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Samsung ST1000 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture. The downloadable file is approximately 6.0MB.


The overall level of detail is very good, at least near the centre of the frame.


The lens and image processing produce almost no wide-angle distortion.


Centre sharpness is excellent.


Corner sharpness however is not so good, and also the highlights have burned out despite the low afternoon light level.



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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