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I bought this around about two years ago and haven't hated it since. Like all the cameras that I buy I always go in store to buy them before purchasing. I do this for two reasons really, first I love to try out all the technology in store and secondly I always find in my local Currys that they will at least throw in a camera bag for you. Anyway I bought this camera as it looked so simple to use and with the good reviews that it had online at the time I simple thought that it was a great buy.
The camera itself come in an ordinary box with a av cable and a usb. So once I'd opened the box and got some batteries as these are not included I decided to not use the manual and simple insert the sd memory stick and go for a walk. Like most people at first I simple stuck it and auto as I find for more cases this is the easiest and most simple way of doing thing. And at first this worked great. The camera does have a great display which is a great bonus. But it does suffer hugely from the terrible slow shutter speed unfortunately.
Another key problem with the camera is when it come to picture quality, I find personally where this camera really fools you is that the pictures always look better on the display compared to in real life on the computter. As most of you might think with an 8 mega pixel camera which at the time incredible top of the range at the time , you would at least expect a clear picture, but I did find personally that the picture was okay at best for non moving item but for anything else it really did struggle.
In addition to the camera it also comes with a wide range of software which is for things such as making card and things such as that. I personally thought it would be for data transfer of the pictures but this didn't seem the case.
So overall I have to say eve with the 8 or so functions of the camera you will struggle to get a great picture and even if you take it back to the shop like myself and say its broken your replacement will unfortunately be no better at all
This is a camera I bought to take on my travels round East Africa, and it served me very well, despite being rather battered and abused, as you can imagine. It is a good reliable camera.
Quality of photos:
Well, everyone always wanted me to bring my camera out on nights out, as it was so flattering! The quality of normal photos is very good, and uploaded on my computer, some are stunning. However, the zoom is not brilliant. The photos have come out pixilated and slightly blurry, and the lighting is not expressed very well. Once uploaded however, they look better than on the camera's screen
Video quality is good, though not amazing. You can video a lot at one time though, which is good. The night feature is good, as is the non shock feature. It does reduce blurring quite nicely.
Ease of use:
It is easy to use, but annoying that you have to click round a circular nozzle on the top of the camera to change from display, to video, to camera. This means that it gets changed easily, and the amount of times I've taken a video instead of a photo. Annoying!!
A bit chunky for my liking, but the black and silver is stylish and all in all, a good compact camera!
It's AA battery powered, and lasts quite well. Says it's run out before it actually has though! Good for just over 50 pounds though!
I have had the Cam for a year had VERY GOOD Photos from it and it fastand i love it BUT NOW when i take photos the shots are all white (like over exposed)what you can see is lines going across how can i get it fixed ??? and at what cost ??one dealer said get a new one its cheaper is this true Ernie Hatton
i bought this camera early on in the year the main reason of the purchase was to take to a festival in june. as we can never get near to the front i needed a camera that could take good photos. one of the best parts of this camera is the speed that it switches on and loads up. i have had many a camera that i have to wait a few seconds to load so i can start taking photos by which point the shot has been missed. with this camera there was none of that it was perfect switch the button 2 seconds later i was ready to take a picture. the zoom on the camera was amazing i was at the back for some of the bands and i could zoom in to the point where i could read the writing on their socks if i wanted too. its so easy to use very straight forward. im not one for lots of functions on a camera but my partner is. the spinning button was a brill feature it ment i could take just the photos and my partner could change the setting to film and play around with the other functions. the lcd screen was plenty big enough to view what i had atken and also alot better to see what i was taking a picture of. i have very shakey hands and the pictures came out perfect. i really cant fault this camera its easy to take pictures edit them and up load them onto the computer via the cable which is provided and it lasted 6 days a t a festival with 120 thousand people a really good buy
I have had this camera since Chirstmas now and I really have been impressed with it. I bought it from Curry's for around £80 which was a very good price when compared with other similar models that were available.
