Samsung MV800 hands-on (Pocket-lint)

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Samsung haven’t been scared to try different things with their compact camera range, and having rolled out a number of models with forward-facing screens, this is a slightly different proposition.
The MV800 (standing for MultiView) offers a hinged screen on the back to provide a variety of shooting options. With the hinge on the top of the camera, you can set it at any angle, so low shots are incredibly easy to compose, and it will travel through 180 degrees so that it faces forward.

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Samsung MV800 hands-on (Pocket-lint)

  1. 1. Link: http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/41912/samsung-mv800-multiview-camera-hands-onSamsung MV800 hands-onIFA 2011: Given a good screeningFor the latest from Berlin check out our dedicated IFA 2011 home page.4 September 2011 10:39 GMT / By Chris HallSamsung haven’t been scared to try different things with their compact camera range,and having rolled out a number of models with forward-facing screens, this is a slightlydifferent proposition.The MV800 (standing for MultiView) offers a hinged screen on the back to provide avariety of shooting options. With the hinge on the top of the camera, you can set it at anyangle, so low shots are incredibly easy to compose, and it will travel through 180degrees so that it faces forward.
  2. 2. This makes it ideal for those who like to take pictures of themselves, no longer having torely on a tiny silver dot, like some early Canon Ixus compacts offered, or pure guesswork.Instead you get the full glory of that 3-inch touchscreen LCD display.And why not? Of course it means the camera is slightly thicker than it might otherwise be,but at 18.3mm it isn’t exactly thick. Fortunately the build quality seems solid too, sohopefully you won’t end up with a flappy screen after a few months.There is also an additional shutter button on the back of the camera which is revealedwhen you fold the screen out. The location is slightly puzzling as we’re not sure if this isdesigned for shooting yourself by reaching around, or whether it’s designed for pokingfrom the back. Either way, it’s there if you want it.Being a touchscreen model means most other controls have been removed. As we’veseen before from Samsung cameras the control menus are graphical, fun and vibrant,but we felt it might have a few too many shooting options - you can end up rootingthrough the menus for some time.There is, however, a collection a Smart Filters, which let you easily create some greateffects in the camera, such as miniature, vignette or soft focus. You also get the likes ofFunny Face, which will manipulate the subject’s face into a grotesque figure of yourchoosing. We’re not sure that academics will be too enamoured with the rather dourlooking “Professor” setting.
  3. 3. Technically the Samsung MV800 offers you a 16-megapixel CCD sensor, with a 5x (26-130mm in 35mm terms) optical zoom Schneider Kreuznach lens. Like a number ofprevious Samsung models, this is one that wants you to use a microSD card, rather thanthe regular SD card.The Samsung MV800 can be yours for £249 and will be available later inSeptember.

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