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This is an exellent camera, my son bought it for me as a gift, having 6 mega pixels, really does show sharpe and clear photographs.
It is very easy to use and the video on the camera is also exellent, it has very good sound quality for the price, using a memory card it is very simple to transfer video and photographs from it onto your pc.
It has a good wrist strap that never gets in the way of taking your photographs as some other camera i have had in past does and i have much more for the cameras.
The zoom on the camera is also exellent and also having a large screen on the back makes very easy reviewing your photographs you have taken, the instructions are very easy to follow, and the look of the camera is lovely and it is not too big to fit into a handbag or flight bag etc.
The only negative feature about this camera is the power it needs from the batteries they need to be good quality batteries because cheaper ones do not last very long, otherwise everything else is super with this camera.
The software that comes with it is very easy to install and use.
This camera, whilst not being the best money can buy, is certainly still very good and is affordable to the casual photographer, or someone who simply wants to take everyday pictures, such as birthdays, parties, nights out or holidays. It has plenty of different settings for different light qualities, including night mode, fireworks, beach/snow and so on. Also, it can take video, and fairly high-quality too.
For the more experienced photographer, it has lots of settings unfamiliar to me but which sound complicated like ISO. You can also adjust things like the brightness of the photo. The flash is good and bright and the camera's fairly rugged - it's been dropped a few times and survived mist and spray too. All of the basic controls are really intuitive, and I don't think anyone would have any trouble working out how to use it, especially with the excellent and serviceable manual that's provided.
I have this camera in the pink version, it is also available in black and silver. Mine cost about £50 in April.
It has a good design to it and feels comfortable in your hand. It is a rectangluar shape with a thicker bit on one end, I really like this as it is easier to hold and less likely to slip out of your hand.
This thicker part is where the batteries and memory card go. It takes 2 AA bateries normal ones and rechargable ones it is best to use rechargable ones as the others don't last for very long at all and become quite expensive.
It has silver finishings on it, the buttons are silver and around the lens is a silver metal cirle which looks good. Also on the fron t is a silver and black samsung sign and the flash.
At the top of the camera is the power button and the shutter buttom these have quite a difference in size which is great because it stops you pressing the wrong button which I did a lot with my old camera. Also on the top is a spin dial for the different settings. There are 8 of these including night, portrait, anti shake, automatic and a video camera. This is easy to use and has big writing or pictures so you can easily see what you are doing. One fault of it is that it is quite easy to knock and be on the wrong setting and not know when you are taking your photo.
At the back is the dispaly screen this is a great size and takes up most of the back except for some buttons down one side. The display screen allows you to see one photo at a time or up to 9 in a grid. The display takes up all of the screen so you can even see the detail of what you have taken before you upload them or print them. The display also has a zoom function which allows you to zoom into photos you have just taken.
The bottons at the back are a playback button a delete button, a zoom in or out button, menu, sound recording button, flash button, a timer button and some others which I haven't used so I couldn't tell you what they do.
On the bottom is a place where you can screw in a tripod.
At the side it has a place you can put a handstrap on to it this comes included and makes holding your camera more secure. On the other side is the USB connector which is hidden under a rubber flap.
When you come to connect it with the usb cable to your computer, the cable is included so is some software, I was able to upload my photos without the software so I have never used this. This is easy to do it asks if you would like to connect to a printer or your computer you use the up and down button and press menu to make your choice.
Once you have uploaded or printed your pictures they are of really good quality, they are clear and sharp images and I have always been pleased with the results.
The only fault I have found with this camera is that it can crash, this has only happened two or three times but is nevertheless very annoying. Sometimes it can be solved by leaving it for a few minutes and taking the batteries out then trying again.
I would highly recommend this camera it is easy to use and gives great results.
Another birthday, I'm sure we have extra birthdays the older we get!! Still this year my hubby decided to buy me a new digital camera as the one I have now is really needing to retire due to be over worked!
