Summary: The Samsung MV800 is a delightful little compact camera that is both stylish and easy to use. Picture quality isn’t quite up to professional standards, but the Samsung MV800 is a more than acceptable point and shooter that thanks to its size is great for taking out.
Summary: That said, the Samsung Multiview MV800 is a capable and fun choice, and if you spend more time taking photographs of yourself than other people – and want to make sure you're always in the right place – it could be worth a look.
Summary: Clearly designed to be fun to use, the Samsung MV800 will appeal to those more used to a mobile phone. However, while the image quality is on a par with other similar cameras, the reliance on touchscreen controls will frustrate photographers more used to the handling of a DSLR.
That said, the articulated screen and secondary shutter button are great features that I hope to see on other cameras in the future. I just wish the MV800 had a control dial.
Conclusion: The MV800 is unquestionably a fun camera to use, and at the price it would make a good gift for a teen. The clever fold-up monitor and the range of amusing filters and effects are ideal for those who would otherwise take pictures with their mobile phones, but if you're looking for a camera to take good quality pictures, or to use in difficult conditions then you should really look elsewhere.
Excerpt: The Samsung MV800 has a 5x optical zoom lens offering a focal length equivalent of 26-130mm in 35mm film terms and behind this sits a CCD 16.1Mp sensor producing a 4608x3456 resolution and an ISO range of 100-3200. With a built-in flash, a combined zoom/shutter button and a thickness of just 18.3mm, there's little to suggest it offers any new or exciting features until it's viewed from behind‘¦ With two buttons beside Samsung's MultiView 3.0in wide Flip-out display and...
Excerpt: Samsung previously pioneered screens on the front of its cameras as well as at the back and while the MV800 doesn’t feature two screens, here one screen does the job of both. This is because the wide-angle 3in touchscreen can be flipped out and up, through up to 180 degrees, to face the person or object standing in front of the lens. This allows for much easier self-portraits and high- or low-angle snaps and video.
Large, tilting back screen provides the ability to achieve otherwise tricky low or high angle shots and self portraits
MicroSD card format is small and fiddly, average default image quality