Features & Controls

The MV800 is equipped with a wide-view, Schneinder-Kreuznach 5x optical zoom lens. This lens covers an equivalent focal range of 26 - 130mm, and has a maximum aperture range of f/3.3 wide - f/5.9 telephoto. The lens has a built in cover and retracts into the body when powered down for protection.

The Autofocus Range is:

  • Normal: 2.6 ft. (80cm) to infinity at wide angle
  • Macro: 2.0 in. - 2.6 ft. (5cm - 80cm) wide; 3.3 - 4.9 ft. (100cm - 150cm) telephoto
  • Auto Macro: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (Wide); 3.3 ft. (100cm) - infinity (Tele)

Samsung MV800 has a tiny built-in flash for shooting indoors and other low-light situations where additional illumination is needed. The flash modes include: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, and Red-eye fix. The shooting range at wide angle is approx. 7.9 in. to 10.5 ft. (0.2 to 3.2m), telephoto is 1.64 ft. to 5.9 ft. (0.5 to 1.8m), using ISO Auto. The flash will recharge in approx. 4 seconds with a fully charged battery.

There's not much on the back of the MV800, just a 3.0-inch touch screen LCD and the Home and Play buttons. Everything is controlled by the touch screen GUI, with the available buttons on the screen being dependant on which exposure mode you are using; like Auto shown above. This LCD features 288k pixels for a clear and detailed view, along with four brightness settings (Auto, Dark, Normal, and Bright). Unlike past Samsung modes, the MV800 uses a capactive type touch screen, much like you used on most smart phones. This system responds to the "meat" of your finger, rather than your fingernail or a stylus. For those who have a smart phone, this feature will make you feel right at home with the GUI, as well as the fact that the MV800's interface uses an "App style" layout, rather then menu lists.

Samsung has taken a slightly different route with the MV800. Unlike their Dual-View models, the MV800 (MV stands for Multi-View) uses a single LCD screen, which can be flipped up to give you a front facing display. The idea behind this was that the real estate available on the front of their ultra-compact cameras only allows for about a 1.8" display. While this works well, they wanted to give users more. So, they came up with the MV800's flip-up 3.0-inch display, which gives you a much better view when shooting self-portraits or shots with your friends. The folding display also allows for simple low angle shots, as well as works as a camera support (like an A frame) when wanting to share photos with your friends; and you don't want to have to hold the camera.

When you flip the LCD screen up to it's forward facing position, the Power and Shutter release controls are blocked; can you can toggle the zoom lever however. You now have two options to take a shot. You can use the handy secondary shutter release that located on the back of the camera when the LCD is upright, or you can switch to the Touch Shutter mode and simply touch the LCD to snap a pic. During our tests, using the Shutter button was easier, however holding the camera and using this button takes some getting use to.

Above we can see the camera controls located on the top of the MV800. Starting from the left you first see the tiny built-in microphone located under the POWER label, followed by the power button (lights up Blue), and the shutter release with the zoom toggle wrapped around it. In playback mode, the zoom toggle also controls the Index and Magnify options.


On the right hand side you will see the built-in speaker, followed by the I/O ports under a small door. The top port is the 1.3 type mini HDMI port, which is used for connecting the camera to your HDTV (cable NOT included). Underneath is the 2.0 USB connection port, which handles many tasks. This port makes transferring files to and from a PC/Mac very easy, as well as direct printing to a compatible photo printer. It also handles standard AV output (cable also NOT included), and is used to charge the battery with the supplied USB cable.

The MV800 boasts approx. 10MB of internal memory, which is enough room for about one, maybe two 16-megapixel photos. For proper storage, you will need to pick up a microSD or microSDHC type memory card and insert it into the tiny slot on bottom located under the battery/memory card port door. We tested the MV800 with a Transcend 4GB (Class 6) microSDHC card. To transfer your photos and videos to a PC, you can either use the included USB cable, or a card reader. If you're card reader doesn't have a microSD slot, you'll need a microSD to SD adapter (not shown above), which are usually supplied with microSD cards when you purchase them.

The MV800 uses the same small BP70A 3.7V 740mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack we saw with the ST700. Samsung claims this pack will allow you to capture about 200 photos on a single charge. The battery is charged inside the camera with the USB cable in about 150 minutes when plugged it into the small AC adapter that's included. You can also plug the cable into any standard USB port to charge the camera, however it takes significantly longer than using the supplied AC adapter.

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