We spent a while looking around at all the different cameras. Low price and good value for money were the key points we were looking for. We decided to opt for the Samsung S630 from Tesco priced at £49.97.
Neat little cardboard box with a picture of the camera on the front. Packed in moulded cardboard for support is the camera, USB cable, instruction booklets, wrist strap, software CD, 2 AA batteries and a 2 year warranty. Very easy to open and remove from the packaging.
Sensor - CCD - 6.1 Mp
Image Size - 2816 x 2112
Lens - 35-105mm f/2.8-4.9
Focus - TTl Auto - 5cm Macro
Exposure - Program AE
Metering - Multi, Spot
Monitor - 2.5" TFT LCD
Movie Mode - Yes
Storage - 16Mb Internal, SD(HC)/MMC
Batteries - 2 x AA
Video Output - Yes
Size/Weight - 100 x 63 x 26mm - 136g
Transfer - USB 2.0
**Modes and Features**
To the top of the camera we have the power button alongside the mode dial. The mode dial as it would suggest is used to select the mode you would like to use, the different settings are - Auto, Movie, Night Scene, Portrait, Scene, Manual, Advanced Shake Reducer and Programme. Auto, as it suggests, is the automatic setting where the camera does everything for you. Movie is the setting used to make a video clip, this camera also records sound whilst filming. Night Scene again self explanatory, for taking pictures at night time. Portrait is for taking good close up photos of people, Scene allows you to choose different scene modes, which I will explain better later, manual allows you to choose your own settings for the photos you would like to take and programme sets the camera to optimal settings but still allows you to manually configure all settings apart from aperture value and shutter speed.
The scene setting allows you to choose the best setting for the photo you would like to take, the scenes settings are - Children, Landscape, Close Up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach and Snow.
To the back of the camera is the super large LCD screen and buttons allowing you to access the menu, review photos and video clips, choose the effect you would like and the zoom in zoom out button. The effects you can choose from are Black and White, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue and Negative. The camera also has a small internal memory allowing to store between 8 and 47 images depending on quality selected.
The Digimax Software CD is really easy to install and very easy to use. Uploading photos onto the computer is simple and once on the computer you can have a go at customising your photos. You can also view your photos using the slide show and store them in albums.
This is a really great little camera. It is a good size, quite small and compact, easy to hold and very easy to access and use all the buttons. I find all the different settings easy to navigate through. I really like the effects button allowing me to choose black and white, negative etc. It's great being able to muck around and produce some really great photos. I enjoy scrapbooking and find this function very useful.
I found the internal memory to be too small and had to buy an SD memory expansion card immediately, I like high quality photos and was extremely shocked when I only got 8 when first using the camera. I now have a 1GB SD card, which allows me to have over 600 photos at the maximum setting.
I love the video function on this camera as it records the sound as well. My last camera only recorded very short clips with no sounds and they weren't very good at all, they looked like old movie clips! The clips with this camera are a good size of picture and can be as long as you want depending on the amount of memory you have and the sound is really clear. The past couple of weekends we have been sledging and snowboarding in Glenshee and I've taken quite a few photos and video clips and they are brilliant and clear, even although Sunday past was blizzard conditions.
Another feature I love is the anti-shake setting. This is great for those emotional moments, if you're not laughing your crying type moments. It does help to keep the focus clear.
The instruction manual you get with the camera is only a quick start manaul and therefore doesn't really explain in very much detail how to use the camera, other than the basics. However, on the software disc you will find the complete instruction manual, which explains in great detail how to get the most from your camera. I would have preferred this to come in a booklet form with the camera but it can be printed out.
I don't really think the scene function is needed on this camera as the auto mode takes perfect pictures adjusting to the surroundings itself and to be quite honest I didn't notice any difference in quality when I used the scene mode.
All in all I would definitely recommend this camera. It performs really well giving the amateur, like me, top quality, professional looking photos.
Thanks for reading.
© lel1969 January 2008