Samsung HZ30W 12.0 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On January 18 2010, Samsung announced the world's slimmest cameras with 15x zoom and 24mm equivalent wide angle - one of the two even features built-in GPS and a 3-inch AMOLED screen. The Samsung HZ30W (aka WB600) and HZ35W (aka WB650), with the latter being the GPS/AMOLED model. The HZ30W has no GPS unit and comes with a more traditional 3-inch LCD screen. The two cameras are otherwise identical: both features a 12 Megapixels sensors, 24-360mm equivalent Schneider-Kreuznach lenses and 720p HD video recording capabilities.

Both the Samsung HZ30W and the Samsung HZ35W offer semi-automatic and full manual exposure control, optical image stabilisation and HDMI ports. The HZ30W and HZ35W are currently selling at around $229 and $333 respectively.

Samsung HZ30W Camera Reviews Roundup


BobAtkins - Dec 30 2011
"As a small, light, inexpensive and versatile camera, I like the Samsung HZ30W. I can slip it into my pocket and carry it anywhere, it has a true wideangle 24mm coverage lens and if I need the reach I can zoom out all the way to 360mm for those elusive wildlife shots! Most of the time I leave it in Program mode and let the camera decide on ISO, shutter speed..." More »
Not Rated
DigiCamReview - May 05 2011
"Image Quality: Great. Very good colour, with bright saturated colours (may be overly saturated for some, but this can be altered in camera). Detail is good, noise is low at the lower ISO settings, which the camera sticks to when left on AUTO ISO. Purple fringing is low, and barrel and pincushion distortion is also low with no obvious signs of vignetting - t..." More »
Not Rated
Trusted Reviews - Feb 02 2011
"We also liked the fact that the full extent of the zoom is accessible when shooting video, despite the fact that there's a low operational buzz when adjustments are made. However, as a bit of a cheat, the WB600's audio drops out when zooming begins and then kicks in again when any adjustments are finished. So you can have the sound or the zoom, but not both..." More »
80out of 100
TechRadar - Sep 16 2010
"When it comes to shooting stills, the WB600 is well worth the money. We have our reservations about the lens' performance at its longer reaches, as corner softness is an issue, but for general long-lens photography this is a great little device for trips to the zoo or wildlife photographers who don't want to be weighed down by a DSLR.We liked: We'..." More »
80out of 100
ePhotoZine - Jul 21 2010
"With an optical zoom of 15x there's usually a price to pay and in this case it's the wide open aperture coming in at f/3.2 at the wide angle end and f/5.8 at the telephoto end. Shooting towards bright light does produce some flare and against a white sky for high contrast shots there's some chromatic aberration but you really have to go for those extreme ci..." More »
80out of 100
Pocket-lint - Jul 19 2010
"The camera takes just over 2 seconds to start and takes about 4 seconds to get to the far end of the zoom which feels a little slow. Writing images to the card is fast enough, but if you deploy any of the special effects you'll find a pause whilst this is applied. Focusing is generally good but can be a little on the slow side at the far end of the zoom and..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - May 31 2010
"The Samsung WB600 adds two major features to its successor, namely a bigger 15x zoom and Aperture and Shutter priority shooting modes, whilst significantly reducing the price. The rather bulky design and unwanted noise at relatively slow ISO speeds prevent us from recommending it more highly. The new 15x lens raises the bar above its main rival, the Pa..." More »
80out of 100
CNET - May 14 2010
"Operational noise can be a problem if you zoom during a movie clip, so Samsung's found a crude but effective solution -- cutting the mic until the zooming stops. But surely it's better to put up with occasional mechanical noise than it is to lose the sound entirely? You can disable this 'zoom mute' function somewhere deep in the set-up menus, but not everyo..." More »
88out of 100

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  • 2014-10-07 07:00
    Five Stars, Abdias A, Derisme
    great camera I like it so much I'am shopping for another one,my old one starting to wear out .
  • 2013-12-22 08:00
    Disappointment, Kindle Customer
    So disappointed this camera has quit charging and also cannot load the pics to my PC. I even replaced the charger/USB cord with another one. That worked for a very short while, and now, it is not working again. Therefore, I believe it may be a defective port in the camera itself. We have had the camera about 2 years. It is probably not worth the cost of having it repaired. I will never buy another camera that only runs on a rechargeable battery, since even though I can remove the card and load the pics through a card reader, I am unable to charge the battery in the camera.
