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Samsung S85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 251 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and image quality are overall positive. The responsiveness and usability are also appreciated. Views about the shutter and lens are different, while some have doubts about the features and viewfinder.

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

battery, low-light, flash, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung S85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung S85


I have had the camera for about a year and it has proven to be a great buy. Still haven't explored all the features but I will experiment more with it. The camera does well with macro shots and colours come out well. It does allow the zoom to be used...


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Samsung S85


When I was looking for a compact camera, I was in doubt about Canon and Samsung, because the features of them. In this case, no other brand have so much features than Samsung. The S85 camera has a interesting manual mode (which you can control shutter...

Nothing is perfect, of course... The S85 spends a lot of battery, which may take some recharges during one day while you're learning how to use all the features of the camera. I use original GP batteries (2500 mAh) that use to last something around 2-3...

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Samsung S85


For a low cost point and shoot pocket camera, the Samsung S85 is an exceptional value. Good lens, very nice zoom and an excellent macro function. The auto focus does a good job, especially on faces, which my previous P&S camera had extreme difficulty...

The camera can be pretty battery hungry, but when using "Duracell" 2650 mAh rechargeable NiMH batteries or similar batteries I experienced good battery life. Some times focusing in low light is a problem, even with the focusing light.


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Samsung S85


I was planning to buy a Canon A720IS but then I saw the S85 for 99€ and bought it, to some extend the camera fealls light and cheap but when taking pictures I wondered how nice the result was. Some nice features: - Super macro - 5x Zoom - 4 Gb SDHC...

The only issue is the battery ; you need real good rechargeable batteries and a good charging kit ; ASR Image Stabilizer not very effective but then the flash is better then average ; My Sanyo 2300mA batteries work well when fully charged but I ordered...

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Owners Opinion: Samsung S85 (4quil4, 25 Jan 08)


Absolutely cheap in price with manual features & many options! This camera surprised me in picture quality. The images is sharp & the color tonal is so natural. Manual option & features so user friendly. Even my child can take very good pictures. Iso...

I cannot use zoom when i take movie. No problem so far

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Samsung S85


Low budget camera with many surprises! This camera has manual features & many options. Picture quality is really great for it class. The images is sharp & the color is so natural. The camera body is small but feels comfortable in hand. Manual option...

I cannot use zoom when i take movie. No problem so far

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Amazon review summary for Samsung S85


alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of Samsung S85 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, battery, image quality, performance, usability

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Easy to use lots of features looks great and great price

batteries run out quick even rechargeables and I use energizer

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Best camera I've owned


Fairly slim considering the features. Very easy to use. The price is freaking awesome considering what you are getting. I haven't had a single issue with the camera as of yet

The battery life is definitely something to keep in mind because they don't last long. Looks kinda bland

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Great camera!


I suggest playing around with the different features and settings/combination - getting yourself familiar with the camera and thus enabling you to get the best shot in different situations. The Auto mode work really well for P&S users also.

First of all with 8Mp, 5x optical zoom, simply can't beat it for the price. I read almost every review online from the casual user to expert reviews and I would say about 90% of them were positive, so I was expecting a great camera for...

I did notice a few lens flares in the few sunset pictures I have taken so far. Nothing too bad though. I'll have to play around with the settings and angles to see if this is a common occurrence. Otherwise, fantastic pictures

Product Specifications

The Samsung S85 is a high-resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 8.2 mega-pixel CCD. This allows the Samsung S85 to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Samsung S85 has a 5x optical and 5x digital zoom giving 25x total zoom when combined. With the Face Recognition AF&AE function, the Samsung S85 enables the user to take better portrait pictures more easily. The function detects faces and automatically focuses on them; the brightness of the faces is adjusted optimally for beautiful portrait pictures. Fast ASR technology prevents the degradation of image clarity and color which is sometimes found in flash photography. With Fast ASR the effects of image blur are reduced in lower light conditions. You can even take well exposed, sharper pictures in low light conditions without using a flash at all, which guarantees brighter and more natural pictures. Even when camera shake has been eliminated, a fast moving subject can cause the image to blur. The S85 supports ISO 1600 high sensitivity to give you super clear pictures with just the right amount of brightness, even when taking moving subjects under less-than-perfect lighting conditions. The Samsung S85 has a 2.5" LCD with improved contrast and color reproduction for easy image framing and reviewing. With the Face Recognition AF & AE function, the Samsung S85 enables the user to take better portrait pictures more easily. The function detects faces and automatically focuses on them; the brightness of the faces is adjusted optimally for beautiful portrait pictures.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus/MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC 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 / Cafe / Children / Close-up / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Food / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sunset / Text/Landscape / Portrait mode / Text / Close-up / Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Food / Fireworks / Dawn/dusk / Night scene / Sunset / Cafe

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.6
Max Focal Length:31.5mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Black/Black / Silver/Silver/Silver / Black
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

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:8.2Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MPEG-4/MPEG-4/MPEG-4 / AVI
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Frames / Green / Negative / Neutral / Red / Sepia / Soft / Vivid/Soft / Negative / Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Vivid / Blue / Green / Red / Frames
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera