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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Samsung ST200F
Price: £69.99
Rating: 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5

Samsung ST200F Digital Camera Review - Daniel Bell gives us his verdict on the Samsung ST200F, a compact digital camera, with Wi-Fi sharing capabilities and 10x optical zoom.

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Verdict
Specification

Samsung St200f Lens Extended | 1/250 sec | f/13.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200

The ST200F was announced in January 2012 as part of Samsung's latest Wi-Fi enabled smart cameras. This means you can shoot with the 16 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom, then share your images straight from the camera. It is available in black, plum and red from around £140.

Samsung St200f Front | 1/250 sec | f/13.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200

Samsung ST200F Features

Packed into a slim body, the ST200F has a 16 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 27-270mm. There is Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) to keep images sharp, whether you're in low light situation, zooming or have shaky hands.

One of the most appealing features is its Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning you can send photos to Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket or email with videos uploaded to YouTube. You can also upload to a cloud service, meaning you can backup your photos and then delete some, creating space to take more pictures. The Samsung Mobile link app makes it possible to send your images to your smartphone or tablet. Images can also be saved to your PC with auto backup.

Smart Auto 2.0 automatically adjusts the cameras settings, choosing from 16 different scenes. There are 12 Magic Frames and 14 Photo Filters. Other unique shooting modes include Motion Photo, Live Panorama, Picture In Picture, Funny Face, Artistic Brush and Split Shot.

Videos can be recorded at 720p HD at 30 and 15fps, with options to record at VGA, QVGA and 240, ideal for uploading to the web.

Samsung St200f Top | 1/250 sec | f/13.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200

Key Features

  • 16 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 10x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 27-270mm)
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3.0 inch, 460K dots, TFT LCD screen
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 80-3200
  • 5cm minimum focusing distance
  • Live panorama mode
  • Available in black, plum and red
Samsung St200f Rear | 1/250 sec | f/13.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200

Samsung ST200F Handling

The size of the ST200F makes it really easy to carry in your pocket, with the front of the camera made from metal. The rear is totally covered in rubber which continues around the side of the camera to the edge of the front, making it extremely easy to grip.

The buttons are standard for a compact, but there isn't a dedicated movie record button, meaning this has to be selected via the home button, where the modes are split into categories (Basic, Wi-Fi, Scene, Magic and Album). To edit any of the shooting options for the mode you are in, you need  to press the menu button. Thankfully the menus system is easy to navigate.

The 3 inch LCD screen is bright and colourful, as well as being easy to view in varying lighting conditions. The battery managed just over 220 shots before running out of power. We tested the cameras performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.

Shutter Response   0.17 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
  0.6 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   1.4 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.1 secs
Shot to Shot (without flash)   2.2 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   3.1 secs
Continuous Shooting
  0.6 fps

Continuous shooting mode records at full 16 megapixel resolution.

Screenshot 1

Screenshot 1
  Screenshot 2
Screenshot 2

Using the Wi-Fi to upload to Facebook etc. was easy enough. We tried to test the MobileLink and Remote Viewfinder apps with an iPhone but weren't successful.

Samsung St200f Battery And Memory Card | 1/250 sec | f/13.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 200

Samsung ST200F Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review and product ratings.

Samsung ST200F Sample Photos

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 120

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 120
High-Res

Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/3.1 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80

Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/3.1 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Landscape With Building | 1/1000 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80

Landscape With Building | 1/1000 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.2 | 24.6 mm | ISO 100

Pet Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.2 | 24.6 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


Sample Photos - The ST200F takes a good portrait shot free of red-eye when shooting with the flash. When in landscape mode, images have excellent blues and greens.

Samsung ST200F Lens test images

Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/3.1 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80

Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/3.1 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Full Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.6 | 48.5 mm | ISO 80

Full Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.6 | 48.5 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Digital Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.6 | 48.5 mm | ISO 80

Digital Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.6 | 48.5 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Macro | 1/20 sec | f/3.1 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80

Macro | 1/20 sec | f/3.1 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80
High-Res


Lens Performance - Images have excellent colour reproduction and are well exposed. Detail is OK, although softer in the corners and there are signs of purple fringing in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm which allows the camera to get close enough to take an excellent macro shot.

Samsung ST200F ISO test images

ISO80 | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 80

ISO80 | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

ISO100 | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 100

ISO100 | 1/6 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

ISO200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 200

ISO200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

ISO400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

ISO400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

ISO800 | 1/45 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 800

ISO800 | 1/45 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

ISO1600 | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 1600

ISO1600 | 1/90 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

ISO3200 | 1/180 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 3200

ISO3200 | 1/180 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 3200
High-Res


ISO Noise Performance - ISO 80 and 100 produces images which are free of noise, with only a small amount appearing when you change to ISO 200 and 400. Noise at ISO 800 is significant enough to reduce sharpness with a much softer image then produced at ISO 1600. Noise at ISO 3200 creates a very soft image with some detail missing. If your images are more likely to be shared on the web rather than printed in a large format, you'll still get decent results with the higher ISO settings.

