Samsung ST150F

Samsung ST150F front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.5-6.3) lens
  • 114g - 94 x 58 x 18mm
  • Released January 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Samsung ST150F overview

Samsung ST150F is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera initially released on January of 2013. It comes with a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The ST150F comes in at #75 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #879 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung ST150F family

The Samsung ST150F comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can view all earlier and new models along with key features.

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Samsung ST150F Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Samsung ST150F based on things which are typically seen as crucial in a camera.

built in zoom lens (25-125mm 5.0 x zoom)
good resolution (16MP)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
includes face detect focus
includes tracking focus
lighter than others in class (114 grams)
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
can't use external flash
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW files
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of HDMI out
lack of headphone support
lack of image stabilization
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
lack of microphone support
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Timelapse mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.3)
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is fixed
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
small sensor (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Samsung ST150F Sensor info

The spec of the sensor on the Samsung ST150F is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels .

Photography Glossary

The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The image underneath illustrates the ST150F's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The ST150F sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung ST150F dimensions

Samsung ST150F weighs about 0.25 lb (114 gr or 4.02 oz) and the over all size of the camera is 94mm x 58mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Samsung ST150F is lighter compared with its competitors.

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Here is a image of the Samsung ST150F beside a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Samsung ST150F dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button design on the ST150F.

Samsung ST150F topview buttons dials

Samsung ST150F Lens info

The ST150F has a built-in lens and a focal range of 25-125mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be huge nevertheless it can be valuable in some cases.

At the widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f2.5 making it very slow and not ideal in low light events and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You might also have to boost the ISO setting producing noisy photographs. For the tele end, 125mm comes with f6.3 which is very slow and you may need to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung ST150F Connectivity

The ST150F has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and in some cases alter camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Samsung ST150F Video info

The highest video resolution on the Samsung ST150F is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should try to get at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone jack which means you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get an alternative model in case you require decent audio in your video clips.

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Samsung ST150F Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Samsung ST150F so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Samsung ST150F Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung ST150F comes with a 3" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Samsung ST150F are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy during sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Samsung ST150F Shutter info

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Samsung ST150F Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung ST150F has got only integrated flash lacking external flash ability.

Samsung ST150F Autofocus info

Samsung ST150F has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and precise compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is helpful for portraits.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Samsung ST150F does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode can be useful during low light conditions or you want more exact depth of field control.

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Samsung ST150F Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the highest (470) battery life within this category of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Samsung ST150F for different kinds of photography

The following bar chart gives a summation of the Samsung ST150F for different kinds of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Samsung ST150F Portrait photography advice

The Samsung ST150F receives a points total of 35 which is low, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos & ability to utilize external flash.

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resolution is good (16MP)
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Street photography with Samsung ST150F

Having a average score of 56, the Samsung ST150F is fairly adequate for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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lighter than others in class (114g)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Samsung ST150F as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography points tally of 36 suggests the Samsung ST150F is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good resolution (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Samsung ST150F as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really critical in buying a travel camera. In general, the Samsung ST150F gets a above average 69 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent choice to take with you on your holidays.

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lighter than competition in class (114g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
missing Timelapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.5)

Samsung ST150F Landscape photography advice

When you're looking to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Samsung ST150F at it's low rating of 39 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable in the current market.

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decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Timelapse mode

Samsung ST150F Vlogging details

A vlogging camera should have a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Samsung ST150F is not really acceptable for vlogging as it receives a low rating of 30.

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really wide (25mm)
comes with face detection focusing
lighter than competitors (114g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone port

Samsung ST150F Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the ST150F, here is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart underneath gives you an overview of the ST150F vs it's highest scored competitors suggested above.

There are more cameras you may look at as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung ST150F
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-125mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
1 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
114 grams (0.25 lbs)
94 x 58 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail cost