Samsung S800, Samsung S600 and Samsung S500

January 3, 2006 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 209 Comments | |

Samsung Digimax S800The 8 megapixel Samsung Digimax S800, 6 megapixel Samsung Digimax S600 and 5 megapixel Samsung Digimax S500 point and shoot digital cameras are announced today. All three models offer a 2.4 inch LCD screen and 3x optical zoom lens. The S800, S600 and S500 are expected to hit the market in early 2006.

Samsung UK Press Release

Introducing the “S” Series of Point & Shoot cameras.

‘S’ series point and shoot digital cameras to be launched
  -  5, 6, and 8 megapixels, all with 3x optical zoom
  -  Easy and quick operation
  -  Ergonomic design with camera grip
  -  Large and Vivid TFT LCD (2.4 inch)

Samsung Cameras (CEO: Lee Jong-gu), has announced the release of the point and shoot ‘S’ series.

The ‘S’ series is great for family use and for anyone wanting ease and convenience. Purchasers can choose from a variety of models: 5, 6, and 8 megapixels in Silver or Black shades.

The ‘S’ series comes with an Effect Key allowing the user to adjust the colour of the photos being taken and also add various creative effects. The range also has an easy mode dial that allows the user to move between portrait, night pictures, and movies, swiftly, depending on the situation.

The ‘S’ series has a larger LCD screen for clearer picture quality. Printing out pictures is easy via PictBridge which enables an image to be printed directly to a connected compatible printer - without a PC.

‘S’ series, a digital camera range for the entire family, features video capabilities (MPEG4, VGA, 30fps)  which means it can even double as a camcorder. Advanced features allow “in camera” movie editing and a pause function during recording.

Samsung’s ‘S’ series cameras are expected to hit the market in early 2006.

Samsung Digimax S800

Samsung Digimax S600

Samsung Digimax S600

Samsung Digimax S600

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#101 Gail

I cannot get my computer to recongnize my samsung digimax s800..Cannot get the pictures off the camera to my computer..
Tried everything..I have Windows xp..
Has anyone else had problems reguarding this?

1:13 am - Monday, April 23, 2007

#102 William Metcalfe

Re item 100, I have now found my user guide.

1:35 pm - Monday, April 23, 2007

#103 betty

i lost my software to download the pictures to the computer what do i do????

5:03 pm - Sunday, April 29, 2007

#104 betty

i lost the pc software to download pictures from the camera to the computer for my samsung digimax S 500 what do i do????

5:05 pm - Sunday, April 29, 2007

#105 Gail

I have my software but my computer does not except my camera..Called Samsung and emailed but no response. The first tech person I talked to could not get it to work was having another tech call me.. No response...


1:44 pm - Monday, April 30, 2007

#106 Yorch

I have an S600. I'm dealing with the same battery problem (I bought it this weekend and in a lapse of 5-10 min of use, the alkaline batteries were gone).

But now I understand that I will have to use "high power" batteries.

(Along with this problem, or maybe intertwined: ) I wanted to take photos in a half-illuminated place but there was a legend in the camera "No hay suficiente luz" (Not enough light). How could this be possible if the camera have an integrated flash?

Is it related with the lack of batteries power?

6:27 am - Wednesday, May 2, 2007

#107 Kurt

When I plug my S800 to my computer it turns off. I can't get it to work to transfer pictures to my computer. Am I doing something wrong?

7:24 pm - Friday, May 4, 2007

#108 Zoltan

Perhaps you have problem with your USB device inside your computer. Try to download the newest USB driver. I've used S800 and it worked perfectly. That model seemed to me like Kodak P712. Just see this and you can notice the correspondings: Kodak P712

11:33 am - Saturday, May 5, 2007

#109 susanne

Three beeps, and nothing. lens is stuck in open position. S500. Suggestions?

3:53 pm - Saturday, May 5, 2007

#110 PETER

in answer to 109,try new batteries.mine does this every hour,i take 5 photos and batteries are dead and camera shuts down.the S500 is famous for poor battery life,thought mine was faulty but samsung dont want to know unless you have proof of purchase,mine was a xmas gift so i'm stuck. read reviews available on the net you'll see
what i mean.

3:18 pm - Friday, May 11, 2007

#111 PETER

Took my camera(S500)to PC World last night for advice on what batteries to try and he told me to send it back to samsung as he has seen this problem many times with samsung 'S' series cameras.It is a common fault.(batteries)

7:43 am - Saturday, May 12, 2007

#112 Ray

I bought an S600 two days ago. I used a pair of regular AA Duracell Batts, then 2 Heavy Duty Duracell, then 2 Super Heavy Duty Duracells. All 6 only lasted long enough to NOT take a picture. Then I noticed 2 Duracell ULTRA batts that came with the camera. Works fine with these but only last about an hour. Manual and Samsung Support say use High Capacity batts. Use batts that state they are for digital cameras.

