Product Type: Samsung digital cameras
Newest Review: ... employee, I usually find it very easy to get to grips with the basics of any camera, but this Samsung is unlike anything I've ever used bef... more
Smile, its Samsung
Member Name: Huomenna
Advantages: stylish, fairly small, not overly expensive
Disadvantages: photo quality nothing brilliant, not the easiest to use
I got given this camera earlier in the year by someone who decided to upgrade to a more modern compact, never one to turn down a camera I was quite happy to have a new gadget, even if it is an old one! Having never had any kind of Samsung camera before this was a bit of a new experience as it's like no other camera I've ever used.
A bit of specification...
I believe this particular camera was released sometime in 2007 and at the time was a fairly decent specification camera with 10 megapixels, 2.5" LCD screen and a lithium ion battery. The flash pops up on the top when needed, there is a bulged grip on the side for easier handling and there is no viewfinder. Unlike many Samsung's this uses standard SD, not the micro varient - from my experiments at home the camera does not seem to like any of my larger capacity cards, so I've stuck to standard SD ones which are 2gb and below (a 2gb card on here gives me almost 400 photos at full resolution which is more than enough).
I'd say this has aged better than many other digital compacts of the same era - from looks alone I don't think many people would be able to place is as a non current model, indeed it's fairly slim line and stylish, so top marks from this perspective.
Ease of use...
As a professional photographer and camera shop employee, I usually find it very easy to get to grips with the basics of any camera, but this Samsung is unlike anything I've ever used before. There's a mode dial on the top which is nice and simple, neither is the toggle zoom complicated, but what I did find confusing is the square buttons lined up all the way along the bottom and right of the LCD screen. These are touch sensitive and do not need to be depressed in order to have a function ie. when reviewing images taken you run your finger across the base buttons to scroll though the images, when you actually want to select a specific function you press the button that lines up with the display on the screen. It's more stylish looking I suppose, but certainly not the easiest to use or most practical option and seems not to have been a concept that caught on as other manufacturers have shied away from such a design.
Quality of photos and video...
For me the photos are so so - they look excellent on the back of the screen with nice accurate colours and contrast, but when viewed at 100% they're very soft (in my opinion). That said this camera wasn't exactly designed for professional use or exhibition display etc - I've used mine on nights out with friends where I'd be upset if my 'nice' compact was broken or stolen, but wouldn't be fussed about this one and the quality is more than adequate for that purpose. I wouldn't bother using the higher ISO's available - they make the image much 'noisier' while seeming to have little overall added light gathering capacity, I'd advise just using the flash instead. Video wise the resoluation is just 480x640 pixels, which was standard at the time (no HD here) so when viewed on a large screen for playback the results are on the fuzzy side but on youtube at the like it's just fine, with sound quality being fairly decent too.
When the camera was given to me the battery was on its way out - it still worked, but lost charge quickly, however for something 5+ years old this isn't unexpected so I just purchased another. There does seem to be a problem with the flash pop up mechanism - sometimes it comes up just fine, other times the camera is saying it needs\wants flash but it doesn't pop up so I have to coax it along a bit. Half the time it moves with just a light nudge from my finger, other times it needs a good yank! I don't believe the camera to have been dropped so it seems more likely to have been some age related issue with the hinge/spring.
Obviously I got mine for free, but I've had a quick look on amazon marketplace where they currently start from £70, on ebay there aren't many but the ones on there you should be able to pick up for £30 odd complete in box.
Summary: Not a bad compact, but there's certainly better ones available
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