This seemed like quite a good bargain buy at £80 in a Comet special offer reduced from £150. The camera
was purchased just before Christmas 2007. I was a bit weary about buying a Samsung camera as this company is not a traditional player in the photographic market, however the camera did seem to exude quality in terms of body and lens. It came with some impressive specifications and lots of useful features such as 5x optical and 5x digital zoom
, 8.2MP resolution and a large bright crystal
clear 2.5" LCD screen
for viewing and capturing shots. The photo quality has generally been excellent both in terms of digital display
and when printed out. The downside however, has been the battery life
and the shutter delay. This review is a summary of my experiences using this camera. I have not described every single feature as this would make the review longer than the 110 page manual.
The camera looks good with its silver grey
sleek rounded design, something you'd expect from Samsung. Ergonomically it's a pleasure to hold. On the top of the camera you have the dial mode, shutter button, power button
and speaker. Located on the front is a speaker (bottom right), a flash (top right) and a self-timer lamp/ AF sensor just to the top right of the lens. The D85 lens is an impressive 38/190mm. Down the left hand side of the camera as you shoot is a door flap that flips open to reveal a USB/AV connection terminal and a DC input
connection port. The back of the camera are nicely designed and not too fiddly. All the buttons a to the right of the large LCD monitor
. At the top is a tiny camera status lamp and a zoom button that you shift up and down. Below these are an E effects button and a delete button. Further down there is a large five function disk button. This incorporates a menu/OK button in the centre, an Information / Up button at the top, a Self-timer /Right button on the right, a macro/down button - play & pause button at the bottom and on the left a flash /Left button. These buttons are easy to use
. A play mode/printer button is at the bottom. The strap can be attached to the right hand side of the camera as you shoot. On the base of the camera you will find a tripod socket and the battery chamber cover that you will be using a lot. The memory card slot
is adjacent to the battery chamber below the cover.
The LCD screen displays a wealth of information about the pictures you are about to take, but you can easily ignore it all and still take excellent pictures. Some of the more important information you will find on screen are the recording mode in the top left corner next to a figure indicating the number of remaining shots. There is also a battery indicator is in the top left corner. A lot of camera settings are controlled via this screen by using the information button on the back of the camera
Taking Pictures and Recording Modes
You compose images by using the LCD monitor. There is no view finder on this camera. This is a disadvantage in that you a re relying on the batteries all the time to view an image.