Samsung MV800

Samsung MV800 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 121g - 92 x 56 x 10mm
  • Released September 2011
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Samsung MV800 summary

Samsung MV800 is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera initially announced on September of 2011. The camera includes a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The MV800 is rated #36 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #710 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your customized factors.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Samsung MV800 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of upsides and downsides of the Samsung MV800 based on factors that are oftentimes considered important in a camera.

comes with HDMI support
fairly wide (26mm)
flash built-in
good minimum ISO (80)
good sized screen (3 inches)
good zoom range (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (121 grams)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
supports focus by touch
supports tracking focus
tilting screen
touchscreen functionality
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
no aperture priority
no headphone jack
no mic jack
no shutter priority
no Time Lapse function
pixelated screen (460 k dot)
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Samsung MV800 Sensor information

The sensor size in the Samsung MV800 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the MV800's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The MV800 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung MV800 dimensions

Samsung MV800 weighs about 0.27 lbs (121g or 4.27 oz) and features outside proportions of 92mm x 56mm x 10mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.4"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Samsung MV800 is less heavy than its rivals.

Photography Glossary

Below is a photo of the Samsung MV800 alongside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Samsung MV800 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button layout on the MV800.

Samsung MV800 topview buttons dials

Samsung MV800 Lens information

The MV800 offers an inbuilt lens with a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional however it can be useful in a few situations.

At it's widest 26mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 which is quite sluggish and not ideal in low light conditions and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to boost your ISO causing noisy files. On the long end, 130mm comes to f5.9 which is quite slow and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung MV800 Connectivity

The MV800 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Certain apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Samsung MV800 Video information

The max video quality in the Samsung MV800 is 1280 x 720 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is low by today's standards. You really should shoot for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The body does not have a mic and / or headphone socket so you have got zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at an alternative camera if you want decent sound in your video clips.

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Samsung MV800 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Samsung MV800 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Samsung MV800 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung MV800 includes a 3" tilting display screen with a resolution of 460k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you can easily change focus point and adjust settings by using your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Samsung MV800 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders are rather valuable.

Samsung MV800 Shutter information

The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Samsung MV800 Flash and Hot shoe information

Samsung MV800 boasts just integrated flash lacking external flash support.

Samsung MV800 Autofocus information

Samsung MV800 boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise than Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is handy for portraits.

Samsung MV800 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus points. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Samsung MV800 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good in low light scenarios or you need more exact control on focusing.

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Samsung MV800 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the maximum (470) battery life in this range of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Samsung MV800 for different forms of photography

The following bar chart shows a rundown of the Samsung MV800 for different forms of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Samsung MV800

The Samsung MV800 gets a rating of 34 which is subpar, meaning that it is not really suitable for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.

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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Samsung MV800 Street photography highlights

With a nice score of 74, the Samsung MV800 is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
lighter than competition in class (121g)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Samsung MV800 Sports photography factors

A subpar sports photography points tally of 44 indicates the Samsung MV800 is not really suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Samsung MV800 Travel photography advice

Size is really crucial in getting a travel camera. Overall, the Samsung MV800 gets a very good 71 for a travelling camera which makes it a good pick to take on your trips.

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lighter than competition in class (121g)
supports focus by touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)

Samsung MV800 Landscape photography factors

If you're planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Samsung MV800 and it's subpar rating of 43 for a landscape camera is not really suitable within the current market.

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relatively wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode

Samsung MV800 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating display screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Samsung MV800 is not really suitable for vlogging as it comes to a subpar score of 34.

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quite wide (26mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
lighter than competition in class (121 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack

Samsung MV800 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the MV800, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart underneath offers you an overview of the MV800 versus it's highest ranked rivals suggested previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may check out as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung MV800
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Crop factor
Range of display
Display sizing
3 inches
Display resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.20 m
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30/15 fps), 640 x 480 (30/15 fps), 320 x 240 (30/15 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
121g (0.27 lbs)
92 x 56 x 10mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.4")
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Micro SD
Storage slots
Retail pricing