CeBIT: Samsung's 7mpix camera phone
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 9, 2005 - 20:23 EST)

Articles from a number of sources today have revealed details of a new camera phone model from Korean manufacturer Samsung that offers a whopping seven megapixel resolution.

The company set a benchmark last year with the announcement of the first five megapixel camera phone, and the new Samsung Anycall SCH-V770 is likewise said to be a world's first. Features are getting increasingly more sophisticated, with the SCH-V770 sporting a Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan 3x optical zoom lens, and apparently including features such as support for telephoto and wide-angle conversion lenses, auto-exposure lock, and aperture priority mode.

Detailed specifications, pricing and availability information are not currently available from Samsung. We've compiled a list of some of the features mentioned in an array of news articles covering the phone's announcement, as well as some we gleaned from the Korean-language press release:

1/1.8" 7.4 megapixel CCD imager (7.0 megapixels effective)

Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan 3x optical zoom lens, 7.8 - 23.4mm

Tele and wide conversion lenses extend zoom range to 4.7x

2-inch, 16 million color QVGA LCD display

TV output (live preview possible)

MMC-micro memory card slot (32MB memory included)

Built-in high intensity flash strobe

Compatible with CDMA EV-DO cellphone networks

Dimensions: 127 x 52 x 27mm approx.

Weight: 180 grams approx.

Auto and manual focusing

AE lock possible

Shutter priority, aperture priority and manual modes

Shutter speeds from 15 - 1/2000 second

Video clip function (15 / 30 frames per second)

MP3 player function with Digital Power Amplifier

Business card reader function

5x digital zoom