Samsung ST6500 review

Unique styling meets state of the art in the ST6500

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  • Good Build quality
  • Interesting style
  • Produces nice colours
  • Pictures are sharp
  • Metering works well even in direct light


  • Bulky surround to the screen makes the camera look lower quality
  • Home button has no order to the modes
  • While noise comes in pretty early, it's tolerable until high ISO settings

The ST6500 is touch-screen compact camera from Samsung, priced at around £180 and featuring unusual and bold styling.

For your money, you get a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and a 5x optical zoom, a decent ISO range from ISO 80 to ISO3200 at full resolution and a 3 inch touch-screen. We found this screen is responsive as long as you use the stylus provided, it doesn't work quite so well with fingers.

There are also 4 focusing modes, although 2 are touch screen related. The centre AF and multi AF work in the traditional way, while the touch options will focus on the point you touch on the screen. The smart touch AF takes things one step further and will lock onto and track the point you touch until you take a picture in the traditional way.

The ST6500 features a host of modes and options which are accessed by pressing the home button on the back of the camera. Unfortunately, there's no obvious order to these modes, with some playback options appearing in the middle of the recording options.

It would be nice to see each page dedicated to specific modes for example, capture, editing and video shooting. However, the icons are bright and easy to understand so it isn't too much of a problem.

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There are four video resolution modes available, two of which are 1280x720. The highest resolution has two settings: HQ and normal. The frame rate can also be altered from 15 to 30 fps to make some extra space on the card but changing to 15fps will lower the quality.

Smart phone users will find the features of the ST6500 familiar, making use of touch screen and swiping pages. We found that the camera is easy enough to understand and operate by even the most novice of users and the smart photo and smart video modes make life easy.

Samsung's most recent digital compact cameras take MicroSD cards so if you're new to the company, you'll need to pick up a card when you get the camera.

Switching on the camera without a card in is annoying because at full resolution, the camera doesn't have enough built-in memory to take a picture and you have to reduce the resolution from 16 megapixels to 10 megapixels just to get one picture.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyST
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)126.5 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.5 mm
Width102.3 mm
Depth19.3 mm
Product SeriesST
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelST6500
Product NameST6500 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-ST6500BPBGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The ST6500 Digital Camera is perfect for capturing life. It has a 5x optical zoom and 26mm wide angle lens, so every detail is preserved and memories are never lost. New editing features such as Smart Auto 2.0 and Smart Filter 2.0 ensure that you have full artistic licence with your shots. The ST6500 also features HD Movie capturing, so if the moment is just too big for a picture, you can easily turn it into a home video. Add to this the cool new touch-screen interface, and you have a stylish camera with loads of power and performance to enjoy.

Package Contents
  • ST6500 Compact Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • Touch Pen
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year