Review Price £140.00
With the SH100 being very much a fun and social camera, regular shooting modes are limited to Smart Auto, Scene and Program. While all three are fully-automatic options in that the camera selects the appropriate shutter speed and aperture, Program mode does at least allow you some control over a range of basic settings like ISO and White Balance.
In addition, the SH100 also features a generous range of digital filters to play around with. These filters include things like miniaturisation, sketch, fisheye, vignetting, and soft focus, along with a couple of grainy old-film effects. In addition, there are also a couple of Simple shooting modes that allow you to set brightness, colour and depth-of-field using on-screen sliders. Given that there’s no independent aperture control, these can prove useful for portraiture, or when you want your subject to stand out from the background.
HD Video can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 at 30fps. It’s also possible to apply a generous range of digital filter effects – or even colour palates – to your movies, including fisheye, miniaturisation and colour negative effects.
If you’ve shot an image using a standard setting and either want to tidy it up a bit or apply a filter effect post-capture then the SH100 allows you to do both via the Photo Editor menu. Oddly, there’s no cropping or resizing options to be found here though.
Of course, once you’ve got your pictures just as you want them, the real appeal of the SH100 is its wireless functionality and the ease with which you can share your creative endeavours. Locking onto a wireless network is a fairly painless process too, and can be done from individual images when in Playback mode, or from the Web icon on the home screen.
When you’re ready to upload or email images, the SH100 will automatically search for all available Wi-Fi networks before asking which one you want to join. Once you’ve selected the one you want and, if required, inputted a password, the camera will automatically join the network and you’re good to go. The touch-screen QWERTY keyboard is a bit small and fiddly to use and the camera can be a bit slow to complete the connection process, but on the whole it does prove quite reliable.
Once locked on there are all kinds of possibilities. You can choose to upload images directly to a Facebook, Picassa, YouTube, Photobucket or Samsung Imaging account, or you can email them directly from the camera using an existing email account. You can also choose to upload your pictures to a computer on your home wireless network by installing and using the Samsung ‘AllShare’ software that comes on the supplied disc.
If you really want to get clever you can even set the camera to connect with a compatible Samsung phone – the Galaxy S2 for example – and then use the phone as a remote viewing screen and shutter release. To be honest, we’re not entirely sure how this arrangement might be of any practical benefit, other than for ‘You’ve Been Framed’ style candids, secret spy photography, or perhaps altogether more seedy voyeuristic purposes. In any case, it does seem a somewhat laboured way of taking self- or group portraits.