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Samsung ST30 review

Samsung ventures into the world of miniature with the ST30

Our Verdict

For

  • Small body
  • Metering is good
  • Nice build quality
  • Picture quality is better than you'd assume

Against

  • Toy-like
  • Poor screen

At the time of the launch, Samsung claimed the ST30 was the world's smallest digital compact camera with a zoom, and it is actually smaller than a credit card.

Inside the diminutive aluminium casing is a 10.1 megapixel CCD. The sensor is slightly smaller than many other digital compact cameras' at 1/3 inch which could cause problems with noise.

The Samsung ST30 is aimed at the point and shooter who wants to shoot parties etc and wants a camera that's small and looks good in front of friends and family. The camera is full of auto settings so that you don't have to think about anything apart from what to point the tiny lens at.

Samsung st30 review

Because of the miniature size, the back of the camera is cluttered with buttons and the screen is slightly smaller than the standard size at 2.4 inches.

The function button is used to access a small menu with the most used features such as resolution, file compression, ISO, white-balance, face detection, focusing and metering options among others. This prevents you having to hunt through pages and pages of options in the main menu. Helpfully however, you can also access the function menu options in the main menu.

Most aspects are controlled automatically by the ST30, but it's still possible to select spot and centre weighted metering instead of the default multi metering.

Only two focusing modes are available, centre spot and multi spot. Interestingly, the camera defaults the centre focusing option.

For photographers that want to add their own individual style to their pictures, the ST30 sports nine picture styles including Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative and Custom RGB. They each apply an effect.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyST
Image StabilizationElectronic
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom3x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Smart Capture
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)86.5 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution10.4 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Height51.9 mm
Width82 mm
Depth16.9 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesST
Focal Length4.10 mm to 12.30 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelST30
Product NameST30 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-ST30ZZBPSGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The ST30 digital camera might be the world smallest zoom camera, but it is also a very chic personal accessory that is bound to earn you some fashion points. Within the slim frame, that is perfect sized for travelling about, it features all the necessary extras like Smart Auto for scene recognition and picture perfect for adding those final touches. To keep all your fantastic shots in order, it comes with a very handy and built-in Smart Album. And with a choice of five colours, it is sure to grab you plenty of attention.

Battery Life200 Shot/1.67 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • ST30 Compact Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
Display Resolution112000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone