Summary: This is a very novel take on the compact camera. If you love using your camera to record nights out and trips with your mates, before sharing the results on Facebook and Flickr, then this is the camera you have to buy.
Excerpt: There have been touch screen cameras and camcorders before but none has approached the level and elegance of control of the Samsung ST550. In many ways, the camera parallels the touch experience of Apple’s iPhone and iPod devices. And that’s saying something! Confession : I’ve never been a great fan of touch screens before, finding them confusing, hesitant and a little challenging. But this time Samsung has done it right.
Conclusion: During playback, these tilt commands shift to multi slideshow, favourite tag and protect tag and also help to shuffle backwards and forwards through images. Simple USB charging allows for minimum fuss: you don’t have to take the battery out of the ST550 and charge it in a separate unit as the cord provided in the standard kit doubles as a power cable either when connected to the computer or to a separate power adapter (also provided) and into a wall socket.
Excerpt: The digital camera market is constantly on the hunt for new and exciting features. In recent years, we’ve seen more and more consumer-level cameras implement such things as GPS geotagging, HD video recording, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Offering a refreshing take on the form factor is the Samsung ST550 digital camera.
Conclusion: As I said earlier, I was quite eager to get my hands on the Dual Screen Samsung ST550 to see if it was something I would consider paying over £200 for, just for the extra portrait screen. For me personally I don’t think so. Now don’t get me wrong this is a very capable camera with great innovative features and good picture quality, I just wouldn’t get that much use out of the portrait screen, but for all those youngsters who are forever taking photos and videos of...
Excerpt: The ST550 is one of Samsung's latest launches and the Korean giant reckons the camera's ‘robust features ensure a perfect picture with every click. Or touch.' Samsung designed this camera to be a touch-based model and as a result there are only four physical controls; power, capture, zoom control and playback.
Excerpt: Samsung brings a major innovation to the market with its latest digital compact offering, the ST550. In addition to a huge high-resolution touchscreen, the ST550 features a secondary display on the front of the camera next to the lens. This is brilliant for framing self-portraits, a feature more useful than ever before in the world of Facebook and MySpace. The ST550 boasts strong face detection, combined with a smile shutter-release feature that actually works.
Summary: If you’re looking for a sleek and easy to use point and shoot camera, the Samsung ST550 could very well be for you. It’s stylish looks and giant touchscreen draw plenty of attention where ever you go. Turn on the secondary front LCD screen and the wow factor goes off the chart. Add the fact that it takes nice pictures and you have a winning combination.
Pros: Stylish design, 12.2 Megapixels, 2 LCD screens (back screen nice and large), Plenty of shooting modes
Cons: Rear touchscreen too touchy, Can’t change clown animation, Subjects looking off to the side if staring at animations on front LCD screen, Zoom button too small
Samsung's ST550 digital camera has a second LCD screen on the front to aid with shooting self-portraits
Good Gear Guide.au
7 July 2010
Summary: We like Samsung's innovative addition of a second screen to the ST550, but this digital camera could be improved. Its battery life is poor, the menu system needs more information, and it could use some more manual controls. However, it can take some good photos and it performs adequately in dim lighting.
Pros: Responsive and accurate touch screen, takes reasonably clear pictures, commendable low-light performance
Cons: Poor battery life, front screen always uses smile shutter to automatically take photos, no separate battery charger, menu system needs labels, requires a MicroSD card