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Samsung ST96 Digital Camera

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Samsung ST96When an opportunity for the perfect photograph arrives, make the most of it. The Samsung ST96 boasts an impressive 14.5 megapixels and 14.5M BSI CMOS sensor, so it can capture... More
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29 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Samsung digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who wrote that this Samsung camera was good.

Average Expert Reviews

Five experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and tech-reviews.co.uk have rated this camera on average 75 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Samsung ST96 owners who reviewed the Samsung ST96 concluded that it was good in low light. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “Samsung ST96 Features The ST96 has a 14.5 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which Samsung claim will work perfectly in low-light situations as BS” . Expert review site Photographyblog.com wrote “A BSI CMOS sensor, claimed to be twice as sensitive as conventional sensors and therefore better for low-light photography” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Samsung ST96 reviewer who bought the Samsung ST96 thought it was able to produce good images. Tech-Reviews.co.uk mentioned in their review of the Samsung ST96 “It can also capture extremely high-quality full HD images and videos”.

One Samsung ST96 owner who reviewed the Samsung ST96 said that it had a good image sensor.

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Good Size

A few customers reckoned that it was compact. Five years ago expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The Samsung ST96 is a 14 megapixel compact camera with a wide-angle 5x zoom lens” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Also five years ago Letsgodigital.org wrote in their review “Recently, Samsung’s digital compact camera assortment was extended at the IFA Show in Berlin”. Tech-Reviews.co.uk gave the product a rating of 4 stars and wrote “The Samsung ST96 is a great compact camera that sports an impressive 14.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor” in their review of this digital camera.

Reasonably Priced

Several people who purchased it agreed that it was good value for money. Ephotozine.com scored this digital camera 70 out of 100 and wrote in their review on Ephotozine five years ago “The camera is currently highly priced in a competitiv”.

One Samsung ST96 reviewer said in their reviews that it was cheap.

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Good Brand

Samsung compact camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Samsung is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Good Video Capture

A number of Samsung ST96 owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com mentioned “The ST96 impresses with good colour reproduction, full 1080p HD video recording and its smart filters” and scored it 70 out of 100.

Easy to Use

One Samsung ST96 owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Four years ago expert review site Tech-Reviews.co.uk wrote in their review of the Samsung ST96 “With an easy to use interface”.

Robust

One person who purchased the product reckoned that it was reliable.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features.

Good Flash

One Samsung ST96 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Expert website Ephotozine.com gave the product a score of 70 out of 100 and said in their review “If you are using the flash a lot you'll soon get quite annoyed by how long it takes to charge”.

Good Battery Life

One customer who reviewed it thought it was quick to charge.

Nice Design

One Samsung ST96 reviewer concluded that this digital camera was good looking. Expert website Letsgodigital.org mentioned “The 14.5 megapixel Samsung ST96 is a simple, stylish co” in their review.

3D Compatible

The Samsung ST96 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the ST96 are not 3D compatible.

We compared all the other 3D compatible cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], and the Nikon Coolpix P310[plb_2119209_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

The Samsung ST96 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the ST96 which do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Recording

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the ST96, the Samsung ST96 supports video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video recording and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], and the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Samsung ST96 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

There are a number of other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The Samsung ST96 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

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Very Light

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 0.097kg to 180kg. With a weight of only 0.11 kilograms, the Samsung ST96 is one of the lighter compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the ST96 amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Samsung ST96 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of this age and type.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung ST96 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. In addition, this camera have still image resolutions of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 1984 x 1488, 2592 x 1944, 3648 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 2880. Digital cameras that are a comparable age to the ST96 still image resolutions range from 384 x 480 to 5152 x 3864.

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±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This camera has a ±2EV (1/2| 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is the most frequently found flash exposure correction on similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Samsung ST96 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Samsung ST96 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the ST96. This digital camera also supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of this type and age.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The number of light metering modes featured on the Samsung ST96 is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Samsung digital camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the ST96. The light metering mode "Spot" is also featured on this Samsung camera.

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Light

With a weight of only 110 grams, the Samsung ST96 is quite light compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 20g and 710g.

