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Samsung ST1000 review

Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, touchscreen, HD movies; the ST100 does it all with aplomb

Our Verdict

We're impressed. Tons of useful tech – that works – and decent image quality

For

  • Phenomenal tech
  • Handy contextual help
  • Good pics and movies

Against

  • No wireless download

Well, it's not supposed to work like this. High-end, feature-packed cameras are usually, frankly, a mess: flaky, oddball features, a Frankenstein interface of patchwork hideousness, an image quality that, ultimately, feels like an afterthought… But the Samsung ST1000 is different.

It feels beautifully built – even if the decision to place the lens where it is means you're in danger of taking too many photos of your left index finger – and the 3.5-inch touchscreen on the back is just stunning.

It has super-high pixel density, great colour and the interface is actually usable without having to turn to the manual.

The pictures are good too – 12.2 megapixels is a little much to ask of a compact camera's sensor, so there's some smearing and noise at 100% (especially noticeable in low light), but otherwise they're fine.

No RAW

Granted, there's no RAW option, and an entry level DLSR is going to trounce it on image quality alone – for just £150 or so more – but the JPEGs sufficiently hold their own.

The 720p movies, recorded in an iMovie-friendly H.264 format, are good, though detail is smudged and a tad over-sharpened.

Best of all though, the advanced technology stuffed into this camera actually works. Given a few minutes to get a lock, the GPS circuitry can embed the location each shot was taken into the JPEG's metadata. The accuracy varies according to different conditions, but it's never usually more than a few metres out.

The Places feature of iPhoto can then use this data to pin photos to a map, or to build Smart Albums based on where photos were shot. Images uploaded to Flickr can (optionally) maintain this data, though an apparent bug in how Google truncates coordinates means that Picasa and Google Maps get the location wrong.

You can upload the images to Picasa and Facebook directly from the camera over Wi-Fi but, while the ST1000 supports WEP/WPA, it won't work with paid-for hotspots that require a login.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyST
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
ColourBlue, Silver
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size8.9 cm (3.5")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Maximum Image Resolution3968 x 2976
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height60.8 mm
Width99.8 mm
Depth18.9 mm
Product SeriesST
Focal Length6.30 mm to 31.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelST1000
Product NameST1000 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-ST1000BPUGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Welcome to the world's first camera equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Geo-tagging capabilities, the Samsung ST1000. That means at any time at any place, you can update everyone in your network to the greatest things that ever happen to you, in an instant. And the ST1000 will never forget where you took that fantastic shot by using GPS technology to put you in your place but only on the LCD screen, of course.

Limited Warranty1 Year