Samsung has announced the new Samsung WB5500 ultrazoom camera model featuring 13.8 megapixels of resolution, 26x optical zoom and 3.0-inch LCD monitor. Most of its functions are similar to that of its long-zoom (24x) sibling, Samsung HZ25W aka WB5000.
The camera’s lens is peculiar indeed. Except for is telephoto capabilities, it offers wide-angle coverage with 26mm angle of view at the wider end. Maximum aperture varies from f/2.8 to f/5.0. There’s also sensor-shift image stabilization in the camera, which helps combat blur caused by camera shake in low light as well at the telephoto end and deliver clear and sharp images.
The WB5500 has all manual controls a creative photographer needs: in aperture and shutter priority modes you set either aperture or shutter, and the camera will calculate the other parameter automatically, and in manual mode you can set both values manually.
There’s a possibility of point-an-shoot operation as well alongside with 11 creative scene modes from which you choose the one that suits your shooting situation best.
The camera also offers Face Detection function to automatically identify faces in a frame and optimize focus and exposure for them. As to its movie mode, so far there’s no data available in this respect.
Samsung WB5500 – Specifications:
- 1/2.33 CCD Image Sensor
- 13.80 Megapixels
- Maximum Image Size: 4288 x 3216
- 3.0 in. LCD Screen with 230,000 dots
- a 0.24-inch Electronic Viewfinder
- 26x Optical Zoom
- Focal Length Equivalent: 26 - 676mm
- Aperture Range : f/2.8 (W) - f/5.0 (T)
- Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
- AF Area Modes: Center, Multi, Face Detection, Tracking, Selection
- Manual Focus Possible
- Macro: 0.4″ / 1 cm
- Sensitivity: ISO80 - 6400
- Shutter Speed: 16 - 1/2000 second
- Exposure Modes: Aperture, Shutter, Manual
- Metering: Multi, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection
- 11 Scene Modes: Frame Guide, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
- SD/ SDHC, MMC Memory Cards
- Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
- 8.0MB Internal Memory
- Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.3 x 3.6 in. / 116 x 83 x 91 mm
- Weight 14.0 oz /396 g
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