Product Type: Samsung digital cameras
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Member Name: GrayWizard
Advantages: Good battery life
Disadvantages: lackluster pictures, feature
My first digicam back in 2003 was a Samsung. I had a lot of fun using it but I wasn't savy enough to understand its qualities or faults. Now though after all these years and having used the ST60 for a few months, I am know the difference between megapixels, shutter speed, optical zoom and almost all the jargon of the digicam world.
I will break down this review into the following:
*Specifications & Features
Specifications & Features
Rather than me going over the specifications verbatim I would like to point out what the standout features. Firstly it is an odd 12.2 megapixel . I say odd because mostly cameras flaunt x.1 megapixel or x megapixel, it very strange to see a .2 megapixel - nothing to write home to about I hear you say but its true, this is about the only thing that stands out when you look at the description. I would have been surprised if the optical zoom was around 6 or 8, but its an ordinary 4x. The camera lens isn't even one of the fancy Leica Vario or Carl Zeiss that Panasonic and Sony respectively flaunt.
The camera does have a sleek feel to it. The black matte finish with a bit of gloss about it looks stunning, but the large white Samsung logo on the front detracts from the stylish front face. Why the logo had to be so bold and big, I have no idea, but Samsung thought it would be a good place to show off their brand name.
Now I remember why I eventually sold off my first ever digicam - my old faithful Samsung. It was everything to do with picture quality. Although the ST60 is 12.2megapixel, it somehow fails to capture what should otherwise be vivid if not realistic photos. The problem is probably partly to do with the white balance and exposure but even after making tweaks you can't but notice pictures lack colour, lustre; life itself. Compare like for like photos and its very clear (excuse the pun). I blame the image processing chip. I don't think its up to the standards set by Canon, Sony, Panasonic or even Casio.
Images start blurring out if there isn't adequate lighting and also on higher exposure settings (like ISO 100).
The autofocus feature is also frustrating at times because it has a habit of capturing an rea that you aren't interested in when taking pictures.
The menus are simple and easy enough to navigate with the buttons but sometimes you are left frustrated when trying to change between picture resolutions because you have to go through various items. I think resolution should have been one of the items around the top of the menu. I guess I am just nitpicking.
The sleek design allows you to take the cam around with in large enough pockets. I found I could actually carry it in the back pockets of my denim or inside the side pockets.
Well its hard for me to praise this camera simply because I have used another great camera at a similar price which had a lot more in terms of features and came out with great pictures time and again. I probably should have mentioned earlier that for all its flaws the battery life is actually decent and allows you to take around 800 snaps. The build quality is also very good and this is one area I cannot fault.
However I just think that this camera might not be for everyone. If you need an easy, reliable, compact camera that lets you take lots of pictures before needing to recharge, this is probably a safe bet; but you would be best advised to keep an eye out for the Panasonic Lumix FS7 camera if it goes for around the same price.
Summary: Good if you need a digicam now, bad for the long run.
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