Samsung ST66 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Samsung ST66
Resolution: 16.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Kit Lens: 5.00x zoom
(25-125mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 80 - 3200
Shutter: 1/2000 - 8 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.5
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.1 x 0.7 in.
(90 x 53 x 17 mm)
Weight: 3.6 oz (101 g)
Availability: 03/2012
Manufacturer: Samsung
Full specs: Samsung ST66 specifications
16.10
Megapixels
5.00x zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
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Samsung ST66 Overview

Posted: 01/09/2012

The Samsung ST66 digital camera is based around the pairing of a 16.1 megapixel image sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens, in a brushed metal body. On the rear panel is a 2.7-inch display.

The ST66's 5x zoom offers 35mm-equivalent focal lengths ranging from 25 to 125mm--a generous wide angle to a moderate telephoto--and has an f/2.5 maximum aperture at wide angle. There's no optical image stabilization on this model.

Features of the Samsung ST66 include a Live Panorama function similar to the sweep pano function found on some competing cameras, which automatically captures and stitches a panorama in-camera by simply sweeping the field of view across a scene while holding the shutter button. There's also a Smart Auto 2.0 mode which selects from a variety of scene modes, and identifies one that's closest to the current conditions, then configures the camera appropriately helping keep things simple for less experienced photographers.

Some more unusual features include a Magic Frame function (which overlays your image on a background, with options including Wall Art, Full Moon, Magazine, and Holiday), and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you overlay one shot on another, choosing an area where the second image should be visible. Perhaps most curious though is the Funny Face function, which uses face detection to locate facial features and then warps them in real time on the live preview. By using the multi-controller on the camera's rear, you can create effects such as making your subject's head or nose larger.

As well as still image capture, the Samsung ST66 can also record high definition movies. Videos are saved at 720p resolution--that's 1,280 x 720 pixels--with a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

Pricing for the Samsung ST66 is set at around US$120, with availability from March 2012.

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