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Samsung Digimax V700 Review

May 2005 | By Simon Joinson


Review based on a production Samsung Digimax V700

Introduced at the start of 2005, the Digimax V700 is Samsung's second attempt to break into the top end of the compact market with a feature-packed yet very keenly-priced 7 megapixel model, and the first to be available worldwide. Samsung, one of the world's largest manufacturers of everything from heavy industrial machinery to TFT screens, dishwashers, mobile phones and of course, cameras. Despite some success in the 35mm compact camera boom, Samsung's seemingly many, many attempts to crack the digital camera market have proved less successful (not helped by the fact that there are so many models in its range, many only available in certain parts of the world). So is the V700 - a direct competitor to models such as Canon's S70 and the Pentax 750Z - the camera to finally put Samsung firmly on the map as a serious contender? At first glance it certainly looks promising.

  • 7.1 million effective pixels
  • 3x Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan Zoom lens
  • 4cm macro
  • Manual, program, aperture priority and shutter priority exposure modes
  • 11 scene modes
  • 2.0-inch TFT screen
  • 30 fps, 640x480 MPEG-4 movie mode
  • 3 color options (red, black, silver)
  • Exposure and focus bracketing
  • In-camera 'special effects'

Color options

The V700 is available in three colors; red ('Noble Wine'), Indigo Blue and Milk Silver.

Samsung Digimax V700 Key specifications

Street price • US: $369
• UK: £240
Body Material Metal and Plastic
Sensor • 1/1.8" CCD 7.4 million total pixels
• 7.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3072 x 2304
• 2816 x 2112
• 2592 x 1944
• 2272 x 1704
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480

Movie clips

• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
• 160 x 128
• 15 and 30 fps
• Limited only by the memory card in use
• AVI (MPEG-4)

Lens

• 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
• F 2.8 - 5.1

Shutter speeds Manual: 15 - 1/2000 sec
• Auto: 1 - 1/2000 sec
• Night: 8 - 1/2000 sec
Focus • TTL autofocus
Focus range • Normal: 80 cm - infinity
• Macro: 4 - 80 cm (wide), 25 - 80 cm (tele)
• Auto macro: 4 cm - infinity (wide), 25 cm (tele)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program AE
• Aperture Priority AE
• Shutter Priority AE
• Manual
• Night
• Portrait
• Children
• Landscape
• Close-up
• Text
• Sunset
• Dawn
• Backlight
• Beach/Snow
• Fireworks
• MySet
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps
• AE bracketing

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
White Balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent L
• Fluorescent H
• Custom 1
• Custom 2

Image parameters

• Sharpness (3 levels)
• Colors: normal, black and white, sepia, negative
• Red, green and blue sliders

Continuous 0.8 fps for 3 frames (7MP/Fine)
Flash

• Built in
• Modes: Auto, auto and red-eye reduction. slow sync, fill -in
• Range: Wideangle: 0.2 - 3.0 m (0.65 - 9.8 ft), Tele: 0.25 - 2.0 m 0.8 - 6.5 ft)

Storage • SD Memory Card
• 32MB SD supplied (UK)*
• 128MB SD supplied (UK)*
Viewfinder Real Image Optical
LCD monitor • 2.0" TFT LCD
• 118,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• A/V out
• DC in
• PictBridge
Power • Rechargeable lithium ion SLB-1137 battery
• Charger included
In the box*

Samsung Digimax V700
Wrist strap
• SLB-1137 rechargeable battery
Battery charger
AV cable
USB cable
AC adapter
SD card
Software CD (Drivers, Digimax Viewer, Digimax Reader (OCR), Arcsoft PhotoImpression)
User manual/Warranty card

Other features

Spot and multi metering
• Auto exposure bracketing
• Auto focus bracketing
• AF assist lamp
• Text recognition (via supplied PC software)
Optional remote control
• Album organization
• PictBridge-compatible

Weight (exc batt) 150 g ( oz)
Dimensions 105 x 56.5 x 29.5 mm (4.1 x 2.2 x 1.2 in) Excluding protrusions

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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