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Samsung Digimax V700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and portability. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical comments about the image stabilizer and storage, and views are divided on the focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung Digimax V700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung Digimax V700

 

Included Memory Amount: 32 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: Secure Digital, Type: Compact, Maximum Re...

Daylight picture quality was good.

Troubling autoexposure inconsistencies. Slow performance. Some shutter lag.

This is a mediocre camera in a number of ways, and the problems with the autoexposure should probably have kept it off the shelves altogether.

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Samsung Digimax V700

 

The Samsung Digimax V700 is a palm-sized 7-megapixel digital camera that features a superior Schneider multi-coated 3x optical zoom lens for clear and natural looking pictures. Ready to take pictures instantly thanks to its instant booting, it also has a

Bottom line - the Samsung Digimax V700 was a mixed bag. While it offers a great deal of versatility in exposure modes, an audio-only record feature, and great portrait capabilities, the average image quality and sluggish performance really dampens this mo

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Samsung Digimax V700

 

Introduced at the start of 2005, the Digimax V700 is Samsung's second attempt to break into the top end of the compact market with a feature-packed yet very keenly-priced 7 megapixel model, and the first to be available worldwide. Samsung, one of the...

Excellent, clean resolution ; Very reliable auto white balance ; Comprehensive range of photographic controls ; Good lens producing sharp results edge to edge ; Decent macro mode ; Excellent MPEG movie mode ; Fast focus and good overall performance...

Images at default settings a little over-processed, over-sharp, over-contrasty ; Some problems with blown highlights in wide dynamic range scenes ; Noise more visible than most competitors ; Shutter lag when using LCD too long ; Mediocre burst mode,...

The V700 is the first Samsung camera we've ever tested on dpreview, and to be honest we were fairly sceptical that a camera offering so much at a price well below similarly-specified cameras from the mainstream manufacturers could possibly deliver on...

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Samsung Digimax V700

 

Deciding on digital camera is a very confusing matter to the average consumer. The decision between more mega pixels over more features, or fully auto over some manual focus then the cost can leave your head spinning. So when its time to look for a...

The Digimax V700 is a very versatile camera with its 7.1 Mega Pixel photos and MPEG-4 video mode. The qualities of photos were of remarkable quality due to the Schneider Lens. The 2 inch LCD display on the back of the camera gives an incredible view of...

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Samsung Digimax V700

 

Affordable 7-megapixel camera is packed with features

Affordable, a balance of snapshooter and advanced features, good image quality, nice design, vibration reduction for movie mode.

Mixed performance, AVI movies can be problematic for Macs, higher than average image noise.

High-capacity SD card

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Samsung Digimax V700 Digital Camera Pro Review

 

The Samsung Digimax V700 is a full-featured point-and-shoot digital camera. It features a Schneider 3x optical zoom lens, a 2-inch color LCD with live histogram, and a nice range of exposure options, including full manual exposure control. The Digimax...

Bright, 2-inch LCD, Great exposure metering, Great color, Lots of exposure options, Live histogram display

Noticeable noise - even at ISO 50, Slow shot-to-shot time, Awkward exposure control placement

Samsung has been making compact cameras for a long time. They're very good at putting together a good package at a competitive price. They include good features and use good components, like the 2-inch LCD, 7-megapixel CCD, and the Schneider 3x optical...

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Samsung Digimax V700 Digital Camera Review

 

The Samsung Digimax V700 is ideally suited as a compact camera for a photography enthusiast or a first camera for an individual or family wishing to make big prints.

Sharp photos, plenty of detail ; Very bright LCD ; Good, economical MPEG-4 movie mode ; Excellent macro capability few cm ; Features reminiscent of high-end compact digicams or dSLRs ; Comes with nice case ; A bargain at well under $399

Photos have an "overprocessed look" (too contrasty, sharp) ; Very slow shutter response time and shot-to-shot speed (you'll miss many photo opportunities) ; Only f6.4/f7.4 minimum aperture in wide/zoom ; Slightly noisy photos (although the grain noise...

The V700 is ideally suited as a compact camera for a photography enthusiast or a first camera for an individual or family wishing to make big prints. For families who like to share one camera, the Auto mode should be simple enough for even little...

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Digimax v700 Digital Camera

 

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great camera

 

Another nice camera from samsung.

stylish, good pictures, nice features

nothing so far

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Owners Opinion: Samsung Digimax V700 (Ian George, 18 Mar 06)

 

Looks great in silver, solid stylish construction, has many features. I'm very pleased with the quailty results. It's easy to use and the size is perfect for someone who finds ultracompacts too small, but still wants to keep size and weight to a...

