With an optional adaptor you can take advantage of the HDMI output capability and connect it to an HD TV. Indeed, the ST550 offers respectable video capture performance although the sound is mono. A real shame is that that the front LCD screen cannot be used in video mode. No doubt that will be rectified in future models.
Likeable in many ways, but needs refining
There were a couple of other disappointments too. Samsung’s decision to use micro SD cards for storage may keep things compact, but for many, it will involve investing in yet another flash memory format. Also, the ST550 has a very poor battery life, managing just over 100 shots with one battery charge.
While the photographic performance of this little innovator left me cold, I have to admit that the inclusion of a dual LCD screen does make taking self-portraits an all-together new and more creative experience. For this reason alone, I’d recommend this camera to any serious self-snapper and commend Samsung on introducing what will, no doubt, become a standard feature on many compact cameras. ®
Catherine Monfils is a professional photographer specialising in portraiture, lifestyle and fashion.
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