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Samsung SAMSUNG ST96
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Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 Digital Camera

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14.6MP 5x CMOS Apr 2013
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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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One Industry Award

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

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and tech-reviews.co.uk the average expert rating of this Samsung camera is 75%.

Good Quality Pictures

Some people who purchased it thought it was good in low light. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “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” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 70 out of 100. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said in their review “A BSI CMOS sensor, claimed to be twice as sensitive as conventional sensors and therefore better for low-light photography”.

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good image sensor.

One Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 reviewer who purchased the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Tech-Reviews.co.uk gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “It can also capture extremely high-quality full HD images and videos” in their review of the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96.

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Good Size

A few Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 owners said in their reviews that it was compact. Photographyblog.com said on PhotographyBlog.com “The Samsung ST96 is a 14 megapixel compact camera with a wide-angle 5x zoom lens” in their review of this digital camera. Letsgodigital.org said “Recently, Samsung’s digital compact camera assortment was extended at the IFA Show in Berlin” in their review. Expert website Tech-Reviews.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “The Samsung ST96 is a great compact camera that sports an impressive 14.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Reasonably Priced

A few Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 reviewers who purchased it considered that it was good value for money. Six years ago Ephotozine.com rated this digital camera 70 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Ephotozine “The camera is currently highly priced in a competitiv”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was cheap.

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Good Video Capture

Two people who reviewed it considered that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review “The ST96 impresses with good colour reproduction, full 1080p HD video recording and its smart filters”.

Samsung Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Samsung has good average reviews for its compact cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Easy to Use

One Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 owner who bought it concluded that it was easy to use. Tech-Reviews.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “With an easy to use interface”.

Robust

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was reliable.

Good Technical Features

One customer said in their reviews that the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 had good features.

Good Flash

One Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 owner considered that this digital camera had a good flash. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “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 mentioned in their reviews that the product was quick to charge.

Nice Design

One Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Expert website Letsgodigital.org mentioned in their review “The 14.5 megapixel Samsung ST96 is a simple, stylish co”.

Quite Big Normal Focusing Range (wide)

At 0.8 meters, the SAMSUNG ST96 has a quite big normal focusing range (wide) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SAMSUNG ST96. The average normal focusing range (wide) of compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96 is 0.43m.

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Fairly Big Normal Focusing Range (tele)

At 1.5 meters, the SAMSUNG ST96 has a quite big normal focusing range (tele) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96. Comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have normal focusing range (tele)s of between 0.2m and 3.5m, and the average normal focusing range (tele) is 1.2m.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96 do not support video capability.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the SAMSUNG ST96 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96 the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

If this Samsung camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] (6.7x and higher rated), or the Samsung SAMSUNG ST200F[plb_1682904_price] (14.4x and higher rated).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the SAMSUNG ST96, the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 has an image stabilizer.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the SAMSUNG ST96 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the SAMSUNG ST96 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SAMSUNG ST96. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Samsung digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the SAMSUNG ST96 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Samsung digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on compact cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this type and age. This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 1984 x 1488, 2592 x 1944, 3648 x 2736 and 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 2880. Across all compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96 the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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

The SAMSUNG ST96 has a ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. In addition, this digital camera have a ±2EV (1/2 and 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. Across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the SAMSUNG ST96 the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step) and the worst is ±2EV (1/3 EV step).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The SAMSUNG ST96 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that came out more than two years ago. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions 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 digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable type and age to the SAMSUNG ST96.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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

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TFT Display

The SAMSUNG ST96 has a TFT display which is better than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. Most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The display of all compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SAMSUNG ST96 ranges from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).

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Light

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SAMSUNG ST96 the weights range from 20g to 840g, and the average weight is 170g. The Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 is quite light (only 110 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SAMSUNG ST96.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on digital cameras of this type and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the SAMSUNG ST96, the SAMSUNG ST96 does not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Canon IXUS 230 HS[plb_1504252_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60[plb_2384424_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SAMSUNG ST96 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SAMSUNG ST96 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the FinePix Z1000EXR[pl_394895_price], or the X100T[pl_3180325_price] both from Fujifilm or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The SAMSUNG ST96 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of this type and age are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the SAMSUNG ST96 do not have a GPS (satellite). The SAMSUNG ST96 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

Other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price].

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the SAMSUNG ST96 are not waterproof. The SAMSUNG ST96 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the SAMSUNG ST96 is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Samsung camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 is more than most compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this Samsung camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.2 are also supported by this camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the SAMSUNG ST96 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The shooting modess "Movie", "Program" and "Scene" are also found on this Samsung digital camera.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Digital cameras of this type and age have internal memorys of between 6.9MB and 8.2GB, and the average internal memory is 300MB. The SAMSUNG ST96 has a quite small internal memory (only 16 megabytes) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Has One Image Editing

The Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of this age and type. The most frequently found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Samsung digital camera. The image editings Trimming are also found on this camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the SAMSUNG ST96 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96.

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Fairly Big Minimum RAM

The average minimum RAM of cameras of this spec and age is 380MB, and the minimum RAMs range from 64MB to 1.1GB. With a minimum RAM of 512 megabytes, the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 has a quite big minimum RAM compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SAMSUNG ST96.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SAMSUNG ST96.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price] which has better reviews.

If this Samsung digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the PowerShot N[pl_1478196_price] (8x and higher rated), or the IXUS 230 HS[pl_1504252_price] (8x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14.6 megapixels, the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Fujifilm F800EXR[plb_1518759_price] (16MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Samsung SAMSUNG ST96 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SAMSUNG ST96.

Other 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5[plb_406570_price], or the Canon SX240 HS[plb_410378_price].

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the PowerShot N[pl_1478196_price] (2.8"), or the SX710 HS[pl_3538695_price] (3") both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

The SAMSUNG ST96 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

There are a number of other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Sony DSC-QX10[plb_2136113_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a better sensor type then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price] (CCD), or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Album Organization
Playback Zoom (max)
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Power Requirements
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Mac Compatibility
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Minimum System Requirements for Macintosh
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Interface
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum System Requirements

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
(Verified Purchase)

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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