Features & Controls

Samsung equipped the ST700 with a wide-view, Schneinder-Kreuznach 5x optical zoom lens. This lens covers an equivalent focal range of 26 - 130mm, and has a maximum aperture range of f/3.3 wide - f/5.9 telephoto. The lens has a built in cover and retracts into the body when powered down for protection.

The Autofocus Range is:

  • Normal: 2.6 ft. (80cm) to infinity at wide angle
  • Macro: 2.0 in. - 2.6 ft. (5cm - 80cm) wide; 3.3 - 4.9 ft. (100cm - 150cm) telephoto
  • Auto Macro: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (Wide); 3.3 ft. (100cm) - infinity (Tele)

The ST700 incorporates a tiny built-in flash for shooting indoors and other low-light situations where additional illumination is needed. The flash modes include: Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, and Red-eye fix. The shooting range at wide angle is approx. 7.9 in. to 10.5 ft. (0.2 to 3.2m), telephoto is 3.3 ft. to 5.9 ft. (1 to 1.8m), using ISO Auto. The flash will recharge in approx. 4 seconds with a fully charged battery.

On the back you won't find a bunch of controls, simply a large 3.0-inch touch screen LCD and a Home button. This LCD offers 230k pixels of resolution, along with four brightness settings (Auto, Dark, Normal, and Bright). The LCD screen is used to access most of the camera options, and unlike most touchscreen models we've tested, offers a more smartphone type interface.

Like we've seen on past models, Samsung has mounted a 1.8-inch LCD (116K pixels) on the front of the camera. Samsung is still the only camera manufacturer on the market that offers this Dual View technology. This tech allows you to take a photograph of yourself with your friends that is perfectly framed the first time, without having to look at the back LCD. You can turn this unit on by using the Front LCD button on the top of the camera.

Here we can see the controls on the top of the ST700. Starting from the left you first see the speaker, then the Front LCD and Power on/off buttons, with the microphone slot in the center. Next you can see the Playback button and the shutter release with the zoom toggle wrapped around it. In playback mode, the zoom toggle also controls the Index and Magnify options.


On the right hand side you will see the I/O ports under a small port door. The top port is the 20 pin 2.0 USB connection port. This port makes transferring and watching videos to and from a PC/MAC very easy. It also handles standard AV output (cable NOT included), and is used to charge the battery. Underneath of that is the smaller 1.4 type D mini HDMI port, which is used for connecting the camera to your HDTV.

The ST700 has enough internal memory (9.7MB) for about one 16-megapixel photo. Luckily it also has a memory card slot that will except microSD or microSDHC type memory cards for storing photos, movies, and sound clips. Shown above is a 16GB (class 4) microSDHC card that we used. To transfer the information on the microSD card to your PC using a card reader, you will need a microSD to SD adapter (Not shown above). The micro card slides into the adapter, which will allow it to fit into most card readers. (note: the above card is Not included).

Power is supplied by a small BP70A 3.7V 740mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery pack, which Samsung claims will capture about 180 photos on a single charge. The battery is charged inside the camera with the USB cable in about 180 minutes. You just plug it into the small AC adapter included, and plug into an AC outlet. You can also plug the cable into any standard USB port to charge the camera, however it takes significantly longer than using the supplied AC adapter.

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