Samsung ST90 Review

June 24, 2011 | Matt Grayson |


During the pixel race a few years ago, because manufacturers were aiming their focus on cramming more and more pixels onto the sensor, other areas of the camera fell by the wayside. This meant that features, build quality and (because of the sheer amount of pixels) image quality suffered as a result. Now that consumers are wising up to the fact that pixels aren't the be all and end all of a good picture, camera makers are looking at other things to entice new customers.

The Samsung ST90 is full of these features and it bristles with things for the beginner to do. We love the filters that Samsung have fitted as well as the ones not normally seen on other cameras. We love the face detection and face recognition modes which are generally found on more expensive models. But even without these features the camera produces sharp pictures - at least in the centre of the frame - with good colours, decent noise control and even seems to handle chromatic aberration nicely.

Of course with these amount of features, the ST90 has to fall somewhere doesn't it? If we did have something to grumble about, it would be the build quality but even then, it's a camera that's a little over £100 so we can't even really fault it on that. We did find a minor annoyance in the design due to the smart button and power button being so close together on the top of the camera. A number of times through the test, we tried to switch over to the smart auto mode and actually turned it off instead.

If you're a beginner in photography, on a budget or you're looking for a child's first camera, then all those people would find that the Samsung ST90 will suit them down to the ground.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4.5