On January 9 2012, Samsung announced the launch of a new range of Wi-Fi enabled travel zoom cameras
- the WB850F, WB150F, and ST200F. The flagship WB850F features a 21x optical zoom lens, 16.2 Megapixels BSI CMOS sensor, 3-inch AMOLED screen, Full HD video recording built-in GPS and Digital Compass. The 14.2 Megapixels WB150F comes with 18x optical zoom, 720p HD video recording capabilities and the same large AMOLED display as the WB850F, while the ST200F sports a 10x zoom lens and 720p video.
There is also the Remote Viewfinder feature for remotely control camera settings and set-up shots via a connected smartphone using the cameras' Wi-Fi connection. The Wi-Fi capability allows users to email photos from any hotspot or share them on social networks such as Facebook and Picasa. The WB850F and the WB150F comes with full manual control over the picture-taking process, with a Smart Auto mode also on board to help beginners or less experienced photographers. The WB850F also uses GPS features and Live Landmark feature to download maps and find out information on nearby locations. The camera's Digital Compass can also give users their location and tell them how far they are from certain locations, while the MapView function allows users to download maps and use their camera to help explore new cities. Here's the summary of review of the WB850F by CNET US, giving the camera a rating of 7.6 out of 10:
"For a point-and-shoot, Samsung includes a fair amount of manual control over settings including manual and semimanual shooting modes. At the wide end, there are 10 available apertures from f2.8-8.0; at the telephoto end there are four from f5.9-8.5. Shutter speeds go from 1/2,000 second to 16 seconds. But, if a reliable auto mode is equally or more important to you, well, it's got that, too. Its Smart Auto uses scene recognition to choose the appropriate settings based on 20 scene types, including ones for backlit subjects. The WB850F also has a big selection of photo filters, many of which are available for movies, too. They can be used before or after you take a photo (the camera actually has more editing options in playback than most point-and-shoots), and Samsung gives you a live view of the effects when you shoot. Depending on the effect, images are either captured at full resolution or 5 megapixels, which is plenty for Web sharing or small prints.
Two apps are available for iOS and Android that work with the camera. The MobileLink app lets you send photos and videos straight to a smartphone for sharing when you don't have Wi-Fi. Then there's the Remote Viewfinder app that gives you control over the camera using your smartphone's screen from about 20 feet away. You can control flash, timer, resolution (2 or 10 megapixels), zoom, and the shutter release. If you're looking for a compact megazoom as a companion to a smartphone camera, the WB850F is one of the best options you're going to find. The Sony Cyber-shot HX30V, has better shooting performance and photo quality, but for some users the differences will be slight and Samsung delivers a better Wi-Fi experience. For snapshooters looking to enter the world of connected cameras, the WB850F is a good place to start."
Samsung WB850F Camera Reviews Roundup
|ePhotoZine - Aug 26 2012|
"The WB850F takes pictures that are well exposed with excellent colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones and are free from red-eye when using the flash. Landscape mode allows you to shoot landscapes with superb blues and greens. HDR mode automatically combines three shots and the results are good. Images have a good level of detail throughout the..." More »
|MacWorld - Aug 24 2012|
"In our lab's subjective evaluations of image quality, our panel of judges awarded the WB850F scores of Good or better in all of our testing categories. The camera's strongest suit is sharpness, where it earned a score of Superior; we noted just a bit of discolored fringing in the finer details of our target resolution chart. The WB850F also performed very w..." More »
|Photography BLOG - Aug 16 2012|
"The 16 megapixel, 21x optical zoom Samsung WB850F is a feature packed metal build pocket camera that offers just about all the must-have features one would want from a travel zoom compact in 2012 - including a 3-inch AMOLED screen, GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity - plus delivers images straight from the camera that non enthusiasts will be perfectly happy with. B..." More »
|CNET UK - Aug 01 2012|
"The WB850F has eight scene modes, taking in the usual selection of night, landscape and so on, plus aperture and shutter priority, manual and program modes. I performed my tests using the smart auto mode, allowing the camera to choose the best settings for each particular scenario. Results were good across the board, with the WB850F carefully balancing the..." More »
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