No problems other than like everything in life it's not perfect. The LCD could be bigger, but not at the expence of the viewfinder. Extra zoom would be nice. Shutter lag is fine with me but there are slightly quicker cameras

Product Specifications

The Digimax V700 is a high-resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 7.1 mega-pixel CCD. You can use the 7.1 mega-pixel Digimax V700 digital camera to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Digimax V700 has a 3x optical and 10x digital zoom giving 30x total zoom when combined. The Digimax V700 is ready to take pictures very quickly and its shot-to-shot speed allows instant shooting. Its instant booting allows you to shoot pictures as soon as the camera is turned on, and the high-speed shot-to-shot feature allows continuous high-speed shooting, This faster operation means you can capture more of the action as it happens. For enhanced movie-shooting, the Digimax V700 supports MPEG-4 format, the high-compression high-quality movie clip format. It provides a recording time 3-4 times longer than conventional digital cameras, which is about 2 hours 10 minutes when you are using 256 MB memory, making it a perfect substitute for a camcorder .You can use the Digimax V700 to shoot a movie clip in VGA(640x480) at 30 fps and play it on your TV at the same, high quality it was taken, or enjoy it in your PC. The Digimax V700 has a movie stabilizer for movie-shooting. Through automatic detection and correction of lateral and vertical camera movement caused by the operator's hand shaking, the recording of the subject itself is kept steady. The Digimax V700 provides a built-in movie clip editing function that was previously only possible with use of a PC. This helps the user make better videos by allowing the selection of a part of a movie clip for saving, during playback. It also allows you to capture a selected part of a movie clip as a still image during playback. With continuous video recording, you can pause and resume video recording any time you want, and merge multiple video files into a single file. You just press the Pause button to pause and press it again to resume recording. This extra video capability in the Digimax V700 is based on unique Samsung technology. The Digimax V700 has special effects that give you a unique shooting experience beyond conventional picture taking. The special effects of the Digimax V700 are: Highlight, Composite, and Photo Frames. Highlight, enables you to emphasize a subject by putting its surroundings into soft focus. This is achieved using digital processing within the camera. With Composite, you can divide a shooting scene into 2-4 segments and save it into a single file. Photo Frame lets you add a photo frame from 3 different choices to a picture you have taken. The Digimax V700 provides a histogram that shows a variety of shooting information, including brightness and contrast, to help you adjust exposure seamlessly. This histogram, displayed on a large 2.0" LCD in real time, effectively helps the user to adjust exposure more easily. Using the histogram feature provided by the Digimax V700, you can increase the number of great pictures taken through more accurate exposure adjustment. With its Auto Macro function, the Digimax V700 automatically adjusts shooting distance and focus. You can press the macro button in Auto mode to set the camera to adjust distance and focus automatically from between 4 cm to infinity, Auto Macro can give crystal clear images regardless of the shooting range. The Digimax V700 also has powerful manual picture-taking functions intended for advanced users who want more professional photos. The camera has detailed focus control with Manual Focusing. It also enables manual control of exposure using Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Full Manual options. Exposure can be controlled by the easy-to-use Jog Dial, in conjunction with an AE Lock feature. All this allows flexible image construction and exposure control based on the user's preference. The Digimax V700 has Continuous Shooting for serial shots of fast-moving subjects, AEB to shoot pictures continuously with slightly different exposures, and AFB to shoot pictures continuously with slightly different focus, providing the user with a superior photography experience. The Digimax V700 has 11 preset scene modes to obtain the best picture results in various situations. The scene modes are Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, and Beach & Snow. Text mode is a feature for setting the Digimax V700 to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines. The user can extract text from images taken in Text mode using the "Digimax Reader" text recognition software that is bundled with the camera. The Digimax V700 provides a PictBridge feature that allows you to print 7.1 mega-pixel photos directly from the camera to a compatible printer, without the need for a PC. In addition, it supports USB 2.0, that can be used to provide various useful functions at a much faster speed than USB 1.1. On top of all this, The Digimax V700 is equipped with world class Schneider Kreuznach optics to deliver clearer, sharper images. It additionally provides various useful functions such as My Set Shot mode for snapshots, voice recording of up to 1 hour, voice memo to record short voice messages onto pictures, and one-touch playback even when the power is off. It also has an improved Graphic User Interface (GUI) with true-color menu windows and menu settings that can be completed using the Move & Set feature. This gives the user faster and easier menu navigation.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Samsung SLB-1137

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.2in
Height:2.2in
Weight:0.4lbs
Width:4.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:V700
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung Digimax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.1
Max Focal Length:23.4mm
Min Focal Length:7.8mm
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:7.1Megapixel/7Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI/MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:10
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Negative / Neutral / Sepia / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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