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Samsung ST500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the design and portability are generally positive. The image quality and usability also get good comments. There are some critical comments about the shutter, and there are some mixed comments about the responsiveness and memory.

screen, usability, image quality, portability, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung ST500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Samsung ST500 Digital Camera


by makeuplover My father recently bought a new digital camera. It is a Samsung ST500 and I really loved it the moment I saw it.

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Really cool camera - my opinion on the TL220


This review won't cover all the specs, you can get that from - this is my initial thoughts and "epinion" on this camera that I just got last week. I am by no means a professional so read this only if you want a consumer opinion :) ...

Front LCD, touch screen, hd video, in-camera editing features, recycle bin

fingerprint prone front

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Samsung ST500


For those times when one LCD monitor just isn't enough

The camera's gimmick is its second LCD monitor which is hidden beneath the transparent surface of the front panel, to the left of the lens. When not in use the display is almost invisible beneath the tinted black surface, but shines through when...


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Samsung ST500


With a 1.5-inch self-portrait LCD screen on the front the ST500 is not for shrinking violets, but for just 50 clams more you can get the ST550 with a larger, clearer rear LCD touchscreen.

Derek Fung travelled to Bangkok as a guest of Samsung.

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Samsung ST500


On the surface, the Samsung ST500 is just like many of the other 12-megapixel compact zoom cameras on the market. It has a Schneider lens with a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 27-124mm, built-in flash and a 3in LCD for composing and reviewing images....

Our only real criticism is response times: we missed a few shots due to shutter lag, but nothing drastic. Otherwise, the Samsung ST500 is a very decent compact. The body is well built and the screen on the rear is excellent. The touch controls are...

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Samsung - ST500


Anyone who's ever tried to take a self-portrait, arms stretched out full for that signature MySpace pose, will know it normally takes a few attempts to get a decent shot. Without being able to see what ...

The Samsung ST500 is a fun camera to operate. As well as looking slick and sophisticated, its original features, including its second front-facing monitor, large and tactile touchscreen monitor and Smart Gesture recognition, certainly stand this...

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Samsung ST500


The ST500 is a great performer both in terms of stills and videos with an innovative dual LCD display.

Dual display ; HD recording

Price ; limited optical zoom

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Samsung ST500


With its dual LCD display and lots of innovative options, the Samsung ST500 camera seems like the perfect catch. Or is it?

If you make the effort to get to know the ST500 you'll be able to find the functionality you want, but Samsung could have done a better job with the LCD screen at the back by cramming in more pixels. While not all people will find the same amount of...

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Samsung ST500


Point, touch, feel, the Samsung ST500 is the ultimate in tactile compacts

The Samsung ST500's touch-screen control works well on the large LCD, reducing the need for a plethora of buttons. The innovative features all work and it's pretty good value for money as well

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Amazon review summary for Samsung ST500


alaTest has collected and analysed 101 user reviews of Samsung ST500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

screen, usability, image quality, portability, value for money


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung ST500 Digital Camera - Black/Silver (12MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCDSamsung ST500 Digital Camera - Black/Blue (12MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCDSamsung ST500 Digital Camera - Black/Red (12.2MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom, 27mm Wide Angle) 3.0 inch W LCD


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: No
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: No
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Samsung SLB-07A
Battery Type:Samsung SLB-07A


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No