Samsung ST200F Review

4.5
August 28, 2012 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 16 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

Image quality is good on the Samsung ST200F. There's a degree of noise reduction throughout the everyday test sample shots, but they're sharp enough. Exposure seems good and colours are lifelike. Primary colours are nice and punchy without being too saturated. Softer mute colours are treated sympathetically while skin tones are realistic. The white-balance has snazzy pictures to show what they cope with which makes it a lot easier to get the right colour temperature. We also found that the custom white-balance setting doesn't need a white object to measure on and will still get realistic results.

Noise

The noise test taken in controlled light shows very good results at ISO 80. There's not a spot of noise in the dark areas of the frame and edge definition is great. This trend continues throughout the lower stages. In fact noise isn't even seen until ISO 400 – a mid-range setting – where amounts of colour start to invade the darker parts of the pictures. There's a slight adjustment to edges as well showing that noise reduction is working at this stage.

At ISO 1600, the Samsung ST200F starts to remove colour noise but that also means the removal of colour. Pictures look a little more drained than they should while the noise that is present appears more salt and pepper than the previous stages.

The final ISO 3200 setting is too much for the camera to handle. The whole scene takes a blue cast as colour noise attacks the image. Edge definition is all but extinct on the lettering and fine detail areas. Colours are muted but there's a hint of colour bleeding in some areas too.

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)

 
 

File Quality

The Samsung ST200F has 3 different image quality settings available, with Superfine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options.

Superfine (100% Crop) Fine (100% Crop)
   
Normal (100% Crop)  
 

Focal Range

The Samsung ST200F's 10x zoom lens provides a focal length of 27-270mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

27mm

270mm

Sharpening

Throughout the test we were perfectly happy with the Samsung ST200F and its performance in focusing. The pictures are lovely and sharp. They do benefit from a little extra sharpening but they look good without it as well.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations

For a camera at this placement in the market, chroma produced by the Samsung ST200F's lens isn't too bad. We only found it on very high contrast areas, such as tree branches silhouetted against the sky. We also found that it only appears in the far edges of the frame.

Chromatic 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

For the type of everyday photography that the camera will be used for, the macro facility on the ST200F is pretty good. The camera can get close enough for most macro subjects and the image stabiliser works nicely to combat any camera shake that will show on the finer detail of a photograph.

Macro

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Flash

Shooting a solid white wall, we got vignetting at the far edges of the frame and the ambient light was out of control. Using flash doesn't eradicate any vignettes, in fact it tidies them up along with the higgledy piggledy natural light.

Forced Off - Wide Angle (23mm)

Forced On - Wide Angle (23mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Forced Off - Telephoto (483mm)

Forced On - Telephoto (483mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Using flash in portraits we never got any red-eye so there was no point in using the two red-eye modes that the flash has. The first is a reduction method which fires a pre-flash to retract the pupil. The second method is a red-eye fix which uses software to remove any rogue red-eye that the first option couldn't cope with.

Auto

Auto (100% Crop)
   

Red eye fix

Red eye fix (100% Crop)

Night

The night shot test was an odd bag of mashings. In program mode, the Samsung ST200F can't sustain a long enough exposure to get a decent shot but the weird thing was that the camera simply wouldn't focus. It focused fine in the night scene mode and it's more favourable to use this mode anyway.

Aside from the higher ISO setting which is a bit rubbish, albeit expected, the mode allows you to select the shutter speed manually up to 16 seconds. The faster the shutter speed, the better because noise from neighbouring pixels heating up affects the pictures at the longer shutter speeds.

Night Program

Night Program (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene - 2 Seconds

Night Scene - 2 Seconds (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene - 3 Seconds

Night Scene - 3 Seconds (100% Crop)

   

Night Scene - 16 Seconds

Night Scene - 16 Seconds (100% Crop)

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