Excerpt: The Samsung
L74 Wide ($300) is a rather unique digital camera.
Not for its design, wide-angle lens, SVGA movie mode, or huge touchscreen
LCD, though all of those make it appealing. What really separates the L74 from
the rest of the crowd its its enormous amount of onboard memory (450MB to be
exact) and a built-in world travel guide. That's right, the L74W can give you
information (albeit very basic) about popular tourist destinations around the
Pros: Stylish, very well built body, Wide-angle lens starts at 28mm, Huge, 3-inch touchscreen LCD display, Advanced Shake Reduction works fairly well, though slows down shot-to-shot speeds, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Very little redeye; removal tool available if it does occur, High res movie mode with optical zoom and digital image stabilization; user can "pause" recording, "Interesting" World Tour Guide, Enormous amount of built-in memory, Optional remote con...
Cons: Images are soft and fuzzy; some overexposure and blown highlights, Poor white balance in mixed lighting, Touchscreen user interface can be slow and frustrating to use, LCD difficult to see outdoors, No optical viewfinder, Unimpressive continuous shooting mode, Video quality not the best; choppy frame rate at highest resolution, World Tour Guide not terribly useful, and sometimes inaccurate, No Mac software included
Excerpt: From Apple's eagerly awaited iPhone to an entire generation of sat navs, touchscreens are all the rage. They promise intuitive access to features and an end to complex menus. But are they suited to cameras?
Excerpt: If you've never used a touch-screen digital camera before, it's definitely a different sort of experience than your typical digital camera. The 7.2 megapixel Samsung L74W offers a 3 inch touch sensitive panel with which to change the shooting settings. The only "real" buttons used during image capture are the shutter release and zoom control (for the 3.6x optical zoom).
Summary: A well-built digicam with touch-screen control and on-board tour guide.With its matte black body, slim lines and huge LCD touch-screen, Samsung's 7.2-megapixel L74 Wide is an attractive looking digicam which, as its name suggests, sports a wide zoom lens. The 3.6x optical zoom range starts at the equivalent of 28mm in 35mm format and extends to 101mm, a useful range for everyday photographers. . .
Summary: A well-built and affordable slimline digicam with a wide zoom lens, large LCD and capacious internal memory.Samsung's slim L74 Wide digicam stands out from the crowd in several ways. Most obvious are its 3.0-inch touch screen LCD and wide zoom lens, which encompasses an angle of view equivalent to 28 mm at the wide setting.