thumb Review: Samsung ST550 digital still camera

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.

St550slant1 Review: Samsung ST550 digital still camera

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 sensorType1/2.33″ (appox 7.79mm) CCD
Effective PixelApprox. 12.2 Mega-pixel
Total PixelApprox. 12.4 Mega-pixel
LensFocal LengthSchneider – KREUZNACH Lens f = 4.9 – 22.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 27 – 124.2mm)
F No.F3.5 (W) – F5.9 (T)
Digital ZoomStill Image mode: 1.0X – 5.0X
Play mode: 1.0X – 12.5X (depends on image size)
FocusingTypeTTL auto focus (Multi AF, Centre AF, Face Detection AF, Smart Touch AF, Smart Face Recognition AF, One Touch Shooting)
RangeNormal: 80cm – infinity
Macro: 5cm – 80cm (Wide), 50cm – 80cm (Tele)
Auto Macro: 5cm – Infinity (Wide), 50cm – Infinity (Tele)
Super Macro: 3cm – 8cm
ExposureControlProgram AE
MeteringMulti, Spot, Centre Weighted, Face Detection AE
Compensation±2EV (1/3EV steps)
ISO EquivalentAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200
FlashModesAuto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
RangeWide: 0.2m – 3.4m, Tele: 0.5m – 2.0m, (ISO AUTO)
Recharging TimeApprox. 4 sec.
StorageMediaInternal Memory: About 55MB
External Memory (Optional): Micro SD™ (up to 4GB guaranteed)
Micro SDHC (up to 8GB guaranteed) – TBD
File FormatStill Image: JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Movie Clip: H.264 (MPEG4.AVC)
Audio: AAC
Image Size12M: 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.
InterfaceDigital Output ConnectorUSB 2.0
AudioMicrophone: MonoInternal
Speaker: Mono
Video OutAV: NTSC, PAL (user selectable) SCC-AV34
HDMI 1.2: NTSC, PAL (user selectable) (1)
DC power input4.2V 34Pin
Physical SpecificationDimensions (WxHxD)99.8 x 59.8 x 18.6mm
Weight165.7g (without battery and card)
Operating Temperature0 – 40°C
Operationg Humidity5 – 85%
DisplayTypeTFT LCD
FeatureMain Display: 3.5″ (8.9cm) Wide 1,152K Full Touch LCD
Front Display: 1.5″ (3.8cm) 185K TFT LCD
Still ImageShootingSmart 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.
EffectPhoto 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, -, –).
EditImage 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 ClipRecordingWith 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)
EffectColour Style: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom.
EditPause 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 generalFor WindowsIntel 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 MacintoshNot support
System Requirement for 720P H.264 MovieFor WindowsWindows 2000 / XP / Vista
For MacintoshMac OS X 10.3 or higher