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      06.02.2010 17:40
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      Takes really clear photos, great for holidays!

      I have owned this camera for several years, and have to say it is great. The pictures come out beautifully, and if you know what you are doing, you have the ability to choose aperture and shutter speed and other features to make your photos look even better.

      It is certainly great value for money because the pictures are definitely stunning, and it's quite a small camera, so is perfect for taking holiday snaps.

      However, I am having to replace this camera now because of some infuriating battery problems. For some reason the camera will now only take brand new AA batteries, it won't take rechargables at all (although it used to). Anything below fresh-out-of-the-packet and it will refuse to turn on, or will turn on, extend its lens, then die. It seems to run down the batteries very fast now and again this can be extremely irritating. However when you can get it to work, I still must say it looks great - and I'm very sad to have to replace it but it must just have worn itself out.

      Still an excellent value product, and I would thoroughly recommend it for someone who needs a light camera for taking holiday snaps.

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        06.01.2010 13:45

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        Fanatastic compact that you an get second hand for a bargain price.

        I've had this camera for three years now and it's not let me down yet.

        I bought it as a secondary camera to my DSLR, and chose it because you could set some manual functions, (aperture and shutter speed) I wasn't dissapointed at the shots it produced.

        It's a metal body compact digital camera which is unusual, and the camera feels very nice to hold and has a decent enough weight to not to feel like toy-like. The ergonomics are good, and the camera is also slightly showerproof!

        The screen on the back is huge and very easy to compose pictures on, the camera has many scenes and modes to choose from, although I don't tend to use them too much.

        The camera aso takes AA batteries and a standard SD card for memory, having AA batteries is a blessing and a curse. It means you never have to worry about the batteries running out as you can carry or buy more AA batteries, but it also means that unless you have an AA battery recharger you are going to be spending money everytime your camera battery runs out. I bought a battery charger and now use rechargeables which saves a lot of money.

        The only thing that put me off, was that I bought a gorgeous sexy, little black compact camera and it came with a grey wrist strap, yuck!

        I expect you now pick this up cheaply on ebay and I'd definitely recommend getting one!

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        16.07.2009 09:44
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        love it!

        Having had this camera now a good few years it has suprisingly done very well!

        My fiancee purchased this camera for me from Argos for around £100 when on offer which i think was an amazing price considering it is such a reliable,decent camera.

        This camera has 8 mega pixels which is plenty for good photos.
        The 5x optical zoom really does help for things like concerts if you are quite far away compared to the average 3x optical zoom!

        The anti shake reduction is another god send - It really works when you dont need a flash.

        This camera has so many good functions and many different scences that are really handy and effective including Fireworks,beach & snow, children, etc.

        The flash modes on this is good too as not only do you have a standard flash you have a night flash that really is effective and picks up anything in the dark.

        The camera is easy to operate once you have a quick glance through the manual and you soon pick it up!

        My photos are always been commented on and even though you can buy much more high spec cameras now i am amazed to still be asked what camera i am using!!!

        The rechargeable batteries i brought with this have done well and lasted but more recently they die very quickly and seem to be faulty now!

        Overall this camera is fantastic and does take amazing shots.

        Thankyou samsung!

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        06.05.2009 23:07
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        Good quality, good price

        I bought this camera on sale at Argos for £89.99 and i was very surprised at how good it was. For an 8MP camera three years ago, that was a super deal!

        The camera is extremely easy to use. For the amateur, all you need are the on button, zoom and capture button.. then theres playback button which is easy aswell. It captures super quality photos which are rich in colour and high in detail.

        That's not all. The camera comes packed with other features such as sound record, video record, manual config (to adjust exposure and so on) and comes with many visual feautres aswell! such as colours (sepia/red/blue etc)

        The screen is big and colourful which makes reviewing pictures fantastic.

        The design of the camera is alright, but the lens part sticks out abit too much making it bulky and doesnt fit in most normal sized pockets.

        The camera is functioned by 2 AA batteries. 2 standard non rechargeable ones were given upon purchase.

        The memory card uses standard SD card. I have tried with memory up to 4GB and it works great!

        Overall it is a great camera for anyone, amateurs to experts!

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          06.07.2007 22:06
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          Feature packed comapct digital camera.

          The first thing that impressed me about this Camera was the price. At £100, all but a penny for an 8.1 mpix camera I had to take a closer look. The Camera usually retails around £150, but is currently on offer was on offer at Argos in their Spring/end of Catalogue sale.

