Samsung Digimax V700 Review

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Samsung Digimax V700

Posted 06/13/2005

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The Samsung Digimax V700 is a palm-sized 7-megapixel digital camera that features a superior Schneider multi-coated 3x optical zoom lens for clear and natural looking pictures. Ready to take pictures instantly thanks to its instant booting, it also has a very fast shot-to-shot speed and continuous high-speed shooting so you'll never miss any of the action. This compact and lightweight powerhouse is available in three stylish colors: Noble Wine, Indigo Blue and Milk Silver.

The Digimax V700 can be used in Easy mode like a simple point-n-shoot, allowing anyone to capture beautiful digital photographs. It also features advanced exposure modes such as Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, AE and AF Bracketing, Portrait, 11 Scene and three customizable MySet modes. The user can adjust the ISO sensitivity, the white balance, image sharpness, image size, image quality, exposure compensation, exposure metering mode and color effect. The Digimax V700's auto focus system is fast and accurate and in low light conditions it's enhanced by a focus-assist illuminator. The user can also manually adjust the focus when desired. The Auto Macro mode allows you to focus on objects as close as 4cm from the lens.

In addition to high resolution still images, the Digimax V700 also records high quality MPEG-4 format motion video with audio at 640x480 resolution @ 30fps, the length is limited only by the amount of available memory. Movie clips are further enhanced by a movie stabilizer function that corrects for lateral and vertical movement caused by hand shake. You can record and attach 10-second voice memos to still images or use the camera as a digital voice recorder. Pictures can be resized or trimmed (cropped) in-camera without need of a PC. Post-capture editing can also be accomplished with the bundled software that includes the Digimax Viewer and MGI's PhotoSuite.

Transfer images, movies and sound clips to your PC quickly via USB 2.0 high-speed connectivity. Printing your photos couldn't be easier thanks to PictBridge direct printing, no computer is needed. Just plug the camera into any compatible printer using the standard USB download cable, select the photos on the color LCD and print!

Digimax V700 Features:

  • 7-Megapixel resolution for images up to 3072 x 2304 pixels
  • Schneider 3x multi-coated zoom lens (38-113mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • Capture 640x480 MPEG-4 movies w/audio to the capacity of the media
  • Records up to two hours of audio only
  • Attach 10-sec. audio memos to still images
  • Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority and Manual modes
  • Automatic, 11 Scene modes, Movie, Voice recording modes
  • Special Effects : Highlight, Composite, Photo Frame
  • Three user-customizable MySet modes
  • High speed continuous and Auto Bracketing shooting
  • 2.0-inch color LCD screen with live histogram
  • Auto Macro as close as 4cm from the lens
  • Removable SD/MMC card storage, 32MB SD card included
  • Adjustable ISO, white balance and sharpening
  • Color effects: B&W, Sepia, Negative
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger included
  • USB 2.0 Mass Storage and PictBridge compliant

The Digimax V700 package includes a luxury carrying pouch, 32MB SD card, driver and application software CD-ROM, rechargeable battery and charger, wrist strap, USB cable, Audio-Video cable, user manual and warranty card. (Bundle may vary depending on sales location.)

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Samsung Digimax V700

Samsung Digimax V700

Samsung Digimax V700

Samsung Digimax V700

Samsung Digimax V700

Samsung Digimax V700

Samsung Digimax V700

The Digimax V700 compared to a standard CD.

Samsung Digimax V700

The Digimax U-CA5 and the Digimax V700.

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Digimax V700 Specifications

Image Sensor 1/1.8" CCD, 7.1 Megapixels effective
Recorded Pixels 7M 3072 x 2304
6M 2816 x 2112
5M 2592 x 1944
4M 2272 x 1704
3M 2048 x 1536
2M 1600 x 1200
XGA 1024 x 768
VGA 640 x 480

Movies - MPEG4
640 x 480, 320 x 240

Lens Schneider Varioplan 3X zoom, f = 7.8 ~ 23.4mm
(35mm film equivalent: 38 ~ 113mm)
Aperture: F2.8 ~ F5.1
Digital Zoom 1.0X ~ 10.0X
Focus TTL auto focus, Manual focus
Focus Range Normal: 80cm ~ infinity
Macro: 4 ~ 80 cm (Wide), 25 ~ 80cm (Tele)
Auto Mode: 4 cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 25 cm ~ Infinity (Tele)
ViewFinder Real image optical viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch color TFT LCD (118,080 pixels)
Exposure Control Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE or Manual Exposure
Audio Recording Voice: Maximum 1 hour
Voice memo on still image, 10 sec. max.
Exposure Metering Multi or Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent L, Tungsten, Custom 1 & 2
Shutter Mechanical and Electronic shutter
Auto: 1 ~ 1/2000 sec.
Manual: 15 ~ 1/2000 sec.
Night: 8 ~ 1/2000 sec.
Fireworks: 4 ~ 1/2000 sec.
Image Format Still Image: TIFF, JPEG(DCF), EXIF 2.2, DPOF 1.1
Movie Clip: AVI (MPEG-4)
Voice: WAV
Storage Media Card Slot: SD / MMC (32MB included)
Image Storage (32MB)
Image Size /
7M 6M 5M 4M 3M 2M XGA VGA
TIFF 1 1 1 2 3 4 12 22
S. Fine 9 10 11 14 17 30 60 121
Fine 15 18 21 26 33 51 106 165
Normal 23 26 33 40 50 75 129 202
Shooting Modes Auto, Program, A/S/M, My Set, Scene, Voice, Macro
Scene Modes Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, AE Bracketing, AF Bracketing, Self-timer (10 sec, 2 sec), Remote control (optional)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Sharpness Soft, Normal, Vivid
Color Effect Normal, B&W, Sepia, Negative, RGB
Date Imprinting Date & Time, Date, Off
Flash Auto / Auto & Red - eye reduction / Fill-in flash / Slow sync / Flash off
Range: Wide 0.23 ~ 3.0m, Tele 0.25 ~ 2.0m
Recharge time approx. 7 secs.
Self Timer 2 or 10 sec.
Interfaces USB 2.0, Audio-Video (NTSC or PAL), DC INput 3.3V
PlayBack Single image, Thumbnails, Magnified 1.0X ~ 9.0X (depends on image size), Slide show, Movie Clip
OS Compatibility USB Storage Driver (Windows98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP)
Mac OS 9.x ~ 10.2
Power Source Included: SLB-1137 3.7V 1130mAh Li-ion rechargeable
or SBC-L3AC AC adapter
Dimensions (WHD) 4.13 x 2.22 x 1.16 in.
105 x 56.5 x 29.5 mm
Weight 5.29 oz / 150g (without batteries and card)
Package Luxurious Carrying Pouch, 32MB SD Card, Li-ion battery, AC charger, Wrist Strap, USB Cable, AV Cable, User Manual, CD-Rom Camera driver, MGI PhotoSuite, Digimax Viewer 2.0
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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