Samsung ST6500 Review

June 2, 2011 | Matt Grayson |


Image sensor

Type 1/2.33″ (Approx. 7.76mm) CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 16.1 Mega-pixel
Total Pixel Approx. 16.4 Mega-pixel


Focal Length Samsung Lens f = f4.7 - 23.5mm (f26 - 130m 35mm film equiv.)
F No. F3.3 (W) ~ F5.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Still Image mode : 1x ~ 5x (Optical x Digital : 25x)
Play mode : 1x ~ 14.4x (depends on image size)


Type TTL Auto Focus (Multi AF, Center AF, Face Detection AF, Smart Touch AF, One Touch Shooting AF, Object Tracking AF, Smart Face Recognition AF)
Range Normal: 80cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 1.5m ~ Infinity (Tele)
Macro: 5cm ~ 80cm (Wide), 1m ~ 1.5m (Tele)
Auto Macro: 5cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 1m ~ Infinity (Tele)


Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Control Program AE
ISO Equivalent Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Metering Multi, Spot, Center Weighted, Face Detection AE


Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix
Recharging Time Approx. 4 sec.
Range Wide: 0.2m ~ 3m, Tele: 1.0m ~ 1.8m (ISO AUTO)


Media • Internal memory: 10MB
• External memory: Micro SD Card (up to 2GB guaranteed), Micro SDHC (up to 8GB guaranteed)
File format • DCF, EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
• Still Image: JPEG
• Movie Clip: MP4 (Video: H.264, Audio: AAC)
• Audio file: WAV
Image Size 16M: 4608 x 3456 14MP: 4608 x 3072,
10M: 3648 x 2736, 12MW: 4608 x 2592,
5M: 2592 x 1944, 3M: 1984 x 1488,
2MW: 1920 x 1080, 1M: 1024 x 768


Audio Microphone: Mono
Internal Speaker: Mono
Digital Output Connector USB 2.0
Video Output AV: NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
HDMI 1.4: NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
(Built-in HDMI Type D)
DC Power Input 4.2V

Physical Specification

Dimensions (WxHxD) 102.3 x 56.5 x 19.3mm
Weight 126.5g (Body Only)
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C
Operating Humidity 5 ~ 85%


Type TFT LCD, Touch Panel (Resistive)
Recording 3"W (7.62cm), 230K

Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed • Smart Auto: 1/8 ~ 1/2000 sec.   • Program : 1 ~ 1/2000 sec.
• Night: 8 ~ 1/2000 sec.

White Balance

White Balance Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom Set

Movie Clip

Recording • Mode: Smart Movie, Movie, Vignetting, Movie Filter, Palette Effect
• Smart Movie: Landscape, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Sunset
• Size:  High Quality - 1280 x 720 (30fps, 15fps)
Standard Quality - 1280 x 720 (30fps, 15fps), 640 x 480 (30fps, 15fps), 320 x 240 (30fps, 15fps)
• Due to the noise while optical zooming, user can select to record sound or not.
(Voice recording selectable: Sound Alive On / Sound Alive Off / Mute)
• 5x Optical Zoom enable (Max Recording time: 20min)
Effect • Palette Effect: Palette Effect 1, Palette Effect 2, Palette Effect 3, Palette Effect 4
• Movie Filter (Smart Filter): Miniature, Vignetting, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Defog, Classic, Retro, Negative, (Custom RGB)
Edit Pause during Recording and Playing, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming

Still Image

Shooting • Smart Access UI : Smart Auto, Program, Scene, Simple shot, Vignetting Filter, Beauty shot, Magic Frame, Photo Filter, Night, Close-up, Object Highlight, Dual IS
• Smart Auto : Portrait, Night Portrait, Backlight Portrait, Night, Backlight, Landscape, White, Natural Green, Blue Sky, Sunset, Macro, Macro Text(with Smart Guide), Macro Color, Tripod, Action, Fireworks
• Scene : Landscape, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Beach & Snow
• Drive : Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture
• Self-timer : Off, 2sec., 10sec., Double
Effect • Photo Filter (Smart Filter): Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Old film 1, Old film 2, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Defog, Classic, Retro, Negative, (Custom RGB)
• Image Adjust : Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation (5 steps)
Edit • Image Edit : Resize, Rotate, Trimming, Smart Crop
• Smart Filter : Miniature, Vignetting, Soft Focus, Old film 1, Old film 2, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish Eye, Defog, Classic, Retro, Negative, Custom RGB
• Image Adjust : Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Red Eye Fix, ACB
Special Feature ? Smart Touch 3.0
? Dual IS
? Sound Alive
? Built in HDMI Type D with Anynet+ (CEC) + 20 Pin Connector
? Smart Auto (Still / Movie)
? Smart Filter 2.0
? Perfect Portrait System

System Requirement in general

For Windows PC with processor better than PentiumIV 3.2GHz / AMD Athlon FX 2.6GHz or higher
Minimum 512MB RAM (Over 1GB recommended)
Windows XP SP2 / Vista/ 7
250MB of available hard-disk space (Over 1GB recommend)
USB port 
CD-ROM drive 
nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or later / Ati X1600 series or later
1024 x 768 pixels, 16-bit colour display compatible monitor 
(1280 x 1024, 32-bit colour display recommended) 
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later
For Macintosh Power Mac G3 or later
Mac OS 10.4 or higher
Minimum 256MB RAM 
110MB of available hard-disk space 
USB port 
CD-ROM drive

System Requirement for 720P H.264 Movie

For Windows Intel® Core™2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher / AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core 1.6 GHz or higher
Windows XP service pack2 / Vista
Minimum 512MB RAM (1GB and above recommended)
64MB or greater video card
(nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or higher / ATI X1600 series or higher reco
For Macintosh 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 or 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo or faster Macintosh computer
At least 256MB of RAM
64MB or greater video card
Image Stabilization Dual IS (OIS + DIS)
Sharpness 5 steps (Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+)
Image Play • Mode: Smart Album, 3D Album, Slide show, Magazine
• Type: Single image, Thumbnails, Slide show, Movie Clip
• Slide show: Slide show with Effect & Music
• Smart Album Category: File, Date, Face
Voice Recording Voice Recording (max. 10 hours)
Voice Memo in Still Image (max. 10 sec.)
Date Imprinting Date&Time, Date, Off (user selectable)
Power Supply • Rechargeable battery: BP70A (740mAh, Min.700mAh)
• Charger: SAC-48 (AC Adapter), CB20U05B (USB Cable)
• Connector Type: 20pin
Software Intelli-studio (Built-in)