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Specification for Samsung Digimax S500

Main Features
Resolution 5.1
Optical Zoom 3
Battery Type Alkaline
Main characteristics
Image Sensor Type: CCD
Resolution: 5.3 Megapixel
Optical Zoom: 3x
Camera Type: Compact
Lens
Interchangeable Lens: Not Interchangeable Lenses
Optical Zoom: 3x
35mm Zoom Lens: 35 - 105 mm
Digital Zoom: 5x
Focus Type: Autofocus
Focus Range: 31.5 in. to Infinity (w)
Macro Focus Range: 1.97 in. to Infinity (w) / 15.75 in. to Infinity (t)
Focal Length: 5.8 - 17.4 mm
Image Quality
Camera Resolution: 5.3 Megapixel
Image Resolutions: 640 x 4802592 x 19442272 x 17042048 x 15361600 x 12001024 x 768
Video
Video Resolutions: 320 x 240 (QVGA)640 x 480 (VGA)160 x 120
Video Speed: 30 fps
Max Movie Length: Without Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
Video Format: AVIMotion JPEG
Exposure Control
Aperture Range: f12.4 (t) - f2.8/f4.9 (w/t)
Shutter Speed: 8 - 1/1500 sec
White Balance: AutoManualDaylight / Sunny (Preset)Cloudy (Preset)Fluorescent (Preset)Tungsten (Preset)
Storage
Memory Type: Built-inMMC CardSD Card
Built-in Memory Size: 20 MB
Compression Modes: FineSuperFineNormal
Compression Type: JPEGEXIF 2.2DPOF 1.1
File Size (High Res.): 2.86 MB (45 images on 128MB card)
File Size (Low Res.): 0.13 MB (about 985 images on 128MB card)
Flash
ISO Speeds: Auto50100200400
Flash Type: Built-In
Flash Functions: Flash OffAuto FlashFill-in FlashRed-eye Reduction FlashSlow Sync
Viewfinder / Display
Viewfinder: Without Viewfinder
LCD Panel: With LCD Panel
LCD Panel Size: 2.4 in.
LCD Screen Resolution: 112,000 pixels
LCD Protected Position: Without LCD Protected Position
Interfaces
Interface Type: USB 2.0
Video Interface: Video Out
Power Supply
Battery Type: 2 x AA Batteries
Included Features
Self Timer: 2 Sec.10 Sec.
Built-in Microphone: With Built-in Microphone
System Requirements
Operating System: Apple Mac OS 9Apple Mac OS XMicrosoft Windows 2000Microsoft Windows 98Microsoft Windows 98SEMicrosoft Windows MEMicrosoft Windows XP
Other
Height: 6.2 cm
Width: 9.7 cm
Depth: 2.6 cm
Weight: 0.1 kg
Exterior Color: BlackSilver

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Samsung Digimax S500

“I complained to samsung, their advice..buy...”

Written on: 19/06/2012

I complained to samsung, their advice..buy rechargeable batteries. No indication as to why the poor battery life. It's worthless!!!… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Until you try to use the camera, it seems really cool!...”

Written on: 16/08/2010

Until you try to use the camera, it seems really cool! Lots and lots of great sounding features... that don't work. The camera will never be happy with the mode you set it to, even the "auto" and "smart" modes. As a result, the camera will ALMOST NEVER focus, but instead gives a friendly beep to let you know it's unable to focus with its current settings. If you buy this camera you will end up having to take all of your pictures with your cellphone… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Samsung camera S500...There is nothing is wrong with...”

Written on: 15/08/2009

Samsung camera S500...There is nothing is wrong with the Samsung S500 camera all you need is a decent pack of blue 4 activ rechargable 2300 nimh AA batteries from Aldi at the price of £2.89 and charge the batteries (For 12 Hours Minimum) Then you have 2 Spares to carry as Spares. but you probably wont need them .I had the same problem and the camera batteries they went flat after 6 Photos with rechargable 700s.I now have taken 120 photos and 5x6 mins of video on 1 Charge and it is still showing… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“We will never buy another Samsung camera again. We...”

Written on: 25/04/2009

We will never buy another Samsung camera again. We should have bought a new camera a long time ago because we have spent a fortune in batteries. We can only take about 5 pictures before it kills new batteries. Even with the Digimax S500 camera off it will kill your batteries. Its sad when you go to use your camera and you have to have a couple of new sets of batteries just to get through an event… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“tMy Samsung Digimax S500 camera was alright for a...”

Written on: 01/03/2009

tMy Samsung Digimax S500 camera was alright for a month before it completely went down hill.
the battery life is poor. i put batteries in 30 mins later it demands more… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“For an easy -to -carry -around camera, it's hard to...”

Written on: 20/07/2008 by libarratt (2 reviews written)

For an easy -to -carry -around camera, it's hard to beat - my Canon Powershot A460 beats it on battery life but it was £10 dearer with no rechargeables!… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“I do not like it at ALL. the battery runs out SOOO...”

Written on: 15/03/2008

I do not like it at ALL. the battery runs out SOOO fast, i take about 5 - 8 pictures , and its dead. That is SO usless. I'm jelous of all my friends, they have ugly camaras, but their camaras work so good. probably the only good thing about this camara is the color of the camara. i do NOT recomendd this camara to anyone, I am buying a new one asap. THIS ONE SUCKS… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Picture quality OK. Takes only a few pictures before...”

