Overall, we’ve been quite impressed by the general image quality of the SH100. It’s not perfect by any means, but judged against similarly priced point-and-shoot compacts, the little Samsung certainly holds its own.
Using the Smart Auto shooting option, the camera can be relied upon to select an appropriate scene mode offering a pleasing degree of colour saturation. Colour reproduction maintains a good balance between being punchy and immediate, but also natural and believable. For a compact of this type, it’s hard to find too much fault here.
Metering proves consistently reliable, with only a slight tendency to sacrifice highlights in order to preserve shadow detail. For a compact with such a small sensor, we were especially impressed with how the SH100 copes with high-contrast scenes, delivering a dynamic range well beyond our expectations.
Sharpness and fine detail are both average for a compact of this type, with the inevitable loss of fine detail due to JPEG compression in evidence when images are magnified to 100% or more. At more regular viewing sizes though, images look plenty sharp enough with more than adequate levels of detail.
We were equally impressed by the various digital filter effects and think the SH100’s target audience will probably have a lot of fun with them. The miniaturisation filter delivers especially believable results, while the vignetting filter can be reliably called upon to produce images with a bit of extra moodiness to them.
Overall, the Samsung SH100 is a neat little point-and-shoot that offers some innovative Wi-Fi features and can more than stand its ground in the image quality stakes too, yet it’s priced little higher than many less well equipped compacts. If picture sharing and connectivity are at the top of your priorities the SH100 is well worth a closer look. As it is, we’re scoring it a low eight out of ten. If it were not for the poor LCD screen and clunky touch-screen controls, then we’d have no hesitation in awarding at a TrustedReviews ‘Recommended’ badge too.
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