Samsung Digimax V700 Review
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'
|The V700 is available in three colors; red ('Noble Wine'), Indigo Blue and Milk Silver.|
Samsung Digimax V700 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $369
|Body Material||Metal and Plastic|
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" CCD 7.4 million total pixels
7.1 million effective pixels
• 3072 x 2304
• 640 x 480
• 38 - 114 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
|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)
ISO 50, 100, 200, 400
• Sharpness (3 levels)
|Continuous||0.8 fps for 3 frames (7MP/Fine)|
• Built in
|Storage|| SD Memory Card
32MB SD supplied (UK)*
128MB SD supplied (UK)*
|Viewfinder||Real Image Optical|
|LCD monitor|| 2.0" TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0
• DC in
|Power|| • Rechargeable lithium ion SLB-1137 battery
• Charger included
|In the box*||
Samsung Digimax V700
Spot and multi metering
|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
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