6:53 am - Thursday, May 17, 2007

#113 Ray

Ref my message above: The Duracell Ultra batts will last longer than an hour. I did a LOT of zooming, flashing, etc. while I was experimenting and learning the camera.

7:00 am - Thursday, May 17, 2007

#114 Ray

As many comments above state, the S600 owners manual sucks. However, there is a much better manual on the CD that comes with the camera and can be downloaded to your PC or read from the CD. Possibly some of the problems with poor picture quality are improper setting on the camera menus. So far, all my pictures have been very clear.

9:39 am - Saturday, May 19, 2007

#115 Francisco

get Ni-MH batteries! i personally recommend Sony 2500 mAh ones! this batts rule!

6:12 am - Sunday, May 20, 2007

#116 Louis

Hi, I recently purchased the S800 online, and i have 1 major problem with it, the sound in the videos is WAY out of sync! I just wanted to know if anyone else had this problem or if it was just my camera only.


11:16 am - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

#117 Melissa

for some reason, my camera wont turn on! it just beeps and turns off again, ive changed the batteries hundreds of times but its still done the same thing! if u can e-mail to let me know whats going on, unless i have a faulty camera - i dont know!
thanks x

1:04 pm - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

#118 Ray

I don't know aboutthe S800 because mine is an S600, but I the same problem. My problem was that I was using regular AA batteries. Once I started using Duracell ULTRA's, or Lithium, or Rechargable 2500 mAh batteries the problem stopped. See my messages above 112 - 114.

6:39 pm - Friday, May 25, 2007

#119 Ray

Oops! my last message should have been for Mellisa.
This one is for Louis. My sound and video seem to out of sync too. But all I've had to do is shut the camera off then turn it back on again. Maybe it just takes a while to process.

6:50 pm - Friday, May 25, 2007

#120 Jen

I bought the s800 at christmas and i have to say, i find it great! the picture quality is very good and the video with sound has been put to great use. i use rechargeable batteries, but they dont last too long, but thats not really the cameras fault! i would def recommend this camera.

10:14 pm - Friday, May 25, 2007

#121 Louis

Hmmm... the camer is out of sync around 60% of the time, i think im going to send it back as turning it off and on does nothing.

2:42 pm - Tuesday, May 29, 2007

#122 Leon

Called Samsung and emailed but no response.

3:40 pm - Sunday, June 3, 2007

#123 Steve

My Samsung S800 worked perfectly for 10 months (occasional use)although battery life naff! My problem is that I recently took 2 photos at a family wedding, the camera made 3 beeps and switched off not retracting the lens. I have tried all sorts of batteries in it but it only switches on for 2 seconds, makes 3 beeps then shuts down without retracting the lens. I have sent an email to Samsung, but the site seems to cater for usa customers ie usa states and phone numbers etc...
I am now pulling my hair out, can anyone help???

10:22 am - Tuesday, June 19, 2007

#124 melanie

hi guys, i recently invested in a samsung s500, bargain price of £58..... works brilliantly, photos are great, effects etc are fab, very impressed with the video and sound.

it lets me down in 2-3 ways.
1. the cd would not work once downloaded to my laptop as i have vista. i also couldnt find any vista updates to help with this.
2. my big problem and the reason i write this, is because when uploading the files onto my laptop i only had one problem, and that was with a video i wanted to upload. it got the video, but without the sound.... even though it did record the sound at the time, excellently.... ive been trying everything to figure out why it didnt upload the sound but i cant.... anyone got any ideas ?????

the no.3 would simply be that yes, its a battery eater... but most digi cams are hehe

any help re: the sound on my video would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

10:08 pm - Monday, June 25, 2007

#125 Francisco

to 124: hello!i ts a codec problem within windows u should try downloading K-Lite Codec Pack 3.20 FULL from or try to play your videos with a program called VLC Player (its freeware) u can google it.

4:52 am - Tuesday, June 26, 2007

#126 someguy

Hi Y'all,
I had the same problem where the s500 would turn on for only a moment and then beep 3 times and turn off. I found that the lens was stuck and all I had to do was twist it loose a bit and turn it back on. Though some of you may be having more serious problems with the mechanics themselves. Good luck.

12:02 am - Thursday, June 28, 2007

#127 ahab

sample pics from Samsung or almost any digital camera can probably be found on:

you can search according to the camera used and see which camera is the most popular over a time period.

5:01 pm - Monday, July 2, 2007

#128 user

Had the same prob as a few of you with my Samsung 530. Turned on, 3 bleeps then turned off. Turned out to be the lens stuck in the open position with the inner lens slightly out of alignment. I wiggled it a bit to free it and realign. Now works as should.
So if you are getting 3 blleps and then camera switches off, try moving the lens a bit.

