Samsung ST95 Review

September 13, 2011 | Gavin Stoker | |


OK, so you can't swap the lens on the front and the sensor's physically on the small side, but there's actually very little to dislike about the pocket friendly Samsung ST95. It offers a better build quality than we'd formerly expected at its price, quick response times, intuitive operation, touch screen control (if you want it) and colourful snapshots requiring minimal if any adjustment once downloaded to your desktop, though inevitably suffering from familiar bugbears such as occasional pixel fringing and burnt out highlight detail common to most pocket cameras.

In addition while the ST95's zoom range may be nothing to write home about, we don't get Full HD video clips nor HDMI output, and the lack of a grip means that it's slightly slippery in the palm, but neither are deal breakers if you're in the market for a good value point and shoot with a decent spec list. In fact the ST95 comes across very much as a re-jigged SH100 without the wireless transfer capabilities - many of the features are the same, as is the touch screen operation. That said, as we have noted, once you've made the selections you want, it's possible to use the camera as a conventional compact and avoid use of the screen altogether. In summation, the ST95 is a better camera than we expected to find in this inexpensive price bracket; in fact for the snapshot photographer it's very much a 'best buy'.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 5