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      15.11.2011 22:06
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      Great first point and shoot camera

      This is one of the first digital cameras our family had, if not the first, we had always taken lots of photos and had both point and shoot and SLR camera's but all using film. This was our changeover to the digital world, unsure what to expect i think this camera gave us a good transition and is great for what it is/was. Obviously looking at the camera now it has a fairly low spec and very few features, but this was still great for a point and shoot.


      The camera body itself is quite a weird shape, very rounded unlike a lot of cameras which feature a more boxy square shape and it's quite an odd shape to fit in your hand, i personally find i always ensure i have a wrist strap on the camera and keep it tied around my wrist to ensure i don't drop it. The camera features 2.8x optical zoom which is actually fairly reasonable and for the average photo taker gains enough distance to get a picture of most things and especially if it's just taking family photos where the object is close it is definitely adequate. It does have digital zoom integrated but i'm sure that you already know that this isn't great as it loses image quality when used. The camera does have an integrated flash which is useful as some digital cameras lack this feature which is rather an oddity as most people will at some point take a picture in the dark, it also has different settings and is quite bright meaning you can still get quite clear images from it. In terms of other features the camera is fairly basic, nothing compared to what you can get on a more modern point and shoot but for a budget camera this is a great choice. The small LCD isn't the best for actual image viewing but allows you to free up space if you only have a small memory card. The last negative that i will mention is the shutter lag, the time between pressing the button to take the image and the picture actually being caught is quite a while, obviously not astonishing but long enough to miss what you tried to catch.


      In conclusion i think this would make a perfect beginner point and shoot camera or a budget option for someone with less money, although less featuristic and lower quality than a newer model it can still take some great images and memory expandable with the SD card slot allows you to never run out of space.

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        25.06.2011 22:09
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        A great basic camera that is easy to use lasts well and great for point and shoot photo taking

        This was a camera I received several years ago as a Christmas present from my mum. At least 6 or 7 years later it is still going strong without any problems at all.

        This is a basic digital camera from Samsung as such there are limited features and no huge amounts of technical things that a more professional and hobbyist photographer than myself would want. The camera came with the following as well as the camera:

        * User Manual
        * Product Warranty
        * Pouch
        * Camera Strap
        * Software CD
        * USB cable.

        About the camera
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        The camera's instruction booklet is simple to understand and gives clear guidance on how to set up and use your camera. I still at times check back in it if it is a feature I am not totally familiar with such as putting a frame on a picture for a cheesy effect.


        The camera its self is a long rectangle it is nice and chunky to hold and I find it easy to keep my hands still to get a clear picture as it is so easy to hold. The lens is sighted on the right-hand side of the camera on the front. On the rear is the oval main controller to select the various programs such as play back, under the main controller there are 3 buttons including the play mode a +/- button that controls some of the features and a two-inch LCD screen. On the top on the camera there is the mode switch for you to choose between the camera, video record and the voice record function. The voice record function is something I have never used really and I can't quite see the point of it on a camera. The movie mode is 24 fps which I believe is the same as 35 mm movie cameras so this seems quite a decent feature to my un-trained eye. What I find is that this gives a really clear and crisp picture and sound to any video clips I take. As there is no limit on the length of your clips if you have good storage available on your memory card and I find this gives me the opportunity to record what I wish without many constraints and I have never run out of memory.

        The camera has a resolution of four mega pixels which is about an average mega pixel rate I believe. There is a 2.8x optical zoom lens what this means that you get a range of 37 to 104 mm whilst I find this to be an OK zoom for indoors when I am outdoors trying to take scenic photos I often find that I can't zoom in far enough to give a lot of clarity. I have tried to get nice pictures of wildlife on many days out with both the optical zoom and the digital zoom and whilst the images look good on the 2 inch screen on the camera when I have up loaded them they are a little fuzzy and with not a crisp clear image.

        Given this is a middle of the road camera I am pleased with how well it is built and over the years of use with this camera I have had no problems with sticky buttons on the controls or the zoom buttons or any faults with it all.

