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Samsung Digimax S850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 403 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and value for money. The usability and portability also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the zoom and image stabilizer. There are mixed opinions on the screen and lens.

battery, portability, usability, value for money, performance

flash, viewfinder, low-light, stabilizer , zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Digimax S850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung S850


Just a handgrip away from being categorized as an ultracompact, the Samsung S850 is still small enough to fit in your pocket. Still, I'd much prefer a comfortable and slim compact over a flat ultracompact any day. The handgrip, though not too well...

The camera accepts 2 AA batteries, which lasted for close to 70 shots on a single charge (these were NiMH batteries). To sum up, the Samsung S850 is an excellent camera for its price (Rs. 14,490 street). It may not be too fast, but it's ergonomic and...

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Samsung S850


The S850 is an 8-megapixel, sub-$250 shooter with full manual exposure controls, giving frugal photographers plenty of settings to tinker with. Manual mode even has a convenient onscreen meter that tells you if your photo will be over- or underexposed,...

Manual exposure and focus controls; quick shutter speed.

Sluggish shot-to-shot time; tends to underexpose lamp-lit shots; awkward manual focus

As one of the least expensive cameras with manual exposure controls out there, the Samsung S850 is a great choice for photography newbies.

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Samsung S850 Review


The Samsung S850 is a reasonably priced, full-featured point and shoot camera.

Quality construction ; Stylish design ; Easy to operate controls ; Manual exposure modes ; Nice to have 5x optical zoom

Average image quality ; Doesn't compare to competition

The Samsung S850 is a nice-looking, well equipped compact digital camera. It has the nice looks that the Samsung NV line brought to the market with black body, blue accents and quality construction. It also has a full complement of manual exposure...


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Samsung S850/S1050


Samsung Camera is pleased to introduce the Samsung S850 compact point-and-shoot digital camera. With an 8.0 mega-pixel image sensor, a host of advanced capabilities and a 5x optical zoom lens, the S850 is the ideal camera for photographers seeking a...

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I LOVE THIS CAMERA best picture for money by far.......


i've bought more expensive cameras and for some reason, this is my favorite. i like samsung. they make good products. overall, for the price, you can't beat it, in my opinion, unless you cross the $400-500 marker. impressed overall and also equally...

1. When compareing picture to more expensive cameras clairity the s850 blows them out ; 2. I personally like the look ... unique looks expensive ; 3. Vry soliid and reliable ; 4. Great on battery life....surprising ; 5. Simple and advanced for price

none for me ....sorry love the thing

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"I LOVE THIS CAMERA best picture for money by far......."


i've bought more expensive cameras and for some reason, this is my favorite. i like samsung. they make good products. overall, for the price, you can't beat it, in my opinion, unless you cross the $400-500 marker. impressed overall and also equally...

1. When compareing picture to more expensive cameras clairity the s850 blows them out..

none for me ....sorry love the thing

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Samsung HS850 Wireless Cell Phone Headset


get the HS820 if you are going with a motorola, it's way better. this one feels like its going to break. it disconnects way to much and i can barely hear anyone while int he mall.

Range is great

volume, flimsy, doesn't connect to calls

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Samsung HS850 Wireless Cell Phone Headset


Before buying this headset, I tried out the Logitech Mobile Freedom. Although the quality and range was great on that, it was extremely big and bulky. I decided to go for a smaller, slightly more expensive headset and got this. It was extremely easy...

Easy to setupCompactNice design

Weak signal & rangeOnly works from a short distance

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"Never had a worse camera!!"


I will NEVER buy another SAMSUNG product again. They are cheaply made and sold like they're worth gold. They are what I refer as "EXPENSIVE JUNK!"

It's nice looking, and took good quality pictures

After a few months of use, it limits the amt of pics you can take more and more until it finally quits working all together!

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Samsung HS850 Wireless Cell Phone Headset


Overall, I really like this product. Great for using in the car. I drive a lot with my job so this makes talking on the phone so much easier. I can use both hands to drive.

Easy to use. Comfortable

Sometimes it sounds like i am in a tunnel talking

Product Specifications

The Samsung S850 is a high-resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 8.1 mega-pixel CCD. This allows the Samsung S850 to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Samsung S850 has an optical 5x and digital 5x zoom giving 25x total zoom when combined. The Samsung S850 has a large 2.5" LCD for improved contrast and color reproduction, allowing you to enjoy a wider and clearer image. The ASR technology prevents the degradation of image clarity and color common to flash photography. With ASR the effects of camera shake are reduced in lower light conditions. You can even take well-exposed, sharper pictures in low light without using a flash at all. It guarantees brighter and more natural pictures. The Samsung S850 has an auto sensitivity feature that automatically adjusts sensitivity according to the ambient exposure conditions up to ISO 1600. The high sensitivity setting of ISO 1600 enables you to take clear indoor pictures in the dark without camera shake and the resulting image blurring. The powerful video capability of the Samsung S850 delivers a "camcorder like" experience. For a more enhanced movie shooting experience, the Samsung S850 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 SVGA (quality 800X592) at 20fps, it provides a wider screen view and clearer video quality. The Samsung S850 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. The Successive Recording function of the Samsung S850, 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 Samsung S850 allows you to select and save only the desired part into a new file during playback, on the camera. Samsung S850 also allows you to capture a still image during playback. The manual functions of a digital camera enable you to produce any image you want to express in picture taking. The powerful manual function support enables you to express your image intentions according to the subject. For the convenient A Mode and S Mode functions, you can change mode easily by operating the left/right button (shutter speed priority) and up/down button (aperture priority) of the 5-directional button. When using the camera in M Mode, even a novice photographer can easily use the manual functions with the optimum exposure display at the bottom of the LCD. The Samsung S850 has some intriguing special effect functions - including Color Effect, 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.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung/Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.4
Max Focal Length:39mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8 / 1/1.8"/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:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 50 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Frames / Green / Negative / Neutral / Red / Sepia / Soft / Vivid/Black & White / Blue / Frames / Green / Negative / Red / Sepia/Soft / Negative / Black & White / Sepia / Neutral / Vivid / Blue / Green / Red / Frames
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None