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In the ongoing "my LCD is bigger than your LCD" fight, Samsung's Pro815 is the champ-at least in a real man's camera. Though the top Digimax is a hefty, SLR-shaped model, its back is dominated by a 3.5-inch LCD that makes onscreen viewing and composition easier and more detailed than ever. Other features are also supersized, including a 15X optical zoom (the staggering equivalent of 28-420mm in 35mm); eight-megapixel image capture; full-VGA video (30fps, with stereo sound); menu type size (easily readable at arm's length); and battery stamina (a Li-ion rechargeable that's rated at 450 shots a charge). The Pro815's macro capability permits focusing to about an inch in front of the lens, while its spotmeter can be coupled to an AF point almost anywhere on the screen image. And as if the big LCD and eyepiece EVF weren't enough, there's a tiny, one-inch auxiliary monitor on the camera's top deck that lets you compose from low angles or above the crowd. About $750.