        The additional of the red eye and self timer have been two of my favorite features of the camera as with my old non digital camera I would often end up with people looking like red eyed rabbits and this seems to cut out this problem. The self timer I have used countless times to take family photos and snaps when we were on our honeymoon and this is easy to use and the blinking light gives you plenty of warning of when to pose.
        The menu system is easy to use and navigate with the buttons on the back of the camera. Once pressed a row of icons appears along the top of the LCD screen that then has a drop-down list of options for you to choose from. It is easy to use this to select what you want such as the quality of the picture, any special effects such as black and white or sepia. There is the choice to either use it in this programmed mode which gives you the opportunity to experiment in a simple way with limited effects and with simple tools such as whether you want it to be in landscape or portrait mode. Or you can do what I do for the majority of the time and select auto which makes the majority of the decisions for you. I find this point and shoot style to be nice and easy to do as I don't have a lot of photography know how. I have to admit the majority of the time I am pleased with the results that the auto programme on the camera produces. What I am finding now is that as my son is three and on the move a lot more that the camera speed just simply isn't fast enough to capture him with a smile or when he does his quick poses. The speed is fine for adults and scenery shots but if you are wanting to take a lot of pictures of wild life or children then I don't think this camera is quite up to the job.

        The camera only has 16 MB of internal memory so you really do need to have a memory card because this is such as small amount of space. The camera accepts ordinary SD cards and these are easy to insert. The power for the camera is by two ordinary AA batteries rather than a built in battery. I find the camera does eat batteries really and if I am going some where that I want to take pictures I always ensure I have spares with me as the warning between running low and it being totally empty is very short.

        Loading the pictures up on to my computer is simple to do the cable supplied does the job very well and the cable is easy to insert into the camera. It does take a few minutes to down load them all if you have a lot of pictures. The soft ware supplied with the camera is easy to install and the editing supplied with it is again a bit basic with such function as resizing inserting text so you may want to invest in more photo editing if you are an enthusiastic amateur. .

        One of the most important parts of a camera refers to the photo quality and I have always been impressed with the clear crisp images that I have taken with this. The time I am disappointed is when I have gone for a really zoomed in picture then it is blurry but bar this the sharpness of the pictures is very good I think. This is not just confirmed to the bit in the centre of the photo but encompasses it all really so landscapes look especially good with this camera. You can make some of the images clearer with the software package but I have to admit very few of them need me to do this. The photos of my son mid movement are as you would expect blurry but this I think relates to the quickness of the camera rather than the quality of the pictures it takes as when I have taken photos of people who are stationary and who pose for photos this isn't a problem.


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        I have been more than pleased with this basic camera during the 6 years or so that I have been using it. The camera is easy to use and is very much a point and shoot camera. If your tastes are for something that enables you to do more artistic shots and for you're to have greater control over speed and zooming in for shots then this isn't for you. The deficits in how this camera copes with action shots has been highlighted for me over the past year as my son poses less for photos now and the camera just can't keep up. This camera is still available second hand on the likes of eBay and Amazon for between £10-35 and if you are after something simple to use then it would fit the bill.

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          26.05.2009 22:55

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          A top camera for all the everyday photo needs

          I have used this digital camera for many years now as the usual holidays snaps and days out photos camera. The camera is very simple to operate for even the most novice of digital photographers. The screen is of a very reasonable size and is fairly clear and bright offering instant live view of what you are about to take a picture of. There are also a number of pre-set conditions such as landscape, portraits, macro and night photos, these definitely do work and really do help improve the picture quality. The optical zoom on the camera works well however picture quality rapidly deteriorates when using the digital zoom function. Combined with a reasonable size memory card you can snap away hundreds of photos. Operating of normal AA batteries is a slight disadvantage however buying the slightly more expensive NiMH rechargeable can somewhat remedy this. I have used this camera on many holidays and days out and even after being dropped and bashed about reliability has only ever been an issue once when after being left in bright summer sun at 39degrees Celsius the autofocus would not work. A few hours later once it had cooled down it worked perfectly.

