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Samsung L74 Wide Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.50 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "The first Samsung camera to use a 3-inch touch screen, the L74 Wide - Wide is a reference to the 28 mm (equivalent) wide angle end of its zoom - is unassuming and nearly devoid of any external controls.

Built into a very solid, brown-black metallic shell, the Samsung L74 Wide offers a 3.6X optical zoom, and a 7.4 megapixel CCD with 7.2 million effective pixels. The lens retracts fully into the body when the camera is turned off, making it a slim 2.18 cm (0.85 inch), and only slightly bigger than a deck of cards.

... Indeed, in our opinion, the way the interface functions acts to slow down camera operations - excepting image storage - and can lead to missed photos. Even turning the mode dial quickly, let's say from Program to Movie, is accompanied by an animation of a spinning dial on the monitor which adds considerably to the time required to change from one mode to another, and which cannot be deactivated. ..."

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Review (Summary): "The Samsung L74 Wide ($300) is a rather unique digital camera. Not for its design, wide-angle lens, SVGA movie mode, or huge touchscreen LCD, though all of those make it appealing. What really separates the L74 from the rest of the crowd its its enormous amount of onboard memory (450MB to be exact) and a built-in world travel guide. That's right, the L74W can give you information (albeit very basic) about popular tourist destinations around the world. Can't say that this is a feature I've always wanted, but a little break from the ordinary is always welcome.

... 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. ..."

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