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Samsung MV800 review

Tilting touchscreen and 16MP on a compact camera

samsung mv800 review

Given the heavy advertising budget and the appeal of a flip-out screen, we can see the Samsung MV800 becoming a bestseller. Unfortunately, the quality of the pictures and the low quality of the screen let it down.

That said, there are other elements of the camera which definitely appeal. Its sleek body makes it extremely pocket-friendly, which is perhaps surprising considering the extra bulk that a moveable screen should add.

Filters and effects add a touch of fun, which should make it particularly appealing with families.

We liked

The Samsung MV800's flip-out screen is useful for composing self-portraits and group shots with minimal fuss, along with more awkward positions such as high and low angles. Some of the filters, frames and effects are genuinely quite fun to work with.

We disliked

The screen quality meant that more than once we needlessly retook photos to make sure that at least one was in focus. Using the second shooting button on the back of the camera is a little cumbersome.

Final verdict

We wanted so much to like the Samsung MV800, but ultimately for the price point we think it's a disappointment and would encourage anyone thinking of buying this compact camera to wait and see if it reduces in price first.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
ColourBlack
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
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelMV800
Product NameMV800 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-MV800ZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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