Samsung MV800 review

Tilting touchscreen and 16MP on a compact camera

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  • Flip-out screen
  • Fun art filters
  • Sleek


  • Poor quality screen
  • Touchscreen sometimes unresponsive

The key feature of the Samsung MV800 is of course its tilting screen, which makes it one of the only compact cameras to feature an adjustable screen, especially at this price point. While other screens articulate round to the side of a camera, the Samsung MV800's flips up to the top, making it the world's first compact camera to feature such a screen.

The Samsung MV800 is designed to fit alongside the 2View range of cameras that Samsung introduced a couple of years ago and that feature dual screens, one being on the front of the camera to help with composing self and group portraits.

Helpfully, the compact camera's 3-inch screen also features the ability to flip over if the camera is turned upside down, so you can use it from all manner of awkward angles.

samsung mv800 review

Further good news is that the screen is touch-sensitive, so it can be used to control the camera.

Other specs on board the Samsung MV800 include a 16.1 million pixel sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens that features a 26mm wide angle, Live Panorama and art filters.

HD video recording at 720p is also available.

samsung mv800 review

The Samsung MV800 can be picked up for around £200, which, for a compact camera of this size and specification is fairly expensive. Presumably that extra money is paying for the novel touchscreen.

But does this camera deliver in terms of image quality and ease of use as well as boasting this unique feature? Let's see.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)121 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.2 mm
Width92 mm
Depth18.3 mm
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelMV800
Product NameMV800 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-MV800ZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Easily capture your unique perspective. The MV800's 3.0" Display flips up and down so you can frame shots at any angle without having to twist your body or bend your back. Snap a high-angle shot over a crowd to effortlessly capture a street performance, or get waist-level candids of your dog. Take low angle shots without getting on the ground, or spin the display all the way around for dazzling self-portraits.The LCD lets you stand the camera so everyone can enjoy from a comfortable position. Life's more fun when you can cover all the angles.

Package Contents
  • MV800 Compact Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year