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Samsung ST95 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £140
inc VAT

A slim, touchscreen camera with some fun features, but image quality is bettered by many cheaper cameras


1/2.3in 15.9-megapixel sensor, 5.0x zoom (26-130mm equivalent), 107g

The ST95 has some impressive stats for such a reasonably-priced camera. It’s 17mm thick and only just big enough to accommodate its 3in wide-aspect touchscreen. The lens is taller than the camera itself, which gives the impression of a serious optic, but the substantial, non-moving ring surrounding it is apparently just for show – it’s no interchangeable-lens mount. There’s nothing remarkable about the lens’s specifications, with a 5x optical zoom and f/3.3-5.9 aperture.

Samsung ST95 rear

Touchscreen cameras tend to divide opinion. A touchscreen is a flexible interface, able to present buttons, sliders and informative graphics to suit the task at hand. However, cameras don’t necessarily need this flexibility, with just a handful of functions that require regular access – for which physical buttons and dials arguably make more sense.

Then again, casual photographers may only ever use the power, shutter release, zoom and playback functions – and the ST95 has these covered with physical buttons. There’s also a Home button, which gives you easy access to various shooting modes.

Samsung ST95 front

All other controls appear on the touchscreen. We found it frustratingly unresponsive until we realised that – unlike the capacitive touchscreens on modern smartphones and tablets – this resistive model requires a little force to register. The menus are reasonably quick to navigate. There’s an odd mix of functions, with control over contrast, saturation, sharpness and even automatic exposure bracketing but no manual exposure control. The touchscreen is used to set the focus point, but rather than remember the point we set, it insisted on tracking the subject – and usually failed to do so successfully. Another mode focuses on the selected point and fires off a shot immediately, but again, we rarely got it to do what we wanted.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
CCD effective megapixels 15.9 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
Viewfinder magnification, coverage N/A
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Articulated screen No
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 5.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 26-130mm
Image stabilisation none
Maximum image resolution 4,608×3,456
Maximum movie resolution 1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG; MP4 (AVC)


Memory slot MicroSDHC
Mermory supplied 10MB internal
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 200 shots
Connectivity USB
HDMI output resolution N/A
Body material plastic
Lens mount N/A
Focal length multiplier N/A
Kit lens model name N/A
Accessories USB cable
Weight 107g
Size 53x92x17mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £140

Camera Controls

Exposure modes auto
Shutter speed auto
Aperture range f/3.3 (wide), f/5.9 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 3200
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance auto, 5 presets, manual
Additional image controls contrast, sharpness, saturation, auto contrast balance
Manual focus No
Closest macro focus 5cm
Auto-focus modes multi, centre, face detect
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, smile detect