The Good Huge AMOLED screen for shot composition and review;. Retractable 7x optical zoom, which can be used for photos and video;. Responsive touchscreen;. HDMI output;. High-quality build.
The Bad Takes microSD card only;. You're paying a modest premium for screen, zoom and wireless connectivity.
The Bottom Line The 14.2-megapixel Samsung ST5500 offers the double whammy of a huge 3.7-inch touchscreen at the back and retractable 7x optical zoom at the front, making for a surprisingly able point-and-shoot.
Samsung's 14.2-megapixel ST5500 digital compact is notable for its high quality build and the huge 3.7-inch wide-format AMOLED touchscreen that swallows up the entirety of its back plate, shifting what few physical buttons there are onto its top plate.
Its manufacturer has allied this with a broader-than-average focal range courtesy of its internally stacked 7x optical zoom, which glides through its 31-217mm 35mm equivalent range in three seconds. This means the camera itself is inevitably a little larger than 5x zoom options that come with 3-inch screens -- arguably the new industry standard.
Further future-proofing this model, Samsung has equipped the ST5500 with wireless connectivity options, including Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and DLNA. This means photos can be beamed straight from your camera to your desktop, the social-networking site of your choice, or your already groaning hard drive. Expect to pay in the region of £299 for the privilege.
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