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Samsung Digimax L85 reviewsSamsung Unveils the New High-Performance Samsung Digimax L85 with the World’s First High Definition Multimedia Interface. The new Digimax L85 is the latest addition to Samsung’s prestigious line of digital cameras. It is the world’s first digital still camera to feature High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) - a revolutionary new feature allowing users to view their photos on a high definition television with outstanding quality. Set to launch in April, the eight-mega-pixel Digimax L85 also includes a top-class Schneider Kreuznach lens with 5x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD display (approximately 230K pixels), which provides the photographer with a greater zoom options and a vivid display.

Computer active reviewed Samsung Digimax L85 and wrote:
"The irony is that in bright light the L85 delivers its best performance – its vivid colours are a stand out – while low light results in occasional image blur. That grumble aside, the L85 makes a credible claim for your cash. For those who prefer their cameras to look like cameras – plus recently bought an HDTV set for the footie – the Samsung Digimax L85 offers great value."
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PC World reviewed Samsung Digimax L85 and wrote:
"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 larger than JPEGs. The lithium ion battery recharges from an adapter that plugs into the base of the camera. In our tests, we were able to take 390 shots on a single charge."
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Infosync world reviewed Samsung Digimax L85 and wrote:
"The Samsung Digimax L85 isn't the thinnest or most feature-packed camera available, but it offers a respectable feature set, unique design, and most importantly – good pictures. Some photos experience minor fringing and the ISO doesn't exceed 400, but overall this point-and-shoot won't let you down."
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CNET reviewed Samsung Digimax L85 and wrote:
"The Samsung Digimax L85 produced very attractive images with only a single significant flaw. The photos reproduced colour well and displayed fine details without distortion or compression artifacts. Even at the higher ISO settings, noise was minimal and images were quite clear. However, the lens suffers from chronic and pervasive chromatic aberration; high-contrast edges, whether in the centre or at the edges of the frame, frequently exhibited a noticeable coloured fringe. So if you plan on shooting trees against a clear blue sky, expect a purplish aura to appear."
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PC Mag reviewed Samsung Digimax L85 and wrote:
"As I stated earlier, the Digimax's L85's performance really falls short. This is especially evident with the camera's significant shutter lag. I measured the L85's bootup time at 3.7 seconds, which is actually decent, although certainly not the fastest I've seen. The camera's 7.3-second recycle time, however, is atrociously lengthy."
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PC World reviewed Samsung Digimax L85 and wrote:
"Advanced photographers will find plenty of controls to tweak on the L85. In addition to using the aperture- and shutter-priority modes, you can change the aperture size and the shutter speed independently in the full manual mode. You can set exposure compensation in all three manual modes, and you can even use auto-exposure bracketing to take a sequence of three shots at different exposure levels."
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Samsung Unveils the New High-Performance Samsung Digimax L85 with the World’s First High Definition Multimedia Interface. The new Digimax L85 is the latest addition to Samsung’s prestigious line of digital cameras. It is the world’s first digital still camera to feature High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) - a revolutionary new feature allowing users to view their photos on a high definition television with outstanding quality. Set to launch in April, the eight-mega-pixel Digimax L85 also includes a top-class Schneider Kreuznach lens with 5x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD display (approximately 230K pixels), which provides the photographer with a greater zoom options and a vivid display.

Samsung Digimax L85
Samsung Digimax L85

With a classic body shape and comfortable grip that will suit the more advanced photographer looking for additional control, the Digimax L85’s sleek black and silver body will appeal to the most stylish consumers.
Three kinds of manual exposure adjustments give ambitious photographers complete creative freedom. Aperture priority allows more control of depth of field; shutter priority allows better capture of fast motion; and manual adjustment that allows users to set the shutter and aperture themselves - meaning that even the most demanding photographers will be satisfied with the L85’s versatility.

Samsung Digimax L85
Samsung Digimax L85

Continuous shooting mode including Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB). This allows users to shoot a series of pictures with slightly different exposures to ensure perfect lighting. Additionally, Auto Focus Bracketing takes 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 will give cameras much longer recording time compared to standard video formats. It has the advanced capabilities to capture movie clips in VGA (640 x 480) at 30fps and has several advanced movie shooting functions, including a movie stabiliser, continuous video recording, improved in-camera video editing and the ability to use the 3x optical zoom while recording.

Samsung Digimax L85
Samsung Digimax L85

11 scene modes including Night Scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text Recognition, mean that even the inexperienced photographer will get the perfect shot in every situation.
Various user-friendly functions such as My Set shot mode, allows the user to save customised shooting settings - a great feature for the frequent, enthusiast photographer.
Users will never miss their shot, because the L85 can take pictures as soon as it’s switched on, and its faster image-writing speed means that you can keep catching the action for longer.

Samsung Digimax L85
Samsung Digimax L85

Improved Graphic User Interface (GUI) ensures faster and smoother menu navigation - menu settings can be accessed quickly and with ease, by using the camera’s Move and Set functions.
Other helpful features include 32 MB of built-in memory and a voice recording function. The L85 is supplied with Samsung’s exclusive ‘Digimax Master’ software. This software enables advanced movie and still image editing.

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