4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best new toy yet.,
This review is from: Samsung WB690 12MP Digital Compact Camera - Black (Electronics)
I don't actually use a camera very much and this one is certainly my most technically advanced so far.
It seems to make a good job of taking pictures on fully automatic mode. It also will do a credible job of making an hdmi video which I can display on my tablet but my net-book just hasn't got enough capability and skips frames and stalls badly. So don't blame the camera if this happens on playback on a device lacking in processing power.
Be aware that a few functions will not work till you add a memory card to the camera. The on board memory isn't very much and you are better to add a memory card. I found a class 4 was all that was needed and a 16gb class 4 will only cost around £5 and give lots of space. If you have a tab the micro card with adaptor is best for ease of swapping files.
I don't like the proprietary Samsung USB charger cable and wish it was just a standard USB cable. It is one more cable to carry around. I seem to need almost 10 to get everything I have to work when going on holiday. Non standard cables should be outlawed.
The telescopic lens just worries me, particularly the way it pops out when the device is powered on.
Maybe they are like this on all cameras of this type? It just seems in danger of being accidentally damaged. I would have preferred a second button to activate it. I have accidentally pressed the power on button but luckily nothing was in the way of the lens. I bought a set of 6 screen protectors but it would be nice if one was supplied with the camera. If you buy a camera you might want to buy screen protectors at the same time and a memory card and possible a spare battery.
Other than the possible fragility of the telescopic lens everything else seems sturdy enough and I think it is good value for money. I would have liked a paper instruction manual with the PDF digital copy as a back up. However if it was a choice I would take the PDF file as it is one less thing to carry and can be accessed from any computer. The PDF file is quite small (about 600k) and I am keeping a copy of it on the memory card as well as my net-book and tab.