Samsung ST93 review

Stylish 16.1MP compact camera with 5x optical zoom

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samsung st93 review

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.

samsung st93 review

Smile Shot and Blink Detection functions worked reasonably well during our tests, managing to recognise and photograph a smile four times out of five. Self Portrait mode offers an audio signal to the photographer to tell you when you're in the shot and in focus.

The Samsung ST93 also offers audio signals when your photos are in focus or out of focus in other modes, which is useful if you're not able to see the screen well.

Panorama mode works well, asking you to depress the shutter then pan sideways slowly to capture the scene rather than stitching together several different shots, similar to the Sweep Panorama function found in Sony compact cameras such as the Sony NEX-5.

samsung st93 review

The images on the LCD display sometimes appear brighter than when viewed on a computer, which is worth remembering if you're adjusting the exposure compensation or the sensitivity.

As expected with a compact camera, the Samsung ST93's capabilities of shooting in low light or at night are limited. You can adjust the shutter speed and aperture using night mode on the scene selector, but the use of a tripod is recommended.

Dual Image Stabilisation can be accessed either through the Program mode or via its own mode to enable users to take better photos during low light conditions, which helped to make photos sharper during testing.

The HD video and VGA shooting options create moving footage that would be perfectly acceptable to post online, although if you zoom in during recording the sound of this can be quite apparent.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyST
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesBlink Detection, Smile Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Smart Capture
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)95 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height54.8 mm
Width89.6 mm
Depth17.5 mm
Product SeriesST
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelST93
Product NameST93 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-ST93ZZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Boasting a remarkable 16.1 megapixels, the slim, stylish ST93 delivers unforgettable photos with all the attention-grabbing details. You'll get everyone in the shot with the 26mm wide-angle lens and get even closer to faraway subjects with the 5x optical zoom. Capture all your memories in the same high quality you come to trust from Samsung.

Package Contents
  • ST93 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Strap
  • Quick Start Manual
  • User Manual CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year