Samsung Digimax V4 and SPH-V3/V4 Underwater Housing

Discussion in 'Samsung' started by Diver Rick, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. Diver Rick

    Diver Rick Guest

    Anyone familiar with these products? I am looking at the Samsung Digimax V4
    digital camera and their SPH-V3/V4
    Underwater Housing.

    I do a lot of diving, both in Ontario and the Caribbean, and its time to go
    digital! Any info/advice would be appreciated.

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    Diver Rick, Aug 14, 2003
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  2. Why use them rather than Canon or Olympus? Both are established camera
    makers and have been putting out housings for them for years.
    Jason O'Rourke, Aug 14, 2003
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    Paul Smith Guest

    Why wouldn't you use it?

    - It's got a double O ring housing, good to 70m - OK, you may not be going
    to 70m but it's nice to have the safety margin regardless.
    - It uses the same clone electronics that the majority of manufacturers use,
    the major differentiator in quality being the lens - and Samsung have bought
    in one from Schneider.
    - It's got some excellent reviews.
    - Where I come from, it's about 50% cheaper than the equivalent 'major name'

    Fair reasons to take a look?
    Paul Smith, Aug 14, 2003
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    Paul Smith Guest

    "Where I come from" happens to be the UK! The V4 + housing tends to be
    around 125GBP (about $200) less than the S45 & housing (which is only rated
    to 30m)

    I have to agree with your comments about Canon & Olympus - they are both
    safe bets, but I'm not going to ignore the V4 until I've tried it (unlike
    the Sony DSC which I borrowed! Ugh! Press the shutter, wait, wait some more,
    keep waiting, subject swims away, do a bit more waiting, flash!)
    Paul Smith, Aug 15, 2003
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    Phil Guest


    The Samsung Digimax 4 has an impressive specification and appears to
    be excellent value for money. I have read several reviews of this
    camera, 2 of which criticised its definition.

    The first was in PC-Pro (British) - 'Image quality was not incredible
    and the auto white balance left a greenish cast in our indoor shot
    without flash and a blue cast when using flash. [paraphrased]:The
    auto-focus was not as we'd hoped'

    PCWorld (US) stated:
    '...but our cropped and magnified shot looked a little fuzzy, and a
    shot taken with the flash looked dark. A couple of other shots looked
    flat. We're fairly sure that's a true representation of what the
    camera can do; we tried three earlier samples of the Digimax V4, all
    of which had egregious* color problems. Samsung says it mistakenly
    sent us preproduction units on the first two occasions and a
    malfunctioning unit the third time around.
    [* according to my dictionary this means: 'conspicuously bad or
    offensive or reprehensible' why could the reviewer use a simple word
    like 'undesirable'?]

    ......but some similarly priced cameras take better pictures.'

    Other reviews were more favourable.

    Comments from Digimax 4 users on this group would be welcomed.
    Phil, Aug 16, 2003
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    Phil Guest

    Not necessarily. The cameras used for the tests could have been pre
    general release. Many manufacturers of many kinds of hardware fall
    into this trap.

    Phil, Aug 17, 2003
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    Gerry H Guest

    I've got the V4 and I'm perfectly happy with it. First digital so nothing to
    compare it with directly but quality of pictures have been very good so far.
    I've had a couple of indoor flash shots in natural light where there's been
    a bluish cast but easily fixed by runnung through Levels on Photoshop

    The pictures are a bit softer than some straight out of the camera (using
    the standard sharpness setting) but I prefer them like that. I've sharpened
    some in software but left others as they are.

    If you haven't already seen them, there are good reviews on Steve's
    Digicams, Megapixel and ePhotoZine.

    Gerry H, Aug 17, 2003
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    Phil Guest

    Many thanks, Gerry, for these interesting comments.

    Phil, Aug 18, 2003
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    Phil Guest

    Phil, Aug 18, 2003
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    Gerry H Guest

    Glad to be of some help Phil.

    Gerry H, Aug 18, 2003
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