Samsung DV150F Review

4.0
September 24, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

Though the Samsung DV150F is packed with a myriad options via which to tweak your photographs, it would be fair to say that the results in terms of image quality are pretty much what one would expect to see from a budget pocket snapshot camera. By which we mean that there is a loss of highlight detail under strong sunshine - the bright f/2.5 maximum aperture perhaps being partly to blame - along with softened edges to the frame at maximum 25mm equivalent wideangle and inevitably a degree of purple pixel fringing in shots as well. When metering focuses on a subject in the foreground, the background sky detail gets bleached out too.

That said, even if shots could do with a little more contrast at times, colours are well saturated and overall the DV150F gives a respectable performance for its 99 quid asking price - and for that its target market should have few grumbles.

With an ISO range stretching from ISO80 to ISO3200, plus the brighter f/2.5 maximum lens aperture at extreme wide-angle setting, as with its sibling in the ST150F, the twin-screened Samsung DV150F might suggest itself as a jack-of-all trades for basic lower light photography even if you weren't to use the flash. As one might expect however, detail is noticeably softer when making the jump from ISO800 to ISO1600, whilst at ISO3200 there's a distinctly fuzzy, watercolour-like appearance. In other words, a snapshot camera behaving exactly like we'd expect a snapshot camera to behave!

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Samsung DV150F. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Samsung DV150F's 5x zoom lens provides a focal length of 25-125mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

25mm

125mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Samsung DV150F handled chromatic aberrations well during the review, with limited purple fringing mainly present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Samsung DV150F offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 5cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Samsung DV150F are Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, and Red eye fix.

Forced Off - Wide Angle (25mm)

Forced On - Wide Angle (25mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Forced Off - Telephoto (125mm)

Forced On - Telephoto (125mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Auto setting or the Red Eye Fix option caused any amount of red-eye.

Auto

Auto (100% Crop)
   

Red eye fix

Red eye fix (100% Crop)

Night

The Samsung DV150F's maximum shutter speed is 16 seconds in the Night Scene mode, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1 second at ISO 400.

Night

Night (100% Crop)