Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/11/grouptest_touchscreen_compact_cameras_samsung_st5500/

Samsung ST5500

By George Cole

Posted in Hardware, 11th August 2010 07:02 GMT

Review When it comes to technology, Samsung steers its own course. First off, the ST5500 uses a 3.7in AMOLED screen and has an abundance of technology on-board including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AllSave – part of the DLNA wireless content sharing standard.

Samsung ST5500

So far, so good, but it’s a shame that Samsung has opted to use MicroSD cards rather than the full-size version.

The camera’s screen is large, but it’s not as bright as an LCD screen, and not so clear in sunlight. However, touchscreen operation is well designed - even if its execution isn’t always that smooth.

A tab on the right of the screen can be used for displaying or hiding the motion recognition and network/Bluetooth icons, while a tab at the bottom gives fast access to numerous functions (in the Program AE mode, this includes ISO speed, white balance, AF mode and optical image stabilisation).

Samsung ST5500

Sample Shots

Samsung ST5500

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Samsung ST5500

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Samsung ST5500

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Samsung ST5500

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Samsung ST5500

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You can use several gestures during playback for scrolling, rotating and deleting, but these were a little sluggish compared with other models I’ve tried. Wi-Fi set-up though, was a doddle – the camera locks onto your home network and then simply asks you to enter the network key. Picture quality was impressive too.

Verdict

A touchscreen camera crammed with connectivity features and which uses OLED screen technology. Touch operation functions have been well designed - although gestures are a little slow. A tad pricey, so you'll need to shop around for this one. ®

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