Samsung ST80

Samsung ST80 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 118g - 92 x 55 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2010
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung ST80 overview

Samsung ST80 is Samsung's Ultracompact digital camera originally introduced on January of 2010. It includes a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The ST80 is ranked #47 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all-around #933 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung ST80 history

The Samsung ST80 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can check out all past and newer models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Samsung-ST93 front thumbnailSamsung ST93
ST80 vs ST93
Samsung-ST65 front thumbnailSamsung ST65
ST80 vs ST65
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Samsung-ST90 front thumbnailSamsung ST90
ST80 vs ST90
Samsung-ST6500 front thumbnailSamsung ST6500
ST80 vs ST6500
Samsung-ST95 front thumbnailSamsung ST95
ST80 vs ST95
Samsung-ST700 front thumbnailSamsung ST700
ST80 vs ST700
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Samsung-SH100 front thumbnailSamsung SH100
ST80 vs SH100
Samsung-ST600 front thumbnailSamsung ST600
ST80 vs ST600
Samsung-ST100 front thumbnailSamsung ST100
ST80 vs ST100
Samsung-ST80 front thumbnailSamsung ST8035-105mm
Samsung-SL720 front thumbnailSamsung SL720
ST80 vs SL720
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Samsung-SL620 front thumbnailSamsung SL620
ST80 vs SL620

Samsung ST80 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of advantages and drawbacks of the Samsung ST80 based on things which are oftentimes viewed as essential in a digital camera.

comes with touch focus
does have HDMI port
good zoom range (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
very good min ISO (80)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW support
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of headphone port
lack of microphone port
lack of Timelapse recording
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
manual focus not available
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f5.5)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
wide angle not great (35mm)
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Samsung ST80 Sensor specs

The specification of the sensor in the Samsung ST80 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14MP and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 4800. The ISO can be widened electronically to a maximum of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the ST80's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The ST80 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is showcased in green.

Samsung ST80 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung ST80 dimensions

Samsung ST80 weighs in at 0.26 lb (118 gr / 4.16 ounces) & has exterior measurements of 92mm x 55mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Samsung ST80 is on par as compared to other competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Samsung ST80 beside a soda so you can get a feel for its size.

Samsung ST80 dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the ST80.

Samsung ST80 topview buttons dials

Samsung ST80 Lens details

The ST80 offers a built-in lens having a focal range of 35-105mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which is definitely not ideal however it would certainly be handy in certain conditions.

At it's widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.3 which will be really sluggish and not very good for low light circumstances and you will likely struggle to get good bokeh. You could also have to increase your ISO setting which causes noisy photos. At the long end, 105mm comes with f5.5 making it very sluggish and you would have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung ST80 Connectivity

The ST80 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send images and at times change camera settings without connecting physically with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Samsung ST80 Video details

The maximum video resolution in the Samsung ST80 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You really should try to get at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone port which means that you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to order a different model should you want good audio for your videos.

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Samsung ST80 Weather Sealing

Samsung ST80 doesn't have weather proofing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.

Samsung ST80 Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung ST80 includes a 3 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you are able to switch focus points and change settings with your fingers.

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The View Finder specifications for Samsung ST80 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be very useful.

Samsung ST80 Shutter details

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Samsung ST80 Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung ST80 features just integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Samsung ST80 Autofocus details

Samsung ST80 features only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Samsung ST80 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to change where you focus. Samsung ST80 has not got manual focus. Manual focus option is good during low light occasions or you need more exact control on depth of field.

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Samsung ST80 Battery life

The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the highest possible (320) battery life within this class of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Ultracompact cameras with the highest battery life:

Samsung ST80 for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration gives a overview of the Samsung ST80 for specific kinds of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Samsung ST80 Portrait photography advice

The Samsung ST80 receives a points total of 30 which is low, and means the camera is simply not suitable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files plus the ability to utilize external lighting.

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decent MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Samsung ST80 Street photography features

Getting a above average points tally of 63, the Samsung ST80 is a fine option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus by touch
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Samsung ST80 Sports photography details

A low sports photography rating of 43 indicates the Samsung ST80 is simply not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Samsung ST80

Weight is pretty crucial in buying a camera for travel. All things considered, the Samsung ST80 gets a nice 62 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice for your travels.

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comes with focus via touch
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)

Samsung ST80 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Samsung ST80 and it's low grade of 39 for a landscape camera is simply not suitable in the current market.

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good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Time Lapse function

Vlogging with Samsung ST80

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Samsung ST80 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a low rating of 28.

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screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external mic jack

Samsung ST80 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the ST80, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the category of Ultracompact.

The diagram listed below provides you an overview of the ST80 vs it's top ranked competitors shown previously.

Here are a few more cameras you may look into as alternatives. To see a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung ST80
Body design
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
Maximum resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
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
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
118 grams (0.26 lb)
Physical dimensions
92 x 55 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch cost