Samsung i8 camera review

A couple of years ago, in the windows of digital salons, one could often see a camera, in addition to the main functionality, combining a number of additional functions. Notebooks, calendars, multimedia players, text readers, and much more were used. Such a device was positioned not as a CFC, but as a multimedia combine. The consumer did not like the new image of a digital camera. And within the framework of the positioning described above, this is understandable - the increased size, the complicated menu structure, and the dubious expediency of integrating everything in the world played their role. Thus, the topic of digital cameras with extensive integral fullness has come to naught. But was everything about the "functional compact" concept a failure? Or a problem in incorrect positioning? Samsung took it upon itself to test this in the conditions of the modern market.

Samsung's "i" positioning can be described by the epithets "thin", "stylish", "compact", "bright". And on this image, pleasant functions of non-essential necessities fit perfectly. The presence of several non-standard features does not make the youth fashion compact more heavy, does not turn it into a combine. There is a frame of the already established image of the brand, the image of the line. Additional features are superimposed on it correctly, once again without reminding yourself.

Despite the lack of support, the camera fits quite comfortably in the hand. However, the ability to control the shooting process with one hand is excluded.

Let's look at the layout of the i8 controls. The implementation of the front panel is concise. All three elements located on it - the lens, the autofocus assist indicator and the flash are located on the same line in the upper right part of the front panel and are united by a decorative silver edging. Despite the grouping, the flash is removed from the optical axis of the lens. This reduces the chance of red-eye in pictures.

All camera settings controls are located on the rear panel. The control system is represented by four function keys, a five-way multi selector and an elongated zoom key located at some distance.

On the top panel of the camera are the power keys, self-timer, and a function button responsible for activating face priority or key lock, depending on the camera mode.

The bottom panel is traditional in terms of functionality. Here is the battery compartment and a plastic socket for mounting the camera on a tripod.

The left side panel houses a lanyard attachment and a universal headphone jack for charging the camera and connecting it to a PC. The implementation of the connector must be given its due - the uncomfortable rubber plug familiar to most compacts is missing. The connector is tightly closed with a plastic latch. For a tighter fixation in the extreme positions, the valve snaps into place.

The right side panel has no connectors or functional components.

The ergonomics of the camera is absolutely consistent with the positioning. The manufacturer made the body compact and bakeable. This forms the image, but cannot but go against a certain measure of comfort. However, for an i8 user, this should not be a problem.

Controls and menus

As we mentioned above, the main camera controls are a five-way multi selector and four function buttons. On the side of the joystick, the settings for the shooting mode, macro photography, flash and information display options are placed. The function keys are responsible for selecting the camera operating mode, shooting settings, additional settings, and viewing mode.

The implementation of the settings of the shooting process itself is original. In fact, it turns out that the settings necessary for the shooting process are made in three separate sub-items, separated by three different keys. Moreover, each of these sections has its own rather complex organization. So, in the “M” section, we select one of the five shooting modes, switch to video recording, activate the camera’s multimedia capabilities (four modes), and select the scene mode in a separate section. About this key, we can say that it is somewhat overloaded with information. The Fn button makes settings for all the primary and shooting parameters: here the size, quality, exposure metering, type of shooting by the number of frames, ISO settings, white balance, exposure and all other parameters for different operating modes. Color filters are placed on the "E" key. The settings of the camera itself are activated by the "menu OK" key located in the center of the multi selector.

The indisputable advantage of the camera is the ability to make various settings. Contrary to positioning, the camera is very functional. However, the organization of the menu is characterized by a complex structure and artful distribution between numerous keys. It will be difficult for a user who does not have rich experience in communicating with mobile devices to quickly figure out the settings.

Apparently, just for this case, the manufacturer has implemented a training mode "assistant in photography" in the camera. Here the user sees a list of typical problem situations and current settings. Delving into the description of the situation, the user receives detailed visual instructions for the settings.

Functional components and features

Matrix

For its class, the camera has a classic matrix size of ?.5 inches. The working resolution of the sensor is about 8.2 million pixels. The image is recorded in JPEG format, downsampled by five stops. A nice feature is a textual explanation of what print format is optimal at the selected resolution. You can choose one of three compression levels.

The range of ISO values ​​varies. In addition to automatic, the following values ​​are available to the user: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. It is noteworthy that at ISO 400 and even higher, the amount of noise is small. When you increase the ISO value to 3200, the image resolution is reduced to 3MP.

Lens

The lens installed in the i8 is universal for shooting the vast majority of familiar everyday scenes. The focal length is 6.3 - 18.9mm, which in terms of the 35mm equivalent is 38 - 114mm. The optical zoom ratio for a digital compact is typical - 3x. It can be supplemented with a fivefold digital zoom. Aperture shows an average of F3.5 - F4.5.

Focus

The camera has several ways to focus. In the menu settings, you can select central or multi-segment autofocus. Activating the "FD" button turns on the face detection mode in the frame.

Macro mode set to multi selector down. We must pay tribute to the speed and quality of focusing in this mode. The number of blurry shots is minimal. For a digital compact, this is an exemplary indicator. In the "macro" mode, the camera focuses on objects from five centimeters. In the "super macro" mode, focusing occurs from one centimeter.

macro
(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG
super macro
(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG

The speed and quality of focusing is a strong point of the Samsung i8.

Special features

The additional features of the i8 are extensive. Let's start in order of personal interest.