  • 2013-12-22 08:00
    Disappointment, Kindle Customer
    So disappointed this camera has quit charging and also cannot load the pics to my PC. I even replaced the charger/USB cord with another one. That worked for a very short while, and now, it is not working again. Therefore, I believe it may be a defective port in the camera itself. We have had the camera about 2 years. It is probably not worth the cost of having it repaired. I will never buy another camera that only runs on a rechargeable battery, since even though I can remove the card and load the pics through a card reader, I am unable to charge the battery in the camera.
  • 2013-12-22 08:00
    Disappointment, TEXASGIRL
    So disappointed this camera has quit charging and also cannot load the pics to my PC. I even replaced the charger/USB cord with another one. That worked for a very short while, and now, it is not working again. Therefore, I believe it may be a defective port in the camera itself. We have had the camera about 2 years. It is probably not worth the cost of having it repaired. I will never buy another camera that only runs on a rechargeable battery, since even though I can remove the card and load the pics through a card reader, I am unable to charge the battery in the camera.
  • 2013-01-20 08:00
    Nice camera, Ronald L. Hyman
    Verified Purchase(
    This camera takes very nice pictures and it's easy use.
    The price was right and i would recommend it for everyday picture taking.
    As alway's Amazon was a pleasure to deal with.
  • 2013-01-20 08:00
    Nice camera, Ronald L. Hyman
    This camera takes very nice pictures and it's easy use.
    The price was right and i would recommend it for everyday picture taking.
    As alway's Amazon was a pleasure to deal with.
  • 2012-08-04 07:00
    JUNK!!!, Richard
    I have owned two of these cameras. The first one was purchased a little over a year ago and wouldn't work out of the box. It wouldn't zoom in or out and when it did it froze and stopped working . Nothing would correct the problem so I returned it for a replacement. When the replacement arrived it worked OK; seeing very little use until now. Same problem as before; zoom froze in the open position and you couldn't turn the camera off or use any of the funtions. After trying everything on the manufactures web site; even buying a new battery and a charger it still refuses to work and is out of warranty( 1YEAR). I can not stress it enough: DON"T BUY THIS CAMERA!!!
  • 2012-08-04 07:00
    JUNK!!!, Richard
    I have owned two of these cameras. The first one was purchased a little over a year ago and wouldn't work out of the box. It wouldn't zoom in or out and when it did it froze and stopped working . Nothing would correct the problem so I returned it for a replacement. When the replacement arrived it worked OK; seeing very little use until now. Same problem as before; zoom froze in the open position and you couldn't turn the camera off or use any of the funtions. After trying everything on the manufactures web site; even buying a new battery and a charger it still refuses to work and is out of warranty( 1YEAR). I can not stress it enough: DON"T BUY THIS CAMERA!!!
  • 2012-06-12 07:00
    Takes great pictures, but not at max zoom, W. Reagan
    Verified Purchase(
    Excellent camera for the price. At standard zoom, the picture quality is top notch and crystal clear. When going to digital zoom and maxed out, quality of very grainy and sometimes not useable. Multitude of settings will keep camera fans happy, but the auto feature does and awesome job. Pictures are easily transferable but you will need a memory card with this, so plan accordingly. Solid product.
  • 2012-06-12 07:00
    Takes great pictures, but not at max zoom, W. Reagan
    Excellent camera for the price. At standard zoom, the picture quality is top notch and crystal clear. When going to digital zoom and maxed out, quality of very grainy and sometimes not useable. Multitude of settings will keep camera fans happy, but the auto feature does and awesome job. Pictures are easily transferable but you will need a memory card with this, so plan accordingly. Solid product.
  • 2011-12-24 08:00
    Worked okay for a year then problems, Amazon Customer "demon_f16"
    Purchased this camera last year (Nov 2010) based upon the favorable reviews. Gave it to my wife for christmas and she has been using it regularly for the last year. It worked good for at least 9-10 months then started to develop minor issues. I used it this fall at my son's basketball game and I had a hard time taking action photos. I tried all the settings and nothing improved the pictures. They were mostly blurry and it appears that there is an issue with the lens motor. I'm thinking that is why it has problems with action shots. I used it again tonight, Christmas eve, and it wouldn't zoom. It would take the first picture fine, then it wouldn't take another picture unless I switched it off or switched photo modes. I have tried different memory cards and charged the battery to no avail. The only redeeming quality of this camera is that I bought it with my American Express and it's covered under their extended warranty plan. I'll see how it turns out. As a final note, I've had mostly good luck with Canon cameras and have never had motor or lens focus issues with them. I think I'll switch to Nikon or Canon.
