Samsung's 14.2MP compact features a 7x optical zoom and 3.7in AMOLED touchscreen, but does it deliver?

Product Overview

Overall rating:

85%

Samsung ST5500

Overall score:85%
Features:90%
Value:85%
Performance:80%
Image Quality:80%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • Sleek design, sturdy build quality

Cons:

  • AMOLED screen is disappointing, overprocessing on images

Product:

Samsung ST5500 Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£200.00

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Samsung ST5500 review

The ST5500 is Samsung’s latest touch screen camera, and it arrives complete with an impressive specification. The touch screen in question measures some 3.7in in widescreen orientation and is of the AMOLED variety. The 14.2MP compact crams in a 7x optical zoom to its slim body, and offers a trio of wireless sharing options – you can either share through the onboard Bluetooth, upload thanks to the camera’s Wi-Fi, or utilise ALLShare technology to display on your TV.

 

Samsung ST5500 sample image 4

 

The ST5500 is available in three colours, and is an eye catching compact. A brushed-aluminium finish features, along with several stainless-steel highlights. The camera also features a ‘self-standing Posture 7°’ design, allowing easy capture of self-portraits – the shutter release button is also tilted to the same degree so it’s horizontal when free-standing.

Despite the high-spec of the ST5500’s screen, it disappoints in use. The finish produces a lot of glare, making it hard to view in strong light. Images are also disappointing, with overprocessing evident in almost every shot.

Full Specification

Weight:
161.1g
Dimensions:
103.8 x 58.3 x 19.6mm

Power:
SLB-11A
Memory Card:
microSD

Connectivity:
USB 2.0, AV, HDMI
Flash Modes:
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow syns, Flash off, Red-eye fix

Metering System:
Multi, Spot, Center-weighted, Face Detection AE
White Balance:
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custon

ISO Range:
80-3200
Shutter Speeds:
8 – 1/2000 sec

File Formats:
JPEG, MP4, WAV
LCD:
3.7in WVGA AMOLED touchscreen

Lens:
Schneider KREUZNACH 7x optical zoom, 31-217mm in equivalent terms
Sensor:
1/2.3in CCD, 14.2MP