Reader. In order for the TXT file to be played, it must be placed in the TEXT folder on the memory card. The playback application is called "Text viewer". To correctly reproduce the encoding in the application menu, you need to select the language. Otherwise, the text will not open correctly. The display shows text horizontally, green on a black background. You cannot change the direction and color settings. The header with the title of the book is also not hidden. And in vain, because it takes up almost a quarter of the working space. In the application menu, auto-scroll, background playback of MP3 songs and language are configured. You can also delete downloaded books through the menu.

MP3 playback. Playback is implemented in two ways. Musical compositions can be listened to in headphones and hands-free through the speaker of the camera. Headphones are connected to the universal connector on the right side panel of the camera. The quality of the reproduced sound is acceptable for daily listening on the subway (headphones option) or in moments of mental anguish alone (speaker option).

The player's capabilities, if not redundant, are quite sufficient. The player supports folder display. Playback modes: "all", "repeat one song", "repeat all songs", "random". During playback, you can set one of two preset, or one of two custom screensavers. You can also start a slideshow while playing music.

Play video. During a long journey, the ability to play videos may not be superfluous at all. In order to make the video format understandable for the camera, you need to convert it using the converter program from the package. The camera supports AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG (MPEG1) as input formats. The interface of the program is quite simple. To play the converted video, you need to place it in the PMP folder on the memory card.

Guide. This application introduces the user to the sights of the world. The intuitive interface makes the guide function simple and intuitive. The principle of operation is as follows: first, the region of interest is selected on the world map, then the country and city. After the city is selected, the guide shows the local attractions in a list. Having chosen the one of interest, we get a fairly detailed historical and geographical reference about the place with illustrations and even opening hours, if we are talking about a museum. To be honest, at first my attitude towards this feature was cool. The guide was not included in the top ten personal rating of interestingness. However, it was worth trying to open it, and the process dragged on.For example, did you know that penguins live in South Africa, in Cancun you can order a one-day excursion to the Mayan civilization complex for a low price, in Heidelberg you can take a promenade along the breathtaking beauty of the “philosophers trail”, and the autumn Oktoberfest we are already familiar with is held anywhere, namely in Munich. Moreover, the history of this holiday begins with a celebration in honor of the wedding of King Ludwig and Princess Teresa of Saxony, in honor of which horse races and a parade are held annually, and all participants are dressed in traditional national clothes.

Динамический диапазон

На снимках видно, что динамический диапазон — не самое сильное место i8.

Цветопередача

ручная настройка баланса белого, ISO 200

Дисплей

Большую часть задней панели занимает дисплей с увеличенной до 2,7 дюймов диагональю. Через меню можно увеличить, или уменьшить его яркость. В автоматическом режиме дисплей меняет яркость в зависимости от интенсивности освещения.

Flash

In addition to automatic, the camera has five flash modes: forced on, off, forced red-eye removal, subject and background illumination, and automatic red-eye removal.

White balance: automatic, five presets and manual.

Memory

The built-in memory has a significant amount. In the camera it is about 190 MB. i8 uses SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards.

Power, PC sync

The camera is powered by a Li-Ion battery SLB - 0937 with a capacity of 900 mAh. Depending on the type of activity, the operating time of the camera can vary significantly. If we talk about photography, the battery life is enough for several hours of active shooting, interspersed with menu operation.

Charging and connecting to a PC is carried out in the usual way for the manufacturer. The camera is connected to the network 220 using a charger. In combination, the charger is also a USB cable. When connected to a PC, the camera is recognized as a removable disk.

Shooting modes and processing

Exposure compensation

Exposure compensation can be made from the program and stabilization shooting modes. Exposure can be adjusted in ± 2EV steps (1/3 increments).

Metering: multi, spot and center.

Subject programs

The manufacturer placed the entire numerous list of subject programs under the "M" key. The choice is extensive: portrait, children, landscape, text, macro, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach / snow, self-timer, food, cafe, night.

In addition to the above features, you can adjust the permanent sharpening, saturation and contrast enhancement and select a color effect through the camera menu.

Post-processing

Post-processing options duplicate the set of shooting filters and provide a number of additional options. You can expand the finished image, change its resolution, apply a color filter with the ability to adjust channels, adjust exposure, saturation, sharpness, contrast, add noise and apply one of seven additional filters.

Video recording

Video is recorded at a resolution of 800x592 (20 fps), 640x480 (30 fps and 15 fps), and 320x240 (30 fps and 15 fps). While shooting, you can adjust exposure metering, white balance, and make exposure compensation settings. Any frame of the movie can be saved Toyota Corolla 2014 Black as a photo.

Conclusions

Without pretending to be a serious digital camera, player or reader, the i8 handles most tasks without hesitation. In general, the device came out solid and organic. Small size, bright design and a set of additional features make i8 an interesting proposition for a wide range of users.

Samsung i8 camera review

A couple of years ago, in the windows of digital salons, one could often see a camera, in addition to the main functionality, combining a number of additional functions. Notebooks, calendars, multimedia players, text readers, and much more were used. Such a device was positioned not as a CFC, but as a multimedia combine. The consumer did not like the new image of a digital camera. And within the framework of the positioning described above, this is understandable - the increased size, the complicated menu structure, and the dubious expediency of integrating everything in the world played their role. Thus, the topic of digital cameras with extensive integral fullness has come to naught. But was everything about the "functional compact" concept a failure? Or a problem in incorrect positioning? Samsung took it upon itself to test this in the conditions of the modern market.

