Summary: The Samsung ST550 is extremely clever in some respects, but pretty ordinary in terms of picture quality. As an exercise in interface design and an electronic plaything, it's just fantastic. It's the number of ideas and the way they've been integrated into the design that impresses
Pros: Front-mounted LCD display has many uses; excellent 'haptic' interface; high-resolution display; high-definition movie mode.
Cons: Mediocre lens quality; pictures suffer from too much smoothing of fine details.
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!
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...
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.
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...
Summary: It’s fairly uncommon that a compact comes along that shows true innovation – but the Samsung ST550 is certainly just that. Thanks to its dual LCD screens it’s an inspirational camera, so hats off to the Samsung.
Pros: Dual screen, touch screen rear LCD, 720p HD video
Conclusion: There are plenty of features to get your teeth into with the Samsung ST550. Picture quality is very good too. If you like the features on offer then there should be very little to put you off buying this camera.
Pros: Picture quality - front LCD screen - Hugh Definition movies - recycle bin - LCD screen quality
Cons: Slow shutter lag times - I found it difficult to select options through the LCD screen
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.
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
Excerpt: With the ever growing digital camera market, the competition between manufacturers has reached to a point where a 10.1 megapixel camera is available for less than Rs. 10,000. And now with 12.2 megapixel cameras hitting the consumer market, the race is just going to get stronger.