Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The DV300F kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.
Smart Auto is the basic shooting mode for nearly all Samsung point-n-shoot cameras, including the DualView DV300F. The icon in the upper right corner signifies the shooting mode that you're using. In Smart Auto, you'll usually see an icon that represents the scene mode that the DV300F has selected in the upper left corner (a moon and star in this case). In default mode, you'll see shooting information on the screen's right side, such as battery power remaining, number of photos that can be stored on the memory card, the resolution, and the flash mode, among other items.
When shooting in Program mode, you'll see a camera icon with a P in the upper left corner. You'll see shooting information on the right side of the screen in Program mode similar to what you see in Smart Auto mode.
Pressing the Home button on the control panel on the back of the DualView DV300F brings up the Basic menu. As you use the four-way button to move between the menu options, as you pause on an icon for a couple of seconds, you'll see an explanation of the menu option pop up on the screen, as shown here for the Smart Auto menu option. Pressing the four-way button or the Delete button will remove the pop up window. The options in the Basic menu are: Smart Auto, Program, Smart Movie, Movie, Scene, Live Panorama, and Settings.
Pick the Settings menu to make changes to the camera's overall controls. The Settings menu includes:
- Sound - Volume (Off, Low, Medium, or High), Beep Sound (Off or On), Shutter Sound (Off, Sound 1, Sound 2, or Sound 3), Start Sound (Off, Star Flight, Laser Show, or Cloud), AF Sound (Off or On)
- Display - Start Image (Off, Logo, or User Image), Wallpapers (Wallpaper Gallery or Album), Guide Line (Off, 3x3, 2x2, Cross, or Diagonal), Date/Time Display (Off or On), Help Guide Display (Off or On), Display Brightness (Auto, Dark, Normal, or Bright), Quick View (Off or On), Power Save (Off or On)
- Connectivity - Video Out (NTSC or PAL), USB (Computer, Printer, or Select Mode), PC Software (Off or On)
- General - Device Information (Mac Address and Serial Number), Language (36 options), Time Zone (Home and Visit), Date/Time Set, Date Type (YYYY/MM/DD, MM/DD/YYYY, or DD/MM/YYYY), Time Type (12 Hr or 24 Hr), File No. (Reset or Series), Imprint (Off, Date, or Date & Time), Auto Power Off (Off, 1 min, 3 min, 5 min, or 10 min), AF Lamp (Off or On), Format (Yes or No), Reset (Yes or No)
When shooting in Program mode, you'll be able to select some advanced settings for your photos by pressing the Menu button. The advanced menu options are:
- EV - between +2 and -2 in one-third intervals
- White Balance - Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, or Custom Set
- ISO - Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, or 3200
- Flash - Off, Auto, Red-eye, Fill in, Slow Sync, or Red-eye Fix (Flash menu shown here)
- Focus - Normal AF or Macro
- Focus Area - Center AF, Multi AF, or Tracking AF
- Face Detection - Off, Normal, Smile Shot, Blink Detection, or Smart Face Recognition
- Smart FR Edit
- Photo Size - 16M, 14M (3:2), 12M (16:9), 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M (16:9), or 1M
- Quality - Super Fine, Fine, or Normal
- ACB - Off or On
- Metering - Multi, Spot, or Center-weighted
- Timer - Off, 10 Sec, 2 Sec, or Double
- Drive - Single, Continuous, Motion Capture, or AEB
- Image Adjust - Sharpness, Contrast, and Saturation (all -2 to +2, in intervals of 1)
- OIS - Off or On
- Intelli Zoom - Off or On
Advanced menus are available through the Home button, too, including the Wi-Fi, Scene, and Magic menus.
Setting up the DV300F to work with a Wi-Fi network is a very easy process, although using the wireless option often will drain the camera's battery more quickly. The Wi-Fi menu options include: MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, Email, Cloud, Auto Backup, and TV Link. Some of the options, such as Mobile Link and Remote Viewfinder, can work with your smartphone, as long as you've purchased the correct app. You can use the Social Sharing option to upload photos and videos to sites like Facebook, Picasa, YouTube, and Photobucket, as long as you have an account already set up at those sites. There is also a Auto Backup feature, which requires that you have downloaded the proper software from Samsung to your computer.
The Scene menu window gives you access to some very interesting special effect features. The Scene menu options include: Picture in Picture, Self Shot, Children, Jump Shot, Beauty Shot, Intelligent Portrait, Night Shot, and Close-up Shot. With Self Shot and Children, the DV300F will automatically turn on the front LCD, allowing you to take a self-portrait (Self Shot) or to start the animation to keep the attention of the child you're trying to photograph (Children). Beauty Shot allows the camera to automatically made edits to your image to try to fix any skin blemishes or other problems with the image.
The Magic menu window provides the ability to shoot photos with special effects. The Magic menu options include: Magic Frame, Funny Face, Photo Filter, Movie Filter, Split Shot, Artistic Brush, and Motion Photo. By using Photo Filter, the DV300F will apply special effects to the photos as you're shooting them (Miniature, Vignetting, Ink Painting, Oil Painting, Cartoon, Cross Filter, Sketch, Soft Focus, Fish-eye, Old Film, Half Tone Dot, Classic, Retro, and Zooming Shot). Movie Filter provides many of the same special effects to your videos.
The style of the menus on the Samsung DV300F is the same as for many Samsung point-n-shoot cameras, providing a lot of icons and graphical options for picking the settings. These menus look great, and they're very easy to use.
The movie recording screen, much like the still image screen, provides basic information about the current settings. You'll see the amount of available recording time remaining, the video resolution, the frame rate, and the audio settings along the right side of the window. The movie mode is in the upper left corner. The current length of the recording is in the upper middle portion of the window.
If you press the Disp button, you'll clear all of the data, other than the current length of the recording. Press Disp again to return the data to the screen.
While in a Movie mode, you can press the Menu button to see the Movie menu options, which include:
- Movie Size - HD (1280x720), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x240), 240 Web (limited to 30 seconds)
- Frame Rate - 30 FPS or 15 FPS
- Voice - Sound Alive On, Sound Alive Off, or Mute
- Timer - Off or 10 Sec
Finally, the front LCD screen provides a few different display options while recording images. When you press the F.LCD button on the top panel when in the Auto or Program shooting modes or the Self Shot mode, the front LCD will display the current image that will be recorded. From Auto or Program mode, pressing the Self-Timer button on the right side of the four-way button will cause the front LCD to display a "countdown clock" (shown here), displaying how many seconds remain until the self-timer feature will record the photo.
If you press the Home button and move into Children mode, you'll change the front LCD to an animation (shown here) that's designed to grab the attention of children, so they'll look at the camera as you're trying to photograph them.