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Samsung ST1000 review




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Anyone who's been shopping for a new mobile phone recently can't have failed to notice that they aren't just phones any more. The latest handsets have more computing power and data storage capacity than most home computers did five years ago, and include advanced features such as mobile internet and email, touch-screen controls, GPS satellite navigation, WiFi, Bluetooth, and of course ever more powerful digital cameras. It's not too surprising therefore that this same technology is finding its way into the digital camera market too, especially when one of the major camera companies is also one of the leading manufacturers of mobile phones.

Samsung's new ST1000 looks like any other ultra-slim compact camera, and has a photographic specification which, while undeniably good, is hardly going to set pulses racing. It has a 12.2-megapixel CCD sensor and a corner-mounted 5x zoom lens (equivalent to 35-175mm) with dual optical and digital image stabilisation, features which are matched by any of about a dozen rival models. It has a nice slim shape, measuring just 18.9mm thick, with an attractive and nicely finished plastic body that is comfortable to hold and available in a range of two-tone colour combinations. So far, so ordinary.

However it is the ST1000's extra features that set it apart, because it combines a range of high-tech gizmos that are more usually found in advanced mobile phones. The most obvious is the big 1,152k 3.5-inch touch-screen monitor, the highest resolution of any current digital camera, (thanks douglas!) which occupies almost the entire back of the camera, but it also features a built-in GPS receiver for automatic location tagging, high-speed Wireless internet and Bluetooth connectivity, and DNLA home network compatibility, used for viewing photos on TVs and other devices that support this standard.

Of course all that advanced technology does push the price up; the ST1000 is currently selling for around £270, which puts it into the top price bracket for digital compacts, alongside models such as the Canon IXUS 990IS or the Sony DSC-T900. That's a lot of money for what is essentially a fairly basic point-and-shoot compact.


January 5, 2010, 8:28 pm

For info, Picasa (the web page bit) supports geotagged photos too. It can show a little Google map to one side with pushpins of where your photos were taken. It's no new discovery but it's a nice feature - I've been using it for a couple of years with my T-mobile MDA (aka Tytn II etc etc) which would be fine except the camera is on the phone is pretty naff, and using GPS, data and the camera would probably kill it within three hours. I would buy this camera, if only we hadn't just bought the Samsung WB500. Hey ho... (btw you can tell I'm snowed in, right?)


January 6, 2010, 1:55 am

to add to MarioM: picasa 3.6 also supports geotagged photos too and displays them on the inbuilt google maps it's a pretty neat feature and works the same as iPhoto (NB to get Picasa 3.6 you have to search for 'picasa 3.6' because for some reason the picasa if you just search 'picasa' it wants to give you 3.1)

Nik 2

January 19, 2010, 5:10 pm

Too good to be true. Really loved the touch screen and menu system and took some really nice images during the day, but everything went wrong when it came to using the flash. Seems to create a large amount of orbs/lens flare and get ready to sit yourself down in front of Photoshop for awhile if you want to get rid of them. Sent camera back for repair and was told basically if I want to have lenses that are on the cutting edge of miniaturisation I would have to put up with it. On top of that the GPS system is not all its cracked up to be, I've yet to get it to work outdoors. So far really not worth the big price tag for me.


January 24, 2010, 3:40 am

Uhm, there is an error in your specs and in the review. The ST1000 does record Stereo sound, not only Mono.


March 5, 2010, 1:39 pm

This would be my ideal general camera but for the lack of wide angle. I hope the next version is 27 or 28mm at the bottom end. I'll buy one then.


July 13, 2010, 8:46 pm

I've been looking into this camera and it's wi-fi toting sibling the ST5500 and something is bothering me, to wit the resolution of the screen, "However it is the ST1000's extra features that set it apart...The most obvious is the big 230k 3.5-inch touch-screen monitor ". I'm looking at the spec sheet pdf from the samsung site http://ars.samsung.com/custome... and the screen is listed as 3.5” Wide 1152K Touch LCD. I take that to mean 1,152,000 dots which is almost three times that of the Fujifilm FinePix Z700 reviewed today and five times that stated in this review. It seems like a large discrepancy or change if things have altered since January. Is/was Samsung's boast, "And the picture just got a whole lot brighter too as the ST1000 boasts the world's highest resolution backlit display" accurate?

Cliff Smith

July 29, 2010, 10:08 pm

douglas - You're quite correct, I don't know how i could have missed that. I've amended the review text accordingly.

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