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My mum bought me this camera for my 17th birthday a few years ago, I really wanted a digital camera for special occasions and going out and things. I wanted one that wasnt stupidly expensive but was stylish and had good features. The main thing I wanted in the camera was a Li Ion battery because I had used my brothers digital camera many times and it took AA batterys and they lasted for only about 30 photos.
So I chose this camera out of Littlewoods Catalogue, it was just over £110. I thought it was a good price because it was more than 10 mega pixels. It came wayyyy before my birthday but I had to wait. This was my main present so I was really excited about getting it on my birthday.
The irst thing I noticed about it was how good it looked. You can get it in a range of colours including Pink, Black, Silver, Green and Blue. I had it in black and it was shiny and had a really nice finish.
Its really easy to use and understand. The dial on the top makes it really easy to know what mode your in. It doesnt have too many complicated buttons so its easy to work out what does what really quickly. Its zoom is really good and the focusing is amazing and quickly. It also has video capture which to be honest I dont use a lot but does come in handy when your at certain events that you dont just want to get pictures f but you want to video instead. Its quite slim and small so its easy to handle and comes with a strap so you can put that around your wrist and give you peace at mind because you dont have to worry about dropping it. It has lots of other modes, ones I dont actually know what they do.
If your like me and dont always want to use the flash for example outside and things, you can turn it off really easily with a click of a button. And turn it back on just as easy. Also it doesnt come on all the time if your outside. Because I think it senses the light which is great. The thing I find most amazing about the camera is the battery life. I took about 250 photos with flash and some without and it still had one bar of battery. The indication of the battery is on the LCD display at the top right corner. It has three bars when full and flashes red when about to run out.
It has an SD slot for a memory card, the SD cards are really cheap though, just remember to buy one before you get the camera because you can only take three pictures without one.
I think you can get this on Ebay now for about £30 which is an unbelieable price and I would highly recommend this camera for anyone. 2 years on and I still use it all the time.
In my opinion the L201 takes very goof quality pictures once the settings have been changed. When you first get the camera make sure to change the picture quality to "super fine". The colours are bright and rarely appear washed out and always look good quality due to the 10.2 mega pixels. The downside is sometimes the L201 has a tendency to over sharpen images - but on 9/10 occasions it is unnoticeable. Another bad thing about the L201 is the small 3X optical zoom which is by far the weakest point of the camera. There is also a 5X digital zoom that I would not reccomend using because the picture quality is apauling.
The L201 has lots of features that are not always mentioned on the website which sells it. It has all the different mode such as landscape, Portrait (including face recognition) etc. But what most surprised me was the fact you could take black and white, sepia and negative photos.
The flash on this camera is quite poor. It is fine for close up objects but if you are trying to take a picture of a scene at night often you cant see the results.
The video on this camera is not really a feature you want to use. The video seems fine on playback on the camera but when watching on the computer it seems stuttery and the sound quality is bad.
A very good thing about this camera is its battery life. It is a rechargeable battery that lasts for a very long time. I took around 250 photos and viewed them several times before the battery died.
I bought the Samsung L201 when my old camera gave up the will to live! It was on offer at £80 rather than the normal price of £120 and i think that is a real bargain!
It is a slim, stylish camera with some amazing features. A 10.2 mega pixel camera with stunning good looks and packed full of features! It comes in some great colours, i bought the hot pink one which is quite snazzy. Some of the features are:
Digital Image Stabalisation makes thousands of adjustments a second, enabling you to take ultra clear images without blur - even in low light conditions.
Face Detection - Each time you click, your camera automatically recognises if there is a face in the shot.
Multi Slide Show - Make your memories more moving by adding music and motion. You can arrange the pictures how you like and then add music and its a great memory for you and family/friends.
Recycle Bin - allows you to retrieve images if you have accidentally deleted them.
This camera is so easy to use - my mum who is a total technophobe can use it with ease!! A highly recommended camera
I purchased this camera for myself last year after seeing it on special offer in tescos. The camera came with a case and a memory card so it saved having to buy them items seperately. I got it in the pink which is lovely and bright and very girly! The camera is brilliant. It takes lovely clear photos and you can also use it as a mini video recorder. It has a rechargeable battery which has saved me a lot of money not having to buy disposable batteries! I have also found that it doesn't need recharging very often... i use the camera alot and have seldom needed to recharge it! I took it on holiday a couple of wks ago and took a couple of hundred photos and still didn't need to charge it up. The camera is very easy to use... so much so i'm considering getting my daughter one for her birthday! Would highly recommend!
