Samsung L74 Wide

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ PhotoReview.au (14 October’07)

The Samsung L74 Wide is a 7.2 Megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera (Announced on January 30 2007) features 3.6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-101mm) with Advance Shake Reduction Optical Zoom, ISO Setting 80-1600, 450 MB Internal memory, TTL autofocus (Multi AF, Center AF, Face Recognition AF), and 3″ LCD Touchscreen. The camera measures 105 x 62 x 22 mm (4.1 x 2.4 x 0.9 in) and weighs approx 210 g (7.4 oz).

Samsung L74
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info


Samsung L74 Wide Reviews

PhotoReview.au reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“It took just under two seconds to power-up the test camera and extend its lens and roughly a second to shut down. We measured an average capture lag of one second, which dropped to 0.1 seconds with pre-focusing. Shot-to-shot times averaged 2.9 seconds without flash and six seconds with..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameras.UK reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“The Samsung Digimax L74 is a digital camera full of good intentions. My own feeling is that when it comes to picture quality it is half a yard of the pace in places. It is not a bad camera, but there are a number of rivals I prefer. Having said that when you look at the price tag it is very reasonably priced.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“Samsung also touts the ability to zoom while recording video. Unfortunately, sound capture is halted during zooming, so the audio just goes totally blank. We’d rather hear a bit of motor noise than nothing at all if a camera is going to allow zoom while recording!”
Rating: N/A

DCRP reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“Photo quality is the weak spot on the L74 Wide. The camera slightly overexposed most of my real world shots (easy to fix), and it really blew out the highlights a few times. Colors were generally good, except in mixed lighting, where the mediocre white balance left photos with a noticeable color cast. The biggest problem, though, is the soft and fuzzy appearance of the photos caused (most likely) by too much noise reduction. Not a big deal for small prints, but you’ll almost certainly notice it at 8 x 10 and above.”
Rating: N/A

Megapixel reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“The Samsung L74 Wide is solid and well crafted, and the touch screen is generally easy to use. The icons that completely surround the image, however, make the screen look quite cluttered, and can hide elements in the frame, or lead to cut-off parts in the image as the user does not realize the framing is off. Moreover, the interface design does not seem to take full advantage of the touch-screen system, and in combination with the odd-shaped stylus — particularly when the latter is tethered to the wrist strap, as the strap gets in the way — can lead to errors while trying to set functions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalCameraReview reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“If you’re concerned about image quality (instead of having a touch screen), then there are plenty of other cameras out there that would do a better job. My biggest complaint with the images is that they lack crisp details and look over-processed. The Samsung L74W is built-well, operates as expected, and is easy enough to use, once you get used to a touch-screen. Battery life was not amazing and the camera speed (shutter lag, shot to shot times) was nothing to write home about. Bottom line, if you want a touch screen camera, consider the Samsung L74W. If not, then look elsewhere.”
Rating: N/A

LaptopMag reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“On our tests, the L74 Wide proved slow and provided mediocre to poor image quality. The digicam took almost five seconds to start up, and the time between shots was several seconds (even longer with the flash on). Images became increasingly noisy as we bumped the ISO from 200 to 800 and 1600. At ISO 200, photos had some apparent grain, but at 800 and 1600, images were completely unacceptable with lots of noise and fringing.”
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

CEN reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“The overall design of the camera is well thought out, though I always like to have an optical viewfinder option. Some cameras have both, and to be able to not turn the 3-inch LCD on all the time to take a picture would save greatly on battery life, which so far has been surprisingly very good with this camera.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Samsung L74 Wide and writes;
“Photos taken on the L74 Wide range from mediocre to terrible, sporting some of the worst noise we’ve seen in recent months. Noise filled a majority of our shots, appearing heavily at levels as low as ISO 200. The noise appears as a muddled, fuzzy grain at low levels, though at ISO 800 and 1600 it becomes a maelstrom of blurry static… The bottom line: A wide lens and nifty tour guide feature simply can’t redeem the Samsung L74 Wide from its poor image quality, slow shooting, and irritating interface.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆



Samsung L74 Wide Short Video Tour

Samsung L74 Wide Samples

- Samsung L74 Wide Sample Photos @ Cameras.UK
- Samsung L74 Wide Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
- Samsung L74 Wide Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Samsung L74 Wide Sample Photos @ Megapixel
- Samsung L74 Wide Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraReview
- Samsung L74 Wide Sample Photos @ CEN

Samsung L74 Wide User Manuals (PDF)

- Download Samsung L74 Wide User Manual (English – PDF)
- Download Samsung L74 Wide User Manual (Spanish – PDF)

Samsung L74 Wide Firmware

Samsung L74 Wide Firmware Ver. 706221: Notice | Instruction | Download

Samsung L74 Wide Press Release

Wider perspective through a 28mm wide-angle lens
The 28mm wide-angle lens enables you to take wider pictures; the 3.6x optical zoom makes it possible to take pictures with different angles, all adding pleasure to your picture-taking. With the 28mm wide-angle lens, you can fit more people into your picture, or get a wider view of its subject.

Touch Screen PUI (Physical User Interface)
The large 3.0-inch touch screen allows you to set the functions quickly and conveniently. Samsung camera’s original menu configuration and the Touch Screen provide a whole new way of operating the camera.

Flash Animation GUI (Graphical User Interface)

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1 Comment »

Comment by Patricia
2007-10-15 14:45:05

That’s really a cool digital camera! I adore all products of Samsung but this new one is just a bomb! So many functions and so light! Just a dream! Gonna buy it, of course!

 

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