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14 people found this helpful
Great little camera so far
on June 26, 2010
I bought this camera after returning a Pentax W80 which had horrible picture quality. I was trying to replace an older Pentax Optio Wpi which is a wonderful older waterproof camera, took good pics @ 6MP and was very durable. So I wanted to replace this older camera with one at higher MP, something waterproof that I could take biking, to the beach, and do occasional snorkeling with and not worry about water. I read a lot of reviews on waterproof cameras before I decided to give the Samsung a try. There were only very limited reviews on this particular one when I bought it, but I decided to take a chance since the camera is priced very well.
I've only played with it for a day, but immediately I could see that the pictures are vastly better than the Pentax W80 that I had returned. The Smart Auto mode does a great job most of the time in selecting the correct settings for a shot. You can also select from a number of different preset modes for different shooting environments (water, night, backlit, sports, portrait, etc.). The Program mode has a fair amount of settings that you can change as well as some useful features such as self-portrait mode, detect smile, vignetting, and others. Close up mode worked great. I think this camera is going to fill my requirements for a small point-and-shoot to toss in my bag that can handle being outdoors without fear of getting wet while still taking good quality pictures. I'll still bring out my larger Canon when I really want the best quality, but this camera does very well for its size. It is also very attractive and a nice size.
So that was the good, not too many comments on the bad aspects yet. I have posted some of my photos under the 'product images' in the item description. You can see in some of them, the colors get a little too oversaturated, particularly red and green. This was not in a large percentage of the photos by any means, but I did see it on occasion. Most of the photos I uploaded were outdoor photos, the one indoor photo I posted was at ISO 400 and you could start to see pixelation, not drastic but it was there. The movie mode has an issue with the zoom during recording. I had noticed this before buying the camera in videos posted online taken by this type of camera. The motor is a little loud on the movie recording, so be forewarned if this is a deal-breaker for you. You can choose the option to mute the recorded sound during zooming (so obviously they knew this was an issue). I have posted a sample video at [..] if you want to check it out for yourself. The videos record in .mp4 format. I didn't think the motor noise was terribly distracting though.
I have yet to take it to the beach, so I will update this review once I try some underwater shots. Hopefully next week I'll have a chance to try it out on some fish underwater. Then I may also be able to comment on any condensation issues as another reviewer noted. So far, the camera is a keeper for me.
Update ~1 week later. Have used the camera a lot over the last week and finally took it to the beach today. It worked great, takes even better underwater pics than our older camera that I had loved. The focus was great underwater and the pics were sharp with good color. Unfortunately I didn't find any fish today to photograph, but I took a couple shots underwater around the rocks and coral to try it out. I'm glad I bought the Samsung, I have no regrets.