Written on: 01/01/2008 by peter McLarty (1 review written)

Picture quality OK. Takes only a few pictures before battery is dead. Because of this disastrously short battery life, the camera is, in my opinion, totally useless and Samsung should provide replacement camera providing reasonable battery life. Very disappointing!… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Lens gets stuck and camera will not come back on!!...”

Written on: 01/01/2008

Lens gets stuck and camera will not come back on!! Only had it 2 weeks!!!! I do not like the Samsung Digimax S500!!!… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Because of the problem with the battery charge, the...”

Written on: 02/12/2007 by rfthompson (1 review written)

Because of the problem with the battery charge, the camera is pretty much unusable, which is why I only rate it 2 out of 10… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆
Samsung Digimax S500

“I contacted the Samsung Service Centre regarding the...”

Written on: 25/05/2007 by Dizzy Lizzy (1 review written)

I contacted the Samsung Service Centre regarding the non retractable zoom lens first by email, I didn't get a helpful response, so I rang them and they told me that when non rechargeable batteries die, there is often insufficient power to close the lens and that I should buy rechargeable batteries, that being the case the camera should come with rechargeable batteries as standard… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆
Samsung Digimax S500

“Have sent my camera to Samsung for repair. It can't be...”

Written on: 10/05/2007 by PEJAY (1 review written)

Have sent my camera to Samsung for repair. It can't be using batteries that quick: 2 photos then low battery warning?… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆
Samsung Digimax S500

“This is a fantastic, easy to use camera but the...”

Written on: 22/03/2007 by klara28 (1 review written)

This is a fantastic, easy to use camera but the EXTREMELY POOR battery life makes me wish I didn't get the Samsung Digimax S500 camera.
At this moment I can only take less than 8 photos and the batteries dies! I've never bought so many batteries in my life.

The picture quality is good for the price, but too bad I can't enjoy browsing through the pictures because more than often the batteries die off (and these are new batteries!) before I have managed to scroll through all the photos… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“I was so excited to get this camera, but apparently, I...”

Written on: 28/01/2007 by bananaboat2g22 (1 review written)

I was so excited to get this camera, but apparently, I didn't put enough research into it before purchasing. The controls are easy to use and the camera has an overall satisfying amount of cool features. However, it's almost impossible to use the camera because of its battery life! Take ten pictures, and the camera shuts itself off. Not fun. Even when rechargeable batteries are used, the battery life is still horrible! I have altogether stopped taking the camera anywhere with me because it's a… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this camera to anyone...”

Written on: 28/01/2007 by dan2897 (3 reviews written)

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this camera to anyone - with the proviso that you do need to take spare batteries with you if you are going on holiday or are planning to take a lot of pictures. I don't find this very inconvenient or costly given that you can get multipacks or Duracell's pretty cheaply these days.

All the features you need for a point and shoot camera are there and are well designed with usability in mind. Plus the cost is cheap and the build quality is good… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Regarding the battery life of the camera: ”

Written on: 10/01/2007 by viswanath (1 review written)

Regarding the battery life of the camera:

dozen snaps or so away, using the 2500mAH batteries as suggested in the user manual, low battery warning occurs.

In most probability, the LCD is the one that eats up the charge.

Had there been an optical view finder, with means to switch off the LCD, then may be we could have had a larger battery life. It could also depend on the electronics going into the making of the camera, probably they require more charge for operation.

My colleagues who have… Read Full Review

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★★★★★
Samsung Digimax S500

“I got to Panasonic batteries included with my camera...”

Written on: 04/01/2007 by chasingrainbows (1 review written)

I got to Panasonic batteries included with my camera so I could start taking pictures straight away, after they had run out I had a problem finding batteries, I went to Argos (my mum did hehe) and bought the Duracell charger for £14.99 it included 4 AA batteries, I find they work great so once I found strong batteries i had no problems.
I like the frames you can use around your pictures and the way you can join 2-4 pictures together, also the image effects are handy. my telephone, mobile, mp3… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Overall after doing a bit of research and checking out...”

Written on: 29/12/2006 by techluvver2 (1 review written)

Overall after doing a bit of research and checking out what other people had to say about this camera, I decided to take the plunge and buy it for myself. I have always been a fan of Samsung cameras although I have had my share of breakdowns ( hence I got extended warranty this time round).
I have been very impressed with the pictures it takes, clear , crisp and I just left everything on Auto mode. Auto mode is fine for 95 percent of pictures you will be taking. I like to do the odd video here… Read Full Review

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Samsung Digimax S500

“Would not recommend the Samsung Digimax S500 camera to...”

Written on: 29/10/2006 by Mzz Thang (1 review written)

Would not recommend the Samsung Digimax S500 camera to anyone unless they carry a 36-pack of AA batteries with them… Read Full Review

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★★★★★
Samsung Digimax S500

“For the price this Samsung Digimax S500 is an...”

Written on: 09/08/2006 by Kung Fu Heather (1 review written)

For the price this Samsung Digimax S500 is an excellent buy. Many other brands I looked at had the same specs or even smaller LCD screens and were at least $100 more. Great first camera, or even if you are already an experienced photographer, this is perfect for everyday use… Read Full Review

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Kentaylor1946's Response to Kung Fu Heather's Review

Written on: 27/12/2006

Battery life with Alkalines is pathetic - as few as 15 shots with full flash and red-eye reduction but over 200 flash/red-eye shots on a pair of freshly charged NiMH AA cells seems very reasonable to me.
<br/>Performance in all other respects is reported elsewhere.
<br/>Ken

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