9:02 pm - Sunday, July 8, 2007

#129 claud

I have a problem with Samsung digimax S800.
It worked fine but 5 days ago the images were unclear and the display was dirty.
Please help me to solve this problem!

Thank you in advance!

8:53 am - Monday, July 16, 2007

#130 Sarah

I see i am not alone in my problem. I have a Samsung s600 and have recently updated my memory card to a 4GB one. Each time i put it in it asks me to ok for format and then displays 'Check SD Card'. Has anyone found a way around this? My old 128MB card works fine but this one wont, my pc recognises it and it is the second card to do this so i think the faults the camera. Please if anyone can help me im contactable at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Thank you in advance

11:08 am - Tuesday, July 24, 2007

#131 James

In reference to 130

Probably the electronics within camera not suitable for taking 4GB memory card. Look up samsung site incase they have some sort of software down load similar to a bias upgrade on a computer that will allow it to accept higher memory cards.

12:00 pm - Tuesday, July 24, 2007

#132 Jade


I've had my Samsung S500 for about 4 months, and it works fine, except for one problem.
Everytime i turn off the flash, the 'shaking hand thing' (sorry, i don't know the correct term) comes up and makes my pictures blurry. I've tried all the settings on the wheel to no avail, anyone know how to turn the shaky hand setting off so i can have a flash-free and unblurred photo?

4:50 pm - Tuesday, July 24, 2007

#133 russ


my s500 when first switched on, beeps 3 times and switches off again. Pressing the menu button while switching it on is the only way to be able to take photos. Has anyone found a fix for this, it seems to be a common fault?


7:22 pm - Friday, July 27, 2007

#134 melanie

to 125: thanks for the handy tips, after exploring your advice, i downloaded VLC media player and now have videos with working sound!! woo! thanks a lot!

8:24 pm - Friday, July 27, 2007

#135 Jodie

We got given a S800 for our wedding and we have found that with fully charged batteries the camera doesn't always turn when we press the button. If we open the battery compartment and as such "reset' the batteries the camera will work. We have tried to take it back but it works every time for the people in the shop. I am starting to lose my mind! We just want a camera that works everytime!
Please help - has anyone else found this fault or know what we should do?

8:07 am - Monday, July 30, 2007

#136 rf065

My theory is that the camera senses ordinary AA batteries as flat or low power, even if they are brand new and fully charged. I think this camera needs high capacity batteries to work. Mine has also worked if the batteries are removed and reinserted. It also worked by pressing the menu button when also pressing the power button. These fixes are only temporary though, allowing some pics to be taken. After switching the camera off, you have the same problem next time you turn it on. We use a number of these cameras at work, and everyone complains about battery life being really poor, but our work buys batteries in bulk and they tend to lie on the shelf a long time before being issued. Only people who buy their own high capacity batteries seem to have less of a problem. If anyone else has further information or experience of this problem, please correct me if I'm wrong.


6:05 pm - Monday, July 30, 2007

#137 Ray


See my above messages 112, 113, 114 and 118

4:10 pm - Tuesday, July 31, 2007

#138 Karrie

My Samsung S550 Digimax Camera (the black one shown in the last picture) won't work, well it will but the main button won't. I don't know what's wrong, can it be fixed by me? or do I have to take it to a specialist?

9:38 pm - Wednesday, August 8, 2007

#139 karrie

please contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

thank you =D

9:51 pm - Wednesday, August 8, 2007

#140 john


i think it's an okay camera although i'm having some trouble with the sound on the video - it doesn't seem to work anymore - anyone know the reason why?

I can still record sound on it's own just as a dictaphone (insert your own joke here).


3:55 pm - Sunday, August 12, 2007

#141 john


PS - i'm using a Samsung S600.

Sorted the problem out - i used ....

VLC Player like someone else has suggested and the sound now works.


4:16 pm - Sunday, August 12, 2007

#142 Sue

Hi there Samsung Users. I have the Samsung Digimax S800 the photo quality is great and also easy to download but it will not allow me to download any of the videos I have taken. I can play them on the camera butwould like to download them for family members. Please Help

6:26 pm - Tuesday, August 21, 2007

#143 Duffy

Hi - my daughter has a Samsung Digimax S500 and the lens is stuck in the out position. Can this be fixed? She saved her money for it and has had it less than a year. I feel bad for her.

8:35 pm - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

#144 russ

Try new batteries first, see if that cures the problem.

3:59 pm - Wednesday, September 19, 2007

#145 Karrie

I tried new batteries. The batteries have never been a problem in the first place (probably because they are rechargable) but I've already sent it off to whoever makes them, to fix it . Thanks anyways

3:02 am - Thursday, September 20, 2007

#146 ollie

hi somepeople on amzon said that their s800's stopped working after a couple of months can someone please tell me if this is the case?

