Let me just point out that I am no David Bailey. Ok, and neither is anyone else in my family. Why have I made such honest statements you ask (or maybe not)? Because I don't need a top of the range digital camera, because my piccies still would look crap no matter what piece of hi-tech equipment I used! So, I like looking at the budget end of cameras (ok, so I'm a meanie). The Samsung DigiMax being a perfect solution for this market I happen to find myself in. I first tried out this camera a couple of years ago when it was first released. I was in sales at PC World at the time and was surrounded by camera snobs. You know the sort...no lives. I found the quality of this camera amazing for the price. It comes in at the "under megapixel" range and yet still manages to produce quality pictures akin to cameras costing twice its price (at the time it was £149). The colours as well as the contrast quality were spot on. The only downside of the camera is the lack of viewing screen around the back (although who cares really). The upside is that is uses standard batteries as well as SmartMedia cards. The camera is now out of production and hard to find, however PC World was recently selling them for £59.99, which means they're an even better bargain than they were AND they still compare well against most budget cameras. BTW, I own a VGA (640x480) camera with poor quality compression and colour definition...I've just bought this one for the Mother-in-law (Xmas pressie)!!! Here is an interesting update to this review, I found another of these going really cheap @ PC World (£50) and it had no card so I got it for £40! It will also accept at least 32MB SmartMedia as I have tried one. February 2004 Update: Still using the old digital "brownie" (that's it, show your age). It has a couple of minor flaws that have cropped up over the last
year or so: Flash photography is poor quality (as is most in the budget range, even now); and most importantly, beware using 32MB SmartMedia cards - they can sometimes have problems in card readers after using in these cameras (you might have to connect using the camera's supplied cable to retrieve your pix). But still, for the price I paid I would not change my rating of it, nad feel it has aged well in comparison with the new fashion for min digital cameras that still don;t match the Samsung in picture quality.
This is the first digital camera I have bought; it is one of the cheapest ‘proper’ digital camera’s available. By ‘proper’ I mean its only a digital camera, not a web cam or movie clip cam or mp3 player, just a digital camera. The Digimax is compact and should fit into most coat pockets easily enough and it comes with small PVC case with a belt hook for easy carrying. It also has a carry strap that fits on one corner. Connection to a PC is done through the serial port for which a lead is supplied. Software comes on floppy disk for the TWAIN drivers, which work well with most popular image software and CD for the supplied image editor, MGI Photosuite SE. This is a no frills camera, offering one picture resolution of 800,000 pixels, or a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels. It also has only one digital compression ratio in jpeg format. This gives a capacity of about 13 photos on the 2MB smart card provided. Having said this the manual claims 15 photos on the provided card, but it can be replaced with appropriate cards up to 16MB. Two photo modes are available, standard for general use and macro for photographs taken with the main object no further than 25cm from the camera lens. There is no LCD screen here for viewing, but deletion of one or all pictures can be done from the camera. The flash has 3 modes, off, auto flash and always on and a self-timer is also included. Picture quality is very good in natural light, maintaining natural colour and detail, but when used with the flash can give a scratchy, slightly pixelated picture. This can easily removed with smoothing or despeckle from an image editor with only a small loss of sharpness. All in all this is a compact, easy to use digital camera that generally performs well. For a price of around £100 there isn’t much to complain about.
The Samsung Digimax 800K is an excellent digital camera at a low price. At around £150 it offers you the chance to enter the world of digital photography. Features include: A normal and Marco function, Built in Flash, 24 true bit colour, 1/2- 1000 shutter speed, Self timer, Delete picture button and much more. The Digimax 800K runs off 2 AA batteries and it does tend to "eat up" batteries so I would advise that you always carry some spare batteries. The memory card that comes with the camera takes about 22 normal pictures before you are required to download, but you can buy a card that will hold about 80 pictures, if you are willing to spend an extra £20-30. The camera comes with all the software and connections you will require. Obviously there are same drawbacks, the viewfinder is quite small and being at the lower end of the market, there is no preview facility. Overall the Samsung Digimax 800K is a compact, lightweight, quality digital camera, the gives people an opportunity to enjoy digital photography. ************UPDATE**************** At Christmas my camera didn't want to switch on. At first I thought it was the batteries.... but I changed them and there was no response. It simply died after 6 months. I took it back to the shop, who have since then returned it to Samsung. I have no idea what is wrong or when it will be back...... Watch this space for more details. PS If anyone else has had a similar problem, let me know either on a comment or via email. ****************************************** Your guess is as good as mine! After being away at Samsung for 6 weeks I now have my camera back. Well at least a camera. The reason I say that is because I can not be sure that it is my old camera. It came back with no strap on it (but a new one was in a packet) and a new carry case. This is fine....... but I don't actually know what went wrong and got no explaination at all. My advice therefore is keep your receipt!! (I might also suggest that an extended warranty would be advisable.)
