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Written on Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Pros: 16.2 mp for great 3456 x 4608 photos, 720p hd video, free handy accessories, large, brilliant lcd screen
Cons: poor inbuilt speaker, video is captured with mono sound

I have had my Samsung ST72 for 3 months now and this little camera has delivered all I expected and more. I went for the black version which features catchy silver accents on buttons and around the lens. 

The camera has 16.2 effective megapixels - a bump higher than most other cameras in its class - allowing me to take pictures at the stunning resolution of 3456 x 4608. When I view these photos on my 40" LCD HDTV through the supplied USB cable they appear true-to-life. 

16.2 Effective Megapixels
16.2 Effective Megapixels

Something I didn't expect to find is that the camera can capture video in 720p HD resolution. I know 720p is not true HD but it is an achievement for a camera in this class. I had to use my PC to view the details of the captured video files just to be sure, and they were of an amazing 1280 x 720 resolution. Before I get the chance to go for a true handycam, this will serve me really well.

720p HD Video
720p HD Video

I do have a quarrel with sound playback when viewing the captured videos using the camera, though. The inbuilt speaker produces some cracking sounds and is in my opinion not audible enough. The audio is good when I playback the videos on my PC, nonetheless.

Samsung has packed in quite a number of free handy accessories that allow me to get more out my ST72. These include a free 4GB microSD card (this is the original Samsung Essentials version with a read speed of up to 24 MB/s and a write speed of up to 13 MB/s), and a USB to RCA cable that allows you to view your photos and videos on your TV screen. I don't have much use for the USB to RCA cable as my LCD TV is USB-enabled and can be directly paired with the ST72 but I know it would come in really handy with a different type of TV.

Handy Accessories
Handy Accessories

The charger doubles up as a data cable and allows you to move your photos to the PC at a high speed. I also got a free protective leather bag.

I have also found the 3.0" smart LCD screen to be a huge plus. The screen adjusts it contrast and brightness according to ambient light and allows for a great, quick view of captured photos and videos. It's quite amply sized too.

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christine972 recommends Samsung ST72 Middle-level Smart Camera

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Brand: Samsung
Category: Gadgets
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