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Samsung ST93 review

Stylish 16.1MP compact camera with 5x optical zoom

Our Verdict

For

  • Self Portrait mode audio assistance
  • Clear menu structure
  • Broad range of functions

Against

  • Some buttons are a bit small
  • Wait between shots can be long
  • Zooming in video mode is noisy

The Samsung ST93 is part of the brand's Style (ST) range of compact cameras, with a 2.7-inch LCD screen, 16.1 megapixel CCD image sensor and Samsung wide-angle 5x zoom lens.

Costing less than the more advanced Samsung EX1 (TL500) from the brand's Performance range, the Samsung ST93's pricepoint puts it alongside rivals such as the Nikon Coolpix S6200, Canon IXUS 230 HS, Canon PowerShot SX150 IS and Samsung's own Samsung MV800.

It offers five different shooting modes - Smart Auto, Program, Panorama, Scene and Dual Image Stabilisation - which gives users a wide range of modes to choose from without being too overwhelming.

The camera also offers 10 scene options including Magic Frame (where you can take your photo surrounded by a selection of graphics), Beauty Shot, Object Highlight, Night, Sunset and Dawn. Alternatively, you can choose Smart Auto and the camera will pick the best mode for your environment.

samsung st93 review

The Samsung ST93 has the standard five flash options (although some are only available when using certain modes) such as redeye reduction and fill flash.

Unsurprisingly at this price point, the Samsung ST93 doesn't offer a manual mode, but the Program shooting mode has quite a few changeable options including white balance, ISO, EV compensation and image quality settings, enabling the user to take photos in a variety of conditions. There are also several filter options available such as Miniature (replicating the popular tilt-shift mode), Retro, Fish-eye, Half Tone Dot and Vignetting.

Video can be shot in 720p HD (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480) or QVGA (320 x240). There's an impressive amount of options for shooting movies, including setting the frame rate as well as the white balance, EV compensation and metering.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyST
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesBlink Detection, Smile Detection, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Smart Capture
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)95 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity12 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card
Height54.8 mm
Width89.6 mm
Depth17.5 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesST
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelST93
Product NameST93 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-ST93ZZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Boasting a remarkable 16.1 megapixels, the slim, stylish ST93 delivers unforgettable photos with all the attention-grabbing details. You'll get everyone in the shot with the 26mm wide-angle lens and get even closer to faraway subjects with the 5x optical zoom. Capture all your memories in the same high quality you come to trust from Samsung.

Battery Life200 Shot/1.67 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • ST93 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Strap
  • Quick Start Manual
  • User Manual CD-ROM
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker