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In continuous shooting mode it can only manage a frame every 1.3 seconds, although it will keep this up until the memory card is full. Unfortunately it only focuses on the first exposure, so if you’re trying to keep up with a moving subject then some of the subsequent shots may be out of focus.



The camera is powered by the same 860mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery as the NV3. Samsung makes no particular claims for its durability, but I took well over 300 shots on a first charge and the charge meter was still reading two-thirds full, which does indicate exceptionally good battery duration.

The L700 uses fairly heavy file compression, producing maximum-quality JPEG files averaging around 2.6MB, which is quite small for a 7MP camera, but does mean that a 1GB SD card is enough for around 307 shots.



Picture quality is, unfortunately, one area where the L700 is rather below average. I took it out for a test shoot on a bright sunny spring day, exactly the sort of conditions under which a camera like this would be used for holiday snaps, and I found the results to be disappointing. Almost every shot was over-exposed, colours were under-saturated and highlights blown out. As well as this colour reproduction was inaccurate, with reds looking very orange. Setting exposure compensation to -2 helped a bit, which indicates that the exposure meter was possibly wrongly calibrated. I also found image noise increasingly problematic from 400 ISO upwards, with the maximum 1600 ISO being unusable for anything but low-grade snapshots, but then this is nothing unusual for cameras in this class.


Verdict
With the L700 Samsung has produced the very definition of an average 3x zoom digital compact camera. It has no real weak points apart from its poor low-light focusing and over-exposure in bright light, but little about it stands out either. It is well made, performs adequately, has all the features and options you really need and takes reasonably good pictures. It is also reasonably good value for money, but it lacks the style or innovation of some other recent Samsung models.

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