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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

The main problem that the Samsung ST30 has is assumption. Consumers may see its small size and small price tag and immediately think it's inadequate. But its picture quality is very good for a camera at this level and if you can cope with the small screen and buttons then the ST30 will provide some nice pictures on your holiday.

The Samsung ST30 is most suited to families looking for a budget digital compact camera that is easily pocketed for security and convenience without compromising too much on quality. It's got a decent build so if one of the kids gets hold of it and drops it, there's more chance of the camera withstanding the impact. If you're looking for a budget digital compact camera that produces good pictures then this a camera worth looking at.

We liked

It could be a hindrance to some people, but we love the dinky size of the ST30. It takes great pictures which you can't appreciate until you see them on a computer.

We disliked

The lack of any "proper" camera sounds makes it sound more like a toy. The screen is sadly lacking in quality and you simply can't see whether the pictures are any good until you get home. By then, of course, it's too late.

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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
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