I bought my Samsung L201 in Comet for only one hundred pounds, it included a memory card and camera case. what a bargain, it is also available in a variety of colours. mine is black but my forends also has a pink one.
The picture quality is great and the zoom is fun, although a little difficukt to get used to as pressingthe button the rong way changes the mode.
Lots if differnet flash types including red eye reducing... a great help for those who are not photo shop savy.
downside is it does not auto correct the photo angle if you change from landscape to portrait, you have to do this when you load them on the PC, but not too much of a hassle really.
Small and ideal to carry in the pocket od back and it does nto show finger prints like some cameras as it has a beushed steel look rather than a glossy finish.
A little slow when going thorugh and reviewing pictures but fun all the same, the benefit if the digital age, you can look at it and see how happy you were 10 seconds ago...
I Bought the Samsung L201 camera in girly hot pink colour whilst the amazing offer was on in Tesco for £78.00 rather than £120.00 what a fantastic deal. They also have it in a range of other colours for those who dont fancy pink. It's a really slim fit and compact camera easy for you when your on holidays ect. On the box it comes in Samsung have summed this camera up in their own words "Style Slimmed to perfection" I was very impressed with the high quality images 10.2 mega pixels for such a low price. It also recordes video's but this takes up alot more memory than a picture. It has a litheum battery which is 100% better than normal recharchable batteries the life last alot longer, and the charger is really compact too. I found the zoom quite good aswell maybe not as good as other camera's on the market but an acceptable standard and much better than i was used to with my old olympus camera. It has quite a large screen compared to the size on the camera and is so straight forward and easy to use. It also comes with all the adaption leads to transfer the photos onto the computer and you can also put them onto the television and play all your recorded video's on it. I am very impressed with this bargain camera!
This camera is great, it has all the applications I need and does everything I need in a camera. The picture quality is clear and crisp and provides really sharp photos. The flash is great except obviously if you are too close to something the flash overpowers the image. I like the fact that you get a short preview of the photo you have just taken but wish you could extend it a little more than the options given. It has also got face recognition in which it focuses on the face and gives better quality to the face. My only other problem would be that I would hope for a little higher sound when playing back video recordings as when you play back the sound is ver quiet. But apart from that it is well worth your money.
Overall I am really pleased with this camera and I will definately make good use of it and all of the features. The camera definately does all I need in a camera and I don't think many people will have any qualms with this little fella because for the price this camera is great value for money and I would have paid more.
I loved this camera when i first recived it for my birthday, i have the gorgeous hot pink one. My mum brought it for me while it was being sold in tesco for £78. I found it took pictures imediately so there was no waiting around and there are plenty of options such as the digital recorder and different photo settings...all good
The lense kept getting stuck halfway out!! I thought this may have been due to a low battery but even after fully charging the problem was still happening. I returned this product and swapped it for another one exactly the same. I encounted a new problem this time, again with the lense, this time the shutter was not working and kept only half closing so dust was getting onto the lense and ruining the quality of my pictures. I once again took it back and swapped it for a different model, but now i find i am missing my samsung!! It is a good camera so perhaps it is worth the risk!!
Also The staff at the samsung help centre are really good!
Looking at the enormous range of compact digital cameras on offer, I found it difficult to make a decision; there were many around the £90 mark, and all seemed to offer similar specs. Technical reviews and Which guides all gave the Samsung L201 a very good write up - so when I saw one on offer from Tesco at £78 I was sold. For an extra £10 a camera case and memory card were included in the package. The camera is currently selling for £89.99 on Amazon.
The first thing I noticed was that the camera is much slimmer and lighter than any of my family's other compact digitals. The L201 comes in a fairly broad range of funky colours, including green, pink, blue and black. I bought the silver version, which is not as much fun as the other colours, but has a nice blue LED light around the 'on' button to give it a bit of glitz.
The camera is extremely light at 110g (without the battery), and measures 5.5cm by 8.5cm. Whatever the colour chosen, there is a white plastic strip that runs around the sides and top of the camera. The round control wheel on the top of the camera is also made out of white plastic; giving the camera a rather downmarket feel.
The camera has 10 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. As is usual with modern compact cameras, there is no viewfinder. The LCD screen is an unexceptional 2.7 inches and this is difficult to see in bright conditions.
