Samsung ST50 12.2MP Ultra Slim Digital Camera Review
11 June 2009
Conclusion: The Samsung ST50 digital camera is not a bad camera. I do not mind recommending it to people but you have to realize what it does well and what it lacks to be able to determine if this camera is for you.
Pros: Image detail is high between ISO 80 to ISO 400, Stylish looking digital camera, Can be placed in your pocket, Smart Auto works very well, Variety of photo selector styles available such as negative, retro, calm, etc, Fast startup, Included travel USB wall charger is a bonus
Cons: ISO 800 and above is noisy and looks washed out in detail, No included camera case, No manual function to change aperture and shutter speed, White balance a little on the cool side, Videos look average and is a little dark, Proprietary cables, Audio cuts off when zooming and resumes audio ...
Summary: The appeal of this camera is its small size and attractive appearance. It is a true go-anywhere camera which, used intelligently, delivers very good results. Needless to say most owners will put it into Smart Auto mode and leave it there, which is a pity. The ST50 deserves more discriminating use.
Pros: The image quality is generally very good, when all the conditions come together precisely. Focus is fast and accurate. Resolution is good. At ISO200 images are very good. Surprisingly it is even possible to get acceptably clean images at ISO speeds up to 800. And Samsung is honest – when ISO800 i...
Cons: Both auto exposure and auto white balance are erratic. Generally the camera over exposes by at least one stop. And the auto white balance, which is acceptable most of the time, can be easily upset, resulting in some weird colours. The absence of a proper printed manual is inexcusable. And as with...
Excerpt: If you're in it for good looks, this one, the ST50 is a real looker! As I shall point out further down, the price you pay for the good looks and sexy body is in the form of just about average performance. This slick little camera has a petite body – 105 x 61 x 37 mm – and weighs just 219 grams.
Excerpt: The ST50 is the first model in Samsung's new range of ultra-slim cameras. At just 16.6mm from front to back, the stainless steel body is little bigger than most mobile phones and looks gorgeous.
Excerpt: This 12.2-megapixel camera has a 35-105mm (film equivalent) lens. It is not image-stabilised. The large (75mm) LCD screen is of average resolution and poor in sunlight. Dimensions are tiny, with a face area equal to a credit card and a mere 14.2mm thick.
Excerpt: Le Samsung ST50 est un compact qui intéressera notamment pour sa compacité, en l’occurrence, pour sa faible épaisseur : 16,6 mm. Cette finesse induit des contraintes de construction qui font que le zoom est un peu timide avec ses 35-105 (zoom x3) et comme souvent on relèvera l’absence de véritable...
Cons: Pas de grand angle, Pas de stabilisation optique