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Samsung ST1000 - Samsung ST1000

By Cliff Smith



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As regular readers will know, I'm not a big fan of touch-screens on digital cameras. Most of them suffer from a number of problems, but my most common complaint is that the virtual buttons are usually far too small for my gigantic fingers, inherited in some Lamarckian way from my blacksmith grandfather. Even on a large screen like the one on the ST1000 I find operating the camera to be quite fiddly, particularly using the on-screen QWERTY keyboard used for entering wireless passwords and email addresses, but to be fair anyone less handicapped by plus-sized paws is probably not going to have much of a problem with it. The touch-screen is of the capacitance type, so it will only respond to a finger touch, not to a stylus.

Personal bugbears aside, the various technologies integrated into the ST1000 do work very well. It connected to my home wireless network with less trouble than my laptop, and seemed to have a greater range than my flatmate's smartphone. We've seen WiFi-equipped cameras before, such as the Nikon S50c or the Canon IXUS Wireless launched in 2006, but the ST1000 is the first one that includes a two-way interaction with social networking and file-sharing websites. You can use the camera to upload to and browse your photo albums and video files on Facebook, YouTube, Picasa and Samsung's own Imaging website. You can also send pictures and messages via email, share files via Bluetooth and copy images to a local hard drive on the network. It's nice and easy to use, with a simple drag-and-drop interface for selecting which photos to share.

The GPS is also very simple, and operates with complete transparency to the user. It finds a satellite signal much more quickly than most of the stand-alone GPS devices that I've tried, and automatically adds location data to all image files, to be used in geotagging applications such as Google Earth or Locr.

The ST1000 does have a couple of even more unusual features. One is an accelerometer which is used for gesture-based operation. Touch the appropriate icon on the screen, and a quick flick of the wrist puts the camera into video recording mode, program auto or Smart auto shooting modes. To be honest this really is just a gimmick, and is no faster or easier than pressing a button to select these modes, but since Samsung's engineers seem to have designed the ST1000 with the express purpose of cramming as many gadgets as possible into it, I guess it was either that or an MP3 player.

Another unusual feature of the ST1000, and one which makes it even more apparent that it is a cross-breed of camera and mobile phone, is its choice of memory card. It's the first camera I've seen that uses MicroSD cards, but I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. MicroSD is a popular format for smartphones and PDAs, and are available in the same range of capacities as regular SD cards, but the larger capacity ones are still very expensive. The camera has a fairly generous 100MB of on-board memory, but even this is only enough for 14 shots at maximum quality.


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/cust... 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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