Samsung is probably more well-known for their Galaxy series of Android phone, but do you know they are capable of producing good smart camera as well. We have got our hands on the Samsung MV900F Smart Camera and played with it for a week. The result is pretty amazing.
Samsung MV900F comes with an image sensor of 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.33″ BSI CMOS and a len of F2.5, 25mm with 5x optical zoom. At the back of the camera is a 3.31″ WVGA AMOLED C Type Touch Display that can be flipped 180 degrees up and turn itself into a front shooting camera.
The image resolution comes at 16M, 14M, 12M, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 1M and the ISO settings is available from 100~3200, which is good for low light shooting. It is also able to shoot video at full HD 1080/30p.
Samsung MV900F supports micro SD card, Micro SDHC, SDXC and it has AV and HDMI 1.3 output.
From the spec, you should be able to tell that this is not a high end camera. For those who are into professional photography, this is probably not the one for you. In fact, it is more of a simple point-and-shoot camera bundled with plenty of features. What make the camera so good is the “smartness” that is built into the camera.
First of all, the flip out display is good for taking self portraits. Instead of pointing the lens aimlessly at yourself and hoping your image is properly taken, you can now see from the flip out display and aim properly before you take the shot. It is even equipped with motion detection where you can use gesture to zoom in/out the lens.
Drawing a circle (in the air) in clockwise direction will zoom in the lens while the opposite direction will zoom out the lens. Moving your hand up and down instructs the camera to take photo. This means that even from a distance, you can remote control the camera to take a shot of yourself.
Photo taking mode
Other than the standard Auto and Program mode which are found in most cameras, there are plenty of photo modes in MV900F that you can make use of. There is the Smart Auto, Program, Movie, Low Light Shot, Scene (Landscape, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Beach & Snow and Text) and a Live Panorama mode where you can take panorama photos. There is also a 3D Photo mode, but I don’t really see any difference from the photos taken with this mode.
In addition, if you are into effects (like those you found in your smartphone’s camera), MV900F also comes with such effects built in. There is the Beauty Palette, Beauty Shot, Photo Filter, Movie Filter, Picture in Picture and Spilt Shot. It is really like a Instagram built into the camera.
WiFi connectivity with social sharing
The best part about MV900F is the ability to connect to a WiFi network and share your photo to Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and PhotoBucket. There is also an email function that allows you to email the photo to a friend, right within the camera.
If you have an Android phone, you can also download the “Remote Viewfinder” app and use your phone as a viewfinder for your camera. Not that I suggest you do, but this can be a great feature for spying on others.
The image below is a screenshot of the remote viewfinder in action on my Android phone. My camera is facing the door in the office and I am looking at it from outside my office. You can see that there is flash and timer option, and changing the pixel resolution of the image.
While we would classified the MV900F as a simple point-and-shoot camera, it is really not that simple at all. With all the “smartness” built into it, it is really handy and easy to get that “perfect” shot (with filters, effects and editing, of course) quickly and send it to your friend or social network. One thing though, I am still not a fan of touch screen camera as it makes the camera very fragile and I hate to see a screen full of fingerprints. You could have a different view though.