Samsung ST95 Review

4.0
September 13, 2011 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 16.1 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

Examining our test images we noticed that the ST95, like its ST95 forebear, delivers good front to back of frame sharpness for the most part. On occasion though we did witness some loss of definition towards the corners of the frame when shooting at maximum wide angle and slight softness at extreme telephoto setting, plus disappointingly, but unsurprisingly, burnt out highlights when shooting in brighter, sunnier conditions. Inevitably pixel fringing also makes an appearance between areas of high contrast. All pretty much expected from a £100 point and shoot camera.

Colours are on the warm side however, with red, greens and blues particularly flatteringly rendered, and under ideal exterior conditions we were able to get some pleasing results as our sample JPEGs hopefully show.

Similarly, whilst by far from the worst low light performance we've seen, and a broader than expected light sensitivity range selectable from ISO80 up to maximum ISO 3200, images do start to noticeably deteriorate and lose detail after ISO 800, meaning that at ISO 1600 noise and softness are present in equal measure. That said, when selecting the 'night' option from among its pre-optimised selection of scene modes, we were pretty pleased with the end results - which is, as our test shots show, as good, if not better than the results from long-standing photographic brands in its class. Not a giant departure in terms of quality from either the ST95 before it, or its current sibling in the SH100 then.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Samsung ST95. 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)

 
 

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 a little soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Samsung ST95 handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review, with limited purple fringing mainly present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the example below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Samsung ST95 offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 5cms 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 ST95 are Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, and Red eye fix.

Forced Off - Wide Angle (26mm)

Forced On - Wide Angle (26mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Forced Off - Telephoto (130mm)

Forced On - Telephoto (130mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Auto setting or the Red Eye Fix option caused any amount of red-eye.

Auto

Auto (100% Crop)
   

Red eye fix

Red eye fix (100% Crop)

Night

The Samsung ST95's maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds in the Night Scene mode, which is good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 8 seconds at ISO 80.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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