Samsung's "i" positioning can be described by the epithets "thin", "stylish", "compact", "bright". And on this image, pleasant functions of non-essential necessities fit perfectly. The presence of several non-standard features does not make the youth fashion compact more heavy, does not turn it into a combine. There is a frame of the already established image of the brand, the image of the line. Additional features are superimposed on it correctly, once again without reminding yourself.

In this review, we will focus on the new "i" line - Samsung i8.

The camera looks compact and very glossy. The lines of the hull are dominated by roundness - a cursory examination of the chamber panels revealed thirteen circles and ovals. All camera corners are rounded. This hides the already small case size of 90.7x58x19.9mm. The weight of the camera is pleasantly felt in the hand. It is 116g. The body is made of two types of plastic - glossy black on the front, side and bottom panels, and a silver edging around the entire perimeter of the body. A natural disadvantage of a glossy surface is clearly visible fingerprints. However, you feel acute regret only at the first touch. All further manipulations with the camera are painless, you get used to the features of the surface.

With a kind word, I would like to note the quality of the assembly of the camera - all parts are precisely fitted and tightly fixed, there is no backlash in the body elements in principle. A 100% assembly indicator is the battery cover. In the i8, it is tightly fixed with an elastic relief latch. From the inside, the lid is metallized, and when opened, it snaps off to the side with a spring mechanism. In general, the design is implemented very soundly.

Despite the lack of support, the camera fits quite comfortably in the hand. However, the ability to control the shooting process with one hand is excluded.

Let's look at the layout of the i8 controls. The implementation of the front panel is concise. All three elements located on it - the lens, the autofocus assist indicator and the flash are located on the same line in the upper right part of the front panel and are united by a decorative silver edging. Despite the grouping, the flash is removed from the optical axis of the lens. This reduces the chance of red-eye in pictures.

All camera settings controls are located on the rear panel. The control system is represented by four function keys, a five-way multi selector and an elongated zoom key located at some distance.

On the top panel of the camera are the power keys, self-timer, and a function button responsible for activating face priority or key lock, depending on the camera mode.

The bottom panel is traditional in terms of functionality. Here is the battery compartment and a plastic socket for mounting the camera on a tripod.

The left side panel houses a lanyard attachment and a universal headphone jack for charging the camera and connecting it to a PC. The implementation of the connector must be given its due - the uncomfortable rubber plug familiar to most compacts is missing. The connector is tightly closed with a plastic latch. For a tighter fixation in the extreme positions, the valve snaps into place.

The right side panel has no connectors or functional components.

The ergonomics of the camera is absolutely consistent with the positioning. The manufacturer made the body compact and bakeable. This forms the image, but cannot but go against a certain measure of comfort. However, for an i8 user, this should not be a problem.

Controls and menus

As we mentioned above, the main camera controls are a five-way multi selector and four function buttons. On the side of the joystick, the settings for the shooting mode, macro photography, flash and information display options are placed. The function keys are responsible for selecting the camera operating mode, shooting settings, additional settings, and viewing mode.

The implementation of the settings of the shooting process itself is original. In fact, it turns out that the settings necessary for the shooting process are made in three separate sub-items, separated by three different keys. Moreover, each of these sections has its own rather complex organization. So, in the “M” section, we select one of the five photography modes, switch to video recording, activate the camera’s multimedia capabilities (four modes), and select the scene mode in a separate section. About this key, we can say that it is somewhat overloaded with information. The Fn button makes settings for all the primary and shooting parameters: here the size, quality, exposure metering, type of shooting by the number of frames, ISO settings, white balance, exposure and all other parameters for different operating modes. Color filters are placed on the "E" key. The settings of the camera itself are activated by the "menu OK" key located in the center of the multi selector.

The indisputable advantage of the camera is the ability to make various settings. Contrary to positioning, the camera is very functional. However, the organization of the menu is characterized by a complex structure and artful distribution between numerous keys. It will be difficult for a user who does not have rich experience in communicating with mobile devices to quickly figure out the settings.

Apparently, just for this case, the manufacturer has implemented a training mode "assistant in photography" in the camera. Here the user sees a list of typical problem situations and current settings. Delving into the description of the situation, the user receives detailed visual instructions for the settings.

Functional components and features

Matrix

For its class, the camera has a classic matrix size of ?.5 inches. The working resolution of the sensor is about 8.2 million pixels. The image is recorded in JPEG format, downsampled by five stops. A nice feature is a textual explanation of what print format is optimal at the selected resolution. You can choose one of three compression levels.

The range of ISO values ​​varies. In addition to automatic, the following values ​​are available to the user: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. It is noteworthy that at ISO 400 and even higher, the amount of noise is small. When you increase the ISO value to 3200, the image resolution is reduced to 3MP.

Lens

The lens installed in the i8 is universal for shooting the vast majority of familiar everyday scenes. The focal length is 6.3 - 18.9mm, which in terms of the 35mm equivalent is 38 - 114mm. The optical zoom ratio for a digital compact is typical - 3x. It can be supplemented with a fivefold digital zoom. Aperture shows an average of F3.5 - F4.5.

Focus

The camera has several ways to focus. In the menu settings, you can select central or multi-segment autofocus. Activating the "FD" button turns on the face detection mode in the frame.

