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5.0 out of 5 stars A picture-perfect piece of kit to fit your pocket!, 22 May 2012
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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Have you ever used a piece of technology (for example) and thought: why doesn't it do THIS? Or why doesn't it do it THAT way?...The people at Samsung seem to have put themselves into the consumers' shoes and thought about everything that Joe Public would want from a compact digital camera. The Samsung DV300F SMART is very aptly named - it's a clever little thing that does everything you need and more.

The camera is of average size, and is half gloss and half matt finish. The aesthetics of it are pleasing - it looks good, it feels good in the hand and it has a high-quality overall appearance. It comes with a charger, and the cable doubles as the USB cable to plug the camera into your computer. The cable is quite short, and the plug feels very light and plasticky, but if that's the only criticism them Samsung can be proud of themselves.

There are several innovative features on this camera:

* It has an LCD screen on the front as well as a whopping 3.0inch LCD screen on the back as would be expected. The front screen is brilliant for taking a picture of yourself (as is often the case with me and my husband if we holiday together and cannot find anybody to take our photograph!) - press the clearly labelled button on the top of the camera 'Front LCD' et voila - both front and rear screens are activated. This front screen also doubles as an animation to grab the attention of babies and toddlers when they're having their picture taken. It ALSO comes into force when using the timer function; instead of the usual few flashes that indicate when your the camera will activate, the front screen displays large numbers counting down from 10, so it couldn't be more obvious when to say 'cheese'.

* The SMART function of the camera is evident when taking photographs. The little icon in the corner changes from scenery mode, to portrait, to low light conditions - all without having to change any setting - it's excellent at detecting the setting in which the picture is being taken.

* Wi-fi: this is a revolution! I don't have a smart phone and so feel frustrated by the inability to take pictures and instantly upload to social network sites or email to family and friends. With my old digital camera it meant booting up the PC, downloading the pics before I could do anything else with them. This camera has in-built wi-fi and it's so easy to connect! Just connect to the network and you're away - uploading pics (even those taken at the maximum resolution of 16 megapixels) is quick and easy. You can connect wirelessly to any other device on the network, so it's just as easy to share photos with your home PC. The ability to upload to a cloud, or automatically back-up photos, is an added bonus. This is a winning feature of the camera and has taken the digital camera to the next level of usefulness.

The x5 optical zoom is as you'd expect, but just perfect for a camera of this size. The picture quality is excellent (as you'd expect at 16.1 megapixels!) and the LCD screen on the back of the camera is very large and crystal clear. The movie function is equally as impressive, with outstanding quality recording.

There are some fun extra features, such as adding a frame to photos or special effect (sepia, charcoal drawing, old movie effect etc) that will appeal to younger users as well as offer a novel twist to photos which could then be used on personalised photo gifts etc. There's also a panoramic function, which is easy to use and creates a good panoramic effect. I had great fun playing with all the extra features on this, although not sure how many I'll use on a regular basis!

The camera itself is very easy to use - the menu and functions feel more like that of a computer than a camera. As you navigate through the various options on the menu, if you're unsure what a particular function does then just leave it highlighted for a second and a helpful box appears summarising what that feature does. It's not a touchscreen LCD, which I prefer as there's less tendency for things to go wrong, and the buttons themselves are minimal but easy to activate.

This is genuinely a really lovely compact digital camera. It's not going to get the super-zoom of an slr but then an slr wouldn't fit easily in your pocket! It feels well-made and well-designed. I have an SLR camera (granted it's not all-singing) but the picture quality of this Samsung, combined with the brilliant features and portability, means that I'll probably always reach for this camera before my others.
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