It is easy to attach the wrist strap to the camera, using the slot on the right hand side.
Technically, the reviews all say that the camera has a very high spec for its size, and I certainly found that the L201 included many more useful functions than my slightly older Finepix F10.
Functions that I found most useful were the face recognition and image shake options, helping me to take clear and focussed shots almost every time. Equally useful is the red-eye elimination; the camera automatically detects and eliminates red-eye from all shots. The flash range is 3 metres, which is adequate for nearly all my shots.
I like taking close-up shots of flowers and my cats, so I was pleased to find that the macro mode worked very well, allowing me to focus 10cm away from my subject. The macro function can easily be switched on by pressing the flower icon once on the back of the camera.
The last of the functions that I have found particularly useful is the efficient self timer, which can be set for 10 or 2 seconds.
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One of the things I really like about this camera is the way that it takes a few small steps into the domain of the professional camera, whilst still maintaining a simple point and shoot option. Unlike a lot of smaller compacts, it has a full manual mode that allows you to adjust both shutter speed and aperture. Although I have to admit that this is not something that I do regularly, it is something that my hubby makes use of if he hasn't got his SLR with him, and it gives him the ability to take better and more professional shots.
Another feature that seems to have been borrowed from professional cameras is something called Auto Exposure Bracketing. If this function is selected before you take the shot, the camera automatically takes three quick, consecutive shots; one which it thinks it has perfectly exposed; a second one slightly under-exposed; and a third one slightly over-exposed. You can then choose which one you want to keep. Although again, this is not something that I use often, I have always admired the function on my hubby's professional cameras and it helps me to take the perfect photo in some difficult light conditions.
The main menu dial on the top of the camera makes it quick and easy to turn on DIS mode, manual mode, portrait, night scene, and most importantly for me, the Photo Help Guide. This help option talks you through almost every problem and query, much like the help screen on your computer. You can chose help on various problems such as 'features to use when the image is out of focus, features to counter camera shake', etc. For example, choosing 'Features to use when adjusting colours' tells you that to shoot in natural colours you must use the Fn button and adjust the White Balance. This sort of semi-professional use is way beyond what other compacts have offered me in the past, and the clear instructions mean that even a traditional point and shoot merchant like me can achieve really good results!
Choosing the Auto setting on the top dial gives access to yet another clear and helpful menu selection via the main screen. The menu navigation is achieved via symbols along the top of the screen, very similar to the menu used in Word and so familiar to most people. You can adjust the camera by choosing one of four main symbols - 'settings, display, sound and recording' - and each of these options has a very clear drop down menu leading from them.
I have not used the movie function much yet - reviews mention that the volume can be very low on this, but as stills are my main interest this does not put me off. This camera has encouraged me to be more adventurous with my photography and to experiment with different settings.
I have now owned this camera for nearly two years, and found it to be very robust for most of that time. Unfortunately my son dropped it recently and as a result the performance has become unreliable. Eight times out of ten it will focus perfectly, but it now often fails to accurately focus on the target. This happens indoors and outdoors, and the camera, although still usable, is no longer reliable.
Brought this camera when first released and not very impressed with the overall quality of the camera very slow at taking pictures and battery life makes this compact little camera not very good when out and about, the zoom on this camera is not as good as is on other models that are availible for round about the same price range. colour and style are very boring and i feel that samsung could have put more thought into making this little camera more appealing to younger people and make it stand out from others in the range. mine is scratched loads in the time that ive had it and found samsung unhelpful when i phoned up to ask for an explanation into this matter, overall for the price i found this camera very disapointing and would not recomend this model or make to anyone else again as i will never purchase with samsung again.
As lots of other people have mentioned, I bought my camera from Tesco for £78 but saw yesterday that Tesco Direct have discontinued them.
I'm extremely happy with my camera. The battery lats a decent amount of time, and when you need to charge it there isn't much fiddling around as you don't need to take the battery out of the camera, you just plug the charger in as if it was a phone. The only downside to the battery that I have found is that if, like me, you forget to bring your charger on holiday, you can't do much about it. Every other camera in the past that I have owned has used normal batteries that I recharged, so I need to get used to guarding the charger with my life!
The video quality is really good, you can pause and start videoing again which is useful. The only problem is that the sound stops if you zoom in while videoing. However this doesn't make a huge impact on my life- just make sure you've zoomed in enough before you start videoing!
