Samsung ST1000 Review

3.5
February 10, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

The Samsung ST1000 produced images of average quality during the review period. Noise is by far the main problem, being obvious at the relatively slow speed of ISO 100 and then becoming progressively worse at the faster settings of 200 and 400. By ISO 800 the images have become almost unusable, and it's best just to diregard the 1600-3200 settings completely.

Chromatic aberrations were fairly well controlled, with some purple fringing effects appearing in high contrast situations. The 12 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can increase the in-camera sharpening level.

Macro performance is a standout highlight, allowing you to focus as close as 1cm away from the subject. The built-in flash was somewhat under-powered indoors, but there was no red-eye to speak of.

Anti-shake works very well when hand-holding the ST1000 in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range. The maximum shutter speed of 8 seconds allows the camera to capture enough light for some if not all after-dark situations.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Samsung ST1000. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Samsung ST1000's 5x zoom lens offers a fairly versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples:

35mm

175mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are soft at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

File Quality

The Samsung ST1000 has 3 different JPEG image quality settings available, with Super Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

12M Super Fine (5Mb) (100% Crop) 12M Fine (2.6Mb) (100% Crop)
   
12M Normal (1.8Mb) (100% Crop)  
 

Chromatic Aberrations

The Samsung ST1000 handled chromatic aberrations fairly well during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Samsung ST1000 offers a Super Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is just 1cm away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Samsung ST1000 are Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Off - Wide Angle (35mm)

Fill-in - Wide Angle (35mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Off - Telephoto (175mm)

Fill-in - Telephoto (175mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Fill-in or the Red eye fix settings caused any red-eye.

Fill-in

Fill-in (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Fix

Red-eye Fix (100% Crop)

Night

The Samsung ST1000's maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds in the Night scene mode, which is fairly good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 6 seconds at ISO 80.

Night Shot

100% Crop

Anti Shake

The Samsung ST1000 has an anti-shake mechanism, which allows you to take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To test this, I took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with anti shake turned off, the second with it turned on. Here are some 100% crops of the images to show the results. As you can see, with anti shake turned on, the images are much sharper than with anti shake turned off. This feature really does seem to make a difference and could mean capturing a successful, sharp shot or missing the opportunity altogether.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Anti Shake Off (100% Crop)

Anti Shake On (100% Crop)

1/8th / 35mm
1/6th sec / 175mm

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hd video, hd, 720p, 12 megapixel, wi-fi, wireless, 5x zoom, touch-screen, samsung, GPS, 3.5 inch LCD, bluetooth, st 1000, st1000, Samsung ST1000 Review, cl 65, cl65

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