  • 2011-12-24 08:00
    Worked okay for a year then problems, Nick "demon_f16"
    Purchased this camera last year (Nov 2010) based upon the favorable reviews. Gave it to my wife for christmas and she has been using it regularly for the last year. It worked good for at least 9-10 months then started to develop minor issues. I used it this fall at my son's basketball game and I had a hard time taking action photos. I tried all the settings and nothing improved the pictures. They were mostly blurry and it appears that there is an issue with the lens motor. I'm thinking that is why it has problems with action shots. I used it again tonight, Christmas eve, and it wouldn't zoom. It would take the first picture fine, then it wouldn't take another picture unless I switched it off or switched photo modes. I have tried different memory cards and charged the battery to no avail. The only redeeming quality of this camera is that I bought it with my American Express and it's covered under their extended warranty plan. I'll see how it turns out. As a final note, I've had mostly good luck with Canon cameras and have never had motor or lens focus issues with them. I think I'll switch to Nikon or Canon.
  • 2011-12-24 08:00
    Worked okay for a year then problems, Nick "demon_f16"
    Purchased this camera last year (Nov 2010) based upon the favorable reviews. Gave it to my wife for christmas and she has been using it regularly for the last year. It worked good for at least 9-10 months then started to develop minor issues. I used it this fall at my son's basketball game and I had a hard time taking action photos. I tried all the settings and nothing improved the pictures. They were mostly blurry and it appears that there is an issue with the lens motor. I'm thinking that is why it has problems with action shots. I used it again tonight, Christmas eve, and it wouldn't zoom. It would take the first picture fine, then it wouldn't take another picture unless I switched it off or switched photo modes. I have tried different memory cards and charged the battery to no avail. The only redeeming quality of this camera is that I bought it with my American Express and it's covered under their extended warranty plan. I'll see how it turns out. As a final note, I've had mostly good luck with Canon cameras and have never had motor or lens focus issues with them. I think I'll switch to Nikon or Canon.
  • 2011-11-30 08:00
    Maybe you got a lemon?, SEQ
    I will not get into the detailed features of this camera since the two previous reviewers have done a great job of that. However, I disagree with the previous reviewer's assessment of picture quality. I have been taking photographs since I was 7. I got my first camera in 1968 with four Rice Krispies box tops and $4. Since then, I have owned a dozen film SLRs and a couple digital P&S cameras.
    I purchased this as a better (not best) P&S camera than what I had been using. I don't have the patience for film these days and no longer have a desire to haul all the weight and gear required for an SLR. Personally, I have found the picture quality of this camera to be excellent and I am very happy with it. It is also very easy to use considering the number of features and shooting options available. Some of the more advanced non-SLR digital cameras are prohibitively complicated and have non-intuitive menu structures, which completely blows the fun of a camera for me. I would recommend the HZ30W to anyone. Mine is a reconditioned model and I have not had a single problem with it.
  • 2011-11-30 08:00
    Maybe you got a lemon?, SEQ
    I will not get into the detailed features of this camera since the two previous reviewers have done a great job of that. However, I disagree with the previous reviewer's assessment of picture quality. I have been taking photographs since I was 7. I got my first camera in 1968 with four Rice Krispies box tops and $4. Since then, I have owned a dozen film SLRs and a couple digital P&S cameras.
    I purchased this as a better (not best) P&S camera than what I had been using. I don't have the patience for film these days and no longer have a desire to haul all the weight and gear required for an SLR. Personally, I have found the picture quality of this camera to be excellent and I am very happy with it. It is also very easy to use considering the number of features and shooting options available. Some of the more advanced non-SLR digital cameras are prohibitively complicated and have non-intuitive menu structures, which completely blows the fun of a camera for me. I would recommend the HZ30W to anyone. Mine is a reconditioned model and I have not had a single problem with it.
  • 2011-09-17 07:00
    Not horrible...not great either., Chelsea DeChaos
    Not going to lie, it's a step up from my Kodaks C743 and M863, I love the super long zoom, the image quality can be good if you REALLY work with it, but I'm far less than impressed for the amount I payed for it in October 2010. Nearing its first birthday I have few really positive things to say about this camera despite how generally easy it is to set up, the menus really aren't too horrible, the video quality beats the other two cameras (but not by much), but what really ticks me off is the poor image quality.
