Samsung ST600

Samsung ST600 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-135mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 150g - 104 x 60 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung ST600 summary

Samsung ST600 is Samsung's Ultracompact camera initially launched on January of 2010. It comes with a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The ST600 comes in at #28 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over all #806 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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Samsung ST600 family

The Samsung ST600 is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed range underneath.

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Samsung ST600 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Samsung ST600 based on features which are usually considered necessary in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
bigger than average screen (3.5")
comes with HDMI socket
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touchscreen
in built lens has zoom (27-135mm 5.0 x zoom)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice clear screen (1,152 k dots)
quite wide (27mm)
supports focus via touch
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW support
lack of external microphone socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of Timelapse mode
max zoom aperture not good (f5.5)
more heavy than others in class (150 grams)
no external flash support
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Samsung ST600 Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor on the Samsung ST600 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 80 to 4800. This ISO can also be widened electronically to a high of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported so you have less margin for error.

The image underneath shows the ST600's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The ST600 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung ST600 dimensions

Samsung ST600 weighs around 0.33 pounds (150 gr or 5.29 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 104mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Samsung ST600 is weightier when compared to its rivals.

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Here is a image of the Samsung ST600 beside a softdrink so you can have a feel for its scale.

Samsung ST600 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the ST600.

Samsung ST600 topview buttons dials

Samsung ST600 Lens specifications

The ST600 provides a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 27-135mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not significant however it could be helpful in a few conditions.

At the widest 27mm, it offers an aperture of f3.3 which will be somewhat slow and not very good in low light occasions and you will find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also need to increase the ISO which results in noisy photographs. Towards the tele end, 135mm comes with f5.5 making it really sluggish and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung ST600 Connectivity

The ST600 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and at times alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Several applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Samsung ST600 Video specifications

The max video resolution on the Samsung ST600 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should aim for a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port so you have little control over your audio. It is probably best to consider a different model in case you need good audio in your video clips.

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Samsung ST600 Weather Sealing

Samsung ST600 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions might damage the camera.

Samsung ST600 Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung ST600 comes with a 3.5" fixed display supporting a resolution of 1,152k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly so you can easily switch focus points as well as adjust settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Samsung ST600 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

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

Samsung ST600 Shutter specifications

The highest shutter speed is 1/1500s.

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Samsung ST600 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Samsung ST600 includes only in-built flash with missing external flash support.

Samsung ST600 Autofocusing specifications

Samsung ST600 includes just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Samsung ST600 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers to adjust where you focus. Samsung ST600 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode can be useful in low light or you need more exact depth of field control.

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Samsung ST600 Battery life

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

Here is a listing of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Samsung ST600 for various kinds of photography

The following graph presents a summary of the Samsung ST600 for various kinds of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung ST600 Portrait photography features

The Samsung ST600 gets a score of 30 which is low, and means the camera is not really very good to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the ability to work with external flash.

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MP count decent (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Samsung ST600 Street photography details

With a modest points total of 60, the Samsung ST600 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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built in image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus by touch
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
more heavy than competition (150g)

Samsung ST600 Sports photography highlights

A low sports photography points total of 43 means the Samsung ST600 is not really very good for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Samsung ST600 Travel photography information

Size is pretty critical in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Samsung ST600 gets a nice 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable fit to buy for your journeys.

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offers touch focus
good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (27mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (150 grams)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Samsung ST600 Landscape photography details

For anyone looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Samsung ST600 at it's low grade of 44 as a landscape camera is not really very good in the current marketplace.

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really wide (27mm)
lovely big screen (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse mode

Samsung ST600 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving display, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Samsung ST600 is not really very good for vlogging as it receives a low rating of 30.

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rather wide (27mm)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone port
more heavy than others (150 grams)

Samsung ST600 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the ST600, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Ultracompact.

The line chart followed below gives you a bird's eye view of the ST600 compared to it's top rated rivals listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Samsung ST600
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
27-135mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Display resolution
1,152k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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 secs
Max shutter speed
1/1500 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
White balance 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 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
150 grams (0.33 lbs)
104 x 60 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Card slots
Price at release