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NB. Due to similarities in performance, some of the review is the same as the Samsung ST90 review.
The Samsung SH100 was released in January 2011 and offers various features which are fairly uncommon in digital compact cameras, such as Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a 3inch touch screen. It is available in red, black and silver from £112.00.
The camera can also be connected to your smart phone, using Remote Viewfinder, where you can control zoom, flash, resolution etc. as well as geo-tagging. If your phone allows personal hotspots then you can take advantage of Wi-Fi tethering, where the camera will connect with your phone and utilise your 3G connection to upload your pictures and videos to the web.
The camera is controlled using the wide 3inch LCD touch screen. Other features include Smart Filters for both images and videos, Magic Frame and Object Highlight.
The SH100 can shoot 720p HD videos at 30fps with and the 5x optical zoom lens can be used during recording. Sound Alive is a special zoom noise reduction technology which helps give crystal clear sound recording.
- 3.0inch Wide Smart Touch LCD screen
- 14.2 Megapixel sensor
- 5x optical zoom 26mm wide-angle lens
- Wi-fi connectivity
- PC Auto Backup
- Wi-Fi Tethering
- Remote Viewfinder
- Smart Auto 2.0
- Smart Filter
- Magic Frames
- Smart Face Recognition
- Object Highlight
- Digital Image Stabilisation
- Sound Alive
- ISO80 - 3200
- 720p HD video recording
There is a zoom rocker and four buttons, these being the power, shutter release, playback and home buttons. The camera's menus are well laid out and easy to navigate, with the screen easy to view, although in bright conditions there is the need to shield the sun from the screen.
The camera is ready to shoot within a couple of seconds of switching on and focusing speed is good. In continuous shooting mode the camera is capable of around 0.7fps and 6.3fps when using motion capture, although the image size is reduced in this mode.
|Wide-angle, ISO80, 1/350, f/3.3, 4.7mm (35mm equiv: 26mm)||Full optical zoom, ISO80, 1/350, f/5.9, 23.5mm (35mm equiv: 130mm)|
|Digital zoom, ISO80, 1/350, f/5.9, 23.5mm (35mm equiv: 130mm)||Macro, ISO100, 1/45, f/3.3, 4.7mm (35mm equiv: 26mm)|
There is a touch of noise at ISO80, this barely worsens though at ISO100, and again to ISO200. Noise does start to kick in at ISO400 and is much worse at ISO800. Images produced at ISO1600 and ISO3200 have plenty of noise and are best suited for small sized use. Throughout the ISO range, colour reproduction remains very good.
Below are some sample images taken using the SH100. Using the camera's Beauty Shot mode, portrait shots are easy to take with pleasing skin tones, although there is a touch of red-eye in the example shot below. In Landscape mode the camera takes images with excellent blues and greens. The fourth image was created by taking shots using the cameras AEB mode, which took images at -0.5, ±0 and +1 exposure compensation and then merged using Adobe Photoshop CS5.
During testing the ST90's auto white-balance performance was good and proved perfectly capable under our fluorescent and incandescent studio lights. Using the fluorescent preset under the fluorescent lights gives a slight green cast in the image, the AWB preset does a much better job.
Smart FiltersBelow are sample images taken using the various Smart Filters available on the SH100.
Video ModeThe ST95 shoots videos at 720p HD, 640 x 480 and 320 x 240 all at either 30/15 fps and allow the use of the 5x optical zoom, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. For added creativity, videos can be shot with the addition of the following smart filters: Palette Effect 1, 2, 3 & 4, Miniature, Vignetting, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish-eye, Defog, Classic, Retro and Negative.
Value For MoneyThe Samsung SH100 can be bought for around £112.00. If you are looking for a camera with Wi-Fi connectivity then this represents superb value for money as they are extremely rare. An alternative to built in Wi-Fi are the Eye-Fi memory cards which can do a similar job. If it's the touch screen which catches your eye there are a few other compacts to consider, such as the Kodak Easyshare Touch, Fujifilm FinePix Z900 EXR and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS37.
The Smart Filters on offer here are good and they are also available for use on videos as well. Available from just £112.00, the Samsung SH100 is certainly great value for money for a camera which does something a little bit different from the others.
|The Samsung SH100 offers some unusual features including Wi-Fi, good performance and all for a great price.|
Samsung SH100: ProsExcellent colour reproduction
Wi-Fi connectivity is extremely rare for a compact camera
Filters available on images and videos
Camera is very compact and looks good
Optical zoom available on videos
AEB rare on compact / budget cameras
Samsung SH100: ConsSome purple fringing and chromatic aberration at times
Requires a Micro SD card
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
|Optical zoom||5x optical zoom, f = 4.7 - 23.5mm (35mm film equiv: 26 - 130mm), f/3.3 - 5.9|
|Max image size||4320 x 3240|
|Focusing system||TTL auto focus|
|Focus points||Multi AF, Center AF, Face Detection AF, Smart Face Recognition AF, One Touch Shooting AF, Smart Touch AF|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO80 - 3200|
|Metering system||Program AE|
|Metering types||Multi, Spot, Centre Weighted, Face Detection AE|
|Exposure compensation||± 2EV (1/3EV steps)|
|Shutter speed range||8 - 1/2000 sec|
|Image stabilisation||Digital Image Stabilisation|
|Movie mode||Recording time: 20min Size: 1280 x 720 (30/15fps), 640 x 480 (30/15fps), 320 x 240 (30/15 fps) Zoom: Optical 5x|
|Monitor||3.0in LCD Touch Screen|
|Media type||Micro SD/SDHC Card|
|Power||Rechargeable battery: BP85A|
|Box Contents||Wrist strap
Lithium Ion battery
Quick Start Manual
AC Adapter/USB Cable
|Size||93.0 x 53.9 x 18.9mm|
|Weight||110.2g (not including memory card and battery)|