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Samsung Digimax S800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and usability. The battery and image quality are also appreciated. The color and responsiveness get critical comments. There are some mixed comments about the exposure.

value for money, image quality, battery, usability, portability

flash, build quality, viewfinder, responsiveness, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Digimax S800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung Digimax S800 (Silver)


Measuring 3.9 by 2.4 by 1.1 inches and weighing just 6 ounces, the Digimax S800 should fit comfortably in a jacket pocket, and its curved grip makes it easy to hold. The sparse, silver-and-gray look won't turn any heads but isn't ugly either. Its 3X...

Manual exposure control; RGB intensity controls; relatively low price.

Confusing menus; no aperture- or shutter-priority mode; exposure adjustments in 1/2-stop instead of 1/3-stop increments reduce degree of control.

The Samsung Digimax S800 has tons of controls for its price range, but confusing menus and poor image quality outweigh these advantages.

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Samsung Jet S800 Review


A review of one of the best feature phones to ever hit the market, although not a smartphone, Samsung's "Smarter than a smartphone" tag line is not to be taken lightly. In the first part of our review we take a look at the Samsung Jet S800's design.

The Samsung Jet is a shining beacon of a production environment where the end user's needs and aspirations are put first, where the aim is to please the user with the best technology the company has available, where attention to detail has been paid to...

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Samsung Digimax S800 Digital Camera Review


Samsung Digimax S800 comes in an ergonomic body design (black and silver) for steady shooting. The Samsung Digimax S800 is the point-and-shoot camera that has tons of controls for its price range, but confusing menus and poor image quality (slightly...


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"Its a cool camera. I wish it had more to offer."


Its an awesome camera for the price but taste the candy first before you're persuaded by the wrapper!

The SAMSUNG NAME! Awesome! The features (except for one)

Slow Apeture. Cant pick up video with audio, the video drags horribly and you cant upload vids unless you buy avi software

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"Don't Buy waste of money at any price"


Bought right out of the box & the flash does not work plus it is a battery hog.

Has name Samsung

Flash does not work

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"Good & Bad"


I had a canon, 3.1 meg. it it took better close up pictures. This samsung, has great features, but quality isn't there for close-up pictures. I like the move camera that can zoom in for better shots. I found the sound sometimes blanks out though. I...

A lot of features, & frames built in for pictures

Images "not good" for close work, close ups :(

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"Not a bad camera, especially for the low price"


CNET rated it low. Actually, it is not a bad camera at all.

Easy to hold hold, Good quality outdoor pictures, MPEG-4 video, many funcy picture takning functions

Confusing buttons, hard to have good indoor pictures without flash, significant noise in pictures at ISO 100 and above, no optic viewfinder

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"this is the third Samung Digimax Cam AAAA GREAT"


10/10 for me , it is so easy to use , my mum can use it

none , not be fooled into buying other products

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This is my 3rd digital Camera. Mustek (don't laugh) --> Fuji FinePix --> now the Samsung Digimax S800. I am no authority on photography but have taken and developed enough digital photos of my family to appreciate a good shot by a good no hassle...

Good feature set, 8.1MP! produces good quality shots, good compensation for moving targets

battery life POOR with Alkalines BUT issue fixed with good NiMH. I use Duracell 2650 mAH

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"Great pictures, low price."


This would be a great camera if they wouldn't package it with standard AA batteries. I experienced low battery problems within 15 minutes of usage. I took the first camera back thinking it was defective. The 2nd had the same problems.

Pictures look stunning. Great intro camera at less then $200.

Battery life using standard AA batteries. Ok video, little noisy.

Product Specifications

The Digimax S800 is a high-resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 8.1 mega-pixel CCD. You can use the Digimax S800 to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Digimax S800 has a 3x optical and 5x digital zoom giving 15x total zoom when combined. The Digimax S800 has a large 2.4"LCD for improved contrast and color reproduction, allowing you to enjoy a wider and clearer image. The Digimax S800 has some intriguing special effect functions - including Highlight, Photo Frame, and Composite Shot - that give you unique, and sometimes amusing, shooting experiences beyond conventional picture-taking. You can access each of these special effects with just one touch of the "E" button. When it is set to Auto Mode, the Digimax S800 automatically adjusts the shooting distance and focus from between 5cm to infinity, helping the picture taker to get better pictures more easily. The user does not need to activate the Macro function separately in order to take pictures as close as 5cm. The powerful video capability of the Digimax S800 delivers a "Camcorder like" experience. For a more enhanced movie shooting experience, the Digimax S800 uses MPEG-4, the high-compression high-quality video format, which can record for up to 3 - 4 times longer than the traditional video formats used in many other digital cameras. With powerful video recording in VGA (640 x 480) at 30fps, it provides a wider screen view and clearer video quality. These movies can even be viewed on the TV. The Digimax S800 has a Movies Stabilizer function, which helps maintain steady recording of a subject by means of automatic detection and correction of lateral and vertical camera movements of the camera. The Successive Recording function of the Digimax S800, which is based on exclusive Samsung technology, allows you to pause and resume video recording as desired and merge those multiple movie into a single file. For easier editing of movies, the Digimax S800 allows you to select and save only the desired part into a new file during playback, on the camera. The Digimax S800 also allows you to capture a still image during video playback. The family-friendly mode dial - with Night, Portrait and Children modes - makes it easier to get great shots of the family by giving in stand access to the appropriate mode for each individual situation. Children mode, with its open aperture and fast shutter speeds, lets you 'freeze' children in fast moving action shots. Night mode automatically uses the slow synchronization function to help you get clearer and brighter pictures at night. When using Portrait mode, you get more pleasing people pictures with improved red-eye reduction. The Digimax S800's print button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the S800 to any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the illuminated print button and print! Also use the button to transfer images directly to a computer.

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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:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Close-up / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sunset/Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.1
Max Focal Length:22.2mm
Min Focal Length:7.4mm
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:8.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Negative / Neutral / Red / Sepia / Soft / Vivid/Black & White / Blue / Green / Negative / Red / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera