Samsung has announced the release of the S85 digital camera featuring an 8.2-megapixel image sensor and a super-sharp 5x optical zoom lens.

The S85 includes Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, which detects faces then automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure better composition and quality in portraits.

The AF function instantaneously recognises the faces of subjects and accurately focuses on them setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image quality.

Sharp images are promised with Samsung’s ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction) system which helps to capture the best possible images in all shooting situations.

A nice feature for versatility is that the S85 can be powered by an optional Samsung rechargeable Ni-MH battery system, as well as AA alkaline batteries.

Other features include:

• Shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 sec
• An ISO equivalent of 1600
• A 2.5-inch LCD display
• Effect hot key
• Full manual control options
• 20 megabytes of internal memory, plus SD cards up to 4 gigabytes
• 13 scene modes including night, portrait, children, landscape, close-up, text, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach & snow, café, food, self shot
• Colour effects include B/W, sepia, blue, green and red
• Continuous Shooting mode and Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), enabling the shooting of a series of images with varying exposures
• An Auto Macro function that automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus
• A built-in microphone allows a 10-second voice memo to be attached to any still image

The Samsung S85 will be available from the end of August 2007 for £119.99.