Product Type: Samsung digital cameras
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Samsung in my hand...
Member Name: ChemicalRomance
Advantages: A great everyday camera if you don't think about....
Disadvantages: The billions of extra features you don't need!
~*~ Samsung ~*~
Samsung is a South Korean company that I would guess that a lot of people have heard of, since to be honest they make a little bit of everything really. They are one of the companies that happen to be one with a bit of a better reputation. So it is quite a popular brand, among others. In the past two years I've seen a lot of products from this company; anything from mobile phones and televisions all the way to hoovers and even microwaves. Personally I've had a laptop, mobile phone, a camera and even an external hard drive - so at one point I was a bit of a Samsung junkie!
~*~ Stats ~*~
12.2 megapixel camera
TFT LCD Display
2.7inch Display Screen
Flash modes; Auto, Auto and Red Eye, Fill-in Flash, Slow Sync, Flash Off and Red Eye Fix
20Mb internal memory
SDHC card maximum 32 GB
Self-timer; 2 or 10 seconds
3.58 inches wide, 2.2 inches high, and 0.6 inches deep
~*~ My Experience ~*~
I've had the camera for just over a year so I've spent a lot of time playing with the various settings on the camera and I've had varying times with it. In the box, all I got was my camera, a cable and the battery; well the wrist strap to but that attaches to the camera anyways. To be honest it's all you really need to because the moment you switch on the camera it is all pretty much either onscreen instructions or really self-explanatory - even the button to switch it on and off says power on it - you definitely can't miss it! Starting up the camera and set-up - well you don't actually have to do it, you can do it later on if you are in a desperate rush to get using your camera. To be honest all you set up is the time, date and which time zone you're in. Clever thing that cameras they remember it unless you take the battery out - then the memory will forget it but to be honest it's not difficult to change anyway. Considering on the back of the camera there is a menu button and it's easy to change in the menu using the wheel around the menu button, and up, down, side to side to select your time and date options. Couldn't be easier!
One of the better things about this camera is that you can literally use it right out of the box - but the memory or pictures if really quite low at only 20Mb, on the top setting I got very few photos at all, if I needed them - but I had already thought about it and got myself a 8Gb memory card anyways so didn't need to use it - the camera will take up to a 32Gb memory card in you get a SDHC, which is essentially a high quality one, they are more expensive by a tiny amount - but on the normal SD you can only get 2Gb at the most for the camera so it's worth extra not to have to keep emptying the camera all the time and have videos. Thankfully the camera doesn't slow down as the memory card fills up as I have seen in some cameras as the videos mount up - they seem to clog cameras quite a lot - it takes a second or two to bring the full video up for playback, but it won't take all day if you're wanting to show someone. Similarly with photos the larger the size of them the longer they take to load, but it is still quite quick - and another good point of this camera is that regardless how many pictures and videos you have it will let you scroll through them really quickly. (By pressing the circular button with the side on triangle in it.) It does make using this camera really easy the majority of the time!
The quality of the images obviously depends on the user's choice of megapixels, because you can go quite low to decrease the size of the pictures; you can take it as 1mp of photo which is really small and a very low file size, in increments all the way up to 12mp which will give you the best pictures. On top of this you can also make a decision of the level of fine on your photo, from normal up to superfine - this will also increase or decrease your file size. Which if anyone like me does 'Shop and Scan' taking photos of those damn receipts does mean having to drop it down to quite a low quality to even get them to take one picture at a time. So I was constantly finding myself changing the quality. That and when you transfer them over to your computer or laptop it can take an age if there are a lot of pictures or videos in that high quality. Quality of the videos basically stays in one level of quality and it really is good - though you can chose the high quality function which does take more memory, though you can't actually zoom in because you will lose all your audio. I tend to only use my video function at gigs, and considering I always manage to get really close to the front I don't need to use a zoom thankfully. The video quality really surprised me because it is so good even with really loud noises such as gigs - you can listen back and hear every word of the sons with no distortion; even with the video I took at new year in London where I recorded the fireworks it's an easily watchable video with no distortion and you're not going to blow your eardrums out watching it.
My main criticism about this camera for me personally is that there are too many different modes to take a photo - and the last thing you need to be going through lots of modes to try and get the right one for that moment, especially if you are taking an opportunist picture. Alternatively there is an automatic mode that offers the camera to decide which mode it needs to be in; problem is it normally picks the wrong one so puts a useless flash on in the idle of the day. So I tend to use a normal non specified mode for the day time, rather than portrait or beach mode, and then if I know I'll be out at night I will change it to night mode as the camera will remember it even if you switch the camera off. So save yourself precious time not having to trail through modes when you want to see it. The flash as well if you look at it at night you will be blinded its lovely, but occasionally it will brighten your image too much and ruin it but it doesn't happen often. You can put tones on your pictures like black and white if you want but personally think it looks a bit naff on an everyday photo so I never normally bother with it. The camera comes with an anti-shake feature, but it's rubbish, my last experience with it was not the best I think I went through every setting I could and put it on to try and take a picture that would be amazing to keep and it just looked blurry and awful - but my boyfriend took it on his iPhone and it came out perfectly, so I've just stolen his photo instead since we were both there! The zoom on this camera is a four times optical zoom, and it's alright if you aren't going as far as it will go - otherwise you can enjoy heavily pixelated photographs that are small file sized but you'll only be able to tell what it is from looking at it from further away - it distorts faces like you wouldn't believe so if you can't get close enough to take a picture of someone don't zoom too much because you'll not be able to identify them!
Aesthetically it's not a bad looking camera it fits nicely in the palm of your hand, and is really easy to hold for a long time if you're recording something - though you will get arm ache but then that's not the cameras fault! I have the black version but there are many colours available, red, silver and I think there is a purple as well, it just looks like a camera to me, I did find though apart from the fact it's really light - that it scratches the colour off really easily if you put it in your pocket outside of a case! I did it in London and now I'm missing some black off one edge of the camera.... Whoops!
Now it might sound that I despise this camera, but I don't hate it all that much, I just wish it wasn't so full of different functions, for a simple everyday camera, it sure is full of junk that I just don't use... I'm sure for those people that think they're photographers and like to take photos in black and white for the fun of it - they might use them, but if I want that I get a proper large camera where the pictures are great. It's good for everyday usage, catching your kids doing something funny, pictures of your friends on a night out, but don't try and be a photographer with it because you will be bitterly disappointed. The battery lasts an age, I had my camera on all night at a gig a few months back, 4 videos and almost 100 photos and it still had a bar of battery out of three left. So no complaints there; I do like my camera when it's on a normal setting - just for my shop and scan the pictures are too large, so now do them with my iPhone because it's quicker than having to upload them onto my laptop (which incidentally is about to kick the bucket!) So buy this if you fancy a now cheap camera, with good quality photos, but you aren't worried about any fancy effects - from a brand that will always bring you brilliant quality products.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
You can get this from various places from eBay to electrical stores but since it's an older camera now it's getting a bit harder to find. It is however still available from play.com at £119 but I only paid £99 for it from a catalogue so that's quite pricey... There is a red one available on eBay at the moment for £52 so they can be quite a bargain so keep your eyes peeled for the Samsung ST60 it is all over the place at various prices!
Summary: Samsung camera, with a few faults but a genuinely good camera if you can get past the excessive amou
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