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Samsung Pro815

alaTest has collected and analyzed 370 reviews of Samsung Pro815. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and price. The screen and performance also get good feedback. The contrast and memory get critical views, and the shutter and focus get mixed opinions.

usability, performance, screen, price, lens

portability, stabilizer , memory, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Pro815 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung Pro815


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Samsung Pro815 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Views about the size and performance are overall positive. The screen and price also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the reliability and portability.

usability, price, screen, performance, size

portability, reliability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Pro 815 Digital Camera (8.0MP , 15 x optical Zoom) Large 3.5" LCD, with a 28 - 420mm Schneider LensSamsung Pro 815 Digital Camera (8.0MP , 15 x optical Zoom) Large 3.5" LCD, with a 28 - 420mm Schneider Lens

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Samsung Pro815


alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 user reviews of Samsung Pro815 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the price and usability. The image quality and performance also get good comments, but many are negative about the image stabilizer.

lens, performance, image quality, usability, price


72% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Digimax S73 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Red)Samsung Digimax S73 7.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Red)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Samsung Pro815


Samsung takes a hit-or-miss approach when it comes to the big and bulky Pro815, which is why this superzoom looks good on paper but doesn't quite deliver the goods.

Decent image quality. Longest zoom and biggest LCD for a fixed-lens point-and-shoot digital camera. Wide-angle end of the zoom range reaches 28mm. Includes manual-focus ring. Lots of options.

Some shutter lag in non-flash situations. Big and bulky. No image stabilization. Limited to 30-second video clips.

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Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Paul Jasper (

Samsung DigiMax Pro 815


The $700 (as of August 25, 2006) Samsung Pro815 is a dream camera for serious photographers. This bulky 8-megapixel camera looks like a digital SLR and packs a multitude of features and settings for the ultimate in control over your pictures.

Huge 3.5-inch LCD and 15X zoom ; Tons of manual controls

Lacks image stabilization

Pro815 lives up to its name, with many controls, a huge 3.5-inch LCD, and massive 15X zoom. No image stabilization, though.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Paul Jasper (

Samsung Pro815


Expert photographers will love the built-in monster zoom and the myriad functions.

Huge 3.5-inch LCD and 15X zoom, Tons of manual controls

Lacks image stabilization

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (

Samsung Pro815 Review


Samsung officially announced its first SLR-styled digital camera, the Pro815, an 8 megapixel, 15x zoom model back in June, but it didn't actually arrive until the late autumn. It's targeted at enthusiasts and boasts a lot of 'world firsts' including...

Huge 28-420mm equivalent zoom range with mechanical zoom ring Excellent edge-to-edge results across the zoom range Good resolution - especially in raw mode Fairly light-handed noise reduction at higher ISO settings Large, bright 3.5-inch screen Useful...

Long shutter lag Focusing can feel slow 640 x 480 movies at 25 fps maximum clip length of 30 secs Focus hunts - and often fails - at long end of zoom, especially in low light JPEG processing doesn't make the most of the lens, smearing of low contrast...

Samsung has arrived at the super zoom / bridge camera party very late, but it has certainly made quite an entrance. The Pro815's designers obviously decided that the key to success was to take the successful formula established by the likes of...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : (

SLR-style camera with giant LCD and 15X optical zoom


Measuring 6.1 x 5.4 x 3.4 inches it's certainly as big as a SLR and definitely looks like a SLR down to the overall design and matte-black body, but it's not a single lens reflex.

Huge 3.5-inch primary LCD makes camera a pleasure to use, Excellent 28-420 mm provides wide angle to massive zoom, Very powerful battery lasts a long time, Secondary LCD on top allows hip-level shooting, Excellent hi-res electronic viewfinder, Stereo...

No true image stabilization, Only goes up to ISO 800, Needlessly sparse menus, almost no online help, Button labeling hard to see, Included software marginal, Large and heavy

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Pop Photo (

Samsung's new Digimax Pro 815


Zoom Zoom Zoom Rumors of a Samsung digital SLR have been exaggerated. But they do have a new 8MP high-end EVF called the Digimax Pro 815 ($849 list). You can't remove its 15X optical zoom (28-420mm equiv.), f/2.2-4.6 Schneider-Kreuznach lens, but rings...

Mar, 2007

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Samsung Pro815 Digital Camera Review


8MP and 15x optical zoom, built-in pop-up flash, low-noise processing algorithm, and the fastest response times in its class (shot-to-shot speeds have been reduced to 1.0 second and 1.3 second respectively; shutter release lag of 0.05 seconds) plus...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Newbie (

Expert Review


The Samsung Digimax Pro815 Digital Camera lets from wide angle to telephoto with one lens with a 15X optical zoom with a focal length of 28 – 420mm. It features: 8.0-megapixel CCD captures high-resolution images up to 3264 x 2448 pixels, 15x optical/4x...

Great features and performance


Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Larry L Greenhill (

Samsung Pro815 Pro Review


The Pro 815 is the first Samsung digital camera I've had the chance to use, and I'm frankly amazed at what this baby can do. I carried it around in my briefcase and tried it in distinctly different settings. I took it to restaurants, medical...

Huge 3.5-inch, 235K rear-panel LCD display, 1.4-inch top panel LCD for waist viewing, Kitchen sink of photo features, Close "Super-Macro" Setting, Ultra-sharp 28-420mm Schneider (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, High Speed Shutter Mode, Diopter adjustment...

No optical viewfinder, No image stabilization, Small sensor which yields high noise levels over ISO 200, Poorly organized manual without index, Slow learning curve, Complicated menu and controls, As big and bulky as a pro dSLR, Ultra slow auto focus at...

Once I mastered it, I was able to give the Samsung Pro815 a hearty thumbs-up. I love the big, sharp, telephoto zoom lens and the huge rear-panel LCD. The Pro815 provides many of the tools I require in an all-in-one, super-zoom digital camera: easy...

Jul, 2006

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Samsung Digimax Pro815


Product Specifications


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Album organization: Yes
Camera movie function:Y
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating, Trimming
Photo effects:Black&White, Negative film, Sepia
Playback zoom:1
Playback zoom (max):1
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:Backlight, beach, Children, Close-up (macro), Documents, dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Sunset
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:3.5
Display resolution (numeric):235000


Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):59.1 - 118.1
Flash range (wide):27.6 - 236.2
Flash recharging time:5


Macro focusing range (tele):0.6 - 2.1
Macro focusing range (wide):0.1 - 0.7
Normal focusing range:0.5 - ∞
Normal focusing range (tele):4 - ∞
Normal focusing range (wide):0.5 - ∞
Super Macro focusing range:0.03 - 0.7

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.283 - 4.25
Optical Zoom:15

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:50, 100, 200, 400, AUTO
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:CF
Memory upgrade:4

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 16.5
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera effective resolution:8000000
Camera shutter speed:2 - 1/4000
Compatible operating systems:Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME/XP\nMac OS 10.0 +
Digital SLR: Yes
Effective sensor resolution:8000000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 16.5
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens focal range:F2.2 - F4.6
Lens system:N
Minimum system requirements:DirectX 9.0c
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Driver (Win/Mac)\nDigimax Master\nDigimax Reader

Picture Quality

Image sensor size:2/3
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448
Sensor Type:CCD
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 16:9

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
I/O ports:A/V
PictBridge: Yes


Camera shutter type:Electronic, Mechanical

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum hard disk space:200
Minimum processor:Pentium II 450Mz / PowerMac G3
Minimum RAM:64


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:25
Video Frame Rate:25
Video recording: Yes


Camera viewfinder:Electrical
Viewfinder type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions