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I lost my Samsung NV8, which I was devastated about, and I was fairly happy with the quality of that so I chose to get another, the one up in fact the NV15. I thought I couldn't go wrong...but how wrong I was
DESIGN, It looks and feels slick with its black metal design and its shiny blue rim around the lens. The lens comes from a section that is around 1.5cm proud of the camera itself, it sits at around the same level as the easy hold part to the left (as in the picture above). I like how the camera feels in your hand and all of the controls seem to be in the right place. The screen is controlled by Samsung's 'acclaimed' Smart Touch interface that is essentially a row of touch sensors on the X and Y axis around the screen that allow you to navigate the menu, I like how smooth the menu operation is. The flash pops up from a section on which the samsung logo sits...that is for about a month, my flash stopped popping up and needed a considerable amount of prying before I could get it up (no punn intended). The capture button, on/off button and mode dial are all on the left hand side, no problems with these in my short time with the camera...in fact when on the on/off button illuminates blue, which is nice. Its a very small camera for the spec and very light too, ideal for festivals, clubs etc.
THE CAMERA, The pictures I received from this were average at best. I feel they were not as good as its predecessor. If you are in a light area and your subjects don't move then you're ok but as soon as you get into a little bit of dark then your in trouble, you get bad colour and blurred images. Not what I expected after the NV8....reading this it makes me think it was just my device, but that's all I have to review. You get a fairly good selection of scene modes and an ok variance of manual options, the auto works, in the light. You can also edit pictures on the camera which is an up side, but I feel you are better of saving this for on your computer as on the camera you get limited options.
RELIABILITY, Sorry Samsung here comes the onslaught. I had this camera for 1 month before the problems started, as I said the pop-up flash stopped popping up, then 2 months in my battery life would be around 45 mins at best (and yes I did let it run flat before I charged it)...after around 3 months it would not turn on at all, which for me is quite a problem. Now it is sat there in my draw collecting dust.
IN SUMMARY, I can understand, and find it probable that the problems I encountered may have just been my device but like I say that is all I can review. Judging by my experience I would never even recommend this to my worst enemy let alone my friend.
I have had 4 digital cameras, and this by far has been the best of the lot. I did a photography AS level in college for a year, and it is a much loved hobby of mine so i have a lot of experience with cameras. It is 10 megapixel which is outstanding for the price, the photo quality is crisp and clear. Not only can you take simple images, you can take a sequence with one click, add frames and effects and record high quality videos. It is most certainly the best camera in this price bracket, and i have had more expensive cameras with higher spec and none has been as reliable as this one. The zoom is fantastic and doesn't effect the quality of the image, it is great if photography is a hobby of yours, or your just starting out or just want a camera to record your memories, it really is for everyone.
After my old Samsung (different model) was a few years out of date, I decided I needed to get a new camera so asked for one for Christmas. I wasn't too impressed with the fujifilm camera that I received and decided I had to steer back to a trusty Samsung one.
I researched for hours and came accoss this one as it was exactly what I was looking for. For me, it's not just about the amount of pixels, but also the lens that makes a good picture. Having the Schneider lens apart from the bog standard Samsung lens is what made me choose this camera.... as well as the fantastic price.
The smart touch scroll is very easy to use when you get used to it. It can be a bit fiddely at first, but you soon get the hang of it. It has many different scene modes which, due to the smart scroll can be accesed and chosen very quickly and easily.
The ability to edit pictures on your camera is also a very impressive feature for me. You can crop and change the colour of your 'already taken' pictures.
This camera would be ideal for someone who literally just wants to take quick, easy pictures or someone who likes to be a bit more creative and experiment with more advanced photography.
I cant say that I've had any problems with this camera. The only thing that I'm not too keen about is the rechargable battery. I like the idea of it being cost effective etc, but if you run out of battery when you're out and you don't have a spare, it can be frustrating.
Other than that, I would rate this camera very highly and I'm very pleased I chose this one.
I finally decided to step into the modern ages this year and purchase myself a digital camera. The reason I had put it off was that I love photos, getting them developed and putting the photos in albums, and I wasn't sure how I would feel being able to see all my photos when I took them and whether I would then not get them developed. But after our trip to Vegas and I just took a normal camera I was really disappointed that quite a few pictures didn't come out and it was really hard to get any pictures at night and I just wished I'd had a digital camera!
So I decided back in March I wanted a digital camera and started to look round. There is just so much choice and it's quite hard to work out what you actually need, but I decided I wanted as high a pixel I could get and that I wanted it to take good pictures at night as I knew a lot of pictures would be me out with friends! I had a budget of £130 and after hmming and hawing I saw an offer on the Argos website for the Samsung NV15 10 mega pixel camera with a 2GB memory card for my price and decided to go for it.
