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I use this as a point and shoot for getting lots of snaps of the kids doing silly things and I love it. I don't use anywhere near all the different functions it has but most of them are quite easy to navigate around once you get use to the touch sensitive buttons.
Generally I press 'ON', check the dial is on 'AUTO', and snap away. It's pretty quick between photos too.
A funtion I find useful for photos of the children is the 'high speed' setting which fires off the camera 3 times quickly when you press once. Theres also 'motion capture', and 'continuous' and 'aeb' on the shooting options list - I'm not sure enough what the differences are to try to descibe them though.
Turning the dial to 'Scene' gives you options such as 'text', 'sunset', 'dawn', 'backlight', 'firework', 'beach & snow', self shot', 'food', and 'cafe'.
The movie camera is easy to use too. Turn the dial to the picture of a video camera and press the shutter button to start recording and again to stop.
The camera comes with a lead that is a USB for connecting to the computer and also plugs into a plug for charging - so much better than using batteries. It lasts well between charges too.
Samsung were very good when my toddler did something to the camera and the lens wouldn't go in - they repaired it for free. I need to call them again as the screen has some damaged pixels, almost certainly thanks to my little girl again. For how often she gets hold of it, it survives very well - it's quite tough.
I've noticed there are cameras with more megapixels for less money now, so not sure how it compares to them but I won't be trading it in anytime soon.
A very nice looking camera with a solid, reassuringly heavy feel to it. It sits very comfortably in the hand, and is responsive and takes very good quality photos. Also available is a video mode, which allows continuous recording of high quality video.
The touch sensitive buttons seem gimicky at first, but after spending some time with the camera I have really begun to appreciate how quickly they allow the user to navigate the various menus, and I must say that it seemed very cumbersome to return to my standard Samsung camera aferward.
My two main gripes with the camera involve the zoom function for videos and the flash. In my opinion there is a major design flaw with the flash, as it is designed to pop up when required.
However, recently my flash became stuck in the up position, making it difficult it put in a pocket. I sent it off for repair, and Samsung returned it within a few weeks free of charge, however from what I've read on the internet this is quite a common problem, and I have a feeling I will be seeing it reoccur in the near future.
Finally, a minor annoyance which appears to be quite common in Samsung cameras is that while videoing, the camera does not record sound when the zoom is being altered. A minor point, but it can be frustrating when watching back videos.
I purchased this camera in december 2008 for £100 as a christmas present for myself.
I found the camera to be suprisingly compact compared to my previous nikon camea, this did not compromise on the usablilty though. The camera sits perfectly in the hand, and the rubber textured thumbgrip on the back is excellent.
I think anyone will agree that this camera looks the buisness, and people are constantly impressed by the build quality and durable feel of the camera due to its black aluminium body.
Supplied with the camera is a mains charger, USB cable and TV - Out Cable.
The camera is very easy to use, the control system is very intuitive although it takes some getting used to. Changing settings is quick and easy.
I regularly use the camera in Program (P) or Manual (M) modes, to allow me to have more control over the exposure of the photos, I have found the flash to wash out pictures so usually keep it turned off.
The auto mode is good for those who do not understand manual settings and judges exposures correctly 90% of the time, i have found it to overexpose (make the pictures too bright) on occasion though.
The camera prpoduces excellent detail and colour rendition and the photographs i have taken with this camera have impressed many people, they have mistaken them for pictures taken with an SLR camera.
The battery life on the camera is good too, and has lasted me about two hundred shots, I bought a second battery for use away from a charger, this was easy to find online.
I would recommend this camera to anyone, its compact, easy to use, and produces brilliant photographs
I bought this camera in January 2008, which was then priced at £129. It comes with all the needed accessories, a mini usb to usb connecting wire, which also doubles up as a wire for the plug adapter which can be used to charge from a socket. This camera has been a great snap-and-go camera since I bought it although a few hiccups have come up along the way. I took it to a festival a few months after purchase, and the flash which pops up when taking a picture, won't go back down, which is also mentioned in another review. The spring inside of the camera must have came loose, hence the flap constantly staying open. This was through no damage or dropping, hopefully, I just got unlucky with mine. However, I still use this camera now, after over a year of taking it everywhere with me, it is still running well, and has fine picture quality and a great amount of features, even if the touch buttons do take a while to get used to ;) Overall, a great camera, with a pretty lousy build quality in the flash area.
I bought this camera before I went travelling and found it very easy to use. The screen and navigation buttons were different to anything I'd seen on a camera before but pretty easy to use. The flash was good, the picture quality very good and I also found it a good sized camera to keep in your pocket. The availability of SD memory cards was also a bonus. I did have a couple of problems however. After a while the flash refused to stay down, as if the spring had brocken. Then the lens cover stopped shutting when the camera was turned off, leading to fingerprints and bits of duest etc on the lens. Overall I would say this was a decent camera, however better value for money options have now become available. Definately not a camera to take on a long trip. I did find Samsung cameras pretty easy to use and reasonably reliable.