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Samsung WB150F First Impressions Review

Samsung WB150F First Impressions Review - CES 2012: We took the new Samsung WB150F for a drive in the country and have posted sample photos and video.

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Product : Samsung WB150F
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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Samsung WB150F
Samsung WB150F

The Samsung WB150F is the latest pocket zoom from Samsung and features an 18x optical zoom lens, 3 inch screen, 14 megapixel sensor and built in Wi-Fi for uploading and backing up photos.

Samsung WB150F Features


Samsung WB150F
Samsung WB150F

Key Features

  • 18x optical zoom lens, 24mm wide angle
  • 14.2 megapixel sensor
  • 3 inch screen
  • Manual controls
  • Textured grip surrounding the lens
  • Metal body.
  • 720p video (mono sound), zoom available
  • Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi features in more detail:
  • Social sharing: facebook, picasa, youtube, photobucket
  • Email: enter email address to send to
  • Mobile Link: Download from camera to smartphone (iphone or android using app)
  • Remote viewfinder: download remote viewfinder app from app store to control the camera from your mobile phone
  • Cloud: SkyDrive Backup (Photo only)
  • Auto Backup - transfer recent files to a Windows computer wirelessly using the iStudio program
  • TV Link
These features are the same on the DV300F, ST200F and WB850F as well.

Samsung WB150F Handling

The camera has an easy to use menu system. It has a backlight mode (that fires the flash) but not an HDR mode. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) is improved using icons so that modes and options can be clearly seen. The camera has impressively close macro focus. The camera has a lithium ion rechargeable battery and takes SD cards. The mode dial on the top makes it easy to change modes and the dedicated video record button lets you quickly start recording a video.

Samsung WB150F
Samsung WB150F - Pre-production menus (thankfully we did not use this specific camera for the test shots below).

Samsung WB150F Performance

These sample photos were taken with a nearly-ready pre-production model that worked well in our testing. Click the image to view larger, or click Hi Res to view the original images.

Samsung WB150F Other sample images



Sample Video:


Value For Money

The pocket / travel zoom market of compact digital cameras with 10x or more optical zoom is one of the fastest growing markets and therefore there is a lot of competition and also choice. Alternatives to look at include the Samsung WB750, Pentax Optio RZ18, Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR, Olympus SZ-10 to name a few.

Samsung WB150F Verdict

The Samsung WB150F is a solid camera with a good range of features including Wi-Fi for backing up images or uploading to the internet. The 18x optical zoom lens performs well and the camera has colourful images, although they did appear a little soft. It's possible image quality could be improved further before shipping. However, with only 720p video, it makes it slightly less apealling when compared to other pocket zooms with full HD and high speed shooting. We will have a full review of the camera when we get a full production version.

Samsung WB150F Specifications

ManufacturerSamsung
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/5.8
35mm equivalent24mm - 432mm
Optical Zoom18x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels14.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4320
Pixels (H)3240
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest16sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity80 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS30, 15
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMINo
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable battery : SLB-10A
CIPA RatingNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera, Wrist Strap, USB Cable, USB Wall Charger, CD-Rom
Dimensions
Weight188.2g
Width106.5mm
Height59.9mm
Depth23.4mm

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