First Impressions: Samsung DV300F


Today we’re going to be looking at one of the products that was unveiled at CES a couple of months ago: the Samsung DV300F. This particular point-and-shoot has a lot of unique features that we haven’t seen before in a single camera – a front facing LCD to facilitate better self-portrait shots and the ability to upload photos directly to your mobile device and social network of choice as soon as you press the shutter.

The Samsung DV300F is roughly the same size of other compact point and shoots, and is only 18.3mm thin (20mm with the lens protruding).

Unlike other members of the dual-view line, the DV300F’s 1.5-inch front facing LCD screen isn’t obvious to the casual observer, and is only noticeable once you flick it on via the switch on the top of the device. All of the major controls are within easy reach, and the 3-inch screen is easy to read even under direct sunlight.

The DV300F packs a 16.1-megapixel CCD sensor and is paired with a Samsung 5x Zoom Lens f = 4.5 – 22.5mm (35mm film equivalent : 25 – 125mm).

Like most point-and-shoots, the DV300F has a lot of shooting modes to choose from, which includes Smart Auto, Smart Movie and Live Panorama.

Probably the most interesting feature of the DV300F is its ability to share photos directly to the internet without the need for a PC. The camera does this through a built-in WiFi module inside.

You can share your pictures directly to your personal cloud service, or to the network of your choice which includes YouTube, Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket. You can also download an app from the Android Market or Apple App store and have the photos go directly to your smartphone.

That’s it for now. We’ll keep you updated once the review is up.