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Samsung 16.2MP DV150F DualView Wi-Fi Camera Review by PCMag

2013-03-07 06:25 | Source
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On January 7 2013, Samsung announced the launch of upgraded SMART CAMERA - WB250F/WB200F, WB800F, WB30F, DV150F and ST150F. These cameras come with the upgraded SMART CAMERA 2.0 technology. The 'One Click, Simplify' concept is designed with smartphone users in mind, this interface combines touch-type and big screen functionality, creating faster editing and uploading to other devices and social media sites. The SMART CAMERA App (available on both Android and iOS) can connect with the SMART CAMERA via Wi-Fi to manipulate, share and back-up images. It supports the Remote Viewfinder and Mobile Link as well as the new AutoShare tool which allows images to simultaneously be sent and saved straight to a smartphone via Wi-Fi.

The WB250F (and WB200F) is the new flagship camera in the WB long-zoom series. It features a 18x optical zoom, a 14.2 Megapixels BSI CMOS (WB250F) or CCD (WB200F) sensor and 24mm lens. It comes with pop-up flash and is available in white, cobalt black, gun metal and red colors. The WB800F features a 21x optical zoom and a 16.3 Megapixels BSI CMOS sensor. It is available in white, cobalt black and red. The WB30F is the range's compact model with a 10x optical zoom and 24mm, wide angle lens, in an ultra-slim body that is only 17mm thick. It will be available in black, white, red, purple and pink. The DV150F combines Wi-Fi connectivity with a 1.48-inch Front LCD for self-portraits. It features a 16.2 Megapixels CCD sensor, F2.5 25mm bright lens and 5x optical zoom. It is available in plum, lime green and light pink. The ST150F features a F2.5 Bright Lens, 5x optical zoom, 25mm lens, and a 16.2 Megapixel CCD sensor. It is available in four colors. Here's the summary of review of the DV150F by PCMag, giving the camera a rating of 3.5 out of 5:

"I used Imatest to check the sharpness of photos captured by the DV150F. It scored 1,755 lines per picture height, which is just shy of the 1,800 lines that we used to qualify an image as sharp. Last year's DV300F scored a bit better, notching 1,983 lines. Shooters who look to share images on the Web shouldn't be overly concerned--but if you plan on printing, expect image quality to suffer a bit, especially at the edges of the frame. The camera is actually quite sharp in the center, but our test shots showed that objects framed towards the sides are a bit fuzzy. Canon's PowerShot A4000 IS, which sells for around $100, delivers much sharper images, scoring 2,300 lines on the same test. We also use Imatest to check for noise, which can decrease sharpness and as you increase the camera's sensitivity to light. Point-and-shoots that use CCD sensor technology often struggle with noise at higher ISO settings, and the DV150F is no exception. It manages to keep noise under 1.5 percent through ISO 800, but by that point the detail in images has been smudged away. Close examination of photos shows that detail starts to disappear as soon as you exceed the base ISO of 80; ISO 400 is the point where it starts to get bad. This is similar to what we saw in the Olympus VR-340, which also kept noise under 1.5 percent through ISO 800 but also produced images that quickly fell apart as the ISO was turned up. Cameras with CMOS sensors, like our Editors' Choice Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 generally perform better at higher ISO settings, but are also more expensive.

As with other CCD compacts, video is limited to 720p30 quality in MP4 format. Despite not reaching full HD resolution, the video is quite sharp and clear in good lighting. The DV150F refocuses with ease, and the sound of the lens zooming in and out is not noticeable on the soundtrack. Handheld footage is a bit shaky when the lens is zoomed all the way in, but that's less of a concern at wider angles. The only port on the camera is a standard micro USB connection, which doubles as the connector for the included AC adapter--you have to charge the battery in-camera. The memory card slot fits microSD cards, not the standard SD cards found in most cameras. The DV150F packs a lot of features into a small, inexpensive camera. The front LCD is perfect for Facebook addicts who adorn their timeline with arm's-length selfies, and built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to get those photos posted in no time. If you're bothered by the short 5x zoom range, consider the 10x Olympus VR-340 10x, which currently sells for less than $100, or the 8x Canon PowerShot A4000 IS. If you want a camera that does better in lower light, you'll need to move up to a more expensive point-and-shoot with a CMOS sensor, like our current Editors' Choice budget compact, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150."

DV150F Camera Reviews Roundup

Photography BLOG - Oct 05 2013
"The only reason to really choose this unassuming point and shoot compact over the very similarly specified ST150F also from Samsung is naturally the 'two screens for the price of one' deal offered by the £99 DV150F. As the cameras share an identical street price, the latter might be indeed the better bet - if you take a lot of self-portraits or shots of ch..." More »
80out of 100
ePhotoZine - May 22 2013
"Images show soft corners at the wide end of the lens, although detail is generally good in the rest of the image, as well as when zoomed in. Digital zoom is best avoided unless you plan on sharing on website such as Facebook where the image will be resized. Some purple fringing is visible, although this is most noticable in areas of high contrast, and wasn'..." More »
60out of 100
CNET US - Mar 03 2013
"Photo quality from the Samsung DV150F is good up to ISO 200. It's not a camera you'd want to use in low-light conditions or indoors without a flash. At ISO 400, a common sensitivity for well-lit indoor photos, subjects look soft, but are passable at small sizes. The photos get much worse above ISO 400, picking up a lot of noise and artifacts and losing deta..." More »
66out of 100

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