The Samsung MV800 is a compact camera that's key selling point is a flip-up 3in touchscreen, which aids your ability to control settings and take self-portraits.

Footage and photos are recorded to MicroSD – a pricier alternative to SD, but useful if you want a very compact camera. The Samsung MV800 is just 18mm thick and weighs 124g.

Portraits come out well. Autocrop tied into face recognition results in a tighter, more impactful shot. The zoom rocker is effective and smooth, but the Samsung MV800 camera isn’t great at capturing small objects at close proximity. For proper close-ups, you need to delve into the Program menu and choose the macro mode. Group test: what's the best compact camera?

Our macro test photos had bold colours that accurately represented the object in shot. We used the same small doll to try out the Samsung MV800 camera’s 3D mode but, aside from distortion to its forehead, results differed little from standard macro mode.

Standard scene modes for landscape, sunset, dawn and so on add colour casts to photos. Backlight compensation is the most effective.

The flip-out photography mode is intended for self-portraits or easier group photos, but there’s no Wi-Fi to enable direct web uploads. Using the camera this way takes some getting used to, thanks to the awkward shutter button location.

Photos came out better than we’d hoped, given the unnatural nature of pointing the lens at yourself. Barrelling due to proximity was minimal.

But if you want to add a barrel distortion, you can find fisheye effects in the Smart Filters section. The ‘fun’ effects are best avoided.

White balance is handled automatically, and the indoor photos we took under artificial light weren’t bad. The touchscreen means it’s easy to specify a focal point for a photo and to make settings adjustments via an onscreen slider.

The most successful feature turned out to be panorama mode. The Samsung recognised and spliced together footage of the crescent we panned around. The composite image was uniformly in focus, colours balanced and images seamlessly stitched together. Visit Photo Advisor.

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Samsung MV800: Specs

  • 16Mp compact digital camera
  • flip-up 3in LCD
  • 4608x3456 stills
  • 720p video
  • ISO 100-1,600
  • dual image stabilisation
  • 10MB internal memory
  • supports microSD
  • 3D photo capture
  • face detection
  • panorama mode
  • 92x56x18.3mm
  • 124g
  • 16Mp compact digital camera
  • flip-up 3in LCD
  • 4608x3456 stills
  • 720p video
  • ISO 100-1,600
  • dual image stabilisation
  • 10MB internal memory
  • supports microSD
  • 3D photo capture
  • face detection
  • panorama mode
  • 92x56x18.3mm
  • 124g

OUR VERDICT

Samsung has made video and photography across a range of modes extremely easy. Lack of Wi-Fi and an awkward self-portrait shutter release notwithstanding, this is well-executed point and shoot.

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