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Samsung Digimax L85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 141 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and value for money are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some critical reviews about the storage and focus. Reviews about the flash and low light performance are different.

portability, usability, image quality, value for money, design

performance, viewfinder, features, focus, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Digimax L85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung Digimax L85

 

The L85 is a solid performer, but it falls short on its HDTV promises.

5X zoom lens, sharp 2.5-inch LCD, Lots of controls, wide-screen mode

Wide-screen images stretch on an HDTV

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Digital Cameras: Samsung Digimax L85

 

Although not quite as bad as last year's Digimax, the new Samsung Digimax L85 comes pretty close.

Nice design. Some fun features. Decent color. Can connect via HDMI.

Significant shutter lag. Images are not sharp. Autofocus problems. Overpriced.

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Samsung Digimax L85 Camera

 

The black-and-silver case of the Samsung Digimax L85 ($338 as of 6/15/06) feels solid. The camera is easy to grip, partly because Samsung made it a little larger than an average point-and-shoot to accommodate a 5X zoom lens--still, there's no room for...

5X zoom lens, sharp 2.5-inch LCD Lots of controls, wide-screen mode

Wide-screen images stretch on an HDTV

The L85 can store just four of its highest-quality JPEG images in its 23MB internal memory, so buying a high-capacity SD Card is essential, especially considering that the camera can also record images as lossless TIFF files, which are many times...

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Samsung Digimax L85 Digital Camera (8.3MP, 3264x2448, 5x Opt, 23MB Internal Memory, MMC/SD Card)

 

Photograph: Chris Manners

5X zoom lens, sharp 2.5-inch LCD ; Lots of controls, wide-screen mode

Wide-screen images stretch on an HDTV

Offers 5X zoom and a sharp LCD. Controls are generous, but images shot in wide-screen mode look stretched on an HDTV.

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Samsung Digimax L85

 

Decent images; lots of manual features.

Heavy fringing; slow burst mode; no image stabilization or high ISO support for low-light shooting.

The Samsung Digimax L85 offers a lot of flexibility and produces very good pictures, but watch out for fringing.

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Camera Review: Samsung Digimax L85

 

When Samsung's Digimax L85 was released this spring, it was touted as the first digicam to offer users High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). HDMI is a ground-breaking technology, which lets the user view their images on a high definition TV...

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"easy to use quality camera"

 

consistent good results. solid feel when handling.

no image stabilization. no veiw finder.

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easy to use quality camera

 

consistent good results. solid feel when handling

no image stabilization. no veiw finder

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"Cool Camera if you like the styling and want manual features on a small camera"

 

I like this camera a lot. It has nice features, feels solid, the layout and design is clean and attractive and functional. But admittedly it is not the best camera in its class. If you want a strictly point and shoot camera, this one is probably not...

style, build quality, 5x zoom, manual controls, image quality

no optical view finder, dust gets under LCD cover, 400 iso max

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Cool Camera if you like the styling and want manual features on a small camera

 

I like this camera a lot. It has nice features, feels solid, the layout and design is clean and attractive and functional. But admittedly it is not the best camera in its class. If you want a strictly point and shoot camera, this one is probably not...

style, build quality, 5x zoom, manual controls, image quality

no optical view finder, dust gets under LCD cover, 400 iso max

Product Specifications

The Digimax L85, an addition to Samsung's Prestige line of digital cameras, is the world's first digital still camera to feature High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). This revolutionary new feature allows L85 users to share their photos on a high definition television in their original quality. The eight-mega-pixel L85 also includes a world renowned Schneider Kreuznach lens with 5x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD display (approximately 230K pixels), which provides the photographer with a wider viewing angle and a more vivid viewing display. The stylishly designed camera offers a comfortable grip, ergonomic design and a sleek black body with silver accents. For the more advanced photographer looking for additional control, the Digimax L85 provides multiple manual functions at the user's fingertips. The L85 features three kinds of manual exposure adjustment including Aperture Priority which allows more control of depth, Shutter Priority which allows better capture of fast motion and Manual adjustment which allows users to set the shutter and aperture themselves. Along with its many manual functions, the Digimax L85 also has Continuous Shooting mode for consecutive shots. This model also includes Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), allowing users to shoot a series of pictures with slightly different exposures to ensure perfect lighting and Auto Focus Bracketing to take several shots which focus on different elements of the frame to ensure that the perfect image is captured. The L85 provides MPEG-4 video compression, which allows recording times that are three-to-four times longer than the standard digital camera. It has the advanced capabilities to capture movie clips in VGA (640 x 480) at 30fps and several unique movie shooting functions, including a movie stabilizer function, continuous video recording, improved in-camera video editing and the ability to use the 3x optical zoom while recording. Movie stabilizer helps reduce camera shake by automatic detection and correction of lateral and vertical camera vibrations, while continuous video recording allows the shooter to pause and resume video recording at any time and merge multiple video files into one single file. Users can also save a selected part of a movie clip into a new file during playback and capture a still image during video playback. To accommodate any subject matter, the Digimax L85 also features 11 scene modes including Night Scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach and Snow and Text Recognition. The camera also provides various user-friendly functions such as My Set shot mode, which allows the user to save customized shooting settings. A unique feature, Text Recognition allows the user to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from the image taken using the bundled "Digimax Reader" text recognition software. And, the L85 also includes several special effects functions including Color Effect, Highlight and Photo Frame. Faster in operational speed than its predecessors, the Digimax L85 boasts a speedier booting time and quicker shot-to-shot speed that reduces down time between pictures. Shooters can take pictures immediately after the power is turned on, and they can just keep snapping. The L85 also features an improved Graphic User Interface (GUI) that ensures faster and smoother menu navigation. Menu settings can be accessed quickly and with ease, by using the camera's Move and Set functions. Due to this camera's high-speed capabilities and a display that notifies the user of remaining battery power, users can be assured that with the Digimax L85 they will never miss a beat. The Digimax L85 is equipped with 32 MB of built-in memory, a voice recording function and comes bundled with Samsung's exclusive "Digimax Reader" software.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung SLB-1237

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.1in
Height:2.4in
Weight:6.7oz
Width:4.4in

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 / Fireworks / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Sunset / Text

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:L85
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.4
Max Focal Length:39mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.1Megapixel

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:8
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Negative / Red / Sepia / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera
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