Macro mode set to multi selector down. We must pay tribute to the speed and quality of focusing in this mode. The number of blurry shots is minimal. For a digital compact, this is an exemplary indicator. In the "macro" mode, the camera focuses on objects from five centimeters. In the "super macro" mode, focusing occurs from one centimeter.

macro
(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG
super macro
(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG

The speed and quality of focusing is a strong point of the Samsung i8.

Special features

The additional features of the i8 are extensive. Let's start in order of personal interest.

Reader. In order for the TXT file to be played, it must be placed in the TEXT folder on the memory card. The playback application is called "Text viewer". To correctly reproduce the encoding in the application menu, you need to select the language. Otherwise, the text will not open correctly. The display shows text horizontally, green on a black background. You cannot change the direction and color settings. The header with the title of the book is also not hidden. And in vain, because it takes up almost a quarter of the working space. In the application menu, auto-scroll, background playback of MP3 songs and language are configured. You can also delete downloaded books through the menu.

MP3 playback. Playback is implemented in two ways. Musical compositions can be listened to in headphones and hands-free through the speaker of the camera. Headphones are connected to the universal connector on the right side panel of the camera. The quality of the reproduced sound is acceptable for daily listening on the subway (headphones option) or in moments of mental anguish alone (speaker option).

The player's capabilities, if not redundant, are quite sufficient. The player supports folder display. Playback modes: "all", "repeat one song", "repeat all songs", "random". During playback, you can set one of two preset, or one of two custom screensavers. You can also start a slideshow while playing music.

Play video. During a long journey, the ability to play videos may not be superfluous at all. In order to make the video format understandable for the camera, you need to convert it using the converter program from the package. The camera supports AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG (MPEG1) as input formats. The interface of the program is quite simple. To play the converted video, you need to place it in the PMP folder on the memory card.

Guide. This application introduces the user to the sights of the world. The intuitive interface makes the guide function simple and intuitive. The principle of operation is as follows: first, the region of interest is selected on the world map, then the country and city. After the city is selected, the guide shows the local attractions in a list. Having chosen the one of interest, we get a fairly detailed historical and geographical reference about the place with illustrations and even opening hours, if we are talking about a museum. To be honest, at first my attitude towards this feature was cool. The guide was not included in the top ten personal rating of interestingness. However, it was worth trying to open it, and the process dragged on.For example, did you know that penguins live in South Africa, in Cancun you can order a one-day excursion to the Mayan civilization complex for a low price, in Heidelberg you can take a promenade along the breathtaking beauty of the “philosophers trail”, and the autumn Oktoberfest we are already familiar with is held anywhere, namely in Munich. Moreover, the history of this holiday begins with a celebration in honor of the wedding of King Ludwig and Princess Teresa of Saxony, in honor of which horse races and a parade are held annually, and all participants are dressed in traditional national clothes.

Динамический диапазон

На снимках видно, что динамический диапазон — не самое сильное место i8.

Цветопередача

ручная настройка баланса белого, ISO 200

Дисплей

Большую часть задней панели занимает дисплей с увеличенной до 2,7 дюймов диагональю. Через меню можно увеличить, или уменьшить его яркость. В автоматическом режиме дисплей меняет яркость в зависимости от интенсивности освещения.

Flash

In addition to automatic, the camera has five flash modes: forced on, off, forced red-eye removal, subject and background illumination, and automatic red-eye removal.

White balance: automatic, five presets and manual.

Memory

The built-in memory has a significant amount. In the camera it is about 190 MB. i8 uses SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards.

Power, PC sync

The camera is powered by a Li-Ion battery SLB - 0937 with a capacity of 900 mAh. Depending on the type of activity, the operating time of the camera can vary significantly. If we talk about photography, the battery life is enough for several hours of active shooting, interspersed with menu operation.

Charging and connecting to a PC is carried out in the usual way for the manufacturer. The camera is connected to the network 220 using a charger. In combination, the charger is also a USB cable. When connected to a PC, the camera is recognized as a removable disk.

Shooting modes and processing

Exposure compensation

Exposure compensation can be made from the program and stabilization shooting modes. Exposure can be adjusted in ± 2EV steps (1/3 increments).

Metering: multi, spot and center.

Subject programs

The manufacturer placed the entire numerous list of subject programs under the "M" key. The choice is extensive: portrait, children, landscape, text, macro, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach / snow, self-timer, food, cafe, night.

In addition to the above features, you can adjust the permanent sharpening, saturation and contrast enhancement and select a color effect through the camera menu.

Post-processing

Post-processing options duplicate the set of shooting filters and provide a number of additional options. You can expand the finished image, change its resolution, apply a color filter with the ability to adjust channels, adjust exposure, saturation, sharpness, contrast, add noise and apply one of seven additional filters.

Video recording

Video is recorded at a resolution of 800x592 (20 fps), 640x480 (30 fps and 15 fps), and 320x240 (30 fps and 15 fps). While shooting, you can adjust exposure metering, white balance, and make exposure compensation settings. Any frame of the movie can be saved Toyota Corolla 2014 Black as a photo.

Conclusions

Without pretending to be a serious digital camera, player or reader, the i8 handles most tasks without hesitation. In general, the device came out solid and organic. Small size, bright design and a set of additional features make i8 an interesting proposition for a wide range of users.

