CNET Editors' review: Samsung SH100


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The Samsung SH100 has features tailor-made for people wanting the functionality of their smartphone camera in a point-and-shoot.

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CNET Editors' review: Samsung SH100

  1. 1. Link: 34467830.html?subj=fdba&part=rss&tag=MR_Digital+cameras Samsung SH100 Video URL: 34467830.html?subj=fdba&part=rss&tag=MR_Digital+cameras#reviewPage1 CNET Editors rating 3.5starsVery good Design:8.0 Features:9.0 Performance:7.0 Image quality:6.0 Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman Released on: 03/15/2011 Reviewed on: 09/20/2011 CNET Editors review
  2. 2. The good: The Samsung SH100 has features tailor-made for people wanting the functionality oftheir smartphone camera in a point-and-shoot.The bad: The SH100s low-light photos are not good and its performance can be slow. Also,wireless uploads are limited to 2-megapixel photos and 30-second low-res movie clips.The bottom line: If you like all the photo apps for your smartphone camera but miss having anoptical zoom, the Samsung SH100 is the point-and-shoot for you.Samsung seems to be the only camera manufacturer really pushing forward with Wi-Fi in itscameras. Its launched a handful of wireless-enabled models over the past couple years, buttheyve been mysteriously hard to come by, so I havent been able to review one. That changeswith the SH100.The camera has built-in 802.11n wireless that can be used to connect to your Wi-Fi network forautomatic backups or viewing on DLNA-equipped devices; connect to other Samsung Wi-Ficameras for sharing; connect to hot spots including those provided by Boingo (an account comeswith the SH100) or wirelessly tether to a smartphone; and connect to an Android 2.2-poweredGalaxy S smartphone, 7-inch Galaxy Tab, or iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3.That last option can be used to upload content to sharing sites, but it will also allow you to controlthe camera remotely. Your display turns into a viewfinder and you can move the cameras zoomlens as well as hit the shutter release. Itll also use the phones GPS receiver to geotag yourshots. (Samsung plans to extend these features to other non-Samsung Android smartphones aswell.)Outside of the wireless features, the camera is just a nice ultracompact. Its using a 14-megapixelCCD (1/2.3-inch type), a 26mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 5x optical zoom, and a 3-inchtouch-screen LCD, and shooting modes are automatic, meaning theres no full control overaperture and shutter speed. In fact, using it is a lot like using a smartphone camera due to anabundance of filters and simple editing tools. Oddly, given the extensive shooting features,Samsung used digital image stabilization--not optical or mechanical--which is its biggest featureshortcoming.
  3. 3. Photo quality from the SH100 is good up to and including ISO 400. Like most sub-$200 point-and-shoots, its not a camera youd want to use in low-light conditions or indoors without a flash.The photos get spectacularly worse above ISO 400, picking up a lot of color noise and losingdetail. Actually, noise is a bit of a problem even at the SH100s lowest ISO sensitivities whenphotos are viewed at full size; if you need to enlarge and heavily crop your photos and still wantto use them for large prints, I would skip the SH100. However, if youre considering this for itsonline-sharing capabilities and dont typically make prints larger than 8x10s or view images atlarge sizes onscreen, the SH100 is a safe choice for the money. It is because this camera isdesigned primarily for Web sharing that it earned a higher-than-usual photo-quality rating.Colors produced by the SH100 were very good at and below ISO 400: bright, vivid, and pleasing.The auto white balance is good, which is important since this camera really is all about automaticshooting. If you do want more say in the end result, in the Program mode you have access tomanual white balance and custom RGB sliders as well as sharpness, saturation, and contrastsliders.Theres a slight amount of barrel distortion at the wide end of the lens and barely perceptiblepincushioning with the lens extended. More importantly, the lens on my review camera wasinconsistent with some softness off to the sides, particularly the left side. Center sharpness wasOK, though.Video quality is on par with a basic HD pocket video camera; good enough for Web use andcasual TV viewing. Panning the camera will create judder thats typical of the video from mostcompact cameras and you will see ghosting with fast-moving subjects. The zoom lens doesfunction while recording, though the audio cuts out slightly while the lens is moving. Imagestabilization is digital only.