Product Type: Samsung digital cameras
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One of the best looking compacts around
Member Name: dmg73
Advantages: solid build, great looks, HD recording, 12 megapixel
Disadvantages: No HDMI output, small built-in memory, requires high-end SD cards
I have always opted for Sony or Nikon cameras but having heard good things about recent Samsung products I decided to give the ST60 a try when I was in need of a compact digital camera at a decent price.
The camera itself is nice and compact (this is not always the case with supposedly compact cameras) and very slim. This makes it very easy to fit the ST60 into a pocket without feeling uncomfortable. The camera feels solid and sturdy and I have banged into a few objects with the cam still in my pocket and it has withstood any impact.
The picture quality is good for a camera in this price range. The ST60 makes it easy to point and shoot for those just looking to turn on their camera and click away. However, there are enough manual functions that allow picture refinement for anyone looking to take their photography skills to a higher level.
The ST60 has the ability to record movies in HD but while this is a useful feature it does not compete with a quality HD video recorder. The HD function is good for short, fun captures but the quality is not brilliant and there is no HDMI output on the Samsung, which kind of defeats the object.
The built-in memory is average and you will need to invest in an SD card. I would advise opting for a decent SD card rather than a budget one. I tried a cheap card and found transfers and uploads to be slow and sluggish. Once I upgraded to a better class SD the results were a lot better.
The ST60 is a great looking camera that will impress friends and it takes good photos which is what matters. At 12 megapixels any photos you take can easily be blown up to A4 without a noticeable loss in quality if you require larger prints. The camera is a nice handy size, solid enough that you don't have to worry about it getting banged about on a night out, and the display screen has a good resolution. All in all the ST60 is a good camera at a reasonable price and I am more than happy with my purchase.
Summary: A above-average compact that looks and feels more expensive than it is
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