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Samsung ST95 review

Happy snappy fun with this unique looking camera from Samsung

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When the ST95 is faced with mid range tones, it produces very nice pictures. They're well exposed, sharp and noise-levels are low. However, the camera suffers from a low dynamic range and on some occasions highlights burn out. Where this happens, high contrast edges and chromatic aberration appear.

Noise is handled well in natural light and even better in controlled light. In fact, in studio conditions and at low sensitivty settings (ISO), the pictures are sharp, clean and pretty noise free. Changes start to take effect at ISO200, but that's only noticeable when images are viewed at 100% on screen. Viewing the pictures at 'normal' size doesn't show the changes.

There's a slight colour shift in darker areas at ISO800, but the change is more noticeable at ISO1600 with shadows taking on a purple cast. Edge definition breaks down too and image details are lost as the camera's noise reduction system goes into overdrive.

Despite the high levels of noise at ISO3200, the picture does at least remain at full resolution, there are cameras in the Samsung range that will reduce it to 3 megapixels.

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Colours are recorded nicely on the Samsung ST95. Primary colours are rich, but not to a garish degree and while more difficult colours are realistic. Skin tones are realised nicely and if there's a medley of different colours in the frame, there's no colour bleed.

We've had better picture quality from other Samsung cameras that we've tested, which is a shame for the ST95 as its otherwise a nice little camera. The narrow dynamic range left us feeling deflated. However, there's little noise in images captured in controlled light sources.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyST
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationElectronic
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Blink Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)106.9 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
Height53.1 mm
Width91.9 mm
Depth17 mm
Product SeriesST
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelST95
Product NameST95 Compact Camera
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-ST95ZZBPSGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

With a choice of five fantastic colours, the Samsung ST95 is ready to change the way you view your compact camera. It is as much a stylish accessory as it is a brilliant digital camera. Featuring 5x optical zoom, 26mm wide angle lens and HD movies, you'll be amazed that it all fits within an ultra slim casing. It also features Smart Auto 2.0 and Magic Frame for extra clarity, fun and creativity. So, enjoy looking very sophisticated while capturing life's best moments in both picture and video.

Package Contents
  • ST95 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Touch Pen
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Strap
Limited Warranty1 Year