Samsung ST200F White-balance test images

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Fluorescent preset L - fluorescent lighting  | 0.5 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80

Fluorescent preset L - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Fluorescent preset H - fluorescent lighting  | 0.3 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80

Fluorescent preset H - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.9 | 8.0 mm | ISO 80
High-Res


White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, both the Auto White Balance (AWB) and incandescent presets perform well, taking very similar images. The AWB preset also performs well under the fluorescent lights. There are two fluorescent presets, with fluoresent L performing well and fluorescent H giving a stronge orange cast.

Panorama 1 | 1/250 sec | f/8.8 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
Panorama 1 | 1/250 sec | f/8.8 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100

Panorama 2 | 1/125 sec | f/8.8 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
Panorama 2 | 1/125 sec | f/8.8 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - The Live Panorama mode makes it very easy to take well composed images, thanks to the preview that appears on the bottom of the screen. When viewing them full sized, they don't have loads of detail and there is some ghosting evident, but they look impressive when resized for web use.

Samsung ST200F Digital filters

Photo Filter Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.6 | 12.8 mm | ISO 80

Photo Filter Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.6 | 12.8 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

Photo Filter Cartoon | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Cartoon | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Classic | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Classic | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Cross Filter | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Cross Filter | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Fish Eye | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Fish Eye | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Half Tone Dot | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Half Tone Dot | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Ink Painting | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Ink Painting | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Oil Painting | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Oil Painting | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Old Film | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Old Film | 1/15 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Retro | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Retro | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Sketch | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Sketch | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Soft Focus | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Soft Focus | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Vignetting | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Vignetting | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Photo Filter Zooming Shot | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400

Photo Filter Zooming Shot | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 400
High-Res


Digital Filters - The ST200F has a range of photo filters, with examples above. There are also a number of filters which can be used when recording videos. Also grouped with the photo and movie filters are Funny Face, Split Shot, Artistic Brush and Motion Photo, examples of which can be seen below.

Funny Face | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 120
Funny Face | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 15.9 mm | ISO 120
  Split Shot | 1/350 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
Split Shot | 1/350 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
Artistic Brush Cartoon | 1/250 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
Artistic Brush Cartoon | 1/250 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
  Artistic Brush Ink Painting | 1/250 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
Artistic Brush Ink Painting | 1/250 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
Artistic Brush Sketch | 1/250 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
Artistic Brush Sketch | 1/250 sec | f/4.1 | 9.8 mm | ISO 80
 
Motion Photo | 1/125 sec | f/10 | 6 mm | ISO 100
 

Video - Below is a video shot at 720p HD, optical zoom is available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.



Value For Money

The Samsung ST200F is available from £139.90. Cameras with the same resolution and optical zoom include the Nikon Coolpix S6300 at £159.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 at £149.00, Sony Cybershot DSC-W690 at £179.00, Olympus VR-340 at £109.00 and Fujifilm FinePix T400 at £119.00. Other cameras with Wi-Fi include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 at £209.00, Samsung WB150F £179.00, Samsung DV300F at £155.00 and Canon IXUS 240 HS at £244.00.

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Samsung ST200F Verdict

Considering the camera features, particularly the 10x optical zoom and Wi-Fi connectivity, the ST200F looks like good value for money. Although we were able to upload directly to Facebook, we weren't able to use the iPhone apps for image sharing and remote viewfinder. Image quality is OK, colour reproduction is excellent and the body is solid with a good amount of grip thanks to the substantial amount of rubber on the rear and side. Samsung have included some unique shooting modes including Split Shot, Artistic Brush, Motion Photo and Funny Face, the latter being great for taking pictures of your friends with an unusual twist!

Samsung ST200F Pros

Slim metal body with rubber on the rear to aid grip
Decent noise performance at higher ISO's
Good colour reproduction
Handy amount of optical zoom
Some unique shooting modes
Macro mode takes detailed close-ups

Samsung ST200F Cons

Video is only 720p HD
Slow continuous shooting
Wi-Fi apps didn't work with iPhone

FEATURES  
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VALUE FOR MONEY  
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Samsung ST200F Specifications

ManufacturerSamsung
Lens
Max Aperture f/3.1 - f/5.6
35mm equivalent 27mm - 270mm
Optical Zoom 10x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width) 6.16mm
Sensor Size (height) 4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 460,000 dots
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 8sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 80 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting No Data
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS 30, 15
Stereo Sound No
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI No
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes
Storage
Card Type
  • Micro SD
  • Micro SDHC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable battery : BP85A (850mAh)
CIPA Rating No Data
Box Contents
Box Contents Wrist strap, USB cable, PC download software, image editing software
Dimensions
Weight 143.6g
Width 99.6mm
Height 58.3mm
Depth 18.9mm

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Comments

ATHiker95
31 Aug 2013 - 10:37 PM

In panorama mode, does the camera set the ISO automatically? I took a few shots on a pretty overcast day and they came out in iso1600. Didn't see a way to adjust it.

Thanks!
Mark

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