Review Of The Samsung I5 Digital Camera



Review Of The Samsung I5 Digital Camera

Review of​ the​ Samsung i5 Digital Camera
Out of​ the​ Box
Despite its diminutive size, the​ Samsung i5 is​ one solid camera and​ feels great in​ the​ hand .​
The large 2.5 LCD display is​ huge, especially when you consider that the​ entire camera is​ only 3.53(w) x 2.35(h) .​
The camera comes packaged with a​ compact docking station that is​ designed to​ stay connected to​ your PC .​
When you place the​ Samsung i5 on its cradle it​ automatically allows you to​ transfer your photos and​ videos to​ your PC, while simultaneously charging the​ camera .​
The docking base also has a​ connector for​ TV hookup .​
Both cables that Samsung include with the​ Camera, the​ USB and​ the​ AV cable can be connected directly to​ the​ camera for​ those times when you don't want to​ take the​ docking base with you.
50MB Internal Memory
Unlike most manufacturers that typically supply a​ paltry 16MB memory card, the​ Samsung i5 comes standard with 50MB of​ internal memory - enough to​ hold twenty 5.0-megapixel images (Super fine mode), 39 in​ Fine mode, 57 in​ normal mode, or​ up to​ 3 minutes, 38 seconds of​ full-frame 640x480 MPEG-4 video .​
The advantage of​ having some internal memory is​ that you'll always have it​ with you - assuming you don't leave the​ camera behind .​
The camera also features a​ standard SD memory expansion slot, which accepts larger memory card .​
SD Memory cards are available in​ sizes of​ 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and​ even 2GB.
Layout and​ Design
The Samsung i5 has an​ overall height and​ width are not much larger than a​ business card, which makes toting the​ camera around a​ pleasure .​
a​ matter of​ fact, put the​ camera into the​ included pouch (which has an​ integrated belt loop) and​ you'll truly forget that you're armed and​ ready to​ go.
While the​ camera does feature plenty of​ scene modes, options, and​ overrides, Samsung simplified the​ design by limiting the​ amount of​ external controls .​
The i5 is​ housed in​ a​ stainless steel body and​ as​ previously mentioned is​ available in​ silver, black, and​ red .​
The front of​ the​ camera features just a​ sliding lens cover, which hides and​ protects the​ lens, flash, and​ AF assist light when the​ camera is​ turned off.
Features
SCENE MODES:
The Samsung i5 has a​ good selection of​ scene modes to​ satisfy most every shooting situation .​
The only mode that Samsung neglected, and​ one that I​ have never seen left out of​ a​ camera, is​ a​ sport mode .​
a​ sports mode would force the​ camera to​ use a​ higher shutter speed in​ order to​ help freeze faster action .​
Since the​ i5 lacks a​ sports mode or​ any way to​ manually increase the​ shutter speed, the​ i5 is​ probably not the​ camera to​ get if​ you take a​ lot of​ sports pictures.
MACRO MODE:
the​ Samsung i5 offers an​ excellent macro mode, actually three macro modes .​
The Auto Macro Mode works automatically and​ allows the​ camera to​ focus as​ close as​ 2 (5 cm) from the​ subject when the​ camera is​ at​ wide angle or​ as​ close as​ 20 in​ the​ telephoto position .​
If you switch the​ camera to​ Super Macro Mode the​ camera can then focus on subjects as​ close as​ 0.39 from the​ lens .​
Super Macro Mode is​ superb at​ capturing the​ finest details from subjects, even small ones such as​ coins, jewelry, stamps, etc, .​
The standard Macro Mode is​ similar to​ Auto Macro Mode in​ that the​ camera can focus as​ close as​ 2 from the​ lens .​
Unlike the​ Auto Macro mode which automatically focuses from 2 to​ infinity, the​ standard Macro Mode focuses from 2 to​ 20 .​
While on the​ same subject, the​ Super Macro Mode is​ used within the​ .39 to​ 2 range.
Conclusion
There is​ a​ lot to​ like about the​ Samsung i5 and​ a​ few things not to​ like .​
The camera performed satisfactory under most lighting conditions, but performance was only average .​
Start-up time was fairly quick at​ 2 seconds, but shot-to-shot times were very slow .​
Even in​ continuous shooting mode the​ best I​ could achieve was 1.5 seconds between shots and​ in​ this mode the​ screen goes completely dark while the​ camera captures frame after frame .​
Since you can't see exactly what the​ camera is​ capturing after you press the​ shutter release, the​ continuous shooting mode is​ more pot-luck than anything else .​
In single-shot mode, it​ took the​ camera about 2.5 seconds before it​ was ready to​ capture another image .​
Shutter lag was almost a​ full second, a​ pretty slow time when compared to​ other newer cameras in​ this class.
Now for​ the​ good news .​
The stainless steal body, sleek compact design, internal 3x optical zoom lens, layout and​ overall feel, docking station, rechargeable battery, 50MB of​ internal memory, integrated lens/flash cover, large 2.5 TFT color LCD display, easy-to-navigate menu system, and​ 30 fps MPEG-4 video mode with audio and​ zoom are reasons to​ consider the​ Samsung i5 .​
The camera also features a​ superb super macro mode which should be considered if​ you often take pictures of​ small objects (think ebay auctions) .​
Long exposures (night mode) seem to​ be one of​ the​ high points of​ the​ Samsung i5 .​
a​ 12-second exposure taken in​ a​ dimly lit room yielded bright, sharp, clean results .​
This was very unexpected especially considering the​ camera lacks a​ tripod mount - a​ necessity when shooting with long exposures .​
To get around the​ lack of​ a​ tripod mount, use a​ bean bag or​ table along with the​ self-timer to​ keep the​ camera steady when shooting.
The camera's large 2.5 TFT display was bright indoors and​ out, although the​ LCD was not as​ visible when trying to​ frame scenes at​ night .​
The camera slides into the​ docking base with the​ LCD facing the​ front, making it​ a​ convenient way to​ do an​ informal slide show or​ connect the​ docking station to​ a​ large screen TV for​ slideshows that have impact.
If you're looking for​ a​ pocket-thin camera that balances features and​ image quality, has very good slow-shutter (night) performance, and​ is​ fun to​ use, then the​ Samsung i5 is​ a​ camera to​ consider.

Review Of The Samsung I5 Digital Camera





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