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

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Samsung MV800

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Samsung MV800 review


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Clearly designed to be fun to use, the Samsung MV800 will appeal to those more used to a mobile phone. However, while the image quality is on a par with other similar cameras, the reliance on touchscreen controls will frustrate photographers more used to the handling of a DSLR.

That said, the articulated screen and secondary shutter button are great features that I hope to see on other cameras in the future. I just wish the MV800 had a control dial.

At ISO 800 the image quality of the MV800 is OK, however at the lowest ISO 80 sensitivity a lot of detail is resolved.


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
Focusing Modes:Auto, macro
Metering System:Multi, centreweighted, spot, face detection
Output Size:4608x3456 pixels
Memory Card:Micro SD/HC
  1. 1. Features
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Image Quality
  4. 4. Verdict
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