I've found the picture quality really good. Settings like "sunset" and "close up" are an easy way to improve the photos you are taking and are simple to use for people who aren't professionals! There is also face recognition, but I've hardly used it since buying this camera for some reason, so can't comment on that! Flash-wise you can turn it off, keep it on automatic or use the "red eye" setting.
A small feature I like on this camera is that you can crop images on the actual camera which is cool and saves you having to use photo editing software once you've uploaded the pictures.
I read another review on here commenting on the USB cable used to upload photos. I don't use this, I use the card-reader on my laptop and haven't had any problems.
I love that the camera is really slim and looks good. I got mine in bright pink and all the girls I know love it! It's just so pretty! :)
Overall I would definitely recommend this camera to others, but I'm not sure I'd spend £100+ for it, mainly because there are plenty of other 10 megapixel cameras around for around £80.
As a few other people have mentioned, I bought this camera from Tesco when on offer, it is good value for its money although there are better cameras on the market.
When I got home and start to use it I was amazed. It is so easy to use and unlike many other cameras doesn't use much battery power. The pictures I taken were of great quality and I am very pleased about that.
Another great point was that it looks great too, you can get this camera i 4 colours; pink, blue, silver and black. It is very light and scratches easily, so take extra care!
The only bad point is that when I tried to connect it to my computer, the USB kept 'malfunctioning' which was very annoying. As I have now realised this wasn't a fault with my computer, this is a common problem with the camera.
After a week of using I returned it to Tesco, despite the easiness of use because of the problems with computer connection.
I purchased this camera just two weeks ago from Tesco, and paid just £79.99, which I think is a bargain for a 10.2 mega pixel camera. The camera is a light blue colour, however the camera also comes in silver, black and pink. The overall quality of the camera is very good and the pictures are very impressive. The pictures are very crisp and the camera is very easy to use. This slim camera, is also very light so it is easy to carry around. I have also bought a slim case for the camera, so as it protect it when it is in my bag or pocket. As the camera is so small it is easy to take with you everywhere you go. I purchased this camera whilst it was on offer and so it is really worth much more, so if you are ready for a new camera, get yourself down to tesco.
Great camera and a real bargain at around £78, down side is no SD card but I bought a 8gb one off play.com for around £10 and the camera says I can take over 1700 pics on 10m setting - much more than you need on a holiday. Went a little snap happy on my 1st outing at the italian lakes and took over 100 and battery was still strong.
Suprised me that it coped well with pics taken facing the sun, ok they looked like dust but one pic was amazing. zooming in to some pics does show them very grainy but overall highly recommended small camera, with car usb adaptors available you can charge on the go as well.
Pictures are crisp and sharp and face recognition software is mind blowing, couldnt imagine you needing a better camera for everyday and holiday use.
buy it, but buy it cheap :)
I am very impressed with this camera, needing to purchase a new one after an accident with my sony and finding I could buy a cheaper camera with better picture quality than what it would cost to get mine repaired.
The picture quaility is amazing and I even managed to take a perfect picture of the television which is hard to do showing a perfect picture. You dont even need to have the camera set to 10 megapixels either, the pictures taken when set to 5 megapixels are, i feel, just as good quaility, and uses up less space on your memory card, allowing you to store pictures.
This camera also runs on a small square lithium battery which you charge whilst still in the camera- you just plug the powersource into the usb port on the camera. This has the upside of making the camera smaller and more compact and also makes the camera a lot lighter. The battery will allow you to take around 200 pictures which is plenty for a night out. If you do run out of battery, however, you cant just buy some double A's to put in it, but you can buy extra batteries for less than £20 so you can take a spare one out with you and you would make your money back from buying normal batteries.
The one down side of this camera is that it does not come with a case so you would have to spend a few extra pennies but for the quality and price (i paid £80) its worth the investment.
Enhanced portability and picture quality with slim design and a 3x optical zoom, L201 is power - packed with advanced movie mode including MPEG-4 and SVGA quality.
Sporting a 2.7'' intelligent LCD screen, the L201 delivers cutting-edge features packed within a compact, stylish design. The L201 can go wherever you do, making it the perfect companion. The ergonomic design of the L201 fits snugly within your hand so taking photos of your friends, family or even yourself is a snap. But don't be fooled by the sleek and compact body. The L201 also boasts in digital camera technology so your photos come out picture-perfect every time.