Samsung ST100

Samsung ST100 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.6-4.8) lens
  • 155g - 100 x 60 x 20mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung ST100 overview

Samsung ST100 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera initially released on January of 2010. It features a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The ST100 is positioned #46 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #937 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personal requirements.

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The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung ST100 history

The Samsung ST100 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete range below.

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Samsung ST100 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Samsung ST100 based on aspects that are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

comes with face detect autofocus
comes with HDMI out
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
good resolution screen (1,152 thousand dots)
good zoom range (35-175mm 5.0 x zoom)
great min ISO (80)
image stabilization (Optical)
screen larger than average (3.5")
supports touch to focus
touchscreen capability
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW support
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000 seconds)
missing headphone support
missing microphone support
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than others (155g)
no articulating screen
no manual control
screen is not selfie friendly
slow at full zoom (f4.8)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.6)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
Photography Glossary

Samsung ST100 Sensor info

The specification of the sensor on the Samsung ST100 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The image below displays the ST100's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The ST100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung ST100 dimensions

Samsung ST100 weighs 0.34 pounds (155g / 5.47 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 100mm x 60mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Samsung ST100 is more heavy when compared with other rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Samsung ST100 besides a softdrink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Samsung ST100 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the ST100.

Samsung ST100 topview buttons dials

Samsung ST100 Lens info

The ST100 comes with a built-in lens providing a focal range of 35-175mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't outstanding however it is going to be valuable in some conditions.

At the widest 35mm, it will have an aperture of f3.6 making it pretty slow and not ideal in low light situations and you will struggle to capture good bokeh. You will probably also have to boost the ISO setting resulting in noisy photos. On the tele end, 175mm comes with f4.8 which is really slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung ST100 Connectivity

The ST100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy files and usually change settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Samsung ST100 Video info

The maximum video resolution on the Samsung ST100 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should really try to get at least FUll HD resolution for video. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone port which means that you have got no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order a different camera should you need decent sound in your videos.

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Samsung ST100 Weather Sealing

Samsung ST100 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Samsung ST100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung ST100 features a 3.5 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 1,152 thousand dots.

Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily change focus point and change settings with your finger.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Samsung ST100 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Samsung ST100 Shutter info

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1000 sec.

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Samsung ST100 Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung ST100 boasts only in-built flash lacking external flash ability.

Samsung ST100 Autofocus info

Samsung ST100 boasts just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & exact when compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection which is valuable for people photography.

Samsung ST100 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to switch focus points. Samsung ST100 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing can be useful for low light situations or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Samsung ST100 Battery life

The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the highest possible (320) battery life for this category of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Ultracompact cameras having the strongest battery life:

Samsung ST100 for specific kinds of photography

The following bar chart provides a summation of the Samsung ST100 for specific kinds of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section below.

Samsung ST100 as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung ST100 receives a points total of 33 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really suitable to use for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor size, RAW support along with the capability to use off-camera flash.

Photography Glossary
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Street photography with Samsung ST100

With a decent points total of 60, the Samsung ST100 is fairly suited to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than competitors in class (155g)

Samsung ST100 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography points tally of 35 suggests the Samsung ST100 is not really suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (14 megapixels)
low max shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF

Samsung ST100 Travel photography details

Weight is extremely critical when buying a camera for travel. Over-all, the Samsung ST100 gets a moderate 60 as a travelling camera which is fairly appropriate for your journeys.

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supports focus via touch
decent megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (155g)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)

Samsung ST100 Landscape photography advice

In case you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung ST100 with it's really bad score of 37 as a landscape camera is not really suitable within the current marketplace.

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very good size screen (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)
no manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Samsung ST100

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Samsung ST100 is not really suitable for vlogging as it delivers a really bad rating of 29.

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has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
more heavy than others (155 grams)

Samsung ST100 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the ST100, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall within the category of Ultracompact.

The line chart down below provides you a summary of the ST100 vs it's top rated competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To read through a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung ST100
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-175mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
1,152 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.10 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
155g (0.34 lb)
100 x 60 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.8")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Card slots
Price at launch