8:58 pm - Wednesday, September 26, 2007

#147 john

i have a digimax s500 and when i try to play my videos on my computer it has no sound when i put them on a disk it has no sound only when i play them on my camrea do i have sound i am running windows vista if anyone has anything please let me know ty.

4:10 am - Monday, October 1, 2007

#148 Francisco

to 147: hello, u could try the program called VLC player (google it) if its ok with u using other app than windows media player; now if want to play it using media player or any other player, download this codec pak

(its freeware),either of this will help you playing ur vids w/sound, cya.

4:23 pm - Monday, October 1, 2007

#149 L Morton

I have a Digimax S500. I recently upgraded to Vista. I cannot download the old program onto Vista. How can I get an Updated disc or download?
I really like my camera and would love to be able to send pictures to my friends.

8:00 pm - Friday, October 5, 2007

#150 Geoff Bruce

Hi Can anybody tell me if teh s500 has a grid and if so how do I switch it on

10:31 pm - Wednesday, October 10, 2007

#151 Ann Shephard

Regarding the S500, it is true what what 126 said about the 3 beeps. The lens is stuck - but instead of twisting, I just pulled it out. It works fine if I do that - but based on all the comments, something must be amiss with this camera. This 3 beeps happens to alot.

5:47 pm - Tuesday, October 16, 2007

#152 nicole

OMG help me im flying out on holidays in ike 8 hours and i need my camera, it has never played up b4 only just recently like 3 days ago ive done everything the manual told me too and then tried to ring the offices to get help ovr the phone but they where closed i found this as much help as an ash tray on a motorbike!!! im absolutley gutted and need help asap. i have a s800 and when i try to turn it on it jus makes three bleeps and switches off again! ive changed the batterries but this isnt helping!! please please please help asap!

5:12 pm - Saturday, October 27, 2007

#153 russ

try hi capacity batteries

5:21 pm - Saturday, October 27, 2007

#154 Gordon

I've had an S800 for 10 months and the photos were great. Now 8 out of 10 are blurred and out of focus. Tried to contact Samsung but their help page will not accept a UK address. Tip:- Do NOT but Samsung!!

8:52 pm - Sunday, November 11, 2007

#155 Ltracer

I just bought the Samsung S800 took it out of the box & the flash does not work in any mode! Used new batteries & still no flash. Any body have the same problem. Sending camera back & don't buy Samsung!

4:22 am - Sunday, November 18, 2007

#156 mia

i've had a s600 cam and the problem is everytime i take a picture outside without a flash it is blurred and with lines but if i'd used the video the output is alright. any suggestions y its happenings? tnx a lot

2:57 am - Wednesday, December 19, 2007

#157 keith

you need a stedy hand or a tripod if not then your setting arnt write try the auto feature or the scene for outdoor shot...

1:37 am - Tuesday, December 25, 2007

#158 Brittany

My camera does the same thing as half the people on here...I just got it for Christmas and i put new batteries in it but it beeps three times and wont even turn on anymore. WHat do I do? I just got it today!

10:03 pm - Tuesday, December 25, 2007

#159 Francisco

you need high capacity batteries nimh 2500 mAh or more, i highly recommend Sony (made in japan) or energizer.

11:13 pm - Tuesday, December 25, 2007

#160 Jeanie

Please help someone ?...
I've just got a new-in-box camera, its a Samsung S-600. I haven't took ant pictures yet with it.Sorry I know I sound daft but please undersatand ive been getting over a brain tumour (surgery and chemo)all better now though thank God. Anyway please I was looking for simpilkar instructions to use it.I went on to samsung uk and thier search engine doesn't even recognise it ! Is my camera old then ?..

I only want it to take pictures of the hand made cameras I make for cfriends, family and mostly charity.

Any help would be very much appreciated, please ?..

I will put the cd into my pc now (windows XP).

Do I need to buy a special memory card too ?..

Sorry about all the questions, really I am my friends, but please help me. I'm a bit slow nowadays but i do get there!
love to you all!
and Merry Christmas to you!

Jeanie Singleton. xx

11:45 pm - Friday, December 28, 2007

#161 Jeanie

Hi to all again,
please, please, forgive all the spelling mistakes on the last message. it's very hard for me to get things in order these days, lol.
but please , really any help would be very much appreciated!

my addy is: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
(sonds daft but each 2 letters is first 2 letters of my dogs names : ie: sa = sasha (dead now bless her, su= Susie, her daughter , also gone, and lastly Te= teejay. still with me aged 14 now, bless him.) Sorry just wanted to explain the nasme sasute, its noe foriegn, just made up!
Merry Xmas to you all!!!!

luv an hugs Jeanie. xx

12:05 am - Saturday, December 29, 2007

#162 Julie

I'm having the same problem everyone else seems to be having (3 bleeps and then switches off) I have the S600 and got told where I purchased it to send it to Samsung who will repair it, as it cost over £70.
They've been no help and have said it will cost me £48 if I want it repaired as they say it's water damaged (which its not!) and cost me £10 to get it back without repair!! Has anyone got any advice? Think im gonna contact trading standards.

