The old saying that ‘appearances can be deceptive’ seems a pretty apt description for the SH100. On the outside, it looks like any other small, unassuming point-and-shoot – all encased within an equally uninspiring plastic shell. Switch it on though and it soon becomes apparent that Samsung has done its best to cram as much technology and as many features as possible into the SH100.
Without doubt, the SH100’s biggest draw is its wireless connectivity. Designed very much with social networking in mind, the SH100 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that enables users to upload their images directly to sites like Facebook and YouTube, or to send them on via email without the need for a computer. As an added incentive Samsung even bundles the camera with a year’s free subscription to public Wi-Fi provider, boingo.
In addition to its social networking skills, the SH100 also offers plenty of fun and user-friendly shooting options, from digital filter effects to in-camera image re-touching tools. Yes, it’s still very much a point and shoot, but a quick browse of the home screen reveals lots of fun tools that can be called upon to spice up your images. The big question though, is does the SH100 deliver on its promise? Is it the jack of all trades, or just the master of none? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
At its heart the Samsung SH100 uses a 1/2.33in CCD sensor with an effective resolution of 14.2-megapixels. This is paired with a 5x optical zoom that offers a 26mm to 130mm zoom range, in 35mm terms. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 to 3200, with the SH100 able to shoot continuously at a rather sloth-like 2fps when set to Continuous drive mode.
The default aspect ratio is 4:3, with a maximum output of 4320 x 3240 pixels at the full 14MP. This is easily enough for A3 sized posters, should you wish to print that large. For smaller sized prints or web use, the SH100 also offers 10MP, 5MP, 3MP and 1MP sizes at 4:3, along with 12MP (3:2), and 10MP (16:9) options.