Samsung ST93 review

Stylish 16.1MP compact camera with 5x optical zoom

Samsung ST93
The stylish 16MP compact camera comes in silver, black and red

TechRadar Verdict


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    Self Portrait mode audio assistance

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    Clear menu structure

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    Broad range of functions


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    Some buttons are a bit small

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    Wait between shots can be long

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    Zooming in video mode is noisy

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The Samsung ST93 is part of the brand's Style (ST) range of compact cameras, with a 2.7-inch LCD screen, 16.1 megapixel CCD image sensor and Samsung wide-angle 5x zoom lens.

Costing less than the more advanced Samsung EX1 (TL500) from the brand's Performance range, the Samsung ST93's pricepoint puts it alongside rivals such as the Nikon Coolpix S6200, Canon IXUS 230 HS, Canon PowerShot SX150 IS and Samsung's own Samsung MV800.

It offers five different shooting modes - Smart Auto, Program, Panorama, Scene and Dual Image Stabilisation - which gives users a wide range of modes to choose from without being too overwhelming.

The camera also offers 10 scene options including Magic Frame (where you can take your photo surrounded by a selection of graphics), Beauty Shot, Object Highlight, Night, Sunset and Dawn. Alternatively, you can choose Smart Auto and the camera will pick the best mode for your environment.

samsung st93 review

The Samsung ST93 has the standard five flash options (although some are only available when using certain modes) such as redeye reduction and fill flash.

Unsurprisingly at this price point, the Samsung ST93 doesn't offer a manual mode, but the Program shooting mode has quite a few changeable options including white balance, ISO, EV compensation and image quality settings, enabling the user to take photos in a variety of conditions. There are also several filter options available such as Miniature (replicating the popular tilt-shift mode), Retro, Fish-eye, Half Tone Dot and Vignetting.

Video can be shot in 720p HD (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480) or QVGA (320 x240). There's an impressive amount of options for shooting movies, including setting the frame rate as well as the white balance, EV compensation and metering.

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.