What I liked most about this camera was its attractive style with a simple interface. That is what I wanted this camera for, just an easy to use camera that is well layed out. The buttons are conviently located and it is very comfortable to hold. The camera alsoo features a 6mp lens which is ideal for shooting photo's with family and friends on various occasions.
I really thought that the lens was of a good quality and the fact that it is an optical lens means that you can zoom in without loosing any quality. There is also a beautiful, very large 2.4" screen on the camera which really is ideal for showing the photo's that you have just shot.
I found it very easy to install the software and get the photo's from the camera which realy is ideal for a simple camera. Many people mnay critisise the lack of features however, considering the price I was very impressed. You can even shoot small movies on this camera which can then be stored onto the SD memory card that this camera supports.
The battery life is also another advantage of this camera because it is very efficient. I would really recommend this camera if you require a simple camera that will deliver 'Point and shoot' with ease. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
At first Glance the Samsung S600, An Ugly looking camera with no viewfinder, only has 6mp Camera and 3 x optical zoom. What A rubbish deal!!!!! But who says you should judge a book by its cover.
Design- From First the camera looks ugly, no view finder, fairly small screen and only 6mp Camera But although the Samsung does lack a view finder and does have a small screen you are still able to take a fairly decent picture on it. But one of the worst things about this camera is the hard to use small button which could really do with being larger and spaced out more so If you struggle using small button I would keep well away from this camera. The camera is very light weight only weighting 136g (which makes in ideal to carry it in a small bag/handbag)
Features -The Samsung S1060 has a huge number of features which means that there is huge selection of setting for every situation. But for the average person the Auto setting is fine for most still shot but I do occasionally find the other setting good especially use the other settings.. Also it does work well you still can't beat a good tripod. The basic menu and easy to use interface makes it so easy to use and the great special effect features. Which allow you to put frames and add effects to your photos. But one of the best thing about this camera is how easy it is to edit and view your picture on the camera. If you're like me sometimes I like editing the picture before I download them onto the computer and especially if I'm on holiday at the time. And this camera is great for just that as you are able to put frames and funny effects to the picture and you are able to easily crop the pictures. The camera also has a red eye reduction which works by the flash going off twice, once before the picture is taken and then the next flash is when the picture is taken.
Performance-The camera does suffer from terrible slow shutter from speed for shot-to-shot. Taking 2.3 seconds on shot -to -shot mode this is terribly slow and why I would say that this camera is not suitable for professionals. Although the picture is fine for an A4 size picture and they are great to put in an album for personal use but anything further than that is a bit beyond this camera. Although the camera is only a 3x optical zoom it is able to go to 4x optical zoom although it does go fuzzy on the display. But once the picture is taken the picture, it is fine and the fuzziness' seem to have disappeared. The camera also has the ability to record video which although it's not great quality it fine for the occasionally video .When using the camera it uses very little power and 2 AA batteries usually last about last about 100-150 shots but this depends on which batteries you use and if you use the video function or spend time editing you pictures on the camera.
Overall--Overall this camera is great for personal use and for taking picture for an album to show your family but if you're looking to display the photo or uses it for professional purposes I think that it will not have a high enough resolution or optical zoom to produce a good enough picture. But for 75 pounds(From Amazon) it ideal for a first time camera or just a small camera to keep in your bag, but I think the best thing for this camera is that it ideal for kid to use for school work mine had it for about 6 months and it's still working so that shows you something because the last one broke in 6 months.
