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I have to admit I didn't choose this camera myself, I won it in a competition. As a technophobe I was somewhat intimidated by it at first, but actually it's really not at all difficult to master the basics.
It is 7.2 megapixels, which is quite adequate for a clear, crisp photo and noticeably better than my old camera, which was around 5 megapixels if I recall correctly.
The zoom is 3 x optical. It has one of those zoom lenses that pops out of the front of the camera. To zoom in or out you push the little lever up or down. Very simple! If you zoom too close though the picture does get a bit fuzzy. This isn't designed to be a professional camera after all, just a point and click.
The menus are a little confusing as they're not entirely logical, and they are navigated via touch sensitive buttons. The buttons are small and close together, so someone with large fingers (or long nails like me!) will find that they regularly press the wrong one by mistake. I find deleting items that I don't want to keep can be a little troublesome. However, I also struggle with my smartphone. The more technologically advanced among us would probably have little difficulty.
I don't use many of the options from the menus so I don't find it too much of a hindrance. There are all sorts of settings which no doubt mean something to experienced photographers, but I can take decent photos on this without ever touching those. The ones I do understand are the settings for portrait, landscape, text, night scene, children (I assume that means anything that moves!) and fireworks.
You can also take digital videos of a minute or so in length, also in decent quality for a low price camera.
Also very useful is the anti-shake button, located on the top of the camera. Essential for those of us with unsteady hands!
It was supplied with a rechargeable lithium battery and a lead to upload pictures and videos to your computer. This is also reassuringly simple - quite literally just plug it in, switch it on and follow the prompts on the screen.
No case was supplied but the camera is a standard size and I was able to purchase a generic case very cheaply to fit.
When it was first released this camera cost in the region of £200, but you can pick one up for a fraction of that these days on Ebay.
Featuring 7.2 megapixels and a sleek sophisticated look, the L70 allows all types of users to take high-quality photographs all the time.
Even with a slim 17.5mm design, the Digimax L70 boasts a large 2.5" LCD screen for clearer, easier picture viewing. The brightness of the LCD screen automatically adjusts to the light-intensity of the environment, helping to prolong battery life. For brighter, faster and more professional results, the L70 comes complete with a 3x optical zoom lens barrel.
The innovative user interface makes navigating the controls on the L70 ultra convenient. All the function keys have been integrated into a nine-button touch and click control pad. This control pad enables fast access to comprehensive photo settings like video mode, scene mode etc. The L70 supports high sensitivity ISO 800, enabling images of moving objects to be captured even in low light. And, with Samsung's unique Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology, the perfect picture can be taken anytime and printed easily by connecting a USB cable to a PictBridge-compatible printer.
Samsung L70 utilizes MPEG4 format providing 3-4 times longer recording times and captures video more naturally with 30 fps recoding using optical 3x zoom. The video, taken can preview in a 640x480 VGA screen. L70 also includes special effects such as composite shooting, which allows users to combine 2 to 4 different shots in a still image. Users can also set the camera to take still shots or video, at programmed intervals, preset settings and for a desired time period.
The advanced, yet easy to navigate functions allow for ultimate picture quality while the handgrip on the L70 makes stable shooting easier. With this combination of convenient, easy to use features and a stylish slim design, the Samsung Digimax L70 is the ideal digital compact camera for all your photographic needs.