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Samsung Digimax 420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and design. The flash and image quality also get good feedback, but many are less positive about the viewfinder and focus. Comments are divided on the battery.

usability, image quality, flash, design, performance

responsiveness, memory, shutter, focus, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Digimax 420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

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Samsung Digimax 420 Digital Camera Review


After reviewing the '420' model, there was much to like about Samsung's new addition to its digital camera range. The old fashioned 'dial' function on the top of the camera is a great feature Samsung have maintained which will assist first time buyers...

4 Options. 100, 200, 400 and Auto

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Nice solid build, attractive

Bad picture quaility, cant handle movement or low light

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You get what you pay for


Cheap. Indoor pics with flash quite good

Eats batteries, pic quality terrible for a 4 mega pixel came


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Samsung Digimax 420 - Awful


Quite a few features

Poor grainy image quality (JPEG), Poor focus, eats batteries

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Amazon review summary for Samsung Digimax 420


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Samsung Digimax 420 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, image quality, flash, battery, performance

71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung Digimax 420 4.1MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

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Samsung Digimax 420OK for a first digital camera!


Sharp, clear images

Battery life is TERRIBLE and so is the video portion of the camera

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Samsung Digimax 420 OK for a first digital camera!


We bought the camera...a Samsung Digimax Walmart a few years ago. We paid a little over $200 for it. It is our first digital camera and it really takes nice pictures! There are a few things we don't like about it but the good outweighs the ...

Sharp, clear images

Battery life is TERRIBLE and so is the video portion of the camera

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It's got a few problems


I really like this camera for picture quality and ease of use. However, I've experienced some of the same problems mentioned by others -- the camera randomly shuts off at times and can be nearly impossible to turn back on. Sometimes toggling the power ...

Great picture quality, ease of use

Random shut-off, short battery life

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Excellent pictures, Simple to use.


I really like the Samsung 420 4 megapixel camera. It takes excellent pictures and has a good autofocus. Its small, partially due to the fact that it uses smart media cards and only 2 AA batteries. The screen is sharp and detailed, the menus are easy ...

Excellent pictures, good menus, good control set. Video clips with sound are unlimited length

Only 16 megs of onboard camera memory, Video is lower resolution than other digicams


Product Specifications

The Digimax 420 offers a 4-megapixel resolution to capture clear and sharp detail and render accurate color tones. It also boasts a high-quality Samsung SHD lens (equivalent to 38mm - 114mm in 35mm format), with 3 x optical and 4 x digital zoom to get up close to your subject. The diverse focusing range is from 6cm close up to infinity. All images are displayed on a color TFT LCD screen and stored on the camera's 16Mb internal memory, which can be upgraded using SD cards. Both still images and movie clips with sound can be recorded, the time limited only to how much memory is available. The Digimax 420 supports a variety of power sources including AA alkaline, Ni-MH, CR-V3 Lithium-ion Batteries and AC adapter so that you won't need to worry about running out of power with so many options available.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-4.9
Max Focal Length:23.1mm
Min Focal Length:7.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical