Product Type: Samsung digital cameras
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Member Name: loulou22
Advantages: Takes nice photos. Looks good.
Disadvantages: Can be slow to respond
In September 2010 I went on holiday and sadly managed to break the screen on my beloved Fujifilm camera, so, with my birthday coming up not long after my mum decided it would be a nice idea to buy me a new camera. I agree it was a very nice idea indeed and the Samsung ES28 is the result of this nice idea.
== The Samsung ES28 ==
Firstly, I am not very 'tech minded' in the sense of knowing the detailed specs of things so I will be reviewing this camera from a 'me' point of view and detail to you the parts that I do understand and make regular use of so therefore have user experience of.
The Samsung ES28 which I own is silver in colour and I would say looks pretty smart. It is available in other colours including blue, pink and black. The front of the camera is basic looking, yet still looks nice. The lens takes up most of the front of the camera along with a flash light and a small round light which blinks orange when you use the self timer. It also has the word Samsung written on the front along with a few words about the technicalities of the camera.
The reverse of the camera is taken up mainly by the viewing screen. To the right of the screen are a number of small buttons which are used for navigating around the menus and changing settings. There is also a zoom switch on the reverse of the camera which can be used when both taking or viewing photographs.
The top of the camera has a power button and the button you press to take a photo and the bottom of the camera has the battery compartment with the memory card slot and some information about where the camera was made.
The camera came with a full written instruction booklet as well as a CD for use in the PC, I have not used this though as I have a net book laptop with no CD drive.
== Taking a Photo ==
Ok, obviously the main use of a camera is for taking a photo, so lets take one.
Firstly you need to turn the camera on using the power button on the top. The first time you turn the camera on, or if you haven't used it for a while you will need to adjust some settings like the date and time. You will be automatically prompted to do this upon set up and you can adjust it yourself at anytime in the menu settings. Once these settings are done the camera really is as simple as 'point and click' as when you first get the camera it will be set to Auto for most of the settings. I liked this as it made it ready to use on my birthday from the moment I opened it.
My first photo was of course of Izzie my dog, and I think most of the photos since then have been of her too! Taking photos of Izzie was actually a good test for my camera as in the past I have noticed my camera seemed to make her eyes look kind of like they were glowing from the flash and also because of Izzie's lack of ability to stay still this was a good test for the movement and blurriness. The result... lovely clear pictures of Izzie, with very minimal blurring. The flash does still catch her eyes and make them look glowy on the odd occasion, but no where near what my previous camera made them look like.
I have also taken a lot of photos of scenery when I have been away on holidays or in the park and I have always been really impressed with the quality of these photos and the detail that is picked up in them.
There is a self timer option on the camera which is easily selected from the menu screen with the buttons on the reverse. I have only used this a couple of times recently when I was taking family photos of us all together before I moved away. I found it really easy to use though and the hardest part for me was finding somewhere level to stand the camera and fit us all in the photo. For those of you with a tripod there is a little hole on the bottom of the camera to fit it to one. Using self timer you only have the option of 10 seconds before the photo is taken, I think this is a decent amount of time though as it allows you just enough time to run into the photo without looking like you have rushed and also I think if it was any longer people would get bored of waiting and you wouldn't get such a good photo. Once set, you simply need to press the button for taking photos, this will activate the countdown which is shown by an orange blinking light on the front of the camera, after 10 seconds the photo will be taken and the camera will return to its normal settings.
There is also a video option on the camera but to be honest I forget this exists as you need to go through the menus to activate it. I have used it once though when I first got the camera and it was a pretty good quality with regards to both picture and sound quality, again Izzie was used for practice and although I do still have the video somewhere and this feature is useful when I remember it, I think I will still stick to using my phone for taking videos.
The Samsung ES28 is a 12 mega pixel digital camera with a 5x zoom lens, however the number of mega pixels can be adjusted in the menu area and taken down to as low as just 1 mega pixel. When you are adjusting the mega pixels there is also a little guide telling you what the different sizes are ideal for. For example: 12 mega pixel is appropriate for A1 sized prints, 8 mega pixel for A3 sized prints and 1 mega pixel for email attachments. The zoom on the camera is really good and the picture stays really clear and sharp even when I zoom in to the maximum. I usually keep my camera set at around 8 mega pixels simply because it is a high quality photo and also gives me extra space on my memory card as the more mega pixels your photos are, the more space they will take up on both your memory card and then your computer afterwards.
There is the option of having the date and time in the corner of your photos, but personally I prefer to have this turned off and just right click on 'properties' on the computer instead if I need to see exactly when a photo was taken.
The camera requires 2 AA batteries to operate. From personal experience I would strongly recommend rechargeables as they seem to last for ages between charges and will also cost you less in the long run. On the rare occasion, i.e.: emergencies, I have used regular batteries, but I found the camera just ate the power from them. I remember I used Duracell batteries and literally managed to take about 10 photos before they died.
There was no memory card included with my camera but luckily I still had the one from my previous camera so I just use this. The memory of the camera without an additional card is very small and only holds 2 to 5 photos depending on the pixel size you have selected.
== Other Information ==
When I got the camera it came complete with a USB cable for connection to the computer, however, I haven't used my USB cable as I have a memory card slot on my laptop and I find really quick and simple to use this instead as my past experience of USB cables is that they can take a while to connect and sometimes not work, so I simply take the easy option with this camera and use the memory card slot instead.
The camera is very tough and has recently been with me snowboarding in the Czech Republic where it spent 2 days in the pocket of my snowboarding trousers and survived various knocks and falls in a very cold atmosphere and this had no effect on the performance of the camera and I managed to take some really nice photos on the mountains too.
The camera dimensions are approximately 9.5cm x 6cm x 2.5cm which makes it an ideal size to take everywhere with you.
== Problems ==
So far (touch wood) I haven't had any problems with this camera and I am really pleased with its performance. The only tiny moan I have is that sometimes there can be a quite lengthy delay between pressing the button to take the photo and the photo actually being taken. This has resulted in a few 'lost moments' but they are that few and far between that it isn't really a major problem for me.
== Price ==
I received my camera as a gift so I cannot tell you how much it cost, but it is currently available for around the £60 mark which I think is a really good price for the quality you will get.
== Overall ==
Overall I love my camera and it goes everywhere with me, it is lightweight and reasonably slim. It fits nicely into my pocket on the occasions where I don't take my bag out with me without causing any discomfort to me at all. It is performing well to all of my needs and I would give it a big thumbs up and recommend it to anyone who wants a small yet very decent camera.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A great little camera!
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