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Samsung 12 Megapixels HZ30W (WB600) 15x SuperZoom Review by BobAtkins

2011-12-30 03:07 | Source
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On Jaunary 19 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 is currently selling at around $117. Here is the summary of a latest review by BobAtkins:

"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 and aperture, but I can override any of those auto decisions if I have a need to. Image quality at ISO 80/100 is excellent, so if I want the best possible images and the light isn't bright I'll take along a small tripod and select a low ISO setting. The image stabilization is good, but there's nothing as good as a tripod and with such a small and light camera even the smallest and lightest of tripods work just fine.

I'd cite a somewhat convoluted menu path to some functions and lack of highly legible labels for the buttons as downsides, but they're really not major points against the camera since many P&S digicams share similar issues. I can't really cite loss of image quality at high ISO settings as a problem either since again that's something that all small sensor digicams share. It doesn't have a RAW image mode, but then again few P&S digicams do. Overall I'm pretty happy with the Samsung HZ30W, especially for the price I paid for it."



Samsung HZ30W Camera Reviews Roundup


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 »
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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

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