Samsung SH100 review

A tech-riddled camera with a 3-inch touch-screen and built-in Wi-Fi

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While we were satisfied with how the Samsung SH100 recorded pictures, there were issues that we discovered.

As is common with a small sensor and high resolution, we found noise getting into the picture at anything over ISO200 in everyday conditions. In controlled light, we found that the camera will show salt and pepper noise even at ISO80 but doesn't interfere with the picture too much. In fact, it's a running theme throughout the pictures until around ISO800 where colour noise starts to appear in shadow areas.

Edge detail starts to break down at ISO1600 and at the highest ISO3200 setting, the pictures take on a slight cast and edge definition breaks down even more.

On the plus side, we found the auto white balance works well in most situations, while the preset white balance options also showed a good performance.

Metering and focusing are pretty accurate and the calibration of the touchscreen AF makes precision focusing easy. Fine details can be focused on when you use the provided pen. In complex lighting, we found that the Samsung does work well and it coped to provide a balanced exposure.

The SH100 features three metering modes: Multi, Centre-Weighted and Spot. The Multi metering option divides the picture up into sections, analyses each section and selects and appropriate exposure from the results. Generally, the Multi metering works well, but if the scene contains a the ground sometime ends up underexposed.

Centre-Weighted metering gives priority to the centre of the frame and less towards the edges which is good for centred subjects such as portraits as it will ignore more of the background. Spot metering takes an exposure reading from the centre of the frame and ignores the rest of the frame completely. We found that all the modes work well in real life situations.

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The wide-angle lens of the SH100 doesn't suffer from any worse barrel distortion than other digital compact cameras in the same price range. However, we discovered elements of chromatic aberration on the pictures, but only along high contrasting edges.

For an everyday compact camera, the pictures the SH100 produces are pleasing with rich colours and sharp subjects. Noise is a bit of an issue but nothing to worry about at lower ISO settings. If you need to go higher, try using flash first because the built-in flash works great for filling in darker subjects which may be backlit.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationDigital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesSmile Detection, Face Detection, Blink Detection, Self-timer, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVI
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)110.2 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height53.9 mm
Width93 mm
Depth18.9 mm
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelSH100
Product NameSH100 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-SH100ZBPRGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

From your first shot with the SH100 you can do so much more thanks to Wi-Fi technology. You can share any adventure, instantly with friends and family. Wi-Fi makes it simple to email photos or to upload directly with Facebook, Picasa, YouTube or Capture the image, upload to your social network site and turn the moment into a memory while also emailing to friends and family. Seamless connections and intuitive new features, like PC Auto Backup and DLNA support make it a snap to store or enjoy photos on a big screen TV with your family. Remote Viewfinder creates easy access to your smartphone for remote previews and control of zoom, flash, resolution and more. So get ready to Shoot, Sync. and Share with the latest SH100.

Package Contents
  • SH100 Compact Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • Touch Pen
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year