Product Type: Samsung digital cameras
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Great for what it was
Samsung Digimax A400
Member Name: Edwardb92
Samsung Digimax A400
Advantages: Great point and shoot
Disadvantages: Shutter lag time
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.
Summary: Great first point and shoot camera
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