Samsung HZ15W

Last update (02 Feb’10):
– Review by TechTree

Samsung HZ15W is a 12 MP point-and-shoot camera features 10x optical zoom; 24mm ultra-wide angle Schneider lens, Dual Image Stabilization, high-definition video at a resolution of 720p, Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards, Face Detection, ISO 80-3200, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen. The camera measures 4.13″ x 2.42″ x 1.44″ and weighs approx. 0.49 lbs. (without battery and card).

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Expert Reviews

Samsung HZ15W Reviews

TechTree reviews the Samsung HZ15W and writes;
“The video recording too is nice and is almost good enough to replace your video camera. The display quality is superb, the interface is nice and simple and there are plenty of features as well. The design is a bit boxy but doesn’t particularly look bad. Overall, the WB550 offers a good mix of performance and features but is slightly expensive compared to its rivals”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCRP reviews the Samsung HZ15W and writes;
“If you want a smallish camera with a great zoom range, large LCD, and useful set of features — and you’ll be taking photos in good light and not making large prints — then the Samsung HZ15W is certainly worth checking out. Those of you who want better image quality and low light performance will probably want to consider one of the HZ15’s competitors.”
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DCI reviews the Samsung HZ15W and writes;
“HZ15W generally performed very well. It had excellent image sharpness, good color accuracy, fast burst modes, and an image stabilization system that really seemed to help…”
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User Opinions

Samsung HZ15W User Reviews

Improved my photography | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am not much of a photographer. Do not get me wrong, I like to take pictures. I am just not very good at it. For a couple of years now I have had a small camera, which I have enjoyed very much and have taken many “okay” pictures with it. This camera manages to increase the quality of my photos without much effort on my part. Of course, the fact that the colors are more vibrant and the image is crisper is down to the camera itself. However, the nicer features, like the great zoom and better stabilization than my old camera, means even mediocre (at best) photographers like me can get great results….” – by Leslie

Amazing and inexpensive | Rating: ★★★★★
“…The manual capability is great giving either speed or aperture control as desired. The 3 inch screen and its text displays of the modes are huge plus features – you’re always certain on what dial setting you’ve moved to. All menus are easy to use and well explained with appropriate logos. The only negative is the remote IR control. It’s only capability is to trigger the shutter with a 2 second delay. (What would be great is ability to trigger shutter bursts and the hd video). Incidentally the HD video is so good that I no longer use my videocam. Finally it’s smaller and lighter than the competition and aftermarket extended life batteries are available.” – by Roger

Nothing to complain about yet | Rating: ★★★★★
“…Comparing the prices between the Samsung HZ15W and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, the HZ15W worth much more. It’s a $100 difference for not that much different” – by Davi

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Samsung HZ15W User Manual (PDF)

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Samsung HZ15W Specifications (PDF)

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Samsung HZ15W Press Release

23rd February 2009, 13:00 GMT – Samsung Digital Imaging, leaders in innovation and digital technology, is breaking new ground by including world-first technology in the advanced WB550/HZ15W and WB100 compact cameras.

The WB100 model, with a 5x optical zoom and 24mm ultra wide lens, breaks ground in the compact camera category by featuring the world’s first 3.0” hVGA AMOLED screen. The organic LED screen out performs conventional TFT LCD screens with better contrast and a brighter screen that really helps when shooting in both bright sunlight and dark conditions. The 460k pixel packed screen also shows fantastic detail when framing the shot and in playback.

The new WB550 also includes a world first 10x optical zoom and 24mm ultra wide angle Schneider lens (previously found only in the camera’s predecessor, the WB500) and cements Samsung’s position as an innovator in the new and important High-zoom category – compact cameras equipped with the sort of advanced zoom lens technology traditionally seen only in SLR cameras. This new technology gives people even greater control and helps them take better, professional standard photos; enhancing the entire photography experience, from shooting to sharing images with friends and family.

HD Movie Experience
The 12 mega pixel WB550 and WB100 also include HD movie capture so people can ‘Pause and Re-record’ high definition videos and super sharp movie-quality recordings in one movie clip – a Samsung patented function. The cameras also include ‘Smart Auto’ (Scene Recognition) technology: 11 optimized picture pre-settings such as Portrait, Night portrait, Macro and Macro Colour, to help people take the perfect shot regardless of the conditions.

Dual Image Stabilization
The WB550 and WB100 integrate Optical and Digital Image Stabilization into a Dual Image Stabilization function, providing outstanding quality photos without blur from handshake – even in low light conditions.

Full Manual Control

For the more advanced user who prefers to have more control over camera settings, the WB100 offers aperture priority, shutter priority, as well as full manual shooting modes. Samsung also includes its unique Advanced Picture Mode in the WB100. With Advanced Picture Mode, users can fine tune color tones in their saved images by adjusting the color temperature from 2,800-10,000K, in 100K increments, or by manually configuring the camera’s color space shift.

Face Detection
Samsung’s Perfect Portrait System is included within both the ultra-compact cameras alongside a host of other advanced features; “Face Detection” locates the subject’s face within the frame and automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure better composition and image quality for portraits; in “Blink Detection Mode” the cameras take a series of shots when closed eyes are detected so friends and family are always captured with their eyes open; in “Smile Mode” a picture is automatically taken when smiles are detected and, in “Beauty Shot” mode, facial skin is retouched for a brighter and smoother skin tone.

Frame Guide
The Frame Guide setting on the new WB550 and WB100 means you no longer need rely on the technological capabilities of strangers for perfect holiday snaps. When you use the setting, the camera take a ghost picture of your desired shot and displays a template when you pass the camera over to someone else – ensuring they take the picture you want them to take, with you perfectly placed in it.

Smart Album
The two advanced compact cameras also feature a new ‘Smart Album’ Digital Contents Management system; a contents management program within the camera that makes it quick and easy to store and manage your photo collection. The clever navigation program automatically organizes photos based on the date they were taken, their contents, colour or themes.

“Samsung is really strengthening our High Zoom and advanced compact range with the launch of the WB550 and WB100, providing world-first technology, unique and innovative features and advanced solutions for photographers of all levels” said Steve Mitchell, General Manager Marketing, Samsung Digital Imaging Division.
The WB550, available in Black and Dark Grey, is priced at £299 (TBC) and will be available from leading high street and online retailers from April 2009.

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