Price as Reviewed:£199.00
With a flip-out touchscreen and a variety of fun and creative features, the 16.15-million-pixel Samsung MV800 handles a little differently to other compact cameras. Richard Sibley puts it to the test
We don’t review consumer-level compact cameras very often, but the 16.15-million-pixel Samsung MV800 has a number of intriguing features, including a 180° flip-out touchscreen display.
Although the MV800 is aimed at consumers, when shooting in program mode there is control over ISO sensitivity, EV compensation, metering, white balance, focus and flash.
The MV800 uses a 4.7-23.5mm f/3.3-5.9 Schneider 5x zoom. This is the equivalent of a 26-130mm lens on a 35mm camera, and is an ideal range for most point-and-shoot photographers.
Apart from program mode there are numerous other shooting modes, the most interesting of which are live panorama and 3D photo. There is also the funny face mode, which stretches the facial features of portraits to comical effect, or the pose guide, which overlays the outline of a figure onto your image to help when composing portraits. Both of these features can also be found in camera phones, which gives us a clue as to the intended market audience of the MV800.
- LCD: 3in, 288,000 dots
- White Balance Bracket: Auto, 6 presets and manual
- Sensor: 16.15-million-pixel CCD sensor
- Exposure Modes: Smart auto, program AE
- Weight: 121g (excluding battery and memory card)
- Power: Rechargeable BP-70A
- Lens: 26-130mm (equivalent)
- File Format: JPEG, MP4 video
- ISO: 80-3200
- Focusing Modes: Auto, macro
- Dimensions: 92x56.2x18.3mm
- Metering System: Multi, centreweighted, spot, face detection
- RRP: £249.99
- Output Size: 4608x3456 pixels
- Memory Card: Micro SD/HC