Samsung ST65

Samsung ST65 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 0 - 0
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 92 x 53 x 17mm
  • Launched January 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Samsung ST65 overview

Samsung ST65 is Samsung's Ultracompact camera originally released on January of 2011. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The ST65 is ranked #102 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all round #1130 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your customized factors.

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

Samsung ST65 family

The Samsung ST65 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can look at all earlier and most recent models along with main specs.

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Samsung ST65 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Samsung ST65 based on features which are typically seen as important in a camera.

has built in flash
resolution is good (14MP)
screen size is good (3 inch)
very good max aperture (f)
very good min ISO (0)
cannot use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have HDMI port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have microphone port
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not have image stabilization
fixed focal length (()mm)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
maximum ISO low (0)
no aperture priority mode
no moving screen
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW files
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Samsung ST65 Sensor features

The specification of the sensor in the Samsung ST65 is 6.16mm x 4.62mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels .

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and delivers a native ISO range of 0 - 0. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the ST65's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The ST65 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Samsung ST65 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung ST65 dimensions

Samsung ST65 is 0.00 lbs ( grams or 0.00 oz) and features exterior measurements of 92mm x 53mm x 17mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 grams so the Samsung ST65 is lighter as compared with its competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Samsung ST65 alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.

Samsung ST65 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the ST65.

Samsung ST65 topview buttons dials

Samsung ST65 Lens features

The ST65 is equipped with a built-in lens having a constant focal length of ()mm which means you do not have the luxury to zoom.

At it's widest ()mm, the lens offers an aperture of f and that is perfect in low light circumstances and capturing good bokeh. It would also allow you to use a much lower ISO in order to get clearer files.

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Samsung ST65 Connectivity

The ST65 has the following connectivity:

    Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send photos and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

    Several apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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    Samsung ST65 Video features

    The highest video resolution in the Samsung ST65 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should really try to get at least 1080p resolution for video recording. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone socket so you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably best to buy an alternative model should you want good audio in your video clips.

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    Samsung ST65 Weather Sealing

    There is no weather proofing in the Samsung ST65 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

    Samsung ST65 Display and Viewfinder

    The Samsung ST65 is equipped with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 460k dots.

    Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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    The View Finder specs regarding Samsung ST65 are below:

    • ViewFinder None

    Viewfinders are very useful during sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

    Samsung ST65 Shutter features

    The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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    Samsung ST65 Flash and Hot shoe features

    Samsung ST65 includes just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.

    Samsung ST65 Autofocus features

    Samsung ST65 has no Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and exact as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

    Samsung ST65 has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is good during low light occasions or you need more accurate control on focus.

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    Samsung ST65 Battery life

    The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest (320) battery life within this class of cameras.

    Here is a list of Ultracompact cameras having the highest battery life:

    Samsung ST65 for different styles of photography

    The following diagram gives a summation of the Samsung ST65 for different styles of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

    Samsung ST65 as a Portrait photography camera

    The Samsung ST65 receives a rating of 28 which is lousy, and means the camera is not really very good to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support together with the option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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    decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
    no manual focus
    no manual exposure
    external flash not possible
    sensor is small (1/2.3")
    does not have RAW support

    Samsung ST65 Street photography features

    Coming in at a decent score of 49, the Samsung ST65 is relatively suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

    Photography Glossary
    fixed screen
    lack of image stabilization
    sensor size is small (1/2.3")
    does not have RAW files
    maximum ISO low (0)

    Samsung ST65 Sports photography information

    A lousy sports photography points tally of 26 suggests the Samsung ST65 is not really very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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    good MP (14MP)
    fixed focal length (()mm)
    no shutter priority mode
    no image stabilization
    sensor is small (1/2.3")
    lacks phase detect autofocus

    Samsung ST65 Travel photography info

    Portability is extremely crucial in selecting a travel camera. On the whole, the Samsung ST65 gets a nice 71 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable choice for your holidays.

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    sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
    has built in flash
    fast max aperture (f)
    lack of Time Lapse mode
    screen is not selfie friendly

    Samsung ST65 Landscape photography features

    In case you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung ST65 at it's lousy score of 37 as a landscape camera is not really very good among it's competitors.

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    fast maximum aperture (f)
    decent sized screen (3")
    decent megapixels (14MP)
    no manual focus
    cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
    focal length is fixed (()mm)
    no manual exposure
    lack of image stabilization
    sensor is small (1/2.3")
    low maximum ISO (0)
    lacks RAW support
    lack of Timelapse mode

    Vlogging with Samsung ST65

    A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Samsung ST65 is not really very good for vlogging as it delivers a lousy rating of 27.

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    great max aperture (f)
    does not have a selfie friendly screen
    lack of image stabilization
    low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
    does not have mic support

    Samsung ST65 Alternatives

    If you are interested in alternatives to the ST65, below is a range of the top ranked cameras that fall within the category of Ultracompact.

    The diagram followed below gives you an overview of the ST65 compared to it's highest ranking rivals listed previously.

    Following are several cameras you may regard as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Samsung ST65
    Body design
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    6.16 x 4.62mm
    Sensor surface area
    Sensor resolution
    14 megapixels
    Anti aliasing filter
    Highest resolution
    4608 x 3456
    RAW format
    Highest native ISO
    Lowest native ISO
    Focus manually
    Autofocus touch
    Autofocus continuous
    Autofocus single
    Tracking autofocus
    Selective autofocus
    Autofocus center weighted
    Multi area autofocus
    Autofocus live view
    Face detect focus
    Contract detect focus
    Phase detect focus
    Cross focus points
    Lens mounting type
    fixed lens
    Lens focal range
    Focal length multiplier
    Display type
    Fixed Type
    Display diagonal
    3 inch
    Display resolution
    460k dot
    Selfie friendly
    Touch operation
    Viewfinder Information
    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
    8 seconds
    Highest shutter speed
    1/2000 seconds
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manual exposure
    Set white balance
    Image stabilization
    Inbuilt flash
    Hot shoe
    AE bracketing
    White balance bracketing
    AF area
    Center weighted
    Video features
    Supported video resolutions
    1280 x 720
    Highest video resolution
    Microphone jack
    Headphone jack
    Environmental seal
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    92 x 53 x 17mm (3.6" x 2.1" x 0.7")
    Time lapse shooting
    Storage slots
    Price at launch