Samsung i8 camera review

A couple of years ago, in the windows of digital salons, one could often see a camera, in addition to the main functionality, combining a number of additional functions. Notebooks, calendars, multimedia players, text readers, and much more were used. Such a device was positioned not as a CPC, but as a multimedia combine. The consumer did not like the new image of the digital camera. And within the framework of the positioning described above, this is understandable - the increased size, the complicated menu structure, and the dubious expediency of integrating everything in the world played their role. Thus, the topic of digital cameras with extensive integral fullness came to naught. But was everything about the "functional compact" concept a failure? Or a problem in incorrect positioning? Samsung took it upon itself to test this in the conditions of the modern market.

Samsung's "i" positioning can be described by the epithets "thin", "stylish", "compact", "bright". And on this image, pleasant functions of not essentials fit perfectly. The presence of several non-standard features does not make the youth fashion compact more heavy, does not turn it into a combine. There is a frame of the already established image of the brand, the image of the line. Additional features are superimposed on it correctly, once again without reminding yourself.

In this review, we will focus on the new "i" line - Samsung i8.

The camera looks compact and very glossy. The lines of the hull are dominated by roundness - a cursory examination of the chamber panels revealed thirteen circles and ovals. All camera corners are rounded. This hides the already small case size of 90.7x58x19.9mm. The weight of the camera is pleasantly felt in the hand. It is 116g. The body is made of two types of plastic - glossy black on the front, side and bottom panels, and a silver edging around the entire perimeter of the body. A natural disadvantage of a glossy surface is clearly visible fingerprints. However, you feel acute regret only at the first touch. All further manipulations with the camera are painless, you get used to the features of the surface.

With a kind word, I would like to note the quality of the assembly of the camera - all parts are precisely fitted and tightly fixed, there is no backlash in the body elements in principle. A 100% assembly indicator is the battery cover. In the i8, it is tightly fixed with an elastic relief latch. From the inside, the lid is metallized, and when opened, it snaps off to the side with a spring mechanism. In general, the design is implemented very soundly.

Despite the lack of support, the camera fits quite comfortably in the hand. However, the ability to control the shooting process with one hand is excluded.

Let's look at the layout of the i8 controls. The implementation of the front panel is concise. All three elements located on it - the lens, the autofocus assist indicator and the flash are located on the same line in the upper right part of the front panel and are united by a decorative silver edging. Despite the grouping, the flash is removed from the optical axis of the lens. This reduces the chance of red-eye in pictures.

All camera settings controls are located on the rear panel. The control system is represented by four function keys, a five-way multi selector and an elongated zoom key located at some distance.

On the top panel of the camera are the power keys, self-timer, and a function button responsible for activating face priority or key lock, depending on the camera mode.

The bottom panel is traditional in terms of functionality. Here is the battery compartment and a plastic socket for attaching the camera to a tripod.

On the left side panel there is a lanyard attachment and a universal headphone jack for charging the camera and connecting it to a PC. The implementation of the connector must be given its due - the inconvenient rubber plug familiar to most compacts is missing. The connector is tightly closed with a plastic latch. For a tighter fixation in the extreme positions, the valve snaps into place.

The right side panel has no connectors or functional components.

The ergonomics of the camera is absolutely consistent with the positioning. The manufacturer made the body compact and bakeable. This forms the image, but cannot but go against a certain measure of comfort. However, for an i8 user, this should not be a problem.

Controls and menus

As we mentioned above, the main camera controls are a five-way multi selector and four function buttons. On the side of the joystick, the settings for the shooting mode, macro photography, flash and information display options are placed. The function keys are responsible for selecting the camera operating mode, shooting settings, additional settings, and viewing mode.

The implementation of the settings of the shooting process itself is original. In fact, it turns out that the settings necessary for the shooting process are made in three separate sub-items, separated by three different keys. Moreover, each of these sections has its own rather complex organization. So, in the “M” section, we select one of the five shooting modes, switch to video recording, activate the camera’s multimedia capabilities (four modes), and select the scene mode in a separate section. About this key, we can say that it is somewhat overloaded with information. The Fn button makes settings for all the primary and shooting parameters: here the size, quality, exposure metering, type of shooting by the number of frames, ISO settings, white balance, exposure and all other parameters for different operating modes. Color filters are placed on the "E" key. The settings of the camera itself are activated by the "menu OK" key located in the center of the multi selector.

The indisputable advantage of the camera is the ability to make various settings. Contrary to positioning, the camera is very functional. However, the organization of the menu is characterized by a complex structure and artful distribution between numerous keys. It will be difficult for a user who does not have rich experience in communicating with mobile devices to quickly figure out the settings.

Apparently, just for this case, the manufacturer has implemented a training mode "assistant in photography" in the camera. Here the user sees a list of typical problem situations and current settings. Delving into the description of the situation, the user receives detailed visual instructions for the settings.

Functional components and features

Matrix

For its class, the camera has a classic matrix size of ?.5 inches. The working resolution of the sensor is about 8.2 million pixels. The image is recorded in JPEG format, downsampled by five stops. A nice feature is a textual explanation of what print format is optimal at the selected resolution. You can choose one of three compression levels.

The range of ISO values ​​varies. In addition to automatic, the following values ​​are available to the user: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. It is noteworthy that at ISO 400 and even higher, the amount of noise is small. When you increase the ISO value to 3200, the image resolution is reduced to 3MP.

Lens

The lens installed in the i8 is universal for shooting the vast majority of familiar everyday scenes. The focal length is 6.3 - 18.9mm, which in terms of the 35mm equivalent is 38 - 114mm. The optical zoom ratio for a digital compact is typical - 3x. It can be supplemented with a fivefold digital zoom. Aperture shows an average of F3.5 - F4.5.