11:21 pm - Friday, January 11, 2008

#163 Steve jestadt

Can I download my pictures for the 130 digimax from the digi cd onto vista which i recently purchased or do you recommend I buy another camera ?

10:44 pm - Tuesday, January 22, 2008

#164 Jeanie

Hi all, when I last begged info from you all I was full of morphine for pain and of course I had had chemo the day before so wasn't great in typing. Anyway, I've used my camera lots since then and its great! even in the darkness! The problem I have, (please help if you can ) is that when I print my pictuires they are darker than on screen. not totally dark but darker! I don't know how to explain better. By the way I mean daylight pictures.
The pics look great on both camera and my computer and my all in one printer, scanner and photo copier is a really good one so I don't think its that.Its been great on everything else from the web. If you can help please do ?..

Thank-you everyone,

2:24 am - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

#165 tunde

pls where can i repair my s800 in london as it has refuse to shut down becos the lens is stuck

10:50 pm - Saturday, February 16, 2008

#166 judy malone

For what it's worth, I will type out my solution to the camera shutting down; the problem of battery running down after few shots, the Screen going black and the Three Beeps and Bling sound or similiar problems.
I bought the Samsung S630 in Aug 07 and was pleased with quality and ease of use. Then, out of blue, the camera quit and when ON button pushed, just the black screen and beep and blings and the lens would not retract. I worked on it for days and had it packed and ready to send back to Samsung. But, I thought I'd give it one more try. I hate to admit defeat!
So, I got it out and for some reason, decided to tap it against kitchen table. I tapped it lightly on each Side (not top or bottom) and it started working. And it has worked great since and my granddaughter has since played with it and I've even dropped it and it works! What I think is the camera is sensitive and it got out of sync or out of alignment. I am a 59 yr old mom/grandma and not technical at all, but it seems the tapping put things back as they should be. I use Kodak rechargable batteries and get long life out of them. And when I switch back to regular batteries, I use basic Energizer and camera works fine. And another person suggested you go in Menu and you turn off all settings you don't really need.
I turned off all sounds and I also set it to lowest 1mg for picts. I don't turn it off and on after each pict, but let the camera turn off automatically after few minutes. This seems to use less power than the turning off/on constantly. I don't do a lot of zooming, but I do use the video and it works great. The 'film' of my grandaugher dancing is wonderful.
I wish everyone that has any version of the Samsungs with the problems mentioned would try the tapping very lightly. And also try rechargeable batteries. Someone said to make a note in the camera of the battery type, but I have not done this..and yet my camera works fine now.
Just don't give up too easy as it is a wonderful camera when the kinks are worked out.
all best to everyone.
judy in Tennessee, USA

6:01 am - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

#167 judy malone

This is a PS to my previous comment in #166. Also, if the lens won't retract, very gently wiggle the lens back and forth. I also think if they are the least bit out of alignment, the problem continues. I also wanted to add that I took the camera out on the farm when it was snowing--first part of March--and it got snow on it and it was cold and YET, the camera kept working fine. So, don't let the experts convince you your camera is water damaged or mis-used. My camera seemed to go from super sensitive to now being pretty hardy. I throw it in my purse or backpack and do not use a case. Again, I wish everyone else the same good luck.
Judy on the farm in West Tennessee, USA

6:15 am - Wednesday, March 19, 2008

#168 Bethany

I have the Samsung D60 camera and i have not dropped it or anything but my battery went dead so i charged them back up and put them in and when i try to turn the camera on i get 3 loud beeps and it doesnt turn on. It has done this on several occasions but what could be wrong?

1:21 pm - Sunday, March 23, 2008

#169 judy malone

I wrote few more comments on the Samsung630, but when I went to post it, it says I'm not verifed. Kinda strange since my previous two postings went through fine..#166 and #167.
So, before I type much more, I will see if this accepted.
judy in Tenn

