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Samsung MV800 Review

There’s no doubt about it, Samsung’s sleek new camera oozes sophistication. Its slim, high-quality build is minimalist yet striking with its flip-out LCD screen. Clearly its standout feature, this unique three-inch screen is fantastic for low or high-angle shots and self-portraits, as well as acting as its own stand for displaying photos in a slide show. Because of its touch-screen controls, on the body we are just left with a Play and a ‘Home’ button to access the menu. With an external zoom dial built around the shutter release button, it has just the right balance of touch screen versus physical control. The touch controls themselves, including touch shooting if activated, are responsive and user-friendly.

Samsung MV800

Underneath the excellent exterior is a camera packed full of fantastic features. As well as Smart Auto, Program and a variety of shooting modes such as Close-up and Night Shot, the MV800 comes with a large range of extras such as 3D Photo and Live Panorama. Intelligent Portrait is a great feature that will take a shot and automatically give you two alternative crops. During our testing the camera sometimes had trouble detecting faces in order to complete these crops, however.

Notably absent is a dedicated sports mode, but there are some clever editing options, such as in-camera cropping, saturation and contrast tweaks, as well as effects filters. All of these will suit beginners but there are more advanced features that let you take more control. While there’s no Manual mode, you can select your own ISO, white balance, focus area and metering system, tweak the exposure value and control the flash.

The images on screen are bright and sharp, and the final printed results are fantastic. For all it comes packed with, the MV800 is a great value compact that will get you taking photos from creative angles and achieving amazing effects. A triumph of compact camera design.

Samsung MV800
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Samsung NX200 Review

The Samsung NX200 is compact and fits neatly into the palm of your hand. The outer casing is smooth, apart from the textured panel that wraps around the right-hand side of the body for the hand to comfortably grip, so it will suit those who are always on the go.

The menu system is intuitive and all shortcuts and controls are where you’d expect to find them. Even if you’ve never used a Samsung model before you won’t have any trouble working the NX200. A handy Fn button has been placed on the back panel just above the dial control, and this shortcut makes it easy to alter most settings. From the Fn you can quickly access the exposure, white balance, ISO, metering options and focusing options to name just a few.

Samsung NX200 Review

The NX200 has something to offer every type of photographer. The HD movie mode records clean-looking videos, while the high-speed shooting mode is excellent for sports or action photography. The camera can handle firing off images at 7fps at full resolution, but if you’re shooting in RAW then expect it to be a little slower.

The NX200 can shoot manual, part manual or under a full auto setup. The Smart Auto setting will appeal to beginners, but it’s worth noting that in this mode the camera can only shoot JPEGs. The camera also includes creative filters, which are capable of producing effects like Old Film and Vignette. These are perfect for those who don’t want to spend hours in post-production.

Images produced by the NX200 are of a high quality, and one of the camera’s best features is its large ISO range, which extends to 12800. The NX200 impressively holds the detail in the images until ISO 1600.

The Samsung NX200 is a great camera and the technology packed into the compact body is incredible. Even the full retail price of £700 is very reasonable and it’s well worth the investment.