Focus

The camera has several ways to focus. In the menu settings, you can select central or multi-segment autofocus. Activating the "FD" button turns on the face detection mode in the frame.

Macro mode set to multi selector down. We must pay tribute to the speed and quality of focusing in this mode. The number of blurry shots is minimal. For a digital compact, this is an exemplary indicator. In the "macro" mode, the camera focuses on objects from five centimeters. In the "super macro" mode, focusing occurs from one centimeter.

macro
(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG
super macro
(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG

The speed and quality of focusing is a strong point of the Samsung i8.

Special features

The additional features of the i8 are extensive. Let's start in order of personal interest.

Reader. In order for the TXT file to be played, it must be placed in the TEXT folder on the memory card. The playback application is called "Text viewer". To correctly reproduce the encoding in the application menu, you need to select the language. Otherwise, the text will not open correctly. The display shows text horizontally, green on a black background. You cannot change the direction and color settings. The header with the title of the book is also not hidden. And in vain, because it takes up almost a quarter of the working space. In the application menu, auto-scroll, background playback of MP3 songs and language are configured. You can also delete downloaded books through the menu.

MP3 playback. Playback is implemented in two ways. Musical compositions can be listened to in headphones and hands-free through the speaker of the camera. Headphones are connected to the universal connector on the right side panel of the camera. The quality of the reproduced sound is acceptable for daily listening on the subway (headphones option) or in moments of mental anguish alone (speaker option).

The player's capabilities, if not redundant, are quite sufficient. The player supports folder display. Playback modes: "all", "repeat one song", "repeat all songs", "random". During playback, you can set one of two preset, or one of two custom screensavers. You can also start a slideshow while playing music.

Play video. During a long journey, the ability to play videos may not be superfluous at all. In order to make the video format understandable for the camera, you need to convert it using the converter program from the package. The camera supports AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG (MPEG1) as input formats. The interface of the program is quite simple. To play the converted video, you need to place it in the PMP folder on the memory card.

Guide. This application introduces the user to the sights of the world. The intuitive interface makes the guide function simple and intuitive. The principle of operation is as follows: first, the region of interest is selected on the world map, then the country and city. After the city is selected, the guide shows the local attractions in a list. Having chosen the one of interest, we get a fairly detailed historical and geographical reference about the place with illustrations and even opening hours, if we are talking about a museum. To be honest, at first my attitude towards this feature was cool. The guide was not included in the top ten personal rating of interestingness. However, it was worth trying to open it, and the process dragged on.For example, did you know that penguins live in South Africa, in Cancun you can order a one-day excursion to the Mayan civilization complex for a low price, in Heidelberg you can take a promenade along the breathtaking beauty of the “philosophers trail”, and the autumn Oktoberfest we are already familiar with is held anywhere, namely in Munich. Moreover, the history of this holiday begins with a celebration in honor of the wedding of King Ludwig and Princess Teresa of Saxony, in honor of which horse races and a parade are held annually, and all participants are dressed in traditional national clothes.

Динамический диапазон

На снимках видно, что динамический диапазон — не самое сильное место i8.

Цветопередача

ручная настройка баланса белого, ISO 200

Дисплей

Большую часть задней панели занимает дисплей с увеличенной до 2,7 дюймов диагональю. Через меню можно увеличить, или уменьшить его яркость. В автоматическом режиме дисплей меняет яркость в зависимости от интенсивности освещения.

Flash

In addition to automatic, the camera has five flash modes: forced on, off, forced red-eye removal, subject and background illumination, and automatic red-eye removal.

White balance: automatic, five presets and manual.

Memory

The built-in memory has a significant amount. In the camera it is about 190 MB. i8 uses SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards.

Power, PC sync

The camera is powered by a Li-Ion battery SLB - 0937 with a capacity of 900 mAh. Depending on the type of activity, the operating time of the camera can vary significantly. If we talk about photography, the battery life is enough for several hours of active shooting, interspersed with menu operation.

Charging and connecting to a PC is carried out in the usual way for the manufacturer. The camera is connected to the network 220 using a charger. In combination, the charger is also a USB cable. When connected to a PC, the camera is recognized as a removable disk.

Shooting modes and processing

Exposure compensation

Exposure compensation can be made from the program and stabilization shooting modes. Exposure can be corrected in ± 2EV steps (1/3 increments).

Metering: multi, spot and center.

Subject programs

The manufacturer placed the entire numerous list of subject programs under the "M" key. The choice is extensive: portrait, children, landscape, text, macro, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach / snow, self-timer, food, cafe, night.

In addition to the above features, you can adjust the permanent sharpening, saturation and contrast enhancement and select a color effect through the camera menu.

Post-processing

Post-processing options duplicate the set of shooting filters and provide a number of additional options. You can expand the finished image, change its resolution, apply a color filter with the ability to adjust channels, adjust exposure, saturation, sharpness, contrast, add noise and apply one of seven additional filters.

Video recording

Video recording occurs at a resolution of 800x592 (20 fps), 640x480 (30 fps and 15 fps), and 320x240 (30 fps and 15 fps). While shooting, you can adjust exposure metering, white balance, and make exposure compensation settings. Any frame of the movie can be saved Toyota Corolla 2014 Black as a photo.

Conclusions

Without pretending to be a serious digital camera, player or reader, the i8 handles most tasks without hesitation. In general, the device came out solid and organic. Small size, bright design and a set of additional features make i8 an interesting proposition for a wide range of users.

