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Just before my summer holiday in 2008 I bought this digital camera, the Samsung S860. I bought a new camera because the battery of my old camera was getting worse and I was never really happy with the quality of the pictures. On the Internet I discovered the Samsung D860 which was then around 70 pounds. Cheap for a digital camera and after reading some reviews I was convinced that this was a good enough camera for me.
The Samsung S860 came in a handy little box with of course the camera itself, a USB cable, strap, two AA alkaline batteries, manual and product warranty and CD-ROM (with software for transferring images on the computer). The camera internal memory is 11 MB which is really nothing so you absolutely need a memory card.
The camera is silver but probably also available in other colors and is by design rather than simple. The dimensions are 93 x 62 x 26.5 mm, slightly larg and doesn't fit so easily into a pocket or jacket pocket. The front of the camera - as it should be too - is mainly dominated by the lens. Beside it is the product name and company logo. Moreover there is still a small circular self-timer lamp and the flash. If you rotate the camera around, you look at the 2.4-inch LCD display. In addition to the display there are three small buttons to each other, the face detection button, the delete button and more standard buttons like on/off button. At the bottom of the camera is where you can place the memory card and battery. The first time I opened it I was a bit doubtful because the cover is of plastic and not very difficult to open and is very thin. I was afraid that it was going to break easily but luckily that's not the case.
The S860 has a 4.2 inch color LCD display with 230,000 pixels which produces very clear and sharp pictures. Unfortunately it can be difficult in bright sunlight using the display to photograph and there is no button where you turn off the display and look through a window as before. If the camera is turned on, the display will give some basic information for example about how many pictures you already took. The screen is not filled with 100's of symbols which is very pleasant.
When you take a photo the image appears for half a second on the screen before the camera is again ready to make a new photo, but unfortunately you still have to wait a good two seconds, so multiple shots are hardly possible in a short time. You can increase the time the picture is displayed. When you want to see more previous pictures you simply press the Play button and here you can also zoom in on the pictures. With the display I am largely satisfied.
The S680 has a lens with a 3x optical zoom, which is sufficient for a small digital camera in my opinion. In addition a 3-fold digital zoom, which is not recommended, however, because the images are very slightly out of focus or grainy when the camera is not absolutely hold still. In front of the lens is a cap that opens automatically by switching on the camera and closes automatically. The face detection the camera works quite well. Usually the camera automatically sets the focus to the face.
The S860 has 8 different modes which I wont all explain but you do have the Automatic mode which I always use and for me it works the best. The camera has a resolution of 8.2 megapixels enough for normal photos that you can print out later. The picture quality is not as good as expected. The images are partially blurred in places where they should be sharp. Of course since it's a digital camera you can delete the picture and quickly take another one, but it's a bit annoying.
The operation of the menu is really very easy. I have not read the instructions but still easily figured out how to work it. The symbols and lettering on the camera are clear and do not differ from other cameras. The first time you turn the camera on you can select the language and a date and time. Overall there are no complaints on the operation.
The photos can be transferred using the USB cable and software. Whether the software is simple to understand and whether the transfer goes quickly, I can not tell because I transfer my pictures differently. I just pop the memory card into my laptop, it is the quickest and I don't need to install anything. I'm assuming that the transfer is simple.
The Samsung S860 was for me in short not a bad buy because it meets my expectations but could have been slightly better. Some of the pictures turn out blurry which is always a shame and a hassle when you have to take the picture again. For 70 pounds I think can't really complain about it and the operation is great and the batteries last long enough for me. Overall a great buy and four stars.
Recently I bought a Samsung S860 on a sale! It is really worth every single penny. I am so happy about the heavy discount as well as the picture quality. It is an 8.1 mega pixel camera and the photo quality is just great.
Though I did not have much of an option to choose the camera based on its color, the silver grey is just fine with me. It also has a 3x optical zoom but one problem with it is that as you zoom the picture quality diminishes. The video recording is yet another feature that is worth all the money. My Samsung S860 came with two batteries, a battery charger and a pouch absolutely free. The face detection feature is good too. I really love the night effect that the camera provides as you can capture pictures of good resolution even in darkness. Samsung S860 is a good and inexpensive camera! Go for it!