / Sepia / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None