Overview / First Impressions
When I first opened the box I was pretty impressed with the size of the camera itself. Measuring roughly 16mm in total width (or thickness) the camera is pretty thin. Being thing for a compact digital camera is great, as you can easily slip it into a pant pocket or a purse.
The back of the camera is where most of the magic happens; well the majority of your controls are located anyway. The 2.5-inch screen is great for viewing what you are about to capture digitally, or for when you want to look at what you have previously captured digitally. The area where the menu buttons are also allows your thumb rest gentle when you set up for a shot. The 2.5-inch screen and easy to use controls, allows you to maneuver between menu options and functions with ease.
The top of the camera has the power button, zoom control, shutter button and a button for Samsung’s Smart feature. The power and Smart buttons are recessed so you cannot accidently hit them while taking a photo or carrying it in a pocket. The zoom button works like other digital camera, moving left (wide) to right (telephoto).
The side of the camera body holds the location for the proprietary USB cable connection as well as the loop for the included lanyard.
The bottom of the Samsung ST50, as with many digital cameras, has the tripod mounting point and the little door that allows access to the battery and memory card compartment.
One thing I did notice that was not included in the box was a separate battery charger for the Samsung ST50. They include an AC adapter attachment for their proprietary USB cable which then allows you to charge the battery (still in camera) from an electrical outlet.