Samsung ST30

Samsung ST30 front
  • 10MP - 1/3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 0 - 0
  • 640 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • 87g - 82 x 52 x 17mm
  • Released January 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Samsung ST30 summary

Samsung ST30 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera originally announced on January of 2011. It has a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The ST30 comes in at #128 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and overall #1210 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a graph of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung ST30 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Samsung ST30 based on things which are oftentimes considered useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
great max aperture (f)
great minimum ISO (0)
lighter than competition (87 grams)
nice screen size (3 inches)
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW support
fixed focal length (()mm)
fixed screen
lack of manual exposure
low maximum ISO (0)
low MP (10 megapixels)
low resolution screen (460 k dots)
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no image stabilization
no manual focus
no microphone support
no shutter priority mode
no Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
very small sensor (1/3")
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Samsung ST30 Sensor specifications

The sensor measurement on the Samsung ST30 is 4.8mm x 3.6mm (1/3"). The 17 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels .

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 0 to 0. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the ST30's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The ST30 sensor comes with a crop factor of 7.5 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung ST30 dimensions

Samsung ST30 weighs 0.19 pounds (87 gr or 3.07 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 82mm x 52mm x 17mm (3.2" x 2.0" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Samsung ST30 is less heavy compared with other rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Samsung ST30 beside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Samsung ST30 dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button layout on the ST30.

Samsung ST30 topview buttons dials

Samsung ST30 Lens specifications

The ST30 has got a fixed lens and a fixed focal length of ()mm meaning that you don't have the option to zoom.

At the widest ()mm, it will have an aperture of f and that's ideal in low light occasions and getting good bokeh. It is going to also make it easier to go with a much lower ISO and get cleaner shots.

Photography Glossary

Samsung ST30 Connectivity

The ST30 has the following connectivity:

    Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send files and oftentimes alter settings without connecting directly to the camera.

    Some applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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    Samsung ST30 Video specifications

    The max video resolution on the Samsung ST30 is 640 x 480 and it can capture in file format. 480p is terrible by today's standards. You should really aim for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not have a mic and headphone socket which means that you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at another model should you require good audio in your videos.

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    Samsung ST30 Weather Sealing

    Samsung ST30 does not include environment sealing so wet conditions could ruin the camera.

    Samsung ST30 Screen and Viewfinder

    The Samsung ST30 has a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

    Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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    The View Finder details regarding Samsung ST30 are below:

    • ViewFinder None

    Viewfinders can be pretty helpful in sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

    Samsung ST30 Shutter specifications

    The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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    Samsung ST30 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

    Samsung ST30 boasts only built-in flash without external flash support.

    Samsung ST30 Autofocus specifications

    Samsung ST30 does not have Auto focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

    Samsung ST30 does not have manual focus. Manual focus can be useful in low light or you need to have more exact control on focusing.

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    Samsung ST30 Battery life

    The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the maximum (320) battery life in this category of cameras.

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

    Samsung ST30 for specific kinds of photography

    The following chart presents a summary of the Samsung ST30 for specific kinds of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section underneath.

    Samsung ST30 Portrait photography details

    The Samsung ST30 gets a points tally of 19 which is awful, meaning that it is not appropriate to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files and ability to use external lighting.

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    focusing manually not possible
    manual exposure not possible
    can't use external flash
    low MP (10MP)
    tiny sensor size (1/3")
    no RAW files

    Samsung ST30 Street photography details

    Getting a moderate points total of 54, the Samsung ST30 is fairly suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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    lighter than competition in class (87 grams)
    no moving screen
    does not have image stabilization
    tiny sensor (1/3")
    lack of RAW format
    max ISO too low (0)

    Samsung ST30 Sports photography advice

    A awful sports photography points total of 16 indicates the Samsung ST30 is not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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    focal length is fixed (()mm)
    no shutter priority mode
    lack of image stabilization
    low MP (10 megapixels)
    very small sensor size (1/3")
    doesn't have phase detect auto focus

    Samsung ST30 Travel photography info

    Portability is pretty crucial when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung ST30 gets a nice 65 as a travel camera which is a very decent choice to take with you on your holidays.

    Photography Glossary
    lighter than competition (87g)
    has built in flash
    very good maximum aperture (f)
    doesn't have Time Lapse recording
    low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
    screen is not selfie friendly

    Landscape photography with Samsung ST30

    When you're planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung ST30 with it's awful grade of 30 for a landscape camera is not appropriate in the current market.

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    good maximum aperture (f)
    nice screen size (3 inches)
    lack of manual focus
    cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
    fixed focal length (()mm)
    manual mode not possible
    does not have image stabilization
    low megapixels (10MP)
    small sensor size (1/3")
    low max ISO (0)
    lack of RAW format
    missing Timelapse recording

    Samsung ST30 Vlogging factors

    A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a moving screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Samsung ST30 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it delivers a awful rating of 29.

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    great max aperture (f)
    lighter than average in class (87g)
    screen is not selfie friendly
    no image stabilization
    video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
    doesn't have mic support

    Samsung ST30 Alternatives

    If you want replacements to the ST30, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Ultracompact.

    The line chart underneath will give you a bird's eye view of the ST30 compared to it's highest scored rivals listed above.

    Following are additional cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Samsung ST30
    Physical type
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    4.8 x 3.6mm
    Sensor surface area
    Sensor resolution
    Anti aliasing filter
    Max resolution
    4608 x 3456
    RAW data
    Max native ISO
    Minimum native ISO
    Focus manually
    Touch focus
    Continuous AF
    Single AF
    Tracking AF
    AF selectice
    AF center weighted
    AF multi area
    Live view AF
    Face detection focusing
    Contract detection focusing
    Phase detection focusing
    Lens mounting type
    fixed lens
    Lens focal range
    Crop factor
    Screen type
    Fixed Type
    Screen diagonal
    3 inches
    Screen resolution
    460k dots
    Selfie friendly
    Touch function
    Viewfinder Information
    DXO scores
    DXO Overall score
    not tested
    DXO Color Depth score
    not tested
    DXO Dynamic range score
    not tested
    DXO Low light score
    not tested
    Min shutter speed
    8 seconds
    Max shutter speed
    1/2000 seconds
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manual mode
    Set WB
    Image stabilization
    Integrated flash
    External flash
    AE bracketing
    White balance bracketing
    Multisegment metering
    Average metering
    Spot metering
    Partial metering
    AF area metering
    Center weighted metering
    Video features
    Supported video resolutions
    640 x 480
    Max video resolution
    Microphone support
    Headphone support
    Environment sealing
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    87 grams (0.19 pounds)
    82 x 52 x 17mm (3.2" x 2.0" x 0.7")
    Time lapse feature
    Card slots
    Price at release