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Bumped up to 5 stars,
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This review is from: Samsung ST66 Compact Digital Camera - Black (16.1MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (Electronics)This is a neat wee thing. I bought this to replace a Samsung ES15 which punched way above its weight but had got dust on the sensor. This guy is metal, smaller, but has a slightly bigger zoom range. It also has a grip on the right hand side which makes it much easier to hold than those that don't. It takes a lithium battery (buy a Duracell spare for a tenner), and a SanDisk 8 or 16GB microSDHC card (and a spare). Casewise the LowePro Apex 20AW fits well and can take that spare battery and card too.
It's easy to knock the memory card out when changing the battery. So to prevent yourself having kittens and thinking you've lost all your holiday photos be careful with that. Been there.
It also occasionally jumps numbers not sure why yet. It might be because I delete a pic as I go from time to time, or endlessly changing modes might do it too. Anyway still to suss that.
So, to performance, based on a week's holiday...
Pictures are not bad at all. Some ropey ones but they were taken in a gale and some excellent ones. There is slight purple fringing at times, lens softer towards the edges etc, all of which I guess is normal at this price point (which at £65 is half what it is in Jessops!). The panorama mode works very well though you have to be careful not to become a panorama bore by taking lots of panoramas! The night pics on a tripod are also pretty good. So, so far, looking quite good.
Like the one it replaced I feel it'll be better in Program mode most of the time so you can manually change a few settings. Smart Auto works well but sometimes isn't so smart. Program is usually better.
If you could just buy something like this with a rip roaring lens in it it would sell by the shed load. Canon are you paying attention? Try making an S95 etc with a grip on it and lose the obsession with pop-up flashes.
But for £65? Very good.
6 months on... still four stars. Pictures can be a little fuzzy at times (no this is not shaking the camera...) but mostly they're pretty good and from time to time it can kick out a cracker. The panorama mode is great fun. And I see its even cheaper now too.
10 months on. Bumped up to 5 stars. Have come second in a landscape photography competition with it and discovered you can sort of make it go Manual by switching it into Night Mode and then playing with LT Shutter and Aperture.