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The Digimax D103 is a high-resolution digital camera equipped with a true-color filtered 10.1megapixel CCD and a 30x total zoom (3x optical, 10x digit...

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Review of "Samsung Digimax D103"

published 21/08/2007 | matty0501
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Excellent
Pro 10.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, easy to use
Cons Rotated photos return to origional state
very helpful
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Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use
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"Digimax D103 - WOW!"

A photo taken by the Samsung Digimax D103

A photo taken by the Samsung Digimax D103

After his camera broke whilst in Florida, my step dad bought a Samsung Digimax D103. He bought it mainly because it boasts 10.1 mega pixels, which produces a really good picture. I used this camera on a recent holiday to Lake Garda and I am very impressed with it.

The Features
The camera has many different features which I have listed below:
10.1 Megapixels
Optical 3x Zoom
Large 2.5" LCD
Easy Grip
ISO 1000
Powerful movie functions (MPEG-4 VGA 30fps)
4cm Macro & Auto macro
Manual Functions
User-friendly "Effect" button
Quick Print button

A full range of features and technical information can be found at the Samsung website: http://samsungcamera.co.uk/product/pro_view.asp?prol_uid=2461&cat_uid=11&ta bmenu=2#tabs

The Samsung website also says that the camera can come with an optional docking station, but the one I have didn't.


The D103 uses SD cards which are readily availably in various sizes. As the camera is 10.1 mega pixels, the pictures take up a lot of room, so you will require a fairly large capacity card. However, the camera enables you to select different sizes from 1 mega pixels up to 10, allowing you to store more photos, but compromising on quality. A 256MB should be able to store about 94 photos at 10 mega pixels.


Capture Modes
The D103 has 8 capture modes. These are:
Auto - minimal user interaction, everything done automatically
Program - manually configure most functions apart from shutter speed and aperture value
Manual - allows you to manually configure all functions
Record - allows you to record movies (I have never used this)
Night - optimum settings for taking photos in the dark
Portrait - optimum settings for taking peoples faces
Children - your guess is as good as mine (optimum setting for taking children???)
Scene - optimum setting for taking landscapes like mountains

The D103 also has a voice record function to add a voice over to still images. I don't really know why you'd want to do this and haven't used it. I also haven't tried the macro function, but I am sure that it is fine for the average user.

Flash
The D103 has five flash settings:
Auto flash - pretty self explanatory, the camera will decide whether or not to use the flash
Auto & red eye reduction - the camera will decide whether to use flash and will also use the red eye reduction facility
Fill in flash - basicly flashes whatever the light levels
Slow synchro - flashes in conjunction with a slow shutter soeed
Flash off - need I say any more?

Self Timer
The self timer on the D103 is more sophisticated than most cameras. It has tow times, 2 seconds or 10 seconds. But what surprised me is a double timer function, where the camera takes two photos. This would be useful if there were a lot of fidgetting children, or if someone sneezes.

Effects
One of the less useful (but not useless) features on this camera are all of the different effects that you can have. There are different colours that you can make your photo, have it in sepia or black and white, and even more bizarre you can have it in negative (this makes everything really weird).

Playback settings
Being a digital camera, you can playback any photos that you have taken. It is really simple to do so, and the screen is more than adequate to get a feel for the photo. You can also rotate images in playback mode, but after a cycle, they return to their original state. This is really annoying, especially when you are viewing the image through a TV. There is a slideshow feature in playback where the camera automatically cycles througfh your photos. The camera comes with both a USB cable and an AV cable for connecting to a TV.


My Opinion
I think that this camera is really good value for money, as it has features such as adjustable shutter speed. My old camera didn't have any of this sort of thing. The D103 is perfect for both inexperienced photographers and people who like to fiddle with their photos (like me). However, I would not recommend the camera to people who like really, really sophisticated cameras. This camera is perfect for the average tourist.

Below are some photos that I have taken using this camera. Please bear in mind that because the camera is 10.1 megapixels, the original files were massive. Therefore the photos have had to be shrunk down, and the quality is not as good as on the originals. Still pretty damn good though!

