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Camera lets everyone see By Paisal Chuenprasaeng Published on October 27, 2009 The front LCD screen is blended into the shiny black body of the camera. You can tap it gently to activate the front LCD screen or you can use the menu on the back touch screen to activate the front screen. The front LCD screen assures you that you will always be properly framed. And when the front LCD is used in self-portrait mode, the camera activates its smile detection technology and the camera will automatically fire when a smile is detected. And when dual views are used in child mode, the front LCD will play a fun animation program to capture the child's attention, so he or she will look at the camera.

The Samsung ST550 is a fun camera for taking self-portraits, thanks to the 1.5-inch LCD on the front. Dual views can also be used in shutter info mode to alert your subject to smile when you press the shutter button half way down. The camera features 12.2 megapixel resolution. Its 27mm wide-angle lens in 35mm equivalent, with a 4.6x optical zoom makes it good for scenery shots.

During the tests, we found the camera took good quality shots. The pictures are sharp and clear, especially when they are taken in a well-lit environment. One of our staff took the ST550 on a trip to Korea and captured good quality, colourful shots. Its smart auto mode worked well by selecting proper scene modes automatically. For example, it correctly selected scenery mode when I took photos of outdoor scenes and selected portrait mode when I shot faces of my subjects. We especially like its beauty shot mode. The camera fires a bright flash to lighten a subject's face, making the skin appear smooth and giving a youthful appearance. The camera also has advanced dual-image stabilisation for ensuring blur-free shots in most environments. But the camera will warn you if its limit has been reached at any particular shutter speed. The camera is also equipped with "smart gesture", which allows a user to quickly scroll through the photos by tilting the device in either direction or by selecting the appropriate photos for a slide show. Its 3.5-inch touch-screen back LCD is good for reviewing the shots. The Samsung ST550 retails for Bt11,990. Specifications: Samsung ST550 Effective pixels: 12.2 megapixels Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach f = 4.9 - 22.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 27 - 124.2mm) F No: F3.5 (W) - F5.9 (T) Main display: 3.5-inch (8.9cm) 1152K Full Touch LCD Front display: 1.5-inch (3.8cm) 185K TFT LCD Super macro: 3cm - 8cm Shutter speed: auto: 1/8 - 1/2000 sec; program: 1 - 1/2000 sec; night: 8 - 1/2000 sec; fireworks: 2 secs. ISO equivalent: auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 Media: about 55MB internal memory; expandable with Micro SD (up to 4GB guaranteed) and Micro SDHC (up to 8GB guaranteed) Still image shooting: smart auto, auto, program, dual IS, scene

Max video recording: 1280 x 720 (30 / 15 fps) Dimensions: 99.8 x 59.8 x 18.6mm Weight: 165.7g (without battery and card)

Camera lets everyone see- ST550  

The front LCD screen assures you that you will always be properly framed.