Last update: Review by Pocket-Lint (added on 23 January’08)
The Samsung i7 is a point-and-shoot digital camera and a multimedia player features 7.2 megapixels, 3x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 38 ~ 114mm), ISO setting from 80-1600, 7 multimedia functions (PMP, MP3 etc), MPEG4, SVGA(800X592), ASR(Advanced Shake Reduction) and 3″ 180° Rotating Mode Change LCD Screen with Touch Panel [specs sheet].
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Samsung i7 Reviews
Pocket-Lint reviews the Samsung i7 and writes;
“If you shoot at ISO 80, 100 or 200 things are okay, but detail is starting to drop at ISO, stripped away by noise processing, over ISO 400 noise and detail drop further…As a multimedia device the i7 is very clever but as a camera, it could do much much better but if it’s just snaps you want and feel the need for all those lovely extras, it may still be for you.”
GoodGearGuide reviews the Samsung i7 and writes;
“If you’re after a decent digital camera, there are better options on the market than this one. If you want an MP3 and video player that can also take a photo here or there, then the i7 can be considered, but it’s not a high quality product.”
PhotoReview.au reviews the Samsung i7 and writes;
“Image noise became apparent at ISO 400 and at ISO 800 test shots had become blotchy and granular-looking. Colour reproduction was also impaired and, by ISO 1600 we considered shots to be effectively unusable. ”
CNET.UK reviews the Samsung i7 and writes;
“The camera is a solid performer, if a bit slow, while the other features are functional at least. The screen is large and the touchscreen interface intuitive. If convenience and a bit of novelty are what you’re looking for, the i7 is worth a look… Camera, MP3 and multimedia playback functions are from the no-frills shelf, but save you juggling multiple devices. ”
PhotographyBlog reviews the Samsung i7 and writes;
“The Samsung i7′s main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 showing obvious noise and blurring of detail. The noise gets progressively worse as you go from ISO 400 to ISO 800 and finally the completely unusable 1600 setting. The noise at ISO 400 is also clearly evident in a 15×10 inch print…Highly recommended both as a multimedia device and as a compact camera.”
ePhotozine reviews the Samsung i7 and writes;
“Well, it’s a sexy beast and no mistake, with the rotating, touch-enabled screen adding even more style. Build quality is high and it looks great. It’s very easy to use with that large, touch-sensitive screen. Performance wise, it’s pretty average and you don’t have to go far before the frailties start to show.”
T3 reviews the Samsung i7 and writes;
“Images are bright and colourful, if low on detail and prone to wandering focus. The movie mode has two nice surprises: you can use the silent 3x zoom while you film, and clips can be recorded at near-DVD sizes.”
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Samsung i7 Press Release
Tuesday 30th January – Building on its heritage in digital camera innovation, Samsung Cameras has today unveiled the sleek i7 equipped with an industry leading, intuitive, Physical User Interface (PUI) designed to make capturing and enjoying special moments an effortless affair. A must-have for the style conscious, the i7 is equipped with a 3.0” touch screen LCD which rotates through 180 degrees allowing the user to quickly switch between features, so that they’re always ready to capture the action. An in-built Tour Guide function provides instant access to travel information covering 4,000 regions in 30 countries, so you’ll always know where the action is!
The 7 mega pixel i7, with 3x optical zoom, has been created for those who want to capture sound, video and photos wherever they are without compromising on feature quality or design. With the LCD in neutral (0 degrees) the user can access SRS quality music files through the integrated MP3 player; and with the LCD rotated to 90 degrees its Portable Multimedia Player (PMP) function; and turned a full 180 degrees, high quality still images and MPEG-4 SVGA quality moving pictures can be taken. On camera editing means that it’s simple to keep the best material and cut unwanted elements without having to wait until you can get access to a computer.
The i7’s multimedia capabilities also provides access to the easy to use Tour Guide function providing quick access to information about places to see and things to do in over 4,000 regions in 30 countries. Further information can also be downloaded directly from the internet, and with 512 MB of internal memory you won’t need to worry about space for favourite travel tips.
Whilst equipped with compelling multimedia functionality, the i7 is first and foremost a high quality digital camera. In dimly lit situations, the i7s superior performance can be assured. The camera is equipped with the Samsung Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) system and ISO 1600 high sensitivity support so that images remain crisp and detailed even without a flash. It also features a Face Recognition feature for great portraits of friends, and family can always be guaranteed!
The striking new Samsung i7 is the perfect camera packed with intelligently integrated multimedia features. The i7 will retail at £249.99 and will be available from leading high street and online retailers from mid-March 2007.
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