This is definitely another camera of the dead or crappy camera. When it was given to me I made an audible groan. Oh a Samsung, Oh no a Samsung 😦
I have never tried a Samsung point and shoot camera that worked. This one was no different. I accepted it as it was a free camera, plus there was a half-used film inside. I offered to get it developed for the owner and finish the film off. He had already lent me the Contax RTS III and given me a couple of polaroids. He takes such care of his equipment that I thought, maybe, finally I would have a Samsung that worked. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Samsung stuff. I have a Samsung phone. But their cameras from the 80s/90s are another beast entirely. As I have said, they never seem to work for me.
This one had various issues including the flash not working. The motor winder was also a little dodgy. I could literally find nothing about it on the net so I couldn’t even research it.
The only things I can tell you are what I could garner from the camera itself or the manual which was inside the case. It has a fixed focal length of 35mm with a minimum aperture of f4.5. The lens has three elements/groups. The flash, when working, is automatic with no off switch. There is a self-timer, but nothing else apart from a lens cover. It has a quick load system, but overall is a plastic, not so fantastic camera. Oh but wait, the manual says the viewfinder is a reverse Galilean type with a bright frame, parallax correction marks and an autofocus circle…ooooh, sounds sexy… but really it means:
“viewfinders’ “telescope” optics are often more like reversed telescopes, giving an image of reduced size. These finders belong to the “reverse Galilean” or “Newton” type”https://camerapedia.fandom.com/wiki/Viewfinder
As I can’t give you any of my own sample photos I thought I would post some of the found film. There are no people in the photos so I am not compromising anybody’s privacy. It looks like they were taken at Lindisfarne.
Well, this camera did work once and very well. The previous owner got some great shots with it. The film was obviously inside the camera for a while.
So at the moment I still can’t recommend any Samsung cameras. Has anyone used a Samsung point and shoot that works?