Features & Controls

The 5x Samsung zoom lens offers optical image stabilization and a wide 25mm angle. The 5x magnification is modest by today's standards. It won't get you up-close shots of far-off subjects. Nor will the macro function get you the closest shots of tiny objects, being able to focus as close as 5cm, or roughly 0.2 inch. Some cameras in this price range can focus as close as 1cm, or .04 inch.

One potential plus is the wide aperture of f2.5, which should in theory help get shots in dimly lit conditions at a lower ISO setting than would be necessary with a smaller aperture.

This camera was not designed for those seeking lots of optical finesse and manual settings. To wit, the camera offers just two auto focus modes: auto focus and macro.

Focal Length (f):
Focal Length 35mm Conversion:
25~125 mm
Maximum Aperture:
Focus Type:
TTL auto focus
Normal Focus Range:
80cm~infinity(Wide), 250cm~infinity(Tele)
5cm~80cm (Wide), 100cm~250cm(Tele)
Auto Macro:
5cm~Infinity(Wide), 100cm~Infinity(Tele)

The specified flash range for this compact bulb is 4.6 meters, or just over 15 feet, an impressive distance for such a small flash. I was skeptical it could live up to the rating, but found that it threw around a lot of light - enough to attractively illuminate a room and brighten up colors that could have looked dull if the flash was not powerful enough.

With a recharging time of 4 to 5 seconds, you will have to do a little waiting rather than be able to fire flash shot after flash shot.

Flash Modes :
Auto, Red-eye reduction, Fill-in, Slow sync, Red-eye fix
Flash Range:
Wide: 0.2 m~4.6 m(ISO Auto), Tele: 0.5 m~1.2 m(ISO Auto)

Recharging Time:
Approx. 4~5 sec.

Physical buttons are a bare-bones affair on the MV900F. On the top panel are just two buttons: power and shutter. The shutter button is surrounded by the zoom ring, which may feel small to some fingers. I found it wasn't always as responsive as I'd like, and the limited distance it moves can make it difficult to get the precise zoom magnification you want.

The cutout you see at left is the hinge for the articulating AMOLED screen, where you find almost all other controls for the camera.

The 3.31-inch AMOLED display serves as a touchscreen for most camera functions. Note the physical buttons at lower right. The top button, Home, launches this menu home screen from shooting or playback mode. From here you can change the shooting mode from Smart Auto to Program, for example, or launch the scene modes menu.

The company does not publish a resolution for the display, but based on the naked eye, it isn't high. Playback of images is enjoyable and clear when images fill the screen, but zooming in on photos tends to reveal pixels and digital artifacts rather than sharp edges and fine details.

The display does offer a wide viewing angle. If you're in favorable light (or lack thereof) you will likely have no trouble seeing the screen even at extreme angles. I experienced no falloff of the display image when angling the camera. However, the screen does have a hard, shiny protective layer, which can be your enemy in bright sunlight. It's highly reflective, which can make it difficult to see it extremely well, though it is amply bright.

The AMOLED hinges outward, which is handy for getting creative angles in your shots. It's the type of thing people comment on, and elicited the comment, "That's cool." For me, it was most helpful for getting shots very close to the ground, or looking up at people from waist-high.

The screen flips up a full 180 degrees, which allows you more easily frame self-portraits. As shown in the photo, you still have all menu options available to you.

When using the camera like this you can enable One Touch Shooting to tap the screen to trip the shutter, or use the secondary shutter button on the back of the camera (the shutter button on the top of the camera is blocked by the flipped-up display).

This secondary shutter button is on the back panel, and is meant to be used when you've flipped up the display. You also use the touch screen to take your photos, however, using the One Touch Shutter function. When the display is folded down, this button is hidden behind it.

At the top of the back panel and above the display when it's folded down is the Smart Link button. You assign a Wi-Fi function in the menus for it, and then have email, Facebook upload, etc., just one button push away, without having to navigate the on-screen menu.

The camera has two ports, which sit behind a hard plastic door that snaps open on its hinge: a combo USB/AV and mini-HDMI port. The camera includes a USB cable but not an HDMI cable.

The card slot behind a hinged door on the underside of the camera that springs open when you release it. The small card slot supports

Micro SD, Micro SDHC, and Micro SDXC. (Micro SD card and adapter sold separately).

The included battery charger connects to the camera via the included USB cable. You charge the battery while in the camera.

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