1:57 am - Monday, March 24, 2008

#170 judy malone

Ok, the last seems to have passed the test so here are my comments. Mainly, that I wish everyone would have as much success getting the Samsung working as I have. I fooled around with the camera today to see if I could return it to the time it didn't work and of course, the camera keeps working fine! I read the downloaded booklet the Samsung CD-ROM had with the camera and noted a few things. One said when using the camera for the first time, a menu will be displayed to set the date/time, language and battery type. This menu will NOT be displayed after setting up. So, I wonder if part of the problems later come from this. If you used the batteries that came with camera (if yours did) or if you bought some and used them, does the camera automatically set the battery you use? I did NOT set my camera when I first used it except for date. It was already in English mode. Anyway the regular batteries ran down so fast, that is why I switched to the rechargeable ones. I have tried and tired to think IF my problems started before the change or not.
Today, I did fool around with the camera and tried to figure out how to get to the battery setting. I finally did and had it written out previously, but then it wouldn't post. I know I went to the MENU and went over to the Select 2 item and went down the line--I had Overview--0.5, Power off--1min, LCD--save, Video Out--NTSC, Format--NO (and you know that if you say yes to format, you will LOSE all your photos as this wipes the slate clean) and then on the RESET....I hit the RESET button. I am always amazed when anyting works, but this kept my main settings, but allowed me to reset others and the item that came up...under the RESET word was BATTERY TYPE. Funny, as it clearly showed I was still on the regular Akaline batteries...and the camera was working fine. So, I just don't think the setting abt camera battery is all that critical. I went ahead and set the battery type to Ni-MH..
I think there was an ealier post abt the formatting and camera saying to format the card. You would only do this if this is a NEW CARD that has nothing on it and maybe needs formatting for this camera or some other Memory card that has items on it and needs to be removed. But, never, never hit the format if you have photos on it. They will vanish and the memory card will be blank. I think there is a program you can buy to restore them..but I am not sure.
Bottom line is the camera is still working fine and I can't deliberately find a way to make it NOT work!!
I did change the MP from my low setting of 1 up to 3 and I did notice that even this small change makes the battery do down faster...even though I get plenty picts from my Kodak rechareables. I also found in the booklet all kinds of things this camera can do--which does make it a great camera once you get it working.
I made some composite shots of my son, and it's neat to shoot a pict of him, then of his daughter and have them side by side. And they print out so great.
Just please don't give up. If you have new batteries or rechargeable batteries and you know they are charged and the camera says no and it beeps and blings...keep on trying. If you can get the camera to turn on..and hold the shutter half way down to keep the power on..then you can get to menu and maybe make some changes. In the old days, I would know to file down the battery tips to ensure connections were good, but that doesn't apply to these new cameras it seems.
I know this is long, but I just want so much for everyone else to get their camera up and working and I have just been lucky to do something that makes mine work. And it was just tapping camera, wiggling the lens, and jarring something into place. If I knew exactly what I did right, i would type it here instantly.
Please post if your camera starts working and also let us know what you did to get it going.
judy in Tennessee

5:12 am - Monday, March 24, 2008

#171 Ed


Aren't you annoyed though that after spending your hard earned cash, you had to fight tooth and nail to sort the camera out. It is just plain idiotic that the manufacturers don't give you the ability to make settings changes after you have turned it on for the first time. don't these people know that a large percentage of their customers don't read the instructions before turning a camera on?

5:33 pm - Friday, March 28, 2008

#172 judy malone

Yes, Ed, I am upset with the company, but it's not just Samsung. Seems almost everything I buy nowdays I have to figure out on my own. Good thing I don't give up right away, but you are right. It just shouldn't be this way.
Also, I kinda had to learn to figure things out as my husband gets totally off the wall in abt 5 minutes and call it quits.
I kept posting what I had done--hoping that it might work for others.
And the durn little camera is still working great. I would almost get another one as they are very cheap now and I know they can take great picts and do just what I want. But, part of me does hesitate even though I think I could "fix" the problem that I'm sure would come up.
Thanks for your comments. Did you also have this same camera and problem and were you able to fix it?
judy in West Tenn...

9:22 pm - Friday, March 28, 2008

#173 dan in MN

The major problems with the s800 is that the volume cuts out when you use the zoom. The earlier models dont'. No fix. 2nd, it will only support a 1 gig card, that is in the instructions. Lastly, after a while you loose the codex function in the camera. So your video movies are useless with out downloading a codex. this should not have to be done.

11:09 pm - Tuesday, April 8, 2008

#174 doreen

how do i reduce the brightness on my exposures using s800? i only just got it. no manual.

10:11 pm - Thursday, June 5, 2008

#175 Wesley

I have a Samsung S500.I press the format button,and all my pics is gone.Can I get my pics back?

4:06 pm - Thursday, June 19, 2008

#176 judy malone

As far as I know, you have to buy a card at a photo store and it can
replace all you deleted. Don't hit format button as all it does is to DELETE every photo you have taken.
I'm not sure of price of the CARD, but think one runs for maybe 20.00 or less.
Well worth if IF you have lost some really great photos.
good luck. And my little red samsung is still going strong. I am still amazed that it works and thought it would revert back to the problems, but it hasn't.
judy malone
Farm in Tenn

8:39 pm - Thursday, June 19, 2008

#177 Emily

okay so i've had my samsung S630 for almost exactly a year now, and have been fairly pleased with it. I'm not a serious photographer so it does what i want it to.

however, the other day i took a picture, but after the flash rebooted the screen was black. i could review pictures i had already taken, i could take pictures but it would just appear black, no matter what setting it was on. a few days later it still hasn't returned to normal.

i don't have a lens cap or anything so i know its not that. is there anything i can do or has my camera taken its final picture?