          After a quick search online for reviews and price comparisons I knew I was getting a good deal and I had previously owned a Samsung 35mm camera which I had always been impressed with so had no qualms regarding the make so went ahead and bought the camera.



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          Opening up the well packaged box I pulled out my shiny new camera.

          Firstly I noted how light the camera was but then I was comparing to one of the early Digitals that were more like bricks. The Camera weighs around 170g. If you want an idea of roughly what this is I found that my pack of 6 Dairylea Triangles was just a couple of grams less!

          It was also much smaller than I was used to measuring 10x6.5x2.5cms. This is slightly larger than some of the slimline ones but I do like to know that I have a camera in my hand otherwise I have the habit of just letting go.

          It has a large 2.5 inch LCD display so you get a good look at the scene you are hoping to capture. It is also great for play back and in deciding which photos to keep or not.

          The camera has a 5x optical zoom and 5 x digital zoom. This means that I can zoom into objects at some distance without losing the quality and with the macro feature I can go up to 10cms of an item to photograph it.

          To enhance these you can alter the shutter speeds (going up to 1/2000) and ISO (up to 1600) and alter the levels of light needed to be able to take the perfect picture. This can be done three modes, Program, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority. Personally speaking this does not mean much more to me than I have just mentioned and I will probably just rely on the auto features, but what I do like is that you have the options of having it all automated (Auto mode), even doing all the focusing for you, partly by using one of the modes above, or setting all of the levels manually (Manual mode), which is great for keen photographers who really know what they are doing. However it does give amateurs the chance to have a go and you can set it to one of eleven scene settings such as Fireworks, Sunset and Snow where it helps you to get the right balance of light for the faultless photo. Other common photographic situations it is programmed are Children, where you can take a picture where the subject is bound to be moving and portrait which allows you to bring the subject into focus whilst to bring the subject into strong focus whilst not bringing to attention whatever is in the background.

          The Camera has nine modes to choose from. One I particularly like is the ASR mode. At the bottom of the camera is a tripod Socket but just incase you don’t have one to hand you can use this mode which helps to reduce camera shake and image blur during longer exposures and in situations where holding the camera steady is impossible.

          Two of the other modes are a voice recording mode and a movie making mode. I’m not that sure I will use the Voice Recording that much since I’m not into blackmail or spying, though I think it is actually so you can add clips to your pictures, but having a movie mode was a must on my new camera. I can’t afford a camcorder but wanted to have the ability to capture those special moments. The Camera takes a SD memory card up to 4Gb, which would allow you to lengthen the time you can record but even with just the 20Mb of internal memory that the camera has you can record for just under a minute if there is nothing else in the memory. This might not sound long but it is surprising what children can do in such a short time. With just images you can get between 7 and 50 on this internal memory depending on the settings. This would increase if you inserted an SD card with the amount depending on the size but expect around 100 for each Gb on the card.

          The last mode is the play mode. This allows you to view your pictures or movies, or listen to those secret talks! You can either do this manually or watch in slide show mode which can be altered to watch with effects and with or without a choice of music.

          One good thing is that the pictures can be edited in play mode without needing a computer. They can be turned, cropped and be resized if you like.

          This Camera has other special effects that can also be included in your photography. As well as adding frames or other objects into your picture, or splitting the screen to combine multiple images into a single file so you can change the picture so that it is stored in negative form, sepia, black and white or a tone of red, blue or green. All the Special effects can be easily accessed by simply clicking on the E button and then scrolling up and down through the options.

          Like most Cameras it also has a red eye reduction feature and the ability to turn the flash on and off. You can also choose whether to have the date or date and time in your image or not. There are probably still other features that I have not mentioned but I guess I will discover over time. The Camera comes with a quick set up guide and software to install on your PC. It also has a manual that explains all its features in full. I must admit I have not read this fully yet since it was very easy to operate as most of its functions are self explanatory.

          It takes two AA alkaline or Rechargeable batteries. The life of them seems to be average, but of course will go down quicker if you are using the zoom feature a lot.

          It connects to the Computer or Printer (Pictbridge enabled) via a USB lead. You can also connect it to a television to view your images. The lead for this is also included.

          Altogether I think it is excellent value for money and I think my only complaint would be that there is no case included, although this is available separately. But until you do buy one you would need to protect your camera since the screen could easily get marked or scratched.

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          The Samsung S850 is a high-resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 8.1 mega-pixel CCD. This allows the Samsung S850 to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Samsung S850 has an optical 5x and digital 5x zoom giving 25x total zoom when combined.