Samsung Ativ Tab review

Trying to make Windows RT into a top tablet platform.

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The Samsung Ativ Tab comes with a 5 megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing one. Both of those specs are pretty standard in tablet land, where cameras tend to be something of an afterthought, though notably it's a lot better than the pair of 1.2 megapixel snappers offered by its biggest rival - the Microsoft Surface.

A camera is a questionable proposition for a tablet at the best of times, but the one on the Samsung Ativ Tab doesn't do much to convince us of its value. With 5 megapixels to play with and an autofocus, pictures come out in reasonable quality.

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There's also a handful of settings to tweak, such as exposure value, white balance, whether flash is on or off and switching between normal and macro focus. Oddly, none of these options were initially available. Instead you first have to open a separate Camera Extra Settings app, which appears to upgrade the main camera app and add the extra options in.

The pictures it takes are OK, and with this handful of settings it'll get the job done if it's your only option, but we can't see anyone using this as their camera of choice.

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Images demonstrate a reasonable level of detail, with roughly the quality that you'd expect from a 5MP camera.

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Traffic travelling at roughly 30-40mph comes out a little blurred, but the results aren't unusable.

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Indoor scenes are a bit more disappointing, since without flash they are dark and very noisy.

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Flash brightens indoor shots up a little, but not much, and they're still very noisy.

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Even with macro mode on, the camera usually fails to focus during close ups.

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Video capture on the Samsung Ativ Tab is just as limited as taking stills photos. Videos are captured in HD 720p resolution, not Full HD.

There's the same small selection of visual options, such as white balance and exposure, and the quality of the videos it produces is simply OK.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyATIV tab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Operating SystemWindows RT
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)570 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height168.1 mm
Width265.8 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeHD
Product ModelP8510
Product NameATIV Tab P8510 Tablet
Product LineATIV tab
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P8510MSEBTU
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Package Contents
  • ATIV Tab P8510 Tablet
  • AC Adapter