3:02 am - Sunday, June 22, 2008

#178 Zdj?cia ?lubne

The S500 is a good camera, 5.1 MP is plenty resolution, VGA video is VERY good.
I have 2 this digital

5:13 pm - Thursday, June 26, 2008

#179 Raphael

HELP!!! i have the same problem that -156-
i've had a s600 cam and the problem is everytime i take a picture outside without a flash it is blurred and with lines but if i'd used the video the output is alright.

any suggestions y its happenings? tnx a lot

8:28 pm - Thursday, June 26, 2008

#180 Richard

Only one problem, can't get mine to connect to my PC. Loaded the software a few times, however the PC keeps coming up with an error, and the device manager says there is no driver. Anyone got any advice?

11:04 pm - Monday, June 30, 2008

#181 Darren milner

i,ve had my s630 for about 4 months now and have been using infrequently since then i have just tried to switch it on prior to uploading some photos and it's stopped working.
All that happens now is the camera makes a slight noise and the green light flickers on i've tried fresh batteries but to no avail and i'm now stuck for ideas on what to do

11:58 am - Sunday, July 20, 2008

#182 Alek

Hi. I have Samsung model: samsung s600 photo camera. I have problem with this model when i make some photo on day light my pictures are white .. when i make some picture at nigh with flash light pictures are ok.
So i dont know if i set something wrong in the photo camera settings or there is some other problem with my photo camera.
Please help me .. thanks bye

3:07 pm - Monday, August 25, 2008

#183 inzane

need help badly..
ive got samsung digimax s500, 1st time i used it, i already encounter problem.. it is that it turn's off after using it for approximately 30 mins turn on.. then it will turn off. the bad thing is that the lens itself doesnt return to its original position like it some what hanging?..

i try to use new battery energizer coz that's the leading brand here in our place.. still it stucks or is it turn off.. and also even repressing turn on button wont turn the camera on.. is it lack of energy that it makes my camera turn off or hanging like all i can see in screen is black? or there something wrong with my cam?

10:04 am - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

#184 Linda

Hi - purchased Samsung S630 for my mum's birthday earlier in the year. She pretty much loves it but has a problem when taking pictures using the LCD screen - her preferred method. She finds it too dark and she is unable to see what she is photographing unless it is dull. In bright sunshine she is just pointing, guessing and shooting!
Have scoured the settings info in the instruction manual to see if there is a way of making it lighter, but nothing is mentioned.

Please does anybody have any ideas? Thanx.

5:27 pm - Sunday, October 12, 2008

#185 judy malone

Was going to update my comments on the little Red Samsung S630. If you read back thru earlier comments, you will know that I also had the problem of the
batteries going dead after few shots and then the camera would also just shut down in middle of shot and leave the lens out. I will cut to chase and say that I have now had this camera OVER a year and it is still working great--after I did the things I posted earlier. The gently tapping of the camera--on all sides-againt a table. My hope was that I would jar something back into place, and apparently I did.
Second thing was to just buy rechargable batteries (Mine are Kodak).
I also hit "reset' on my camera to put all back to orginal settings, but I will have to go back into my posts to see how I did that. I have used the camera almost constantly now for over a year..and have dropped it, lost it for awhile, had my 5 yr old granddaughter using it and it is just a perfect easy to use camera. That is...once you do have it set up and working.
For the Screen that is too dark, if you have not done this...then do the following. Turn camera on, push the litte Menu/Ok button in middle of the bigger Silver button at bottom of camera. When it goes to SET UP2...scroll down to LCD. And make sure it is ON. I have mine off most time to conserve drain on battery, but for outside shots in sun or bright places, it really needs to be on.
I also noticed the RESET in on the Setup 2, but don't use it now if you are not haveing any problems.
OK, while you are on setup 2..Scroll OVER the top part of bar...using the Right side of the Big Silver button on camera where the SElf Timer icon is.
Keep pushing it till you scroll over to Setup 1. Go down to LCD and it probably says NORMAL. Scroll on it and you will see..Dark, Normal, and BRIGHT. Then drop down to the BRIGHT and click the Menu/OK button to keep it on Bright.
Well, try these and tell me your results. You may want to print this out and just take your time.
Hope this helps.
judy on the farm in West Tenn, USA

6:06 pm - Sunday, October 12, 2008

#186 nk

my s 800 is blank + the lighti is on and not going off i just baught it a month ago my mom will kill me if she gets to know pl help!!!!!!

1:17 pm - Monday, October 27, 2008

#187 ger

I have a samsung s630. It is now taking blury pictures because the lense was dirty, i keep trying to clean it but its not working, the photos are still really really blurry. it improves if i zoom in though.
Is there any thing i can do to fix it at home before having to take it to a shop?

