Samsung ST150F – A Compact Camera With A 5x Optical Zoom Lens

8/12/2013 9:24:31 AM

Samsung ST150F is a compact camera with a 5x optical zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi mode sharing, available on the market in a variety of colors, with the body made ​​of plastic, very compact easily into pocket.


A 5x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel sensor is responsible for the photos. On the rear is a 3 inch screen, and the camera comes with a range of intelligent shooting modes, multiple scene modes, and built in effects.

Samsung ST150F

Samsung ST150F

One of the most attractive features is the Wi-Fi connection, which means you can send photos to Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket or email with videos uploaded to YouTube. You can also upload photos to cloud service, which means you can back up your photos and then delete some, create space for more pictures. Samsung Mobile app helps to send your images to your smartphone or tablet. Images can also be stored on your computer by automatically backup process.

A 5x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel sensor is responsible for the photos.

A 5x optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel sensor is responsible for the photos.

Key Features

·         16.2 megapixel CCD sensor

·         5x optical zoom len, 25mm equivalent wide-angle

·         Image stabilisation

·         3inch screen, 230k resolution

·         Wi-Fi Sharing

·         720p video

·         ISO80 - ISO3200

·         5cm macro mode

·         MicroSD slot

·         Available in white, pink, silver, blue


The plastic body

The plastic body

The camera is compact with a plastic body, the mode on / off and shooting with zoom control. On the back is the home and menu button, as well as Wi-Fi sharing buttons directly. Home button lets you choose from the extensive shooting mode, while the Menu button allows you to set the shooting options. There is also quick access to flash, macro and self-timer on the 4-way controller, with the play and delete button below. There is very little grip hand on or in front or behind, so the use of the wrist strap is provided with incentives to prevent you from dropping the camera. The camera is extremely compact making it easy to put into small pocket.


Camera interface

Camera interface

Menu is very clear and easy to navigate, with all the modes are represented by colorful icons spread clear over the screen, as well as text to indicate what mode it is. The screen is clear enough, at 3 inches.

Camera battery

Camera battery

The main attractions when using Wi-Fi are the ability to upload directly to Facebook and connect to a smart phone to transfer photos and use as a mobile viewfinder. All with just a simple process of connecting your Wi-Fi connection and follow instructions on the screen. Working with smartphones, you will also need to download the apps on the devices. Battery life rating is not provided by Samsung; however, we can have a fair number of photos without having to recharge the battery.


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Sample photos

Sample photos

Sample photos

Some of the red-eye phenomenon can be seen in the portraits with flash, although the color is good. Color and exposure are quite good, with good color reproduction process.

Lens test images


Lens test images

Lens test images

Image is soft in the corners, although details are generally good in the rest of the image, as well as when zoomed in. Digital zoom is best avoided, unless you plan on sharing web such as Facebook, where the image will be resized. Some purple fringing is visible, although this is most noticeable in high contrast areas, and not a big deal in most photos. Dynamic range is good, and can be extended by using the backlight scene mode.

ISO test images

ISO test images

ISO test images

The noise is low at ISO80 and ISO100. The increased noise at ISO 200, with a few details missing. The noise increases again at ISO400 with more detail than is lost. Image becomes softer at ISO800, although the results seem to be acceptable. The highest noise at ISO3200, with a lot of detail is lost, and this setting is best avoided, though ISO1600 is perhaps the most significant result, especially in the case of reduced size.

White-balance test images

White balance test images

White balance test images

Automatic white balance (AWB) works well under tungsten light with a slightly warm results, and tungsten preset for more neutral results. AWB performed very well under fluorescent light, with presets the fluorescent light giving slight color detail, so it is best to balance AWB.


Panorama mode allows you to pan camera from one place to another while holding the shutter button down. The camera automatically stitches images together while you shoot. With low resolution and poor detail, they are best used for sharing on the web.

Digital filters

Digital filters

Digital filters

There are a number of scene modes, frame selection, as well as digital effects, including miniature, vignette, artistic effects, chopped screen, sketch, soft focus, fisheye, old film, half-tone, monochrome, retro, zoom, as well as some split image options


Video is recorded at 720p (1,280x720) at 30fps with mono sound and optical zoom is available while recording. You can also pause the video while recording. The quality is reasonable, although it would be better thanks to the optical image stabilisation that this camera does not have.


Samsung ST150F is available for $148.5, this price makes it quite good value for money for a compact camera with built-in Wi-Fi, and it competes with the following cameras:

·         Samsung WB30F, 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 178.5$

·         Nikon Coolpix S5200, 6x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 247.5$

·         Panasonic Lumix SZ5, 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 133.5$

·         Canon IXUS 240, 5x optical zoom, touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 148.5$

·         Canon IXUS 140, 8x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 240$

You will also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - just based on our complete guide to buy camera bags.


Samsung ST150F is a very compact camera, with a 3inch screen, and a wide-angle 5x optical zoom len. As a Samsung camera built-in Wi-Fi, it is one of the simplest ways to use Wi-Fi system is, and this makes it very easy to share photos and videos directly to social network sites, directly from the camera. Even so, for this reason, it is good value for consideration, a little more money you can consider Samsung WB30F with 10x optical zoom lens.


·         f/2.5 wide-angle len

·         Excellent Wi-Fi sharing

·         Very compact

·         Good value for money

·         Available in a number of colors


·         Low resolution screen

·         Soft corners in image

·         Lack grip

·         720p video



·         Max aperture: f/2.5 - f/6.3

·         35mm equivalent: 25mm - 125mm

·         Optical zoom: 5x

Image Sensor

·         CCD pixels: 16Mp (Megapixels)

·         Pixels (W): 4,608

·         Pixels (H): 3,456

·         Sensor Type: CCD

·         Sensor Size: 1/2.33 inch

·         Sensor Size (width): no data

·         Sensor Size (height): no data

·         Aspect Ratio: 4:3; 16:9

LCD Monitor

·         LCD Monitor: 3 inches     

·         Screen resolution: 230k dots

·         Touch Screen: no


·         Focusing modes: Autofocus, Centre, Face Detection, AF Tracking

·         Min Focus: 5 cm

Exposure Control

·         Shutter speeds shortest: ½,000 sec

·         Shutter speeds longest: 16 sec    

·         Exp modes: Program, Scene modes

·         Metering: Spot, Centre-weighted – Average, Multi Pattern

·         ISO sensitivity: 80 - 3200

·         White balance: Auto, Manual, Outdoors / Daylight, Cloudy, Incaandescent, Flourescent

·         Exposure Comp: +/-2      


·         Movie mode: yes

·         Video FPS: 30

·         Resolution: 1,280 x 720 720p

·         Stereo sound: no

·         Optical Zoom with video: yes

Other Features

·         Image Stabilisation: no


·         HDMI: no

·         USB: USB 2

·         Wifi: yes


·         Card Type: Micro SD, Micro SDHC

·         File Type: JPG

Power Source

·         Battery Type: Lithium Ion


·         Weight: 114g        

·         Width: 94.4mm

·         Height: 58mm

·         Depth: 17.7mm



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