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Samsung S860

alaTest has collected and analyzed 418 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the performance and image quality. The portability and usability also get good reviews, but there are some mixed views about the shutter and battery. The energy efficiency and control panel get critical reviews.

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

low-light, viewfinder, lens, control panel, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung S860 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Samsung S860 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!

 

At just ten dollars more than the seven megapixel S760, the otherwise identical Samsung S860 has a sensor resolution of eight megapixels coupled to a Samsung-branded 3x optical zoom lens. This provides a fairly typical zoom range from 38mm to 114mm,...

Other S860 features include multi, center, and face detection AF; multi, spot and face detection metering modes; seven white balance modes, eleven scene modes, DIS (Digital Image Stabilization), and a five-mode built in flash. Samsung's S860 stores...

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Samsung S860 Digital Camera Review

 

The Samsung S860 is an entry-level compact perfectly suited to first-time digital camera users or those who have not updated within the previous five years and are feeling completely overwhelmed by the jargon and advanced technologies saturating the...

For a compact camera within this highly affordable price range, the S860 packs a powerful little punch. High resolution images are created using what Samsung call a 'true-colour filtered' 8.1 mega pixel CCD (charge-coupled device), which allows users...

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Samsung S860

 

The Samsung S860 is an 8 megapixel point and shoot digital camera with a 2.4 inch LCD, 3x optical zoom (28mm - 114mm). The S860 also features face detection and digital image stabilization and is available in a choice of … Continue reading →

The S760 and S860 feature 3 x optical zoom and a bright 2.4" LCD display. Both models also boast 11 scene modes and digital image stabilisation technology.

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Samsung S860 Reviews and Resources

 

For a compact camera within this highly affordable price range, the S860 packs a powerful little punch. High resolution images are created using what Samsung call a ‘true-colour filtered' 8.1 mega pixel CCD (charge-coupled device), which allows users...

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Samsung S860 Digital Camera UK

 

It hasn't reinvented the wheel, but at under 75 quid, the Samsung S860 is definitely a workhorse worth having.

It’s actually pretty hard not to buy a great 8-megapixel digital camera these days. No, seriously. The only reason to exhaustively research a purchase is to get the coolest features, whereas, just a few years ago, you'd be trying to avoid making a bum...

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Samsung S860 Digital Camera

 

It hasn't reinvented the wheel, but the Samsung S860 is definitely a workhorse worth having.

It’s actually pretty hard not to buy a great 8-megapixel digital camera these days. No, seriously. The only reason to exhaustively research a purchase is to get the coolest features, whereas, just a few years ago, you'd be trying to avoid making a bum...

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Samsung S860

 

I wanted to buy a digital CLR and my wife wanted small camera to take it everywhere. So we have chosen this model because it was cheapest and looked good enough. I didn't expect high quality from such camera so it didn't show it. Anyway IMO such...

After 10 months of use memory card slot become ; damaged, it doesn't keep card inside after click. I sent ; the camera for warranty service and didn't get it back ; yet ; No other problems so far

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Samsung S860

 

I needed a smaller camera to aide me in day to day activities. I have a problem with my memory and beside the standard notepad and pen, I wanted something to take pictures of places I had been and things I saw. Well, bumping into this camera exceeded...

Not too many problems experienced with this camera. One thing that can be a little testing is... Those low-light pics I mentioned before... the time between shots in low light can be time consuming, sometimes 10 or more seconds. Besides that, the only...

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Samsung S860

 

Having used analogue SLRs in the past and done a little darkroom work even, these days I confine my creative urge mainly to digital capture, composition and touch-up. So while not a pro, I've been a dabbler/enthusiast long enough to know my own mind...

Yes, it does tend to eat batteries and as it lacks an optical viewfinder, that's probably its greatest single failing, but then it does have a focus assist lamp for low light. You can also play with iso settings and white balance and then there's the...

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Amazon review summary for Samsung S860

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 523 user reviews of Samsung S860 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

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81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung S860 8.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Pink)

Product Specifications

The Samsung S860 is a high resolution digital camera that is equipped with a true-color filtered 8.1 mega-pixel CCD. This allows the Samsung S860 to produce even better images and take detailed photos for printing up to poster size. In addition, the Samsung S860 has a 3x optical and 3x digital zoom giving 9x total zoom when combined. With the Face Detection AF & AE function, the Samsung S860 enables the user to take better portrait pictures more easily. The function detects faces and automatically focuses on them; the brightness of the faces is adjusted optimally for beautiful portrait pictures. DIS technology prevents the degradation of image clarity and color which is sometimes found in flash photography. With DIS the effects of image blur are reduced in lower light conditions. You can even take well exposed, sharper pictures in low light conditions without using a flash at all, which guarantees brighter and more natural pictures. You have a choice of scene modes to help you get the perfect shot in any situation. By automatically adjusting the camera's setting according to the situation, you can be sure of getting great pictures effortlessly. The scene modes provided are Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Night and Portrait.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

CCTV Monitor

Color:Color
Diagonal Size:15in
Diagonal Size (metric):38.1cm
Technology:CRT

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in/1.1in/15.4in
Height:13.4in/2.4in
Weight:31.5lbs/4.3oz
Width:14.4in/3.7in

Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:11MB

General

Solution:Monitor + camera(s)

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:S860/SMO-152QN
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.1
Max Focal Length:18.9mm
Min Focal Length:6.3mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Pink/Silver
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for 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:8.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:3
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1000
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Color Filter / Color Mask / Green / Negative / Red / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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