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Samsung 16 Megapixels ST93 Compact Review by PB

2012-02-01 05:21 | Source
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On April 20 2011, Samsung announced the ST93 compact camera, replacing the existing ST90 model. The 16 Megapixels CCD-based camera offers a 5x optical zoom lens starting at a useful 26mm to 130mm equivalent. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.3 to f/5.9, across the zoom range. 

The Samsung ST93 includes what the company calls 'Dual IS', a two-pronged approach to fighting blur from camera shake, consisting of optical image stabilization, and digital techniques that likely work by raising ISO sensitivity and/or performing deblurring. The Samsung ST93 also features 720p HD video recording, a Panorama mode, the company's latest Smart filters (Vignetting, miniature, half-tone dot, palette, and a new soft focus effect) and Magic Frame templates (Wall Art, Retro Film, Ripple, Full Moon, Retro Record, and Classic TV). The ST93 will cost £129.99 in the UK. It is currently not been announced in the US. Here's the summary of review by PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 3.5 out of 5:

"Considering the competitive price of the Samsung ST93 and the type of consumer that it's aimed at, the image quality is surprisingly good. We got some lovely pictures from it despite the terrible UK winter weather we had while the test was underway. Colours are rendered realistically without too much saturation and we like the fun effects that the camera has such as miniature mode and vintage camera effect. While these aren't new and certainly don't rock the boat, they're good enough to have a bit of fun with on a day out. If we were to be critical - and we have to be so that manufacturers will further improve their products- we don't like the Samsung ST93's slant which is supposed to make self portraits easier to do. It's subjective and one mans trash is another man's treasure. The ST93 shows excellent bravado in fighting noise, but it's a good job because the sensor suffers from it right from the start. We also found that every time we opened the battery door, the battery popped out despite having a locking clasp.

The Samsung ST93 takes MicroSD which is the same format as Samsung mobile phones accept, so if you have one, you can chop and change. It's a good idea from that respect and also ensures that the cameras can be smaller, although its all too easy to lose the tiny card. We were pretty presumptuous about the ST93. We expected a badly made, badly performing camera that was another £100 model churned out for the masses. What we have instead is a reasonably well made little digital compact camera with a bright screen, sharp pictures and some good software built into it. If you're looking for a small, pocketable digital compact camera with high resolution, reasonable build quality and fun features then you should definitely take a look at the Samsung ST93."

Samsung ST93 Camera Reviews Roundup

TechRadar - Mar 02 2012
"While overall quality of the images captured by the Samsung ST93 is decent, they're not always as sharp and as crisp as we'd like to see. They do have a good range of well represented colours, but when viewed at 100% some of the images are blurry and soft. Both the auto and program modes seem to suffer occasionally from blurring and darkness, which using th..." More »
60out of 100
CNET UK - Oct 27 2011
"To get the best results you really need well-lit surroundings. It had a tendency to demand the flash in what we would consider fairly bright situations where the flash would have little effect anyway because the framing encompassed so large an area. When we manually suppressed it, the ST93 responded by dialling up its sensitivity, as we would expect, but wi..." More »
40out of 100
ePhotoZine - Oct 27 2011
"Although stronger in the centre, detail is good throughout the images, whether shooting wide or with the full optical zoom. Images have excellent colour reproduction and are well exposed. The lens has a minimum focusing distance 5cm meaning you can get close enough to take a decent macro shot. Images at ISO 80 and ISO 100 are sharp and free of noise but the..." More »
70out of 100

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