    First off the LCD screen is horrible, nothing looks good on it, even if the picture is decent. The same could be said if you connect your camera to a TV, regardless whether you use the HDMI port or the RCA cables (I purchased mine through Samsung directly).
    Second the image quality is...well...not what you'd expect for a 12 MP camera at this price range. The only modes I'm truly happy with are its Smart Auto, it selects a scene and usually does a fairly good job getting a decent picture, and the fireworks mode which if you time it properly and have the camera completely still and have a good angle at the fireworks you should get a decent picture. I spent hours taking pictures on the fourth of July and most of the pictures with the exception of the fireworks shots were fine, the fireworks ones okay once I got used to the reactivity of the camera.
    My biggest complaint however is image clarity. Even when properly focused the fine tuned focus is rarely correct. When looking at the 12 MP images at around 75% the flaws are really apparent. No image is ever very crisp or in focus, regardless of the capture mode or use of a tripod. The cache memory feels ultra slow and the flash takes a long time to recharge.
    I wouldn't consider myself a prosumer, I primarily use the camera for quick shots for Facebook and capturing memories with friends. My Kodak M863 over all took better pictures than this camera, side by side the Samsung pictures are more fuzzy and less true to color than the ones the Kodak took.
    The features listed are nice, all in all the camera isn't horrible, but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend in the future.
  • 2011-09-17 07:00
    Not horrible...not great either., Chelsea DeChaos
    Not going to lie, it's a step up from my Kodaks C743 and M863, I love the super long zoom, the image quality can be good if you REALLY work with it, but I'm far less than impressed for the amount I payed for it in October 2010. Nearing its first birthday I have few really positive things to say about this camera despite how generally easy it is to set up, the menus really aren't too horrible, the video quality beats the other two cameras (but not by much), but what really ticks me off is the poor image quality.
    First off the LCD screen is horrible, nothing looks good on it, even if the picture is decent. The same could be said if you connect your camera to a TV, regardless whether you use the HDMI port or the RCA cables (I purchased mine through Samsung directly).
    Second the image quality is...well...not what you'd expect for a 12 MP camera at this price range. The only modes I'm truly happy with are its Smart Auto, it selects a scene and usually does a fairly good job getting a decent picture, and the fireworks mode which if you time it properly and have the camera completely still and have a good angle at the fireworks you should get a decent picture. I spent hours taking pictures on the fourth of July and most of the pictures with the exception of the fireworks shots were fine, the fireworks ones okay once I got used to the reactivity of the camera.
    My biggest complaint however is image clarity. Even when properly focused the fine tuned focus is rarely correct. When looking at the 12 MP images at around 75% the flaws are really apparent. No image is ever very crisp or in focus, regardless of the capture mode or use of a tripod. The cache memory feels ultra slow and the flash takes a long time to recharge.
    I wouldn't consider myself a prosumer, I primarily use the camera for quick shots for Facebook and capturing memories with friends. My Kodak M863 over all took better pictures than this camera, side by side the Samsung pictures are more fuzzy and less true to color than the ones the Kodak took.
    The features listed are nice, all in all the camera isn't horrible, but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend in the future.
  • 2011-09-15 07:00
    Dust particles get behind the lense, ErickR
    Samsung HZ30W 12.0 MP Digital camera (Black)
    I initially loved this camera for its ease taking HD video and convenient pocket size for all the features. But like the others, the picture quality does not warrant 12 megapixel image size; it is a high definition blur. I recently noticed that the zoom mechanism has allowed dust particles to get inside the lens. This makes for distracting dots in video imaging. I need to consider these in my next camera purchase: poor lens trumps megapixels definition and moving parts are vulnerable to leaks and dust.
  • 2011-09-15 07:00
    Dust particles get behind the lense, ErickR
    Samsung HZ30W 12.0 MP Digital camera (Black)
    I initially loved this camera for its ease taking HD video and convenient pocket size for all the features. But like the others, the picture quality does not warrant 12 megapixel image size; it is a high definition blur. I recently noticed that the zoom mechanism has allowed dust particles to get inside the lens. This makes for distracting dots in video imaging. I need to consider these in my next camera purchase: poor lens trumps megapixels definition and moving parts are vulnerable to leaks and dust.
  • 2011-08-17 07:00
    Great travel companion, Dom
    This is a great travel companion for anyone who's looking for a good quality camera without the hassle of carrying a SLR one. Believe me I travel a lot!