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Samsung DV300F 16MP Digital Camera Expert Review

Samsung DV300F

Rating: ★★★★★

Look & Feel

The DV300f  has a sleek, seamlessly rounded and very compact design which is lightweight to hold and extremely easy to use and I was impressed at how well blended the front screen was within the main bodywork of the camera, making it almost impossible to see when not in use.

With dimensions measuring 95.2 x 56.5 x 18.3 and weighing a mere 120g the DV300f sits perfectly in the palm of your hand and slips effortlessly into your pocket.

It has a vivid 3″ LCD viewfinder on the rear as well as a concealed front viewfinder display for taking self-portraits.

Setting Up

Before you get started, you’ll require a micro-SD card (not included) and you will need to charge the battery.

Setting up the social applications and adding the Wi-Fi key is all relatively straight forward and there is a manual to guide you through should you get stuck.

Features

This smart little compact camera is great for general use and for capturing your diary of events. The 5x optical zoom gives you great close-ups and the 25mm wide-angle lens allows even more in the frame. With 16.1 megapixels and an f2.5 lens, you really do get high quality images even in low light.

Along with the standard back LCD screen, the camera’s handy front screen is activated by simply pressing the ‘Front LCD’ button on the top of the camera.

If you are trying to capture some nice baby photos, then you’ll love the preset animations on the front, which brilliantly grabs their attention when you need them to look right into the camera lens.  Being a parent to two very young children, I have to admit that I absolutely love this feature!

The built in countdown self-timer is another great feature. It displays large numbers counting down from 10, making it perfect for group shots so they can all see when it’s the right time to smile!

The Picture in Picture feature allows you to show two images at the same time and also add video footage. Plus, you can then upload it straight to YouTube or your favourite social network to share with your friends and family.

The SMART function is excellent at detecting the setting in which the picture is being taken. The scene detection facility identifies up to 16 different shooting conditions, instantly analyses key elements of your composition and then automatically adjusts to optimise settings for every individual situation.

The built wi-fi function lets you connect to a network and upload your photos even at the maximum resolution of 16 megapixels. You can connect wirelessly to any other device on the network, so it’s just as easy to share photos with your home PC. The ability to upload to a cloud, or automatically back-up photos is an added bonus.

For the younger audience, there’s some fun added features such as photo framing and on the spot special effects such as sepia, charcoal drawing and old movie effect.

More functional options include panoramic mode, creating wide-angle photos, which is easy to use and also provided very good results.

Performance

Navigating through the menu was very user friendly and even though it doesn’t have a touch screen, the buttons effortlessly guide you through the several options and features without any confusion.

Smart Auto, chooses the most appropriate shooting settings for each condition. Using the Program mode allows you to take more control on setting up your shot and includes ISO settings from 80 to 3,200, compensation (+/-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps), and white balance settings. You can also manually control sharpness, contrast and saturation on three sliding scales.

Overall image quality was generally quite impressive, with colours being well reproduced and lots of details being picked up within the frame.

It’s macro performance was also excellent. It very clearly picked out fine details in some flowers and textured fabric I photographed as well as creating a nice depth of field.

  • Shot in Macro mode – click for larger image

I need to add here that I noticed having to wait frustratingly longer than I would like for Samsung’s flash to sufficiently charge between shots, even when the camera was warmed up.

The DV300F shoots HD movies at 1,280×720 pixels at 30 frames per second, with options for 640×480 pixels at 15fps, for web use for example. As with the stills test, the results are impressive, with excellent picture quality and sound quality with only a small amount of wind noise evident during playback.

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Pros

  • Array of features
  • Secondary screen
  • Animated display for self portraits
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Low Price Tag

Cons

  • Sluggish flash response

Verdict

The DV300F is a good looking, feature packed compact digital camera.  It’s targeted mainly at a younger audience, thanks to the creative shooting modes, low price tag and the added front-facing screen with preset animations.

This pocket sized fun-filled gadget is the perfect companion for a general-purpose photographer with impressively decent quality images for your money.

I was impressed not only with the handling and responsiveness of this camera but also the WiFi features, which enable you to easily share your fantastically creative shots on the move. I found it very hard to find fault with this camera and would highly recommend it without hesitation.

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