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I have had this camera for a few years now, and it is so handy to have around. It is simple and easy to use and takes good photographs. The camera itself is compact and small enough to fit in a handbag. It has a variety of settings that allow the user to either point and shoot without any fuss, or go into the more detailed settings and play around. It takes stills and videos - something the kids really enjoy using it for! The flash has various settings including on, off, anti red eye etc. It also has a a variety of scenes you can choose depending on what you are photographing - nightscene, beach&snow, fireworks, backlight, dawn, sunset, text, close up, landscape, children, and portrait. It's default setting is 7megapixels which is more than adequate for taking everyday photographs. You can decrease this setting if you want to be able to take more photographs. It has a small internal memory as well as taking an SD card. I'm only using a 2GB card and have the camera on it's top settings and can take over 500 photos or over an hour on video. The battery life is good but gets drained much quicker when using the flash. However, the battery doesn't take long to recharge, but it's always worth checking it if you're planning on taking loads of photographs. Only problem I've encountered is in the image stability when there is low light etc, but mostly the photos have come out great.
Offering 7.1 megapixels of shooting power, the Samsung L77 is a pocketable and stylish digital camera with a 7x optical zoom. As it was my first digital camera made by Samsung, I was initially a little wary - the Korean manufacturer has in the past been more associated with computers and home electronics than optical devices - but how does the L77 perform? The camera features a 2.5 inch LCD screen at the rear which is clear and easy to view even in bright outdoor settings. The build quality is excellent - with an all metal construction it feels like it would survive a few bumps and bruises. The 7x optical zoom lens does not protrude from the came body when activated which is an impressive feat of design. The camera is small (under an inch in thickness) and feels comfortable to hold. Regarding the image quality, i've found pictures to be sharp by default sharp whilst capturing a good tonal range - You're able to manually select between 50 and a maximum of 1600 iso, which helps in low light levels. Colour noise isn't too bad, and even iso 1600 is useable. The camera feels fairly quick to start up, and the battery life is good - I was able to shoot around 120 shots without flash before it ran out. Like most modern digital cameras, the L77 has a movie mode which records at a maximum of 640x480 at 30 fps or 15fps. The zoom can be used during recording, which is a bonus as often this feature is disabled during capture. One of the camera's main downsides is the lack of image stabilisation, but I cant really complain as the L77 is a great camera that is well worth the money.
I got this camera to have with me at all times to capture the moment. It appealed to me as it was quite cheap and could easily fit in my pocket due to its small size and slim width. The 7x optical zoom is definitely a plus and is very good, but at maximum zoom you have to hold the camera very steady or mount it on a tripod to get sharp results. It has 20mb of internal memory so you can take a few pictures straight out of the box without moidering with a separate memory card (you will of course have to get a memory card in order to store more photographs). The overall picture quality is average, even when on the best settings. In low light settings, the automatic settings do poorly, but it is simple to switch it onto manual and adjust it to get adequate photos. All in all, this is an ok camera to take on nights out etc, but for anything more than that, I'm afraid the picture quality will probably let you down.