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Samsung L74 Wide

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the screen and design are generally positive. The usability and lens also get good feedback. Many are negative about the features and viewfinder. Comments are divided on the color.

image quality, lens, usability, design, screen

performance, battery, flash, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung L74 Wide is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung L74 Wide

 

Stylish design and a good wide lens don't compensate for this digicam's mediocre image quality, flaky touchscreen, and laughable tour guide.

Rugged but stylish • Fast performance • Sturdy handle • Long warranty • Large, sun-proof display

Heavy AC adapter with three-prong AC plug

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Samsung Digimax L74 Wide

 

When you think about camera lenses, "zoom" is probably the first word that comes to mind. Lots of camera manufacturers focus on giving their cameras the longest zoom lenses available, but while 5x, 10x, and 12x lenses are all handy for getting up close...

Wide lens; large screen; World Tour Guide is a fun if not terribly useful feature.

Slow performance; noisy, fringe-filled photos; touch screen interface is a pain.

A wide lens and nifty tour guide feature simply can't redeem the Samsung L74 Wide from its poor image quality, slow shooting, and irritating interface.

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Samsung L74

 

The Samsung L74 has a 28mm wide-angle lens, a 7.2 megapixel CCD, and a 3.0" touch screen. The Samsung L74 gives you beautiful and natural color tones. With the 28mm wide angle lens and 3.6x optical zoom, you can take wider-angle pictures that bring out...

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The Samsung L74 Wide has a seven megapixel CCD imager coupled to a Samsung NV-branded 3.6x optical zoom lens with a useful 28mm wide angle. At wide angle the lens is reasonably bright at f/2.8, although as you reach the 100mm telephoto the maximum...

The Samsung L74 Wide digital camera goes on sale from Spring 2007, priced at $350

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Camera Test: Samsung L74 Wide

 

The gunmetal grey Samsung L74 Wide (street, $240) is a slim 7.2-megapixel digital camera with a true wide angle 28-101mm f/2.8-5.6 (35 mm equivalent) lens, cool styling, and an easy-to-operate touchscreen interface. Throw in some fun extras and an...

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Samsung L74 Wide

 

Other features on the L74W include a 7.2 Megapixel CCD, manual controls, face detection AF/AE, and in-camera redeye reduction

Stylish, very well built body ; Wide-angle lens starts at 28mm ; Huge, 3-inch touchscreen LCD display ; Advanced Shake Reduction works fairly well, though slows down shot-to-shot speeds ; AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing ; Very little redeye;...

Images are soft and fuzzy; some overexposure and blown highlights ; Poor white balance in mixed lighting ; Touchscreen user interface can be slow and frustrating to use ; LCD difficult to see outdoors ; No optical viewfinder ; Unimpressive continuous...

The Samsung L74 Wide is a camera that packs a lot of features into a stylish, well-built body. Unfortunately, its image quality is lacking, so I'd only recommend it if you're sticking to smaller prints. Let's hope that next time around Samsung sticks...

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Samsung L74W Review

 

If you've never used a touch-screen digital camera before, it's definitely a different sort of experience than your typical digital camera.

Quality construction ; Stylish design ; Easy to operate controls ; Touch screen worked well

Average image quality ; Mediocre battery life ; Gimmicky World Tour Guide

If you really want a touch screen camera, this is one of three models that I can think of (the other two being the Pentax Optio T30 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2).  If you're concerned about image quality (instead of having a touch screen), then there...

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I quite like it

 

I find it hard to fault maybe the connection could be USB at both ends. The world tour?? why bother but I think it can be deleted, has a nice internal 500mb memory. I'd buy another.

28mm lens, 3 inch LCD screen internal memory 500mb

world tour pointless

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Slow but good pics

 

Quality pics (no blurring of edges for us @ high res)

Teeth grindingly slow

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"not too happy;grainy shots"

 

Try before you buy!!

nice look, great macro feature

grainy pictures. crappy touchscreen ui is constantly difficult. Seems to be alot of features but I cannot figure out how to take a good picture.

Product Specifications

The compact 7 mega pixel L74 Wide digital camera is equipped with a 3.6x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens support for wider picture images, it's ideal for price conscience consumers looking for a high quality easy to use camera to take with them on their travels. The L74 Wide is equipped with a convenient Tour Guide function which provides travel information covering 2, 600 regions in 30 countries - helping users to plan trips and find their way whilst away. Equipped with 450 MB of internal memory, the L74 Wide can easily handle large amounts of travel information at any given time. The L74 Wide, with a 3.0" Touch Screen LCD, includes Samsung's Face Recognition AF & AE, which detects the subject's face, automatically adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to ensure better composition and image quality in portraits, and other shots featuring people. The AF function instantaneously recognizes the faces of subjects and accurately focuses on them. The AE function then takes over, setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image quality. Also the touch screen LCD perfected with Samsung's original Flash GUI (Graphic User Interface) enables the user to access the diverse function intuitively and easily. The L74 Wide also features Samsung's proprietary ASR image stabilization system which helps to capture the best possible images even in dimly lit conditions. Combined with the ability to capture in MPEG-4 SVGA quality the L74 Wide can take compelling moving pictures and once taken the camera allows for pictures to be edited rather than the user having to wait until they sat at their computer.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

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

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.4in
Weight:6.1oz
Width:4.1in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Back light / Beach/snow / Cafe / Children / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Food / Landscape / Macro / Night mode / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sunset / Text/Back light / Beach/snow / Children / Close-up / Fireworks / Food / Landscape / Night portrait / Scene / Self-portrait / Sunset / Text

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated/SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:1GB/512MB

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:L74 Wide
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.6
Max Focal Length:16.7mm/17mm
Min Focal Length:4.7mm
Optical Zoom:3/3.6
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Microsoft Certification:Works with Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Works with Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.2Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Color Mask / Custom Effect / Frames / Green / Negative / Neutral / Red / Sepia / Soft / Vivid/Black & White / Blue / Frames / Green / Negative / Red / Saturation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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