Samsung ST76 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Samsung ST76
Resolution: 16.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Lens: 5.00x zoom
(25-125mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
ISO: 80-3200
Shutter: 8-1/2000
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)
MSRP: $129
Availability: 03/2012
Manufacturer: Samsung
16.10
Megapixels
5.00x zoom
1/2.3"
size sensor
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Samsung ST76 Overview

Posted: 01/09/2012

The Samsung ST76 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 ST76'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 ST76 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 ST76 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 ST76 is set at around US$130, with availability from March 2012, and a choice of four different body colors: black, silver, purple, or blue.

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