Samsung ST6500

Samsung ST6500 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 102 x 57 x 19mm
  • Announced January 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung ST6500 overview

Samsung ST6500 is Samsung's Ultracompact camera originally introduced on January of 2011. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The ST6500 is rated #40 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #917 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personal factors.

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

Samsung ST6500 family

The Samsung ST6500 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can take a look at all older and the latest models along with main specifications.

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Samsung ST6500 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Samsung ST6500 based on criterias that are normally seen as important in a camera.

above average min ISO (80)
fast max aperture (f)
good resolution (16MP)
good zoom range (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has touchscreen
nice screen size (3")
relatively wide (26mm)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW files
low resolution screen (460 k dots)
manual exposure not possible
no aperture priority mode
no external flash support
no external microphone socket
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no moving screen
no shutter priority
no Timelapse function
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Samsung ST6500 Sensor details

The sensor measurement on the Samsung ST6500 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and features a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The picture below displays the ST6500's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The ST6500 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted 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 ST6500 dimensions

Samsung ST6500 is 0.00 lbs ( grams or 0.00 oz) and the volume of the camera is 102mm x 57mm x 19mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Samsung ST6500 is lighter in comparison with other competitors.

Photography Glossary

Listed below is a visual of the Samsung ST6500 beside a softdrink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Samsung ST6500 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the ST6500.

Samsung ST6500 topview buttons dials

Samsung ST6500 Lens specs

The ST6500 provides a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional nevertheless it would certainly be useful in a few cases.

At the widest 26mm, it provides an aperture of f which is beneficial in low light conditions and capturing good bokeh. It would also let you go with a much lower ISO to have cleaner files.

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Samsung ST6500 Connectivity

The ST6500 has the following connectivity:

    Cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and sometimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

    Several applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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    Samsung ST6500 Video specs

    The highest video resolution on the Samsung ST6500 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should try to get a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone socket so you get little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order a different camera should you need good sound in your video clips.

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    Samsung ST6500 Weather Sealing

    There is no weather sealing on the Samsung ST6500 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

    Samsung ST6500 Display and Viewfinder

    The Samsung ST6500 includes a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

    Moreover the display is touch friendly so you will be able to shift focus point as well as adjust settings using your fingertips.

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    The View Finder specifications regarding Samsung ST6500 are the following:

    • ViewFinder None

    In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.

    Samsung ST6500 Shutter specs

    The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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    Samsung ST6500 Flash and Hot shoe specs

    Samsung ST6500 has got only inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.

    Samsung ST6500 Autofocusing specs

    Samsung ST6500 has got just Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and exact in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.

    Samsung ST6500 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be useful during low light scenarios or you need more precise focus control.

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    Samsung ST6500 Battery life

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

    Here is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that have the best battery life:

    Samsung ST6500 for varying kinds of photography

    The following diagram provides a analysis of the Samsung ST6500 for varying kinds of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.

    Portrait photography with Samsung ST6500

    The Samsung ST6500 has a points total of 30 which is terrible, meaning that it is not appropriate to use for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the ability to utilize off-camera flash.

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    good MP (16 megapixels)
    focusing manually not possible
    manual mode not available
    no external flash support
    sensor is very small (1/2.3")
    has no RAW support

    Samsung ST6500 as a Street photography camera

    With a moderate points tally of 50, the Samsung ST6500 is fairly suitable for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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    screen is fixed
    lack of image stabilization
    very small sensor size (1/2.3")
    has no RAW support

    Sports photography with Samsung ST6500

    A terrible sports photography points total of 29 suggests the Samsung ST6500 is not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

    Photography Glossary
    decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
    lack of shutter priority mode
    no image stabilization
    small sensor size (1/2.3")
    lacks phase detect AF

    Samsung ST6500 Travel photography factors

    Size is super crucial when selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung ST6500 gets a very good 74 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to take on your journeys.

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    good MP (16MP)
    has built in flash
    decently wide (26mm)
    good maximum aperture (f)
    no Time Lapse mode
    doesn't have selfie friendly display

    Samsung ST6500 Landscape photography information

    If you are planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Samsung ST6500 with it's terrible grade of 43 as a landscape camera is not appropriate among it's competition.

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    relatively wide (26mm)
    great maximum aperture (f)
    screen is a good size (3 inch)
    MP count good (16MP)
    focusing manually not possible
    fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
    no manual mode
    does not have image stabilization
    tiny sensor (1/2.3")
    does not have RAW files
    missing Timelapse mode

    Vlogging with Samsung ST6500

    A vlogging camera should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Samsung ST6500 is not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a terrible score of 32.

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    decently wide (26mm)
    fast max aperture (f)
    screen is touchscreen
    does not posses selfie friendly display
    does not have image stabilization
    low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
    lack of external microphone socket

    Samsung ST6500 Alternatives

    If you need alternatives to the ST6500, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall in to the family of Ultracompact.

    The graph followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the ST6500 versus it's highest scored competitors suggested above.

    These are some more cameras you might see as alternative options. To review a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Model type
    Samsung ST6500
    Physical type
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    6.08 x 4.56mm
    Sensor area
    Sensor resolution
    16 megapixels
    Anti alias filter
    Aspect ratio
    4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
    Highest resolution
    4608 x 3456
    RAW support
    Highest native ISO
    Minimum native ISO
    Focus manually
    Touch to focus
    AF continuous
    AF single
    AF tracking
    Selective AF
    Center weighted AF
    Multi area AF
    AF live view
    Face detect AF
    Contract detect AF
    Phase detect AF
    Cross type focus points
    Lens support
    fixed lens
    Lens zoom range
    26-130mm (5.0x)
    Focal length multiplier
    Display type
    Fixed Type
    Display diagonal
    Display resolution
    460k dots
    Selfie friendly
    Touch display
    Viewfinder Information
    Viewfinder type
    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
    Lowest shutter speed
    8 secs
    Highest shutter speed
    1/2000 secs
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manually set exposure
    Set WB
    Image stabilization
    Inbuilt flash
    External flash
    WB bracketing
    Multisegment exposure
    Average exposure
    Spot exposure
    Partial exposure
    AF area exposure
    Center weighted exposure
    Video features
    Video resolutions
    1280 x 720
    Highest video resolution
    Microphone port
    Headphone port
    Environmental sealing
    Water proofing
    Dust proofing
    Shock proofing
    Crush proofing
    Freeze proofing
    Physical dimensions
    102 x 57 x 19mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.7")
    Time lapse shooting
    Card slots