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“OK, so it's a budget camera. Does that mean I have to...”

Written on: 27/05/2000 by Godrot. (1 review written)

Good Points takes batteries?

Bad Points
Poor 'focus-free' lens, spurious operating system, lack of screen, plastic body

General Comments
OK, so it's a budget camera. Does that mean I have to be nice? The Samsung Digimax feels tacky, light and plasticky, like a kiddie's toy camera. NOT what I would fancy forking out £150 for. The lens is focus-free (they couldn't afford a TTL autofocus system at this price) and gives consistently fuzzy, badly out of focus results. I can honestly say that the lens is focus-free. Never once did it come close to focussing while I used it.

The controls are fiddly, as there is only an LCD on top of the camera. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be an issue (as on 35mm cameras, for example) but in the Digimax's case, the implementation is so lame it bears mentioning. When changing quality (presumably from 'bad' to 'worse') there is a pause, prompting you, at first, to think that nothing has registered, so of course you try again, only to find that it has just processed your initial request, and now gets tied up for another four or five seconds while it tries to sort your new command. Is this what they did with all those unwanted Sinclair ZX81 processors?

Budget means cheap. Under no circumstances buy this camera, as I can find nothing about it that would make me recommend it. Pay the extra and get a Kodak DC215 or a Fuji MX1200.

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