Capturing the world in multi-views - The Samsung MV800
Digi-cams have come up with plenty of features lately, which have not only managed to amuse – but also be really beneficial for most users. In this on-going race, Samsung wanted to keep up – and they plan to do so, with a rather unique specimen of a cam. Enter the MV800. With their adjustable touchscreen panel, the idea is to adjust your viewfinder to capture images from any and every angle. The panel itself has a brilliant OLED display, which is a treat for your eyes. Especially if you can manage to take some stunning pictures in great locales.
By mixing in all the right ingredients, you can’t always make a great product. We’ve seen that several times in the past, where products appear great on paper – but seldom live up to their hype. A very well designed product will always do well, but it needs to be ‘cooked’ to perfection, ‘simmered’ with the right ingredients and ‘stirred’ with a potent quality in it. With a Schneider KREUZNACH lens, the MV800 has a 16MP sensor and an optical zoom of 5x. The back-panel which is being advertised as the selling point, moves out and upward. It can do a 180 degree flip-out, allowing you to take self-portrait shots as well. It’s got plenty of features and is very easy to use, capturing sharp, crisp images in most conditions we tested it on. In review mode the captured image also rotates to display the 'right' way up, whether you're holding the camera on its side, phone style, or horizontally to review or share your pictures. It lacks wireless connectivity, so you cannot directly upload to the internet – but transfer to desktop/laptop is easy as expected. The zoomed in captured images are also good, macro’s are detailed enough and overall noise levels are well within acceptable limits.
You can only expect the best from the Koreans and the MV800 is no exception. Its excellent ergonomics and materials used, make it a rugged and durable product. Everything is placed where you would expect it to be, even the pull out LCD screen is firmly hinged to the main body.
Smart Auto, along with Program mode, Smart Movie, Movie, six option Scene mode (landscape, sunset, dawn, backlight, beach and snow and text), 3D Photo and Live Panorama.
The TFT LCD screen is a 3” wide OLED display, with lots of information displayed to know the operator of exactly what is going on. The touchscreen is an added advantage, as it lets you flip through various options in a breeze.
Like most point-n-shoots, this is a fairly adept cam at capturing high quality videos. There are plenty of options like “Smart Filter: Miniature / Vignetting / Half Tone Dot / Sketch / Fish-eye / Classic / Retro / Palette Effect 1 / Palette Effect 2 / Palette Effect 3 / Palette Effect 4”
There aren’t too many things wrong with the MV800, it is like a feature-filled digi-cam which can be used to click images from a variety of angles. Thanks, largely, to the pull-out LCD screen. The sharpness, low noise levels, accuracy of the focus – will certainly leave an impression on you. The video capture is very good too, with great audio captured at the time of shooting.
16MP CCD sensor
5X optical zoom
Dual (Optical and Digital) Image Stabilizer
10 MB internal/ microSD card support
BP-70A rechargeable battery
Exhibit Rating: 4/5