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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Social Snapper, 17 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Samsung DV300F SMART Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.0MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer) (Camera)
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This Samsung DV300F may not be the choice of serious amateur photographers, but it's brilliant for the casual user looking for a Wi-Fi enabled, compact, simple, fun and social camera, that takes good pictures with minimal user input. It's great for those who want to instantly share photo's and video's with family and friends via Facebook or Picasa amongst a few other online services.

I actually had quite a bit of fun using this camera. There's a variety of scene modes along with various photo and video effects/filters that work surprisingly well, some of the face warping effects are hilarious and actually made me laugh on a few occasions. The kids mode is also clever, where an animation plays on the front mounted LCD. My nephews loved this feature, although they watched the animation with curious faces, rather than a smile. The camera offers manual controls of ISO, aperture and shutter speeds, but casual users probably won't have any need for this.

Picture quality is pretty good, producing fairly sharp, bright and vibrant photo's under most conditions; however, it's not great in low light which is to be expected considering the small sensor and high number of megapixels crammed in. Flash is adequate, but isn't great and has a tendency to wash out the main subject. The 5x optical zoom is a welcome addition.

The 720p video quality is fairly good and again some of the effects are quite cool. It's comparable to my old Panasonic Lumix TZ7 video quality, but both are outshone by my Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone, which shoots video at 1080p. It would have been much better if this camera could have shot in 1080p, as I love taking video's as much as photo's.

Build quality of this camera is good. It's compact, sleek and all of the controls are laid out fairly intuitively allowing for easy operation. It's a feature packed camera, so could take some time to discover all of it's features. There's no optical viewfinder, which may be a deal-breaker for some, but the main 3" LCD screen is bright and clear and is not obscured too much in direct sunlight. The front mounted LCD is concealed well and blends into the body of the camera - it's quality is not great, but adequate for it's intended purpose. This camera supports Micro-SDHC, so I recommend something like the SanDisk microSDHC 32GB Card. The camera is charged via USB, so there's no extra bulk of a separate battery cable and charging dock. Wireless backup is useful and fairly easy to use (via the software), as is the social sharing features.

Overall, If you're looking for a great value, compact, smart, feature packed, social camera that doesn't forget to take a good picture, then I can easily recommend this Samsung DV300F. Though, avid photographers, may want to look elsewhere.
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