* Lowest Price : £75
* Sensor resolution: 6 Megapixels
* Optical zoom: 3x
* Camera type: Compact Camera
* LCD screen size: 2.4''
* Connectivity: USB 2.0
* Storage media: SD Memory Card
* Flash type: Built In Flash
* Optical sensor: CCD
* Lens aperture: F/2.8-5.1
* Min. focal length: 7.4mm
*Max. Focal length: 22.2mm
* Shutter speed: 8-1/2000 s
* Video capture: With Video capture
* Video capture format: AVI
* Light sensitivity: Auto
* Video resolution: 640x480
* Still image format: JPEG
* Max image resolution: 3264x2448
* Battery type: AA x 2
* Red eye reduction: With Red-eye reduction
Enjoying a relaxing lunch, sitting outside in the warm October sun with my little 3-month old daughter, Im about to show a friend some snaps of the baby. I reach for my handbag for my digital camera and suddenly go cold. My bags not there. Frantically, I cast my eyes about, looking in unlikely places. Perhaps I absent-mindedly shoved it in the nappy sack (post-natal hormones may be used as an excuse for the whole gamut of eccentricities); perhaps I left it at home. But no, of course, its been half-inched. What did I lose? Wallet, money, mobile of two weeks :o(, house keys, business keys, camera. Umbrella. Small round tin of Vaseline with Aloe Vera which I cant buy here in Bulgaria. I weep.
Still, I am an eternally happy person, and can always find the best in an icky situation. I resolve to drown my sorrows in some retail therapy. New phone, new camera. (New locks too, but they fail to excite me Im afraid).
Id lost a rather cheap but funky Samsung Digimax 400 (reviewed earlier on here) and quite liked the feel of the thing and had got used to the menus. Simply replacing the camera with the same model would not have been in the slightest bit therapeutic, so an upgrade was in order, which was my main reason for choosing the S600. That and the fact that the salesman was quite sexy, there was a special offer that day and I couldnt afford any of the others.
I was mightily pleased with my purchase though, and have had five months or so of great fun with it. Of course, having a beautiful and ever changing baby to snap every day just adds to the pleasure of having a digital camera, but I do feel this camera is rather good. Let me give you a guided tour.
***What are all these buttons and things?***
At first sight, its not the prettiest or slimmest of cameras. It has an odd bulge on one side which looks like it might be housing one of those old-fashioned rolls of film, bizarrely. Actually, its your 2 AA batteries that sit inside this bulbous bit, and although I cant say I like the design it has ceased to offend me. The backside, unlike my own, is both more attractive and more useful than the front. On the top, you will discover the on/off button, a circle switch to select the function you require (i.e. picture, video, audio, special effects), and the shutter button. One of the absolute best features of this camera is the screen size, which is something equivalent to having a wide screen TV in your living room. Its a whopping 2.4, which is twice as big as some cameras (not that size matters, boys, of course). Next to the screen you are equipped with 3 small buttons which fulfil all your needs regarding deletion, special effects and viewing pics. Bottom right you will find the ubiquitous circular multi-functional button, and theres a toggle-style button at the top to use zoom or view your pictures as thumbnails. Id recommend buying rechargeable AA batteries and having some spares, because they really dont last long.
***Generally speaking, what fancy things does this camera do?***
All cameras take pictures, so I wont go into too much detail about how to achieve the obvious. This camera will take videos, record audio (as a stand alone or as an accompaniment note to a piccie) and has all the usual gizmos like ugly frames that youll mess around with for 5 minutes then never ever use again. It comes with cable attachment so you can view everything on your TV, which I find quite scary. Suddenly, your previously acceptably sized mother-in-law looms at you so large you can see the pores on her nose and almost see microscopic creatures in those pores. The camera itself also has a speaker, so you can listen to your vids before you upload to the pc. The sound is quite tinny, but you get the general impression. There is a built in memory which will last you about 10 pictures, so you need to invest in a memory card. Mine is 512mb which some people might consider excessive, but it lets you take some very cute movies of your babys first crawl, for example. To be honest, when I bought my memory card I had no idea whether it was big or small, (I just obeyed the salesman), but I have since discovered that many people are jealous of it, so go on, get yourself one.
***Tell me more about taking pics, Vic.***
Using the swivel button on the top of the camera, you can choose Auto (the only one you need), or a variety of other scenes (kids, portrait, night-time, personalised etc). After taking a photo of the same subject with each of the different settings, I can confidently inform you that they are a load of nonsense. The pictures look exactly the same to me. Auto works perfectly fine for most subjects. Sometimes I use the macro button (press the south bit of the circular button on the back) which gives you a better focus on subjects which are very close (mother-in-law for example). I find the best pictures I take are those that I zoom afterwards. This camera lets you zoom x8, move NESW around the photo, and then you can trim to get a much better picture than you originally took. You can manually adjust the flash settings, if you can be bothered.