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Short

The shortest compact camera camera that has been available for around the same time as the ST96 is 10mm tall, the tallest is 750mm, and the average height is 61mm. With a height of only 55 millimeters, the Samsung ST96 is fairly short compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the ST96.

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Narrow

With a width of only 90 millimeters, the Samsung ST96 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ST96 have widths of between 16mm and 470mm.

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Very Thin

Cameras of a similar spec and age to the ST96 have depths of between 4mm and 2,200mm, and the average depth is 38mm. With a depth of only 18.7 millimeters, the Samsung ST96 is quite thin compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras of a similar age and spec to the ST96 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Samsung ST96 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

There are a number of other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider including the DSC-WX300[pl_1621847_price], or the DSC-HX400V[pl_2297093_price] both from Sony or the Canon IXUS 510 HS[plb_408144_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Samsung ST96 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P520[plb_2085254_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Samsung ST96 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Samsung ST96 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the ST96. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Samsung camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modes

The Samsung ST96 has a greater number of shooting modes than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on cameras of this type and age. The shooting modes "Movie", "Program" and "Scene" are also found on this Samsung camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

The Samsung ST96 has one of the smaller internal memory (only 16 megabytes) amongst cameras of this age. Compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the ST96 have internal memory of between 1MB and 8.2GB.

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Only Has One Image Editing Mode

The Samsung ST96 has a greater number of image editing modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Trimming are also found on this Samsung camera.

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Only Has Four Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Samsung ST96 is more than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the ST96. The playback modes "Single image", "Slide show" and "Thumbnails" are also found on this camera.

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Only Has Six White Balance Modes

The Samsung ST96 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Samsung camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Samsung ST96 is more than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the ST96.

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Quite Big Minimum RAM Requirement

The minimum RAM requirement of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the ST96 range from 64MB to 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM requirement is 360MB. With a minimum RAM requirement of 512 megabytes, the Samsung ST96's minimum RAM requirement is one of the biggest amongst cameras of this type and age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Samsung ST96

Released Over Four Years Ago

Samsung released the ST96 over four years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Samsung ST96 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the ST96.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] (6.7x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Samsung ST96 has a pretty standard optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 5x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon IXUS 125 HS[plb_1329985_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price].

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price] (7.1x), or the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] (8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Samsung ST96 has a fairly average megapixel count (14.6 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix F660[plb_1409997_price] (16MP and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6[plb_2147371_price] (16MP and higher rated).

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Average Screen Size

The Samsung ST96 has a pretty typical screen size (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the ST96.

We compared this camera to all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price], and the Canon IXUS 105 IS[plb_377573_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] (2.8"), or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] (2.8") which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Samsung ST96 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. Most comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better sensor type then you might want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S5100[plb_1308_price] (CCD), or the Samsung ST200F[plb_1682904_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(7)

Overall, the Samsung ST96 has proven to be an excellent compact camera.It currently retails for around £129.95, and is available from online retailers such as John Lewis and Play.com.With an easy...

28 December 2011

Are you in the market for an inexpensive yet at the same time reasonably built pocket snapper, which delivers fuss free results at an inexpensive price point? Then the 14.5 megapixel Samsung ST96...

PhotographyBlog.com

21 November 2011

The Samsung ST96 is a camera with few indications of its modest price tag. From the 5x optical zoom to the 14MP sensor, there are a whole host of features that belie the low cost making it, on the... Read more…

15 November 2011

Recently, Samsung?s digital compact camera assortment was extended at the IFA Show in Berlin. One of the new digital cameras is the Samsung ST96, which belongs to the Samsung Style series. The... Read more…

25 October 2011

The ST96 impresses with good colour reproduction, full 1080p HD video recording and its smart filters. If you are using the flash a lot you'll soon get quite annoyed by how long it takes to charge...

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 5 November 2015 by Jennifer Brooks | 11 Comments
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Brilliant little camera. Fits easily into my handbag. Love it.

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Manufacturer Part Numbers ecst96, ecst96zzbpbe, EC-ST96ZZBPBGB, samsung ecst96, samsung ecst96z, samsung ecst96zz, samsung ecst96zzb, samsung ecst96zzbp, samsung ecst96zzbpb, samsung ecst96zzbpbg, samsung ecst96zzbpbgb
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