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Review: Samsung ST550 digital still camera

Samsung ST550

Samsung has added two new models to their ST series digital cameras – ST500 and ST550 – and both cameras feature dual LCD screen that allows you to shoot own portrait easily by yourself. So is it worth getting one? Check out the review for the ST550.

Let’s face it. We are all photographers at heart; when we have a camera phone or digital camera at hand, we enjoy taking pictures with them including that of ourselves with friends. And most of us usually do it by holding out the camera, positioning it to face us, and then press the shutter with that same hand, hoping the image would contain our faces and the image would turn out well.

Unfortunately, it will take us many tries to get it right, despite an easier way is simply to ask someone else to help to take the picture for us. Of course, you could always use a tripod and set the countdown timer on the digital camera, provided you don’t mind the hassle of carrying it with you. (Not to mention, most of us are shy or stubborn and prefer to do it ourselves).

Thankfully, one digital camera manufacturer has come up with a digital camera to make it convenient for users. The Samsung ST550 compact digital camera was announced in August and features dual LCD touch-sensitive screens.

Before we go on, you can read more about the specifications of the Samsung ST550 digital still camera.

Image sensor Type 1/2.33″ (appox 7.79mm) CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 12.2 Mega-pixel
Total Pixel Approx. 12.4 Mega-pixel
Lens Focal Length Schneider – KREUZNACH Lens f = 4.9 – 22.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 27 – 124.2mm)
F No. F3.5 (W) – F5.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Still Image mode: 1.0X – 5.0X
Play mode: 1.0X – 12.5X (depends on image size)
Focusing Type TTL auto focus (Multi AF, Centre AF, Face Detection AF, Smart Touch AF, Smart Face Recognition AF, One Touch Shooting)
Range Normal: 80cm – infinity
Macro: 5cm – 80cm (Wide), 50cm – 80cm (Tele)
Auto Macro: 5cm – Infinity (Wide), 50cm – Infinity (Tele)
Super Macro: 3cm – 8cm
Exposure Control Program AE
Metering Multi, Spot, Centre Weighted, Face Detection AE
Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
ISO Equivalent Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Range Wide: 0.2m – 3.4m, Tele: 0.5m – 2.0m, (ISO AUTO)
Recharging Time Approx. 4 sec.
Storage Media Internal Memory: About 55MB
External Memory (Optional): Micro SD™ (up to 4GB guaranteed)
Micro SDHC (up to 8GB guaranteed) – TBD
File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Movie Clip: H.264 (MPEG4.AVC)
Audio: AAC
Image Size 12M: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels, 8M: 3,264 x 2,448 pixels, 5M: 2,560 x 1,920 pixels, 3M: 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 1M: 1,024×768 pixels, 9MW: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, 2MW: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 10MP: 3,984 x 2,656 pixels.
Interface Digital Output Connector USB 2.0
Audio Microphone: MonoInternal
Speaker: Mono
Video Out AV: NTSC, PAL (user selectable) SCC-AV34
HDMI 1.2: NTSC, PAL (user selectable) (1)
DC power input 4.2V 34Pin
Physical Specification Dimensions (WxHxD) 99.8 x 59.8 x 18.6mm
Weight 165.7g (without battery and card)
Operating Temperature 0 – 40°C
Operationg Humidity 5 – 85%
Display Type TFT LCD
Feature Main Display: 3.5″ (8.9cm) Wide 1,152K Full Touch LCD
Front Display: 1.5″ (3.8cm) 185K TFT LCD
Still Image Shooting Smart Auto, Auto, Program, Dual IS, Scene, Movie Clip.
*Smart Auto: Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Macro Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, White, Action, Tripod, Night, Macro, Macro Text, Blue Sky, Sunset Sky, Natural Portrait, Natural Green.
*Scene: Beauty shot, Frame Guidet, Portrait, Children, Night, Landscape, Close up Text, Sunset, Dawn, Back Light, Fireworks, Beach, Snow.
Effect Photo Style Selector: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB.
Image Adjust: Sharpness (Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+), Contrast (Hight+, High, Normal, Low, Low+), Saturation (++, +, Normal, -, –).
Edit Image Edit: Resize, Rotate, Trimming.
Photo Style Selector: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB.
Special Effect: Colour Filter, Elegant, Add Noise.
Image Adjust: Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red Eye Fix, ACB.
Funny Face: Face Retouch (Level 1, 2, 3), Red eye fix, Snow, Mosaic, Highlight.
Movie Clip Recording With Audio or without Audio (Zoom Mute) (Max Recording time: 20min).
Size: 1,280 x 720 (30/15fps) High Quality, 1,280 x 720 (30/15fps) Standard Quality, 640 x 480 (30/15fps), 320 x 240 (60/30/15fps). (2)
Effect Colour Style: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom.
Edit Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming.
Sharpness   Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+.
Date Imprinting   Date&Time, Date, Off (user selectable).
Power Source   Rechargeable battery: SLB-07A
Adaptor: SAC-48, CB34U05
Connector Type: 34pin
System Requirement in general For Windows Intel Pentium 4, 3.2GHz or later / AMD Athelon 64FX, 2.6GHz or later Minimum 512MB RAM (1GB and above recommended)
Windows XP SP2, Vista 250MB (Over 1GB recommanded)
CD-ROM DriveUSB 2.0
Microsoft 9.0c or later
Over 1,024 x 768 pixels, 16 bit colour monitor or later (1,280 x 1,024 pixels, 32 bit colour recommanded)
Over 64MB video card (nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or later / ATI x1600 series or later)
For Macintosh Not support
System Requirement for 720P H.264 Movie For Windows Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
For Macintosh Mac OS X 10.3 or higher

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