Samsung i8 camera review

A couple of years ago, in the windows of digital salons, one could often see a camera, in addition to the main functionality, combining a number of additional functions. Notebooks, calendars, multimedia players, text readers, and much more were used. Such a device was positioned not as a CPC, but as a multimedia combine. The consumer did not like the new image of the digital camera. And within the framework of the positioning described above, this is understandable - the increased size, the complicated menu structure, and the dubious expediency of integrating everything in the world played their role. Thus, the topic of digital cameras with extensive integral fullness came to naught. But was everything about the "functional compact" concept a failure? Or a problem in incorrect positioning? Samsung took it upon itself to test this in the conditions of the modern market.

Samsung's "i" positioning can be described by the epithets "thin", "stylish", "compact", "bright". And on this image, pleasant functions of not essentials fit perfectly. The presence of several non-standard features does not make the youth fashion compact more heavy, does not turn it into a combine. There is a frame of the already established image of the brand, the image of the line. Additional features are superimposed on it correctly, once again without reminding yourself.

In this review, we will focus on the new "i" line - Samsung i8.

The camera looks compact and very glossy. The lines of the hull are dominated by roundness - a cursory examination of the chamber panels revealed thirteen circles and ovals. All camera corners are rounded. This hides the already small case size of 90.7x58x19.9mm. The weight of the camera is pleasantly felt in the hand. It is 116g. The body is made of two types of plastic - glossy black on the front, side and bottom panels, and a silver edging around the entire perimeter of the body. A natural disadvantage of a glossy surface is clearly visible fingerprints. However, you feel acute regret only at the first touch. All further manipulations with the camera are painless, you get used to the features of the surface.

With a kind word, I would like to note the quality of the assembly of the camera - all parts are precisely fitted and tightly fixed, there is no backlash in the body elements in principle. A 100% assembly indicator is the battery cover. In the i8, it is tightly fixed with an elastic relief latch. From the inside, the lid is metallized, and when opened, it snaps off to the side with a spring mechanism. In general, the design is implemented very soundly.

The bottom panel is traditional in terms of functionality. Here is the battery compartment and a plastic socket for attaching the camera to a tripod.

On the left side panel there is a lanyard attachment and a universal headphone jack for charging the camera and connecting it to a PC. The implementation of the connector must be given its due - the inconvenient rubber plug familiar to most compacts is missing. The connector is tightly closed with a plastic latch. For a tighter fixation in the extreme positions, the valve snaps into place.

The right side panel has no connectors or functional components.

The ergonomics of the camera is absolutely consistent with the positioning. The manufacturer made the body compact and bakeable. This forms the image, but cannot but go against a certain measure of comfort. However, for an i8 user, this should not be a problem.

Controls and menus

As we mentioned above, the main camera controls are a five-way multi selector and four function buttons. On the side of the joystick, the settings for the shooting mode, macro photography, flash and information display options are placed. The function keys are responsible for selecting the camera operating mode, shooting settings, additional settings, and viewing mode.

The implementation of the settings of the shooting process itself is original. In fact, it turns out that the settings necessary for the shooting process are made in three separate sub-items, separated by three different keys. Moreover, each of these sections has its own rather complex organization. So, in the “M” section, we select one of the five photography modes, switch to video recording, activate the camera’s multimedia capabilities (four modes), and select the scene mode in a separate section. About this key, we can say that it is somewhat overloaded with information. The Fn button makes settings for all the primary and shooting parameters: here the size, quality, exposure metering, type of shooting by the number of frames, ISO settings, white balance, exposure and all other parameters for different operating modes. Color filters are placed on the "E" key. The settings of the camera itself are activated by the "menu OK" key located in the center of the multi selector.

The indisputable advantage of the camera is the ability to make various settings. Contrary to positioning, the camera is very functional. However, the organization of the menu is characterized by a complex structure and artful distribution between numerous keys. It will be difficult for a user who does not have rich experience in communicating with mobile devices to quickly figure out the settings.

Apparently, just for this case, the manufacturer has implemented a training mode "assistant in photography" in the camera. Here the user sees a list of typical problem situations and current settings. Delving into the description of the situation, the user receives detailed visual instructions for the settings.

Functional components and features

Matrix

For its class, the camera has a classic matrix size of ?.5 inches. The working resolution of the sensor is about 8.2 million pixels. The image is recorded in JPEG format, downsampled by five stops. A nice feature is a textual explanation of what print format is optimal at the selected resolution. You can choose one of three compression levels.

The range of ISO values ​​varies. In addition to automatic, the following values ​​are available to the user: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. It is noteworthy that at ISO 400 and even higher, the amount of noise is small. When you increase the ISO value to 3200, the image resolution is reduced to 3MP.

Lens

The lens installed in the i8 is universal for shooting the vast majority of familiar everyday scenes. The focal length is 6.3 - 18.9mm, which in terms of the 35mm equivalent is 38 - 114mm. The optical zoom ratio for a digital compact is typical - 3x. It can be supplemented with a fivefold digital zoom. Aperture shows an average of F3.5 - F4.5.

Focus

The camera has several ways to focus. In the menu settings, you can select central or multi-segment autofocus. Activating the "FD" button turns on the face detection mode in the frame.

