Samsung Digimax 240 Review
By Movable Type Admin
The Digimax 240 is an entry-level 2.0 megapixel point and shoot digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens. It's compact and lightweight, although larger than the 4-Megapixel Digimax V4. The camera body is constructed of high-impact plastic and appears durable. It's equipped with a tripod mount, but that also appears to be constructed of plastic so care should be exercised when using it. When powered-off, the lens retracts into the case, but no lens cover is provided for the prevention of the inevitable fingerprint smudge.
There is only one operating mode of this camera, Automatic, which is not surprising for a basic digicam. While you can't set shutter speed, aperture, ISO, or scene modes, the menu system does allow for Exposure Compensation (plus or minus 2 stops), White Balance, Image Size (1600x1200 or 800x600), and Image Quality (Normal, Fine or Super Fine). The Digimax does have a movie mode, but it lacks audio.
The shooting performance of the Digimax 240 is average. Power-on to first shot takes about six seconds. The shutter lag from pre-focus to image capture is about .4 seconds, and shot-to-shot time is about 7 seconds in 1600x1200 Super Fine mode.
You'll find shooting indoors a challenge. Autofocus is frequently ineffective in average room lighting, and the maximum flash range in wide angle is about 10 feet. Outdoor shots had a very noticeable greenish cast when using the default Auto White Balance. The color LCD is OK for setting menus and for image review if you're not in bright light. It is a low-quality monitor that doesn't have very good color rendition and is all but useless outdoors in the sunlight.
At the time of this review (June 2003), the Digimax 240 was selling for about two hundred dollars. While the price seems attractive, the overall value is not. We suggest that you look elsewhere for an entry-level digicam. Look at the 2-megapixel, 3x zoom Canon A40 or the Nikon Coolpix 2100.
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