Samsung Digimax S760 Review

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Samsung Digimax S760 Ease of Use 9
Features 7
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 7
Macro 7
Value for Money 9
7 Megapixels
3x Zoom
2.4 inch LCD Screen
93 x 62 x 26.5 mm
123g

Overview

The Samsung Digimax S760 is an entry level digital camera. It has a very low price tag and one of its main strengths is ease of use. The Digimax S760 has 7 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom lens. The camera also has a limited manual mode. This allows you to set shutter speeds and switch the aperture. This feature is rare on such an inexpensive camera and helps to give you some extra control over the way the final picture will appear.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

7
3x
2.4 inches
93 x 62 x 26.5 mm
123g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

10cm
No
No
AA
SD/SDHC

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom): The Digimax S760 digital camera is off to a very good start. Taking into account the price of this camera, focusing is much better than many of its natural competitors manage to produce. The sharpness of the shot really stands out. All key areas such as the brickwork on the building in the centre of the shot and the name on the boat away from the centre are pleasingly sharp. Sun glare is handled well too. It does cause a loss of detail where the sun strikes one of the boats, but that is to be expected. The colours are lively and the photo is bright.

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): This is another area where the sharpness of the photo has taken me by surprise. When the zoom is not being used at all lenses can find focusing harder. The Digimax S760 digital camera makes a good fist of focusing though and again wins above average marks.

Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): Once again the sharpness of the photo is good. Despite the zoom lens being zoomed in to its maximum the colours remain strong.

Outdoor 4 (Building): Comparing this picture with others taken by the Olympus FE-310 and the Sony DSC S760 the Digimax S760 wins hands down. This digital camera manages to produce a photo that is much sharper across the entire shot. There is very little drop off in focusing as you reach the edges.

Portraits

Outdoor Portrait: With white balance set to cloudy there is plenty of strength in the colours, in fact they may be a touch overdone. There is plenty of pink in the skin tones.

Indoor Portrait with Flash: Moving indoors where the light is not as bright, the Samsung Digimax S760 digital camera still manages to produce a decent photo. The photo could be a shade brighter and this suggests the flash may not be that strong. The sharpness of the photo is good once again.

Indoor Portrait without Flash: Turning the flash off adds some noise to the photo, but definition levels are still good compared with other similar digital cameras. The light used is typical indoor late winter, daylight with the lights turned on. For lighting that is lower than this you are likely to require flash.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Macro For a digital camera in this price bracket the macro shot is bright. It does lack a degree or two of sharpness though. One of the drawbacks of this camera is that it can only focus from 10cm away. This is more distant that many models and I have cropped the photo here. All in all I would say this is not a camera to buy if you are really interested in taking close ups.

Colours The colours produced in all the test photos are stronger than standard. This is something that I have seen from all the Samsung digital cameras I have reviewed. How strong you like colours to be is a matter of personal choice.

ISO 400 If you are unable to use flash or the subject is out of range for the flash unit then one way to boost the amount of light coming into the camera is to use a higher ISO setting. The downside of this is that noise tends to creep into the shot. This is true for the Digimax S760 digital camera. At ISO 400 noise levels just about remain acceptable. Colours start to break up in places.

ISO 1000 Pushing ISO up to its maximum setting picture quality breaks down further. Purple fringing also begins to appear in the shot.

Summary

My main impression of the test shots is that they are surprisingly good for such a low priced digital camera. Focusing is some way above average when compared to other similar cameras. Colours are strong as well.

See sample images link arrow

Style

A simple digital camera with a simple design. A shade too large to fit into a pocket it is a compact model nonetheless. It is available in a number of colours including black, silver and pink.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash

0.3 seconds
8.37 seconds
0.49 seconds
19.82 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy This is quite a straightforward digital camera. You can control most functions via the control dial on top and a few buttons on the back of the camera. This further helps to simplify the camera.

Points I Like

Shutter lag times for entry level model - manual exposure control - overall picture quality

Where it Could Improve

Macro mode could improve

Verdict

If you are looking for a no fuss digital camera at the lower end of the price spectrum then the Samsung Digimax S760 digital camera is a good call. Picture quality is some way above average. The camera is also easy to use and shutter delay times are also better than expected.

Product Shots

Front View

Samsung Digimax S760 Front View

Back View

Samsung Digimax S760 Back View

Top View

Samsung Digimax S760 Top View

Sample Menus

menu 1 menu 2

functions effects

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Related Pages

Samsung Digimax S760 Review Samsung Digimax S760 Specification Samsung Digimax S760 Sample Images Samsung Digimax S760 Features Samsung Digital Cameras

Review Date

March 2008

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