11:19 pm - Thursday, October 30, 2008

#188 Shaun

I have a Samsung S800 I've had it for about 6-7 months with no troubles what so ever, came with a rechargable lithium battery and charging dock. But came to use it yesterday, turned it on the lens popped out it beeped then went bac in again, it won't turn on the battery is fully charged and i've tried normal AA batteries so its not that. HELP!

3:29 pm - Sunday, November 9, 2008

#189 Maddie craword

so i have the samsung S860 and i have good things to say but i have one problem i have had this camera for under a month and i was taking pictures and it was going fine and then the screen went black and the lenses were stuck out. it confuses me because if it was a battery problem usually it beep and a message appeares on the screen and the lenses come in, anyways it wont turn on and a green light just flashes over and over. i dont know what to do . ive let it have a few days to rest but now i dont know what to do again, ive only had it for under a monthh!

3:25 am - Wednesday, December 24, 2008

#190 Gwenick

in ref to 128.

Thank you so much, I shed many yesterday afternoon Christmas Eve when my camera suddenly started doing the beeping 3 times and then switching off thing. I was convinced I would have no photos of my children on Christmas day. I've just an hour trawling the web looking for answers and after reading your post spent 5 minutes furiously wiggling the lens. I now have working camera again. It's a s600 , had it 2 1/2yrs and been very happy with it.

2:00 am - Thursday, December 25, 2008

#191 Sarah-Jane

I've had the 6mp sampsung s600 for over a year now and up until a few days ago it's been a loyal and awesome quick snap camera that i've been using socially and for work.

But recently when it takes a picture there's horizontal lines all over the picture, as if i've taken a photo of a television screen. I've checked the memory card and it's not that, or the batteries.

Please help?

3:12 pm - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

#192 William M

I've had that too, any ideas?

4:00 pm - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

#193 Chrisso

I've had an S800 for a couple of years now and it's superb.

A set of 4 Uniross 2700mAh NiMh batteries and a charger and I NEVER run out of battery power.

I use a 2Gb SD card which allows me to take about 420 8Mp photos without difficulty.

I tried a 4Gb card but got the Check SD Card message, so I tried another 4-gig card with the same result. Phoned Samsung UK and they said it only accepts up to 2Gb - so there you go!

I did find at first that flash photos indoors on Auto setting looked very orage, but this is cured by using Prog setting for flash pix.

Bottom line: excellent camera, very reasonable price, but I still wish I had bought an NV8 ;-)

3:10 pm - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

#194 bill Eadie

Can someone tell me where i can get the software for my s600 to be connected to my vista laptop,its not picking it up

2:03 pm - Friday, February 20, 2009

#195 Niha

I've had a Digimax S600 for two years, and recently it began to take pictures with horizontal lines. I've read that it could be a sensor problem. Also something about the camera firmware (no idea of where you could get it).
Anyway, Sarah-Jane, the first thing to do in your case would be taking the camera to the shop, as it has to be still in warranty (mine is not :´( )

1:19 am - Friday, March 6, 2009

#196 Elli

Alright, I have had the same problem--(with the S630 where it beeps three times, then shuts off)-and there is a way to fix it. The problem lies within
the lens, I later discovered--because I was pretty much screwed out of getting a new camera, I
threw that thing so hard against the wall, the batteries and memory card came out of it BUT the
lens on the camera adjusted itself when I re-inserted the batteries and memory card. It was
fixed! So, if you have no options left, throw that camera hard (but not too hard) against the wall,
pick up the batteries and insert them in again, turn on the camera...and viola! Hopefully it will
work for you too!

6:27 pm - Thursday, March 12, 2009

#197 SHAYA

I pushed the format button...please tell me that I didnt delete all my pictures. How can I get them back??????

4:08 am - Monday, June 22, 2009

#198 Jessie

pleasee help!! my camera samsung s630 is making a beeping noise and not turning on?
and ive had it for about 2 years nearly...

7:00 am - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

#199 rosa

Hello everyone,

I am so happy I got my Samsung s630 to finally come back on after many months I did hit on all the sides and through it agains the wall as recommended but what really worked was straightening the lens. I noticed it was a little crooked so a few rough pulls and I heard it click back in place. The first time it did not turn on I went around the camera holding down various buttons while turning it on. Then I held down the menu button again and it finally worked my camera is back on again. I will keep you up to date should anything else happen, for right now all is well. GET THOSE LENSES STRAIGHT!!!

5:50 am - Thursday, August 20, 2009

#200 onyxuk35

My Digimax L80 was working well for 2 years but suddenly last month it beeped 3 times when turned on then shuts off. I tried new batteries but same thing.

Any ideas?

8:24 am - Saturday, September 5, 2009