Its really easy making videos. Just choose the setting with a video camera icon and press the shutter once to start. You can pause and zoom during the recording, which adds endless dimensions to your film. During play back you can fast-forward or back, and (and this is my second most favourite bit about the kit) you can capture stills and turn them into photos without messing about on your pc. Just pause play back, press the E button, and a still is made. You can then zoom the still to preserve moments of history that would bring tears to your grandmas eyes. With the 512mb memory card you can get about 5 minutes of top quality video (Im not talking about your directing skills here though), or a stonking 52 minutes on lowest quality. Thats almost a movie (well, its an Eastenders Omnibus at any rate )
***What fabulous extras come with it for my pc?***
You might be disappointed here. Aside from the CD to install the hardware, theres nowt fancy. With my cheapo Digimax 400 I got some (admittedly naff) photo software. With this: Nada. But then I never used the cheapo software anyway, so who cares. Once youve installed the CD so your PC recognises the camera, attach with the provided USB and you get the normal Windows menu asking what you want to do with this drive: view, open, save etc. I just save the pictures/videos to my pc and the sum total of my editing amounts to rotating.
***Viewing my handiwork***
The large screen makes viewing a pleasure. Of course you can always opt for the slide show, which has endless variations for those with too much time on their hands. You can select the time interval between pictures, whether a new picture will appear from top left and float down like an angel or stride boldly into the centre of your screen. You can add sepia, black and white, red, green or blue or even make the picture look like a negative (WHY???) .
***Can you enlighten us about the manual?***
Its short and sweet. The manual takes the approach that no-one is going to read it so it might as well save its breath. If youre nervous, you can use it for the set-up stages. For learning about the camera, playing with it will teach you much faster.
***Numbers for Nerds***
Frame rate: 15 or 30 FPS
Metering: Multi or Spot
OSD Info: Full or Basic or LCD Save
Size: 160x120, 320x240, 640x480
Size: 1024x768, 1600x1200, 2048x1536, 2272x1704, 2592x1944, 2816x2112
Quality: Normal, fine, super-fine
6 Mega Pixels
***Sum up in 10 words:***
Good screen, easy menus, a bit chunky, but worth it.
Price: around £90
The Digimax S600 is a high-resolution digital camera that provides true-color images. You can use the Digimax S600 to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Digimax S600 has a 3X optical and 5X digital zoom giving 15X total zoom when combined.
The Digimax S600 has a large 2.4" LCD for improved contrast and color reproduction, allowing you to enjoy a wider and clearer image.
When it is set to Auto Mode, the Digimax S600 automatically adjusts the shooting distance and focus from between 5cm to infinity, helping the picture taker to get better pictures more easily. The user does not need to activate the macro function separately in order to take pictures as close as 5cm.
The Digimax S600 has some intriguing special effect functions - including Highlight, Photo Frame, and Composite Shot - that give you unique, and sometimes amusing, shooting experiences beyond conventional picture-taking. You can access each of these special effects with just one touch of the "E" button.
The user-friendly ergonomic body design delivers comfort and a steady hold for better shots. This means you can expect even better focus no matter where your subject is in the frame.
Digimax S600 has various scene modes to obtain the best picture result in a variety of settings. The scene modes provided are Night scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach and Snow.
The family-friendly mode dials - with Night, Portrait and Children modes - make it easier to get great shots of the family by giving in stand access to the appropriate mode for each individual situation. Children mode, with its open aperture and fast shutter speeds, lets you 'freeze' children in fast moving action shots. Night mode automatically uses the slow synchronization function to help you get clearer and brighter pictures at night. When using Portrait mode, you get more pleasing people pictures with improved redeye reduction.
The Digimax S600's print button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the S600 to any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the illuminated print button and print! Also use the button to transfer images directly to a computer.