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 TechRadar, giving the camera a rating of 3 out of 5:
"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 the image stabilisation mode helped to resolve. The sensitivity range is between ISO 80 and 3200, with expected reduction in picture quality and colour at the higher end of the scale. The time between shots is the biggest bugbear about the Samsung ST93. The wait between shots is on average about 2.5 seconds, and in continuous drive mode the speed between shots can still be slow, even when the picture size and quality is reduced. Our analysis shows that the cameras' results are close and while the Nikon Coolpix S4150 tops the signal to noise ratio results, the Samsung ST93 is only just behind. Looking at dynamic range the Samsung ST93 puts in a good performance across the sensitivity range scoring over 9EV up to ISO 400, and is only beaten by the Canon PowerShot A3300. Sitting in Samsung's Style range among rivals such as the Nikon Coolpix S6200 and Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, the Samsung ST93 offers a range of shooting options and looks pretty good.
We liked: The range of functions and ease of use with the Samsung ST93 enables you to control your shots and add a creative twist.
We disliked: There's not a huge amount to dislike about this little camera, but we'd like it if the time between shots could be reduced. And bear in mind that you'll need a tripod to pull off crisp photos in low light.
Final verdict: The Samsung ST93 is a very easy-to-use, decent compact camera for someone that wants the opportunity to take good photos but isn't necessarily going to want to spend a large amount of money for a camera with a higher spec."
Samsung ST93 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Photography BLOG - Feb 01 2012|
"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 ha..." More »
|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 »
|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 »
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