Samsung SL820 12 Megapixel Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom, 3" LCD, Dual Image Stabilization, & Record Movies in HD - Silver - EC-SL820SBP/US

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by Keith on 10/27/2009

I went for the Samsung SL820 because I got used to the layout and the value of their cameras, all great buys for the price. This one offered 12 megapixels, nice wide angle (28mm equiv) starting point for the 5x zoom, and the description mentioned HD video. When I first tested it I was a little disappointed because the detail on the highest rez is somewhat fuzzier than the last one I got, a 10 MP model. There appears to be some kind of interpolation that detracts from the crispness of the detail. The sharpness suffers even more when zoomed in, past about the halfway point, even with tripod shots. I almost decided to send the SL820 back after initial testing, but I gave it a chance to change my mind. Things to like: The color is very good, maybe a bit more like Canon, with excellent skin tones and rich but believable color tones spicing up the images. The flash has several settings, full, red-eye reduction, slow sync, and fill flash. That last one really impressed me because it appears to act like through-the-lens control, adding just the right touch to most shots in its range. This is especially true of close-up photos where many other cameras would normally blast out the detail. The shots instead appear to be almost natural, nicely balanced and usually right on for exposure. I also really like the video capability. The format is MP4, very compressed for the file size, but impressively detailed. It shoots 4x3 or 16x9, in 3 diff frame rates. I have found that where I couldn't necessarily get a good still shot, the video exposure is usually pretty good, actually good enough to use individual frames as still shots. I am most impressed with the audio that goes with the video. It's quite good compared to any other digital cameras I've tried. I did an outdoor recording of someone demonstrating a procedure for a group, and the audio clarity was fine, even for people standing a ways from the camera. Even some background sound in a nearby tennis court was clear. I took this camera to some musical performances and was quite pleased with the results. Whether acoustic or amplified, the clarity was excellent, nice reminders to bring home. I won't have any hesitation to combine video clips from this camera with my full HD video camera when I need extra shots to mix in. I have tried doing extended video and the battery held out for well over an hour, but I did have an occasional stop that seemed to relate to a max file size it could handle (just restarted again, no problem). The battery is no longer standard AA, now a lighter smaller lithium proprietary model, but it is easy to recharge in the camera from any USB connector (USB jack pwr supply comes with the cam). Also, the USB cord has a built in LED that shifts from red to green when the charge is complete. The same jack for the charge cord/download connector is also an output for HDMI if you invest in the $40 accessory. Then you can play back big-screen images right to your HDMI TV. All in all, I decided to keep the little gem because it does so much, and even the problems are quite acceptable as a trade off for the versatility. I haven't even tried to list all the extra features, like 2-level shot stabilizing, face recognition, multiple program modes, and high ISO settings for low light, etc. You won't be blown away by any one thing, but as a package it's very nice.

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takes excellent pictures and is fast

by rajshaheb on 4/25/2010

It's a great camera. Good design and battery life. The only thing I find difficult is when i take pictures in night mode. Your hands need to be very steady while taking pictures in night mode otherwise, pics get blurry. In any camera, night mode is sensitive and I'm not sure if this camera is a bit more sensitive or not, but I wish I was able to take more clear pictures in night mode quicker. The camera doesn't come with an audio video cable. Video quality is awesome. Like it and will recommend. Good value for the money.

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Product Overview

Now it’s easy to capture all the details that make memories so special. The SL820 includes a powerful 12 megapixels and 5x optical zoom so you can get close to the action. Plus, the 24 mm ultra wide angle lens gives you a wider shooting range from a shorter distance. And the Dual Image Stabilization makes every shot a beauty. The most stunning photos come from a SAMSUNG digital camera.


Manufacturer Samsung
Mfg Part# EC-SL820SBP/US
SKU 210772469
UPC 044701010197
UPC 14 00044701010197
12 megapixels
High resolution images, outstanding quality. The SAMSUNG SL820 delivers nothing short of brilliant images with a true-color filtered 12 megapixel CCD.
28 mm wide angle lens
Whether you're indoors or out, snapping a landscape or friends around a table, the 24 mm ultra wide angle lens gives you a wider shooting range from a shorter distance. Easily capture images of beautiful landscapes and entire buildings - not something you can do with a standard 35 mm. The 24 mm ultra wide angle is a perfect marriage of advanced versatility with the convenience of a stylish, compact camera.
Dual Image Stabilization
Get brighter and more natural pictures with DIS technology. With DIS the effects of image blur are reduced in lower light conditions. You can even take well exposed, sharper pictures without using a flash.
5x optical zoom lens
With a 5x optical zoom, you’ll get up close and personal with every subject. Plus, a slim, stylish design makes the mounted inner zoom lens easier to use and carry. A special coating on both sides of the lenses prevents false color and distortion while delivering outstanding picture quality.
3" LCD Screen
It’s easy to take pictures with the large 3.0" LCD. And with improved contrast and color reproduction you’ll be able to take and edit your photos effortlessly.
record movies in HD
Experience full HD quality with your camera. Capture images and record videos in high definition - then watch them on your HDTV in high-quality 720p resolution at 30 fps.
Tech Specs
Type 1/2.33" (approx. 1.09 cm) CCD
Effective Pixel approx. 12.2 megapixel
Total Pixel approx. 12.4 megapixel
Type TTL auto focus (Multi AF, Center AF)
Speed auto: 1/8 ~ 1/2000 s; program: 1 ~ 1/2000 s (AEB, continuous: 1/4 ~ 1/2000); night: 8 ~ 1/2000 s; fireworks: 4 s
Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
ISO Equivalent auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (upto 3 M)
Metering System multi, spot, center-weighted
Recharging Time approx. 5 s (depends on battery condition)
Modes auto, auto & red-eye reduction, fill-in flash, slow sync, flash off, red-eye fix
Modes Smart, Auto, Program, Dual IS, Scene, Beauty Shot, Movie, Photo Help Guide
Continuous Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture
Media internal memory: approx. 100 MB; external memory: SD card (up to 4 GB guaranteed); MMC plus (up to 2 GB guaranteed,4 bit 20 MHz); SDHC (up to 8 GB guaranteed)
File Format still image: JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0; movie clip: MP4(H.264); audio: WAV
Digital Output Connector USB 2.0
Video Output AV: NTSC, PAL (user selectable); HDMI 1.2: NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
DC Power Input Connector 4.2 V
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.72" x 2.32" x 0.89"
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40ºC
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%
Application SAMSUNG Master, QuickTime Player 7.5, Adobe Reader
Self-timer self-timer: 2 s, 10 s, double (10 s, 2 s), motion timer, remote controller
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 12.2
Color Silver
Color Class Silver
Digital Zoom (x) 5
Focus Mode Auto
Image Stabilization Type Electronic
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 60
Memory Card Type SD
Resolution 4000 x 3000
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