Samsung ST66 HD 5X Camera

My Samsung ST66 HD Camera – Front

My Samsung ST66 5X HD Camera – Back

I got my camera for Christmas two years ago, and have used it nearly every day. I love to take pictures of everything under the sun (literally), and this camera was just perfect. It’s small, light and has great picture quality. When I was given my camera, I also received an SD card because the camera itself does not have much memory. I highly recommend getting the SD card; I’ve had over 200 photos on my camera at one time without it being full, so there’s no need to worry about running out of memory when on a photo shoot.

There are many things I like about this camera. First, I liked its size. I can fit it into my pocket like I would a cell phone, or it will tuck easily into my purse. The camera comes with a wrist strap that you can slip your hand into so it won’t drop, but it’s not adjustable so you can tighten it to your wrist.

I was very impressed with the battery life. The battery lasts for a long time; it can go for days without charging.

This camera doesn’t have a lot of buttons on it, and once you get to know the few there are then you’ll have no trouble at all.

Pressing the Menu button opens up a variety of choices to personalize your camera such as the sound the shutter makes, the photo size, display brightness and what language you want it, and more.

The Mode button brings up different types of pictures you can take. In the ‘Scene’ section, you can choose to take a picture in ‘sunset mode’, ‘text’, ‘beauty shot’ and more. Personally, I don’t care much for the settings in the Scene section because I can take just as good of photos using Smart Auto.

Smart Auto doesn’t allow you to have any effects when taking pictures (unless you add the effects after the picture is taken) but it produces clear, crisp photos. It can be picky about how close the camera is to an object before it gets blurry, however. It is a little frustrating at times, but if you have the patience to just adjust the camera, all is well. One thing I have found quite irritating is that after you take a picture while in Smart Auto mode, you have to wait until the ‘SMART A’ button on the side stops flashing before you can take another photo. It is very frustrating when I am trying to get a picture of something that’s passing by, but if you go into any other camera mode there is no problem with this.

If you want to add effects while taking a picture, you would choose ‘Program’. Program allows you to add one of nine different effects, and then take a picture with that effect. (You access these effects by pressing the Fn button, and then it will bring up a menu of options that are available.) The effects are very good ones, and they give my pictures something more. I really love using the effects. You can even add effects after a picture has been taken, as I mentioned before. You can do this by going to the photo you want to edit, the press Menu, Edit, Smart Filter. 🙂

The zoom works fairly well, but it depends on what setting you are in. If you are in the Program setting it gets blurry faster, but if you are in Smart Auto it works very well!

There is a video camera, and it works very well. The video quality is good, but the sound is iffy. When you go back to watch the video, sometimes the audio is very quiet, yet other times it is just fine. It’s something to mess around with. But since I do not use the video camera much I don’t know if it is a certain option I have set up. Either way, what matters more to me is the picture quality.

This camera is the best I have ever used, and I use it very often. I recommend this camera to anybody who loves to take pictures!

What about you? Do you own a Samsung ST66 or any other type of camera? How do you like yours?

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2 thoughts on “Samsung ST66 HD 5X Camera

  1. Koren Elise February 17, 2014 / 1:55 am

    AWE to the SOME REVIEW – as always!!!!! You write your reviews in such a great way, Em. 🙂 Sometimes I get lost or bored with other reviews, but not with yours. You have a talent! ❤ 🙂

    As for the camera, that sounds like a WONDERFUL camera! Easy to use, not too complicated – awesomeness. 🙂 I was just wonderful, if you don't mind me asking, what is the price range for this? Do you know?

    Love you heaps, and thank you for such a nuovely review. ❤

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  2. Emma February 17, 2014 / 11:42 am

    Thank you very much, Koren! I’m glad you enjoy my blog. 🙂

    Yes, it is very easy to use! It didn’t take me long to learn. Oh, of course! I should’ve mentioned this in the post.

    For the price, it really depends on where you buy it. On Amazon they sell it for $75, but on Ebay they have an abundance of ST66 cameras for about 30, 40 dollars. Even if you get a used camera via Ebay, you still save about 35 dollars.

    At Wal-Mart.com it is not available for online shopping, but you can order it via site-to-store for about $69.

    As you can see the price varies quite a bit. I recommend checking out Ebay for some good deals before heading to Wal-mart, Amazon or any other store. 🙂

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