Samsung ST100 Review

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Review posted 03/08/2011

Quick Take
Pros
  • Well built and stylish body
  • Produces pleasing 14-megapixel photos
  • Acceptable noise levels up to ISO 800
  • Cool Motion Recognition options in record and playback modes
  • Awesome 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Larger Dual View screen is much easier to see
  • Additional "feet" on the bottom to allow you to take angled shots while the camera is sitting on a flat surface
  • Touchscreen system was very easy to operate
  • Good bang for you buck  
Cons
  • Touchscreen only responds to the flesh of your finger tips; so, those with long nails might have a more difficult time operating the camera
  • Lens starts at 35mm (equivalent), which might cause some headaches when framing indoors
  • Uses microSD/SDHC cards, which are VERY easy to lose
  • Good deal of noise from ISO 800 on up
  • Red-eye in the majority of our people photos
  • No A/V cables included
  • Shooting performance is only average
Bottom Line
Samsung's ST100 is a great ultra-compact with various user-friendly options as well as good image quality and several unique features. The Dual View functionality is a great feature, and worth the investment. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Samsung's most compact dualscreen camera to date, the ST100 is quite different from past models in this line. While sharing almost identical specs to the new ST600, the ST100 uses an internal 5x optical zoom lens, and is noticeable smaller. Like the ST600, it features a larger 1.8-inch front LCD screen, allowing you to share images with your subjects or easily capture self-portraits.

The ST100 boasts 14-megapixels of resolution, a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD on the back of the camera, smart face recognition, and 720p HD video capture.

Samsung ST100 key features include:
  • 14.2 Megapixels
  • Internal Schneider KREUZNACH 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 3.5-inch TFT Touchscreen LCD with over 1 million pixels and 100% frame coverage
  • 1.8-inch Front LCD screen
  • High Sensitivity up to ISO 3200
  • 720p HD video capture (30 fps, .MP4 H.264 format)
  • Smart Auto 2.0 exposure controls, along with Auto, Program AE and 13 scene modes
  • Smart Gesture User Interface (UI)
  • Smart Face Recognition (Up to 6 people manually and 14 people automatically)
  • Dual Image Stabilization system (OIS + DIS)
  • Various Front LCD modes, including Self-Shot, Couple-Shot, etc.
  • HDMI output
  • microSD/SDHC memory card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack

The Samsung ST100 is available in black, purple, gold or pink with a suggested retail price of $329.99 US. 

What's in the box?:
  • Samsung ST100 camera body
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • Wrist strap
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual

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