Macro mode set to multi selector down. We must pay tribute to the speed and quality of focusing in this mode. The number of blurry shots is minimal. For a digital compact, this is an exemplary indicator. In the "macro" mode, the camera focuses on objects from five centimeters. In the "super macro" mode, focusing occurs from one centimeter.

macro(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG super macro(+) zoom, 3264x2448, JPEG

The speed and quality of focusing is a strong point of the Samsung i8.

Special features

The additional features of the i8 are extensive. Let's start in order of personal interest.

Reader. In order for the TXT file to be played, it must be placed in the TEXT folder on the memory card. The playback application is called "Text viewer". To correctly reproduce the encoding in the application menu, you need to select the language. Otherwise, the text will not open correctly. The display shows text horizontally, green on a black background. You cannot change the direction and color settings. The header with the title of the book is also not hidden. And in vain, because it takes up almost a quarter of the working space. In the application menu, auto-scroll, background playback of MP3 songs and language are configured. You can also delete downloaded books through the menu.

MP3 playback. Playback is implemented in two ways. Musical compositions can be listened to in headphones and hands-free through the speaker of the camera. Headphones are connected to the universal connector on the right side panel of the camera. The quality of the reproduced sound is acceptable for daily listening on the subway (headphones option) or in moments of mental anguish alone (speaker option).

The player's capabilities, if not redundant, are quite sufficient. The player supports folder display. Playback modes: "all", "repeat one song", "repeat all songs", "random". During playback, you can set one of two preset, or one of two custom screensavers. You can also start a slideshow while playing music.

Play video. During a long journey, the ability to play videos may not be superfluous at all. In order to make the video format understandable for the camera, you need to convert it using the converter program from the package. The camera supports AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG (MPEG1) as input formats. The interface of the program is quite simple. To play the converted video, you need to place it in the PMP folder on the memory card.

Guide. This application introduces the user to the sights of the world. The intuitive interface makes the guide function simple and intuitive. The principle of operation is as follows: first, the region of interest is selected on the world map, then the country and city. After the city is selected, the guide shows the local attractions in a list. Having chosen the one of interest, we get a fairly detailed historical and geographical reference about the place with illustrations and even opening hours, if we are talking about a museum. To be honest, at first my attitude towards this feature was cool. The guide was not included in the top ten personal rating of interestingness. However, it was worth trying to open it, and the process dragged on.For example, did you know that penguins live in South Africa, in Cancun you can order a one-day excursion to the Mayan civilization complex for a low price, in Heidelberg you can take a promenade along the breathtaking beauty of the “philosophers trail”, and the autumn Oktoberfest we are already familiar with is held anywhere, namely in Munich. Moreover, the history of this holiday begins with a celebration in honor of the wedding of King Ludwig and Princess Teresa of Saxony, in honor of which horse races and a parade are held annually, and all participants are dressed in traditional national clothes.

Dynamic Range

The pictures show that the dynamic range is not the strongest point of the i8.

Color rendering

Manual white balance, ISO 200

Display

Most of the rear panel is occupied by a display with a diagonal increased to 2.7 inches. Through the menu, you can increase or decrease its brightness. In automatic mode, the display changes brightness depending on the light intensity.

Flash

In addition to automatic, the camera has five flash modes: forced on, off, forced red-eye removal, subject and background illumination, and automatic red-eye removal.

White balance: automatic, five presets and manual.

Memory

The built-in memory has a significant amount. In the camera it is about 190 MB. i8 uses SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards.

Power, PC sync

The camera is powered by a Li-Ion battery SLB - 0937 with a capacity of 900 mAh. Depending on the type of activity, the operating time of the camera can vary significantly. If we talk about photography, the battery life is enough for several hours of active shooting, interspersed with menu operation.

Charging and connecting to a PC is carried out in the usual way for the manufacturer. The camera is connected to the network 220 using a charger. In combination, the charger is also a USB cable. When connected to a PC, the camera is recognized as a removable disk.

Shooting modes and processing

Exposure compensation

Exposure compensation can be made from the program and stabilization shooting modes. Exposure can be adjusted in ± 2EV steps (1/3 increments).

Metering: multi, spot and center.

Subject programs

The manufacturer placed the entire numerous list of subject programs under the "M" key. The choice is extensive: portrait, children, landscape, text, macro, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach / snow, self-timer, food, cafe, night.

In addition to the above features, you can adjust the permanent sharpening, saturation and contrast enhancement and select a color effect through the camera menu.

Post-processing

Post-processing options duplicate the set of shooting filters and provide a number of additional options. You can expand the finished image, change its resolution, apply a color filter with the ability to adjust channels, adjust exposure, saturation, sharpness, contrast, add noise and apply one of seven additional filters.

Video recording

Video is recorded at a resolution of 800x592 (20 fps), 640x480 (30 fps and 15 fps), and 320x240 (30 fps and 15 fps). While shooting, you can adjust exposure metering, white balance, and make exposure compensation settings. Any frame of the video can be saved Toyota Corolla 2014 Black as a photo.

Video recording occurs with a resolution of 800x592 (20 fps), 640x480 (30 fps and 15 fps), and 320x240 (30 fps and 15 fps). While shooting, you can adjust exposure metering, white balance, and make exposure compensation settings. Any frame of the movie can be saved Toyota Corolla 2014 Black Toyota Corolla 2014 Black as a photo.

Conclusions

Without pretending to be a serious digital camera, player or reader, the i8 handles most tasks without hesitation. In general, the device came out solid and organic. Small size, bright design and a set of additional features make i8 an interesting proposition for a wide range of users.