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4.0 out of 5 stars Some really nice features, but some letdowns stop it being a 5 star product, 21 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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Lets start with the positives, and there are plenty of things to like. It's easy to use, the menu system is well laid out, easy to use, and the controls aren't too fiddly. There are ALOT of features on this camera, from editing, retouching, sharing, so to make it as intuitive as they have done is no small feat.

The front display is really innovative, and when it's not on, it amazingly blends into the camera body's casing, it's virtually undetectable. It's very handy for self portraits, and it's pure genius what they did with "kids mode", where it shows a cartoon on the display to make them look at the display.. Those crazy Koreans...

It's nice how it charges with a standard MicroUSB, so no more packing cumbersome chargers when going away as pretty much everything on the planet that's not made by Apple now uses a standardized MicroUSB.

There are some accompanying smartphone apps, like RemoteViewfinder, where you can control the camera from your smartphone using the camera's wifi connection. It streams the display, you can zoom and take pictures. Not sure how useful it would be in realworld, but it's a interesting idea.

The camera itself uses MicroSD, so again, congrats to Samsung for sticking to established formats.

There is a wealth of sharing options, to social media sites like Facebook, photo sharing sites like Picasa, YouTube, Photobucket. It also links to cloud storage, but only SkyDrive is currently supported, no DropBox or GoogleDrive. You can also send email directly from the camera.

There is a DLNA server onboard, and when connected via Wifi, I had no problems viewing the photos on my PS3, however I didn't get any such luck with my 12month old Samsung SMT-S7800 digibox. So Samsung are getting down marked for poor interoperability amongst their own products.

Worryingly, I also didn't have much luck with streaming of video from the camera. Despite being very close to a router that's got a very solid wifi connection, the video stuttered badly, and downloading it before playing, you could see the data transfer rate was very poor. Not sure if this is indicative of poor wifi chipset in the camera, but it wasn't encouraging.

Picture quality, although it's 16MP, I would say the picture quality isn't outstanding, it's adequate. Low light wasn't fantastic either. However i'm guessing it's more than adequate for the audience this camera is aimed at. It's functionality and connectivity is where it's designed to excel.

So onto the Pros and Cons:

Pros:
Wifi connectivity.
Basic sharing options work
Loads of filters and tinkering of photos onboard
Simple to use despite lots of functionality
Front display is useful.
MicroUSB charging
Accompanying Android apps
Very lightweight and compact.
Panorama stitching works very well (and works in all 4 directions)
Zoom whilst filming video (My Sony compacts could not manage this seemingly simple feat).
Firmware upgradeable (reviewed with the latest firmware 21/05/2012)

Cons:
Wifi strength and/or media server not upto streaming video.
Poor interoperability with other Samsung products (but could be the fault of other products).
No Google+ sharing, No Google Drive or Dropbox sharing.

If future Samsung updates sort out any of these cons, I will be sure to update the review.
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2012 10:48:25 BDT
William says:
A good review. However while microSD is standard for phones it could hardly be considered standard for a camera. Normal SDHC would be much handier for a camera.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2012 16:25:55 BDT
When you buy a MicroSD card, You usually get an adapter when you buy them to work in either, and a Class10 MicroSD will perform exactly the same and a Class10 SDHC. So it's the best of both worlds.
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