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Samsung ST93 Lens Extended
The Samsung ST93 was released in April 2011 with an RRP of £129.99 and is available in black.
Samsung ST93 Front
Magic Frame offers background templates for you to put your face on to make fun pictures. The ST93 can also shoot panoramic images by pressing the shutter and sweeping the camera, no stitching required. Adding to the creativity options is Smart Filter which offers Miniature, Vignetting, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish-eye, Defog, Classic, Retro and Negative.
Videos are recorded in full 720p HD at 30fps and allows the use of optical zoom. The camera can be connected via HDMI to a HDTV.
Samsung ST93 Top
- 16.1 megapixel sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26 - 130mm)
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- Smart Filters
- Magic Frames
- 720p HD movie recording
- 2.7 inch LCD screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Panorama Shot
- Smart Auto 2.0
Samsung ST93 Rear
The camera is ready to take pictures within a couple of seconds of switching on and is quick to focus. Where the camera is really let down is when using the flash. It takes 2 or 3 seconds to charge and is very frustrating when you are trying to capture a shot quickly. Continuous shooting allows full sized images to be shot at 0.7fps, with Motion Capture VGA shooting at 6.2 fps.
Samsung ST93 Battery
Samsung ST93 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/750 sec | f/3.3 | 4.9 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/350 sec | f/5.9 | 24.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/350 sec | f/5.9 | 24.5 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/10 sec | f/3.3 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80
Images at ISO 80 and ISO 100 are sharp and free of noise but there is a hint of noise at ISO 200. At ISO 400 the noise causes the images to lose a touch of sharpness. At ISO 800 images are much softer. Noise is much more evident at ISO 1600 and again at ISO 3200, although it doesn't have too much of a negative effect on the colours in the images.
Samsung ST93 ISO test images
ISO 80 | 1/4 sec | f/5.1 | 19.6 mm
ISO 100 | 1/4 sec | f/5.1 | 19.6 mm
ISO 200 | 1/8 sec | f/5.1 | 19.6 mm
ISO 400 | 1/15 sec | f/5.1 | 19.6 mm
ISO 800 | 1/30 sec | f/5.1 | 19.6 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/60 sec | f/5.1 | 19.6 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/125 sec | f/5.1 | 19.6 mm
Below are examples using some of the scene modes available on the ST93. Landscape mode emphasises the blues and greens in the image and portrait mode produces images with excellent skin tones and no red-eye.
Samsung ST93 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/3.3 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80
Landscape with building | 1/500 sec | f/3.3 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/45 sec | f/4.2 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
Object highlight | 1/500 sec | f/3.3 | 4.9 mm | ISO 80
Panoramic | 1/250 sec | f/9.4 | 4.9 mm | ISO 320
The auto white-balance (AWB) setting gives excellent results, which can be seen under our studio lighting. Under both the incandescent and fluorescent presets the AWB produces better images when compared to the images taken using the respective presets, with a green cast present when using the fluorescent preset.
Samsung ST93 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/4.2 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/4.2 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.2 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent lighting - fluorescent preset | 0.5 sec | f/4.2 | 7.8 mm | ISO 100
Below are example images using the Smart Filters available.
Samsung ST93 Digital filters
Smart filter - normal | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.7 | 9.3 mm | ISO 80
Smart filter - vignetting | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - half tone dot | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - sketch | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - fisheye | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - defog | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - classic | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - retro | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Smart filter - negative | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
Video ModeBelow is a video recorded at 720p HD, the camera also allows the use of optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. Smart Filters can be applied during recording, including miniature, vignetting, fish-eye, defog, classic, retro and negative as well as 4 palette effects.
Value For MoneyThe Samsung ST93 is currently priced at £129.99. There are plenty of cameras with a similar specification available at varying prices such as the Olympus VG-130 at £68.00, Pentax Optio S1 at £78.00, Nikon Coolpix S3100 at £79.00, Fujifilm FinePix Z90 at £89.95, Canon Powershot A3200 IS at £109.00, Samsung SH100 at £144.00 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70 at £148.99.
ST90, with this model not offering any features which make it stand out from the competition. It has a very small body, 16.1 megapixel sensor and takes images with excellent colour production but at £129.99 it is overpriced.
Samsung ST93 ProsVery compact design
Excellent colour reproduction
Panoramics taken using sweeping method
Samsung ST93 ConsFlash takes ages to charge
No unique features
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Samsung ST96 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.3 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||14.5Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||8sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Continuous shooting||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Battery: BP-70A (3.7V, 740mAh, Min 700mAh)|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||Camera, AC adapter/ USB cable, Rechargeable battery, Strap, User Manual, CD-ROM, Quick Start Guide|