Digital camera with intergrated social-networking
If there was one thing missing n today’s compact digital camera’s, then it has to be social network connectivity. This is one edge, connected smartphones have over digital cameras. But Samsung has closed that gap with its latest offering – the ST80, which comes with an internal WiFi antenna which allows you to transfer photographs over the sir.
The ST80 comes in a cozy form factor with rounded edges all around. The zoom lens occupies arround half the front portion real estate. On the back you have a 3-inch wide touch screen surrounded by a textured bezel. Build quality is quite with an overall plastic body.
Macro shots were dissappointing as the focusing was not upto the mark. We noticed a lot of noise in most of macro shots. Daylight shots also left a lot be desired. ISO performance is good upto ISO400, after which images are heavily noisy. Low light photography is not this camer’s strong point either. It can record upto 720p video, but the auto focussing while shooting and zooming in and out in live video made was really bad. The front portion of the camera tends to heat up after prolonged use.
Wireless performance was what impressed us. It was fun transferring images and videos to our social networking pla forms without having to go through the whole ritual of transferring images to the desktop and then uploading them.
At Rs. 14,999 the camera is adequately priced for the WiFi connectivity feature. It’s ideal for those who want to instantly share photos. Definitely not recommended for the discernign photographer.
ISO range: 100 – 3200; WiFi connectivity;
Video resolution: 720p;
Media: MicroSD card;
Internal Memory: 22MB; Image Stabilization present
Samsung India Electronics Pvt. Ltd
Phone: +91 12 4488 1234
Price: Rs. 14,999