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Samsung Digimax i5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and screen. The design and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the responsiveness and battery, while there are some negative views about the viewfinder and features.

portability, image quality, design, screen, performance

stabilizer , low-light, features, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Digimax i5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung Digimax i5 Silver Digital Camera


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Small and portable

Short battery life ; Inferior photo quality

Small, portable Digimax i5 suffers from short battery life and low photo quality compared with other cameras' photos.

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Samsung's Digimax i5


We appreciate their trying to get in on the stylish ultrathin camera market and all-and it's definitely a cut above on the aesthetics of their other Digimax devices-but their 5 megapixel i5 is going to have to prove itself...

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Digital Cameras - Samsung Digimax I5 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The Samsung Digimax i5 digital camera is that company's first venture into the world of subcompact digicams, and it's a surprisingly impressive first showing. It will certainly turn more than a few heads with its good looks and small size, and its...

Attractive design, well-built, very compact, has a solid feel to it

Somewhat higher than average image noise (but noise is fairly fine-grained, making it less objectionable), Images are a bit on the soft side, Rather slow shutter response, Continuous mode is quite slow, Not the best for low-light shooting, mediocre...

The Samsung Digimax i5 offers automatic and "manual" exposure control, as well as a range of 11 preset Scene exposure modes. What Samsung dubs "manual" mode, is really just Program AE exposure control. Auto mode keeps the camera in charge of...


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Samsung Digimax i5


What's in the Box

Compact and stylish metal body; comes in three colors ; Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Many manual controls ; Large, high resolution 2.5" LCD display (though low light visibility could be better) ; Tons of built-in memory (50MB) ;...

Photos could be sharper; noise a bit above average ; Noticeable shutter lag ; Poor low light focusing despite having an AF-assist lamp ; Continuous shooting mode borders on useless: LCD turned off during shooting; frame rate is sluggish as well ;...

While the Digimax i5 is a very capable camera, there are better cameras out there for your hard earned money. If Samsung addresses some of the cons listed below I think they'd have a real hit on their hands. Maybe next time?

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Samsung Digimax i5 Digital Camera Review


The Samsung Digimax i5 is definitely an eye-catcher.

Attractive styling ; Good indoor shot performance ; 50 MB of internal memory ; Excellent LCD screen ; Nice movie mode ; Easy controls -- quick access to switch modes

Average image quality -- most notably the higher than average noise ; Underexposed images ; Slow shutter lag ; Small size may be hard to hold for some

The Digimax i5 is a 5 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. The camera does not have an optical viewfinder, only a 2.5 inch LCD

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Owners Opinion: Samsung Digimax i5 (salil, 12 May 06)


I am greatly dissappointed after using Digimax i5 camera for more than 6 months.I have been trying to do every thing in the books to make this miserable camera work. I bought this camera with a great hope,(I bought it after I was told that Sony...

Very Poor Quality of Pictures ; No repeatability ; Battery is Weak ; Slow Camera

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Samsung Digimax I5 Silver Digital Camera


Compared to most its other competitor products, the digimax i5 has an noticeable inferior quality pictures.The repeatability is also not quite good.Campare pictures taken in the same conditions by digimax and any of its rivals,the difference is...

Only sleek looks,small fits in breast pocket

Poor picture quality

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Awesome camera


This is a great camera from samsung.

stylish, great features, nice picture quality

none so far

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Samsung Digimax I5 Silver Digital Camera


this is a very impressive camera from samsung. very simple to use, pretty slim and small so it is easy to carry around, and most of all, the quality of picture is awesome. Highly recommended!

very stylish, easy to use, great picture quality

none so far

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Owners Opinion: Samsung Digimax i5 (Jeff Grabowski, 5 Feb 06)


Excellent camera, easy to use, good quality picture. Excelent Safe Flash feature, 5 X digital zoom still gives good quality images. Small size body, the best of its kind.

No tripod socket, little too small round rear dial

Product Specifications

Fusing innovative technology and modern glamour, Samsung Electronics introduces its revolutionary digital intelligent camera - i5. Designed to be slim, stylish and smart, the i5 is equipped with the unique SF (Safety Flash) capability that enables users to capture images of stunning clarity and impressive colors regardless of unfavorable outside environments. With the intelligent technology of the i5, which brings extra convenience to perfect snapshot taking, users can become an experienced photographer in a twinkling of an eye. Inheriting the superior features and the state-of-the-art technology of the Samsung's digital cameras, the brand new five Megapixel i5 incorporates several groundbreaking elements, making it the best camera that is integrated with style, function, portability and ultra-high image quality. With a smart and slim design, the stainless steel-covered i5 carries a perfect touch of allurement. Coming in silver, black and red color, the compact i5 measures only 89.6 x 59.8 x 17.3mm (W x H x D) and weighing merely 133g. It houses a crystal clear 2.5-inch large LCD display with high resolution (230,000 pixel), delivering remarkable image clarity and color intensity even in environment with minimal or strong and direct light. This innovative design hence not only makes photo-taking more simple and convenient, it also enhances the enjoyment of reviewing blur-free snapshots and movies. The i5 comes in an ultra sleek design without compromising its sound image quality. Equipped with the Samsung's exclusive industry leading SHD lens technology, 1/2.5-inch five Megapixel CCD image sensor, 5X digital zoom as well as 3X optical zoom, the i5 fully utilizes unparallel digital and optical technology which reproduces outstandingly high quality five Megapixel digital photographs. Besides, the i5 supports MPEG-4 with 3x optical zoom for video recording and offers users the choice of two modes: the standard and delicate modes to record a movie clip of up to 30 frames per second at a high resolution of 640 x 480. Furthermore, the i5 possesses Samsung's proprietary SF function, which enables perfect image quality even in less than satisfactory environments. With this distinctive capability, the best image clarity and colors are guaranteed regardless of the weather and geographical constraints. It also effectively reduces visual problems due to flashes and eliminates the occurrence of red-eye phenomena. Various enhanced photographic features are also embedded in the i5, these include a diversified range of auto macro and auto focusing options, and eleven kinds of scene modes for photography-lovers to choose from. The super macro function, in particular, enables subjects to be photographed up to as close as 1 cm. The incredible i5 also features a 3X optical zoom capability, which immediately displays the images on the LCD screen. Supporting the text recognition function, users can easily convert scanned text images such as newspaper, books, and magazines into text files on their computers by using the specific software supplied. With the built-in 50MB memory, the i5 provides multiple slots that support SD/MMD memory cards. Its Lithium-ion battery allows users to take more than 150 photos at any time and in any place so that they can just relax and enjoy taking pictures without the trouble of worrying about battery life. Having the PictBridge compatibility, the i5 enables users to print photos directly from the camera on a compatible printer without the need for a computer. Users can also connect their computers, mobile phones or remote controls with the convenient cradle for transferring photographs and battery charging via the fast USB 2.0 interface.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung SLB-0737

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/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/Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Close-up / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sunset / Text/Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Close-up / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Night mode / Sunset/Landscape / Portrait mode / Night mode / Close-up / Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Fireworks / Dawn/dusk / Sunset/Landscape / Portrait mode / Night mode / Text / Close-up / Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Fireworks / Dawn/dusk / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.5
Max Focal Length:19.8mm
Min Focal Length:6.6mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"/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

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type: None