Plenty of quality features in a premium compact shell.
- Sturdy, decent image quality
- Troublesome image stabilisation, noticeable chromatic aberration
The S1070 packs the standard range of point-and-shoot features into a body backed up by capable technical specifications. Apart from a few niggles, it takes accurate, good quality photographs.
Price$ 209.00 (AUD)
Samsung’s S1070 looks like yet another mid-range point and shoot compact camera. It’s more refined than the competition, though, with a quality image sensor that doesn’t boast a ridiculously overblown megapixel count.
The S1070 has 10.2 megapixels to work with, which might seem a little small given the numbers currently being bandied around by camera manufacturers. It uses them all well though, and it has a range of features that make it a quality product.
It doesn’t have fantastic build quality, with a plastic shell rather than the metal of units like Olympus’ MJU 1010. This leads to the body of the camera picking up plenty of smudges and fingerprints, but it’s easily wiped down. The lens and surround are made of slightly reflective brushed metal. The other main feature on the front of the device is the inbuilt flash. To its credit, the unit feels very sturdy and is well weighted with two AA batteries inserted.
The camera’s rear has a pleasantly bright and sharp 2.7in LCD, which is recessed around 1mm into the body of the camera. This will protect it from occasional scrapes and drops, but it does have the disadvantage of capturing a lot of dust. It’s accompanied by a series of clearly marked buttons for the camera’s various functions. There are also top-mounted controls for power, mode selection and shutter. We would have preferred having the zoom controls on the top of the unit rather than on the rear, but they are easy to access nonetheless.
The S1070 has all the standard features of a mid-level point-and-shoot. Face detection and colour alteration modes are available. However, if you want to alter sharpness, contrast and saturation levels you will have to use the manual mode.
The lens of the unit is nothing special, with a film equivalent zoom range of 35-105mm. This will be adequate for general usage both indoors and outdoors, but for close-ups and group photos you’ll be longing for a wider lens like the 28mm one on Nikon’s COOLPIX S610 .
From start-up to capturing a picture in sunny conditions takes slightly under 1.5 seconds, though you’ll need to wait an additional four seconds if you require the flash. Shutter lag is average at 0.15 seconds, and the shot-to-shot time is 2.2 seconds. Annoyingly, there’s no way to set a burst shot in automatic mode. In manual mode, however, we were able to capture continuous frames every 1.4 seconds.
The S1070 has some rudimentary digital image stabilisation built in, but it doesn’t always hit the mark. Some of our test photographs were noticeably blurred and smooth. It also requires you to enter a specific image stabilisation mode using the top-mounted jog dial, which we found counterintuitive.
In general, pictures were acceptable for a mid-level point-and-shoot camera. Images were slightly soft when examined in close detail, but they were still more than acceptable for small and medium prints. We also noticed a large amount of chromatic aberration — manifesting itself as purple fringing — on outdoor, high-contrast and high-brightness images.
Colour was a strong point of the S1070, with a wide range of hues. However, colours were slightly under-saturated at default settings. There was no significant bias towards any one colour, which helped make the images look accurate.
Noise was surprisingly bearable up to ISO 400, while ISO 800 adds significant noise to images — making it a last resort for quick low-light snaps. ISO 1600 is also available, but images become indistinct and grainy. Unless you want photos that look like they’ve been exposed to radiation, steer clear of this setting.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Huawei P10 smartphone review
- Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- Moto G5 smartphone: full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- FTInfrastructure Engineer - End User ComputingNSW
- FTFrontend developerNSW
- FTDemand Release ManagerNSW
- FTInfrastructure EngineerACT
- CCChange ManagerWA
- FTPrincipal Consultant / Account Delivery Executive.NSW
- FTProject Control Analyst - PMOACT
- CCInfrastructure Business AnalystNSW
- FTDashboard Developer | up to $92 p/hrVIC
- FTTest AnalystACT
- CCdevOps EngineerNSW
- CCProcurement & Contract SpecialistNSW
- FTSenior Solution Designer, Investment and Trading PlatformNSW
- FTFull Stack DeveloperQLD
- CCInfrastructure ArchitectACT
- TPFront End .NET DeveloperQLD
- CCIDAM ArchitectVIC
- FTSoftware DeveloperQLD
- FTDigital Developer | LAMP Stack | Digital AgencyNSW
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTSales Lead - Healthcare systemsVIC
- TPIT Security SpecialistVIC
- TPTechnical ConsultantACT
- FTSenior Network EngineerNSW