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          29.04.2006 16:33
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          everything is excellent, but uses a lot of power to be excellent

          This product by Samsung is an overall excellent product. If a digital camera is for taking nice pictures, this is an excellent camera to buy at a general price. It takes nice pictures, clear picturez, no red eye problems compared to many other cameras which i have seen, easy to use and handle. It takes a very, very clear picture which is the best part of it. I was tortured by my previous camera due to its red eye problem and dark pics but this camera has a red eye fixer as well so no problem in it. It has a 1.8'' LCD panel compared to smaller size in most other cameras. If you are tensed with not so qualitative pictures from your camera, this will solve the problem for you. It has 12X zoom (3x optical and 4x digital) but at every zoom level, it can take picture in same efficiency and clarity. But this also allow you to take much more non quality pictures however at a expense of great quality. I could take generally 110 high quality pictures through this camera. I bought it 1 year back and it cost me around 125 euros. The only disadvantage of this camera is that battery doesn't last long so chargeable battery is the most. It is probably due to the reason that its flash is so bright that it can brightly light the whole room for a moment when you take the picture and thus takes a lot of battery power. Tha battery may last for around 60 pics(keeping the camera on and off from time to time). It works with both chargeable and non-chargeable batteries which is its another great advantage. I would say Samsung is still the brand to trust after using this camera.

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            23.01.2006 00:50
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            Very good all round Camera.

            Just after Christmas we decided to get a digital camera ( in the January sales, late Christmas present from family) something we have been after for years. So It had to be a good one.

            Video with sound.
            Fairly powerful zoom.
            Large picture taking capacity.
            Internal memory plus memory cards that can inserted ( If needed).That sort of thing! And most all of the price.

            After one hour or so trawling through various websites, We finally settled on the Samsung Digimax A4. Great little camera. Quite light and compact. From Argos.

            It has a 2 inch screen compared to most that are between 1.5-1.8 inch screens. Makes seeing the subjects a lot easier. Tripod can attached to bottom of camera.(table top tripod).

            Power saving switch off function. Low power consumption,
            Flash with Redeye function. Usual refinements.
            Auto picture taking function for those pictures when no one wants to be left out.

            VIDEO RECORDING
            Recording video could not be simpler. Select the operation required (selector switch on top of camera) and press and hold shutter button down. Release button when you want to stop recording. Simple as that. To take more video repeat operation. If more than normal, a reasonably large memory card Is needed.

            Has external speaker (on top of camera) to hear the audio during video playback. Built In microphone can also be used for taking messages. Messages can recorded over Pictures that have just been taken for future reference.

            Recommend that you purchase Large storage memory cards If want to take lots pictures/video at an instant. You can go a long way to beat It for convenience. Obviously If It's videoing you like doing then a video camera Is a must. But this Is good for those quick point and shoot moments.

            Standard built In internal memory capacity for photographs (Low resolution) 106 pictures. The higher the resolution the less pictures you can take. But better quality.

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              03.12.2005 15:15
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              easy to use just right size for your handbag highly reccomended

              I have found this camera to be very easy to use which is a great plus,all instruction are easy to understand even for a beginner like me.I found it fit easily into my handbag so it was always to hand for that special photo.I found it very easy to download to my PC and the clarity of the pictures was amazing.The larger LCD monitor is also a plus so you can see clearly what you have taken.I can highly reccomend this camera.

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              A 4 mega-pixel auto focus camera with 2.8x optical and 4x digital zoom, the Samsung Digimax A400 captures crisp images. The Digimax has a TFT LCD that enables users to quickly and easily review and preview. The superb 5cm macro mode allows users to capture clear images of subject matter as close as 5cm from the camera's lens.

              The Digimax A400 offers a lot of features, including multiple flash modes, adjustable white balance and selectable ISO sensitivity (Auto, 100, 200 and 400). Users can capture both still images and movie clips with audio at resolutions up to 640 x 480 (VGA) at a maximum rate of 24fps. The length of the movie clips are only limited to the capacity of the memory card. Voice recording up to 1 hour can be recorded with the camera's built-in microphone and sound clips can be attached to individual still images. These images can be stored on the camera's 16.0 MB of internal flash memory, or on an external SD/MMC card.

              The Digimax A400 offers 9 different customizable Photo frame modes. Its multiple scene modes include Night, Portrait, Landscape, Text, and Fireworks etc.