Samsung ST200F First Impressions Review$199.00
- Modes Overview
- Auto Mode
- Movie Mode
- Drive/Burst Mode
- Playback Mode
- Picture Quality & Size Options
Pressing the home key on the back of the ST200F brings up the main mode menu. In the basic mode section users can access the smart auto, program auto, smart movie, panorama, picture-in-picture, scene, and regular movie modes. In the engineering sample that we saw at CES, the camera's scene modes included magic frame, beauty shot, intelligent portrait, funny face, night, landscape, text, sunset, dawn, backlight, and beach & snow modes.
The ST200F has a program auto and smart auto mode, with the main difference being the level of control available in each mode. In smart auto mode, the camera will attempt to apply a scene mode preset rather than simply expose evenly across the scene. In program auto mode the camera will exposure according to whatever metering mode has been selected (spot, multi-segmented, or center-weighted average), with the full range of shooting options (ISO, exposure compensation, etc.).
The ST200F records 720p video, with its 10x optical zoom available while recording. The engineering samples we were able to see did offer an option for applying noise reduction (actual audio noise reduction) in order to minimize the impact of the zoom motor's noise on the resultant video. The camera offers plenty of control options when taking video, including: exposure compensation (+/- 2 stops), white balance, focus type (normal or macro), size, frame rate (30 or 15fps), metering, timer, stabilization, and sound recording.
The ST200F offers a few different drive settings for users to take advantage of, including single shot, continuous burst, motion capture (claimed to be 6fps burst speed), and auto exposure bracketing. The timer settings are located under a different menu setting, but include delays of 10 seconds, two seconds, and a ten second delay with two shots taken at the end of it.
Once you've recorded your shots, you can review them on the rear LCD, with a number of options for applying digital filters or adjusting photos with in-camera editing. Shots can be reviewed by zooming in to check focus accuracy and small details, or in a thumbnail setup that lets you view multiple images at once. The playback menu allows you to delete, share, or filter by date, file type, and faces. The sample we reviewed offered the ability to send a file by e-mail, or to Facebook, Picasa, Youtube, Photobucket, to a phone by WiFi Direct, or to their cloud service Allshare Play. The menus clearly weren't finalized with the sample we saw, so we imagine they'll also add the option use Microsoft's SkyDrive through this menu.
Picture Quality & Size Options
The ST200F has a maximum image size of 16 megapixels, with options for recording smaller sizes. These options are located in the shooting menu and the sample we used allowed for shots of 14, 12, 10, 5, 3, 2, or 1 megapixels. The camera records exclusively in JPEG, with the ability to select normal, fine, or super fine compression quality.