Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Samsung MV800 Digital Camera


Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera















Without noticing it, we became one of Samsung's big fan. From our mobile phones since 10 years ago and the Smartphones now, to TV, PC monitor, fridge/ freezer, entertainment unit, and even our Virgin Media box, they were all Samsung's. I haven't even counted the products we have been using in Hong Kong/ Singapore. As they have been playing a significant part in our family life, I think that it's only right to review and recommend some of their products here on my blog. I have written a simple review about my Samsung Galaxy S2 Smartphone before, and here is one about the Samsung MV800 Digital Camera.


Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera










I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and found a lovely Fuschia coloured (there is black, pink and white as well) camera inside. It was slim and sleek, vibrant, and very 'cosmo'. 

It came with an adapter that is partially a USB cable, which saves the hassle from bringing an adapter and a USB cable together when you go on a holiday. They have also provided a wrist strap, which has proven handy as the phone is fairly small (only slightly bigger than a gift/ credit card) and can be very slippery. It will be even better if the strap can be adjusted and tightened around the wrist.


Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera

The battery is rechargeable, but you might want to buy a battery charger and a spare battery, which is what I did with my own digital camera, so that you can use the camera any time even when the battery is in need for charging. Do be careful with the battery compartment latch. I accidentally slid it across and opened it up while taking pictures.

I was provided with a separate memory card to test out the camera, which is an additional accessory. Apart from the USB cable port, there is also one for a HDMI cable.


Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera
Left: Shutter button at the back for when the display has flipped out
Right: When it's switched on












Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera






Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera







Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera











The MV800's selling point is that it has a 3.0" multiview flip-out touch display panel. Not only is it perfect for people who like to take self-portrait pictures (with or without a group), it is also great for taking pictures from high above the crowd (great for short people like moi), or low at children and pet's height without the need for lying or squatting on the floor (saves me from breaking my back). 

The flip-out display panel has proven to be popular and a great addition to a digital camera, although it does take some getting used to. A few times I have found myself turning the camera here and there, losing my orientation. It took me two weeks (well, on and off) to work out when to turn the camera upside down before flipping the display panel out. The display itself will auto-rotate, or you can set it so that it won't.


Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera
Middle: Time stamp on the side
Right: Time stamp upside down on the top










The only thing you need to be careful is when you are displaying the date/ time stamp on the pictures, as the time stamp appears at the bottom right corner of the camera when the camera is in its original position. So when you take a picture sideways or with the camera upside down, the time stamp will be on the side or upside down, not at the bottom of the image. I also had a problem turning the date/ time stamp off, even when the menu setting said it was already off. It might be a slight bug, but nothing major a 'settings reset' won't fix.


Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera















The menu, which can be personalised with your own wallpapers, has 5 pages of apps you can drag and scroll through with one touch. Instead of holding the camera or lying it down to check out your pictures, you can flip out the display panel half way to make the camera stand.


Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera






Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera










Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera









Samsung MV800 Camera, Digital Camera
Left: Using macro in a cave     Middle: Using night mode in a cave
Right: Using macro in a dimly lid restaurant









The 16.1 megapixels pictures taken with the MV800 are lovely as long as there is enough light, especially next to a window or outdoors. The problem starts when there isn't enough light coming through, especially night time, or indoors when it's dark. It's the same with other digital cameras I had, so it's not a real surprise. The good thing about this camera though, is that you can adjust the shutter speed. The longer it takes to take the shot, the more light it takes in. Just make sure that you have a very steady hand for this.


Left: Picture within picture   Right: Live Panorama







Apart from the usual picture functions such as night shot, macro shot and beauty shot, you can also take 3D pictures that are compatible with 3D TV, picture within picture where you use the first picture as background and the second one on top of it, Live Panorama by holding down the shutter button when moving the camera across (or vertical), adding frames to the pictures, making funny faces by distorting the images and adding special effects to the pictures. You can also film HD videos, make story boards, edit photos, etc.

I think that the MV800 is packed with fun features, and is a great camera for parties, or a group of friends who love taking self-portrait photos and adding fun factors to them. The picture quality is great for outdoors or with a good light source, so it's also great for taking scenic pictures. The more I played with it, the more I loved it. It was a shame to see it go, even Abby wanted to keep it hehe. 

The Samsung MV800 currently costs around £149.99, and can be bought at various retail stores. Check out Samsung's website for stockists information. 


Disclosure: I was sent a camera to try and review, which I have returned after; all opinions are honest and my own