Samsung’s Digimax 800K is a great little camera for those who want to try a digital camera for the first time, not have to spend too much money or need a degree to work their way through a whole bundle of clever tricks and features. This camera is very limited in extras, but for a beginner, would make an ideal purchase. It’s priced fairly reasonably compared to others (around £80 to £100 if you shop around) and the first thing I noticed about it, was how light and plasticky it seems to be. The camera comes in a small silver plastic body and is incredibly lightweight, less than 200g. At first appearance, you would be forgiven for thinking this was a toy! Features are limited but you can get some excellent photographs with this one, especially outdoors in natural light. The flash gives pleasing indoor photography results but these can sometimes be a little distorted if battery power is weak. It runs using 2 AA type batteries and be warned, these go flat in a very short space of time and your photographs will suffer if the batteries are not fresh. I used fresh batteries, took 14 pictures using full flash and the batteries were almost completely dead! There are three separate flash features included, automatic flesh detector which will add flash to your pictures where the camera thinks it is needed, fill in flash or cancel flash altogether. Note, there is no LCD display with this camera so you cannot view your images until you have uploaded them. The camera has a macro photography feature, but as yet, I’ve not really had very impressive results, pictures seem to be very blurred nine times out of then. It also has a useful timer feature that is great if you want to be in the shot yourself. The camera has a mere 2Meg memory card that is quite restrictive, allowing you about 16 standard resolution photographs before it is full. However, you can purchase higher memory cards at a price! Uploading your pictures t
o the PC is very straightforward and takes just seconds for each one. Accessories consist of a snug carry pouch, handle strap, batteries, 2MB memory card, serial cable to connect to your PC, MGI Photosuite software and TWAIN driver disc. You can also purchase an AC adaptor as an extra. Plus of course, you do get an instruction manual too, not too in depth but does explain the features in a straightforward way. All in all, it’s a good basic little camera, and ideal for those wanting to start with something simple before laying out big money on a big featured camera. It’s a simple point and click camera that anybody can use but you will need a very steady hand with this one, the slightest tremble and your pictures will be blurred! A good choice for the youngsters in the family.
I like Samsung. They made my DVD players (the 807, then the 709), my combi microwave, one of my mobiles and now my first digital camera. As with the rest of their products, it's priced at the lower end of the market, has reasonable features and performs well for the money. It cost me 120 pounds, which is about the going price at the moment, and I bought a cheap 8Mb compact flash card to go with it (it comes with a 2Mb card, which isn't quite big enough for a long day out. I believe that 8MB is the maximum it will take, so don't bother buying any bigger if you get this model. I can fit over 30 photos on the card, with plenty of space left. It has options for taking photos close up or at distance and the flash is selectable whether you want to use it or not or automatic. Quality is reasonable for the price - spend more money and get a mega-pixel camera if you have the money, but if this is your budget and you want something cheap and cheerful that will produce photos that you will not be ashamed to show off to friends / put on web pages etc, I can recommend this camera. It is battery-hungry, especially on the transfer of files from camera to PC (which isn't fast, but not too slow to be unbearable), so stock up on the Duracell ultras.
The cost of buying a digicam had put us off for ages, until we moved house and had a bit of spare cash floating around. Even then, we didnl;t have a spare £400 or so, so we settled on the Samsung Digimax 800k, which cost us £150.00. We've not used one before, so I can;t really compare it to anything, but from what we've seen of this one, it's pretty good. It's easy to download the pictures onto the pc, and very easy to use. You just point it and press the button. Simple! I honestly have no idea how many pictures it will take in one go before the memory becomes full, as we've always downloaded it after we've taken 20 or so pictures. The picture quality is quite good, although how much of this is down to the quality of the camera or the pc I don;t know. I would recommend this as a cheap digicam to people who want to get the hang of it and don;t want to ask too much of the camera. For the experts amongst you, it's probbaly totally inferior, but for the ignorant amongst us, it does pretty well.