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Comments on this review

  • nikashh published 19/07/2009
    nice review
  • inbetweendaysx published 23/08/2007
    I can trust samsung on this one then. they are a great brand. x
  • LJOne published 23/08/2007
    A really good review.
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Product Information : Samsung Digimax D103

Manufacturer's product description

The Digimax D103 is a high-resolution digital camera equipped with a true-color filtered 10.1megapixel CCD and a 30x total zoom (3x optical, 10x digital), allowing you to produce high-quality, detailed photos for printing up to poster size. The Digimax D103's large 2.5" LCD has improved contrast and color reproduction for easy imaging framing and reviewing. The Digimax D103 supports ISO 1000, making it one of the most light-sensitive models in its class. This allows you to use faster shutter speeds - great for moving objects and capturing crisp images in low light conditions. The Digimax D103 has some great special effect functions - including Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame and Composite Shot - that give you unique, and sometimes amusing, shooting experiences beyond conventional picture-taking. You can access each of these special effects with just one touch of the "E" button. The powerful video capability of the Digimax D103 delivers a camcorder like experience. The Digimax D103 with a high-compression, high-quality video format can record up to 3 - 4 times longer than traditional camera formats providing a more enhanced movie shooting experience. Videos are recorded in VGA (640 x 480) at 30fps, with wider screen view and greater video quality so videos can be viewed at full size on a TV. The Digimax D103 automatically adjusts the shooting distance and focus from between 4cm to infinity, helping you to get great close-up shots more easily. For more detailed macro pictures the additional Macro mode allows you to take shots of subjects as close as 4cm. The family-friendly mode dial - with Night, Portrait and Children modes - make it easier to get great shots of the family by giving instant access to the appropriate mode for each individual situation. Children mode, with its open aperture and fast shutter speeds, lets you "freeze" children and other subjects in fast-moving action shots. Night mode automatically uses the slow synchronization function to help you get clearer and brighter pictures at night. The Portrait mode delivers more realistic, flattering people shots with improved red-eye reduction. The Digimax D103's print button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the D103 to any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the illuminated print button and print! You can also use this button to transfer your images directly to a computer.

Product Details

Product Description: Samsung Digimax D103 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Internal Storage: 45 MB flash

Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-5.1

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 80 cm

Digital Zoom: 10 x

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Colour: Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 10 cm x 2.7 cm x 6.2 cm

Weight: 169 g

Manufacturer: Samsung

Long Name: DigiMax D103

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: without Viewfinder

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10.1

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD Memory Card

Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3 x

Digital Zoom (Ratio): 10 x

LCD Display Size: 2.5

Autofocus: With autofocus

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.0035

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

General

MPN: D103

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Silver

Sensor Resolution: 10.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 10,300,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/1.8"

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Digital Zoom: 10 x

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Digital Video Format: MPEG-4

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1000, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, night mode, close-up, backlight, beach/snow, Children, fireworks, dawn/dusk, sunset

Special Effects: Negative, Black & White, Sepia, blue, green, red

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (warm white)

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 8 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 7.4 - 22.2 mm - f/2.8-5.1

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 - 105mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Min Focus Distance: 80 cm

Macro Focus Range: 4cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Features: Built-in lens shield

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.2 m - 3 m

Additional Features

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, auto power save, date/time stamp, DPOF support, sharpness control, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, cropping an image, resizing an image, digital image stabilization (video mode), in-camera film editing

Display

Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x docking station

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Samsung Digimax Master

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple MacOS 9.2 or later

Peripheral Devices: USB port, SVGA monitor, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Hand strap, USB cable, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: AA

Details: 2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card

Internal Storage: 45 MB flash

Image Storage: Super-fine JPEG 3672 x 2760 : 10 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 3672 x 2760 : 19 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 3672 x 2760 : 22 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 3472 x 2604 : 11 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 3472 x 2604 : 21 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 3472 x 2604 : 31 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 12 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 3264 x 2448 : 35 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 14 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 41 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2816 x 2112 : 16 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2816 x 2112 : 46 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 19 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 55 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2274 x 1704 : 25 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2274 x 1704 : 58 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 37 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 83 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 51 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 108 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 : 108 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 : 217 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 217 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 233 - with 45MB built-in memory ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 272 - with 45MB built-in memory

Video Capture: MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 - 15 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 320 x 240 - 15 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 160 x 128 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 160 x 128 - 15 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 10 cm

Depth: 2.7 cm

Height: 6.2 cm

Weight: 169 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

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