Expert Review of Samsung ST6500
Samsung ST6500 offers a 16.1 megapixels sensor, a wide-angle lens along with an optical zoom of up to 5x power. The focal length of 130mm is equivalent of 35mm. The camera is perfect for having an outing with family and friends as well as for shooting portraits and landscapes. Catching images is an easy task with its Smart Auto 2.0 mode that decides the perfect settings for the camera when you are about to shoot pictures or capture movies. Also, there is a dual image stabilization feature - both digital and optical type to help take sharp pictures sharp in differing conditions. There is smart face recognition as well that detects up to 20 faces, automatically focuses on them making sure that they stand out.
What helps in creativity is the range of magic filters that include Wall Art, Ripple, Retro Film, Full Moon, Holiday, Old Record, Classic TV, Magazine and more. Also, there are smart filters like vignetting miniature and fish-eye. High-definition videos can be captured at 720p. The smart filters mode utilized are namely, Vignetting, Miniature, Retro Sketch, Fish Eye, Defog, Classic Half Tone Dot and Negative. The camera can be linked to HDTV with an HDMi cable. ST6500 produces images that are well exposed and have brilliant color reproductions. The camera can only focus close by 5cm but you can achieve good macro shots. The camera's beauty shot mode makes portrait shots easy with pleasant skin toning. The portrait system is perfect, for you can change the face tone levels and face retouch. Within landscape mode, the camera takes images with brilliant greens and blues.
Coming to the white balance performance of the camera, AWB is good and under the fluorescent and incandescent studio lighting, produces perfectly acceptable results. Under the fluorescent preset and lights, you do see some green cast within the image but the auto white balance preset does a lot better job. Samsung ST6500 is overall a well-designed camera that captures colorful images that would look great even when shared over the internet. Users who enjoy recording videos will enjoy creativity modes that are not available for videos and images, normally. The camera is a bit expensive though.
Design and Build Quality
Samsung ST6500 features a number of unique design elements. The shutter release button has been angled slightly and the zoom rocket is a slider at the rear of the camera. There aren’t many physical controls on the body of the camera as the 3 inches wide touch sensitive screen fills most of the back.
The cam is easy to hold and is not heavy. The touchscreen monitor may take some time for you to get accustomed with but the menu system has been laid out quite well. The physical buttons over camera, though few in number have been placed well. There is no zoom rocker about the shutter release, which is a bit strange.
Focus and Face Detection
Samsung ST6500 comes with the TTL autofocus focusing system where the minimum focusing distance is of 5cm for macro shots. The focus points used are - Face Recognition AF, Centre AF, Multi AF, Object Tracking AF, Face Detection AF and Smart.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Samsung ST6500 offers a 5x optical zoom with focal length range of 130mm, in 35mm terms. The 16.1 megapixels sensor is 26mm at the wide-angle position. At the center of the images, the detail is better and there is a bit of blur around the images when you view them in full size. One can see some lens flare and purple fringing as well, in bright sky on wide shot.
Screen and Menus
Samsung ST6500 doesn't come with many buttons since it has a 3 inches wide touch sensitive screen that fills most of the rear. The camera is easy to hold and doesn't weigh too much. It might take sometime for people to get used to the camera's touchscreen. However, the menu system has been laid out well and is easy to navigate.
Samsung ST6500 runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery and gets shipped with a BP70A adaptor.
Samsung ST6500 captures videos in 1280 x 720 pixels HD, 640 x 480 pixels VGA and 320 x 240 pixels SD, all of them at the rates of either 15 or 30fps. You can use optical zoom of up to 5x. For more creativity, one can add some filters and also use the miniature effect.
Samsung ST6500 offers a 1/2.3-inch sized 16.1 megapixels CCD type sensor. Coming to its performance, at ISO80, noise cannot be noticed but at ISO100, the images are not as sharp. At ISO800, important detail get lost through and worsens at ISO1600. You can see a lot of noise at ISO3200. The colors remain unaffected, this is the best part here, where detail get lost through the ISO range but colors don't. The images delivered at ISO3200 and ISO1600 are the best for having small prints and to be used over the web.
Samsung ST6500 comes with a new design
3 inches wide LCD monitor
Color reproduction is brilliant
Samsung ST6500 lacks detail to the images
Chromatic aberration and purple fringing can be observed at times