After collecting and rushing home I ripped open the box and was really surprised at how small it was, though looking at other camera's now it's probably not that small. It measures 9.5cm x 6cm x 2cm. I have it in silver but it's also available in black. The front is slightly angled on the right side which makes it easy to grip. On the top of the camera is a dial which you rotate to change the mode, the power button and the capture button. The only problem I have with this, is that sometimes (probably when slightly under the influence!) I press the power button instead of capture and then of course switch it off instead of taking the picture everyone is posing for.
On the back of the camera is the screen which is 5cm x 4cm which is surrounded by buttons and the zoom button. When I first looked at the camera I thought "oh no" I'm going to have to work out what to do with all these buttons, but in my opinion these are brilliant. As you run your finger over the button it shows up on the screen what its function is and then you press the button to make your selection.
The easiest option to use to take pictures is auto. You literally just point the camera and click and the flash recognises whether it is needed or not. You can change the focus options, flash, focus area and quality options in this mode. I must admit that this is the mode I use the most as I don't have to think about what I'm doing and I am quite a basic photographer. But I like the idea that there are other options available to me as I grow and learn to take better pictures. The other options are program and manual. In program mode it configures itself with the optimal settings, but you can still manually adjust the settings except the aperture value (I don't actually know what this is) and the shutter speed. In manual mode you can control all the settings. I have used it in program mode, to take close up pictures to sell bits on Ebay and by adjusting the focus to macro and fiddling with the flash I find I can take excellent close up pictures.
Perhaps the only fault I can find with this camera is that after a picture has been taken with the flash, and you don't want to take another picture on flash or turn it off, you have to manually push the flash down back into the camera. It doesn't seem flimsy but if you forgot and left it lying around it could easily get broken I would imagine.
The other options available are ASR mode which reduces the camera shake to help you take clearer pictures. In Effect mode you can add special effects to the pictures you take, like photo frames or wings and a halo, which is amusing for a while but not something I really use.
In scene mode there are 14 different options to use: café, food, self shot, beach/snow, firework, backlight, dawn, sunset, text ,close-up, landscape, children, portrait and night. I have tried a couple of these options, like night and beach, but found I took better pictures in the normal mode so have stuck to this but I might try out the firework option soon to see how that fairs.
The next option is movie mode in which you are able to shoot a video. I have played around with this but haven't used it seriously, and the images do come out clearly, not like when you use a mobile phone to take video images.
The last option is the photo gallery where you can review your images with music, but I don't use this at all. If I want to look at my pictures I use the playback button on the camera and look at them that way.
The camera has 3x optical zoom. To use this you push the button up to T (tele) until the bar on the screen reaches the line or you get the image you want. You can get some really good pictures when you zoom in a bit but I find when I zoom in too much the image does become a bit blurred and not as clear. For my purposes I feel this zoom is fine.
The camera comes with a disc which can load up onto your computer to install the Samsung master photo suite. I have put this onto my computer and switch between using this and Adobe photoshop.
To upload the photos you just plug the USB cable into your computer and camera, turn the camera on and then the computer automatically recognises the device is there and it gives you the option of where you want to store the photos. I find it very simple indeed. The camera can also charge when plugged into the computer but it also comes with a plug into which you plug the USB cable and charge it through the main wall socket. This is very useful as when I went on holiday I took the plug and knew I could charge the camera up if needed.
The battery seems to last ages, although it does run down quicker when being used at night and the flash is constantly being used. When I took it on holiday for 10 days, it started to run down about 8 days in to the holiday and so I charged it up for a bit and it was fine. The battery also runs flat if it is sitting around not being used. The manual says the battery will last 100 minutes taking apprx 200 pictures when used in auto mode, using zoom and flash every other picture.
You need to have a memory card when using this camera as when I don't have the card in it only stores 7 pictures though I do have the quality settings and size quite high. As soon as the memory card is in it saves automatically to that and there is a counter on the screen letting you know how many more pictures it will hold. With my 2Gb memory card and the high settings I have it will store about 800 pictures.
The camera also has face recognition and red-eye fix, which I was really excited about before I got it but when I'm actually using the camera I tend to forget about it and rarely use the face recognition option.
This isn't a really technical review as I personally don't know about that sort of thing but I hope I have covered the things people might be looking for if they were purchasing a digital camera, and if you feel there is more I should add then please let me know. I am really happy with purchase and glad I chose this camera, I find it easy to use and it does take excellent pictures for my needs. I feel I will be able to grow with this camera too and as I get more confident taking pictures I can learn to adjust the settings more and get even better pictures. Also, although I do find it strange being able to see my photos straight away (and being able to delete the horrible ones!) I have still got my pictures developed and put them in albums.
Easy to use
Takes excellent pictures
Different settings for beginners and more advanced photographers
Adjustable settings, like shutter speed, flash, quality, focus
Good battery life
USB or mains wall chargeable
Flash has to be manually put down
Some scene modes seems to take worse pictures then in auto mode
Power button and capture a bit too close together
I will attach some photos that I have taken so you can see the quality it takes (if you feel they are poor that may be more down more to me than the camera!).
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