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Samsung WB2200F Bridge Camera Review

Samsung WB2200F Bridge Camera Review - We review the Samsung WB2200F with a 60x optical zoom lens, portrait grip and built in Wi-Fi.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Samsung WB2200F
Price : £379
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Samsung WB2200F (2)

The Samsung WB2200F is a new ultra zoom bridge camera from Samsung with a vertical and horizontal grip. The camera offers an electronic viewfinder, a 60x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 20-1200mm in 35mm terms, optical image stabilisation and full HD video recording with stereo sound.

Samsung WB2200F Features

Samsung WB2200F (1)

It's been a long time since a non-DSLR camera has featured a vertical grip, with the Samsung WB2200F re-introducing this feature into a bridge zoom camera. With it, you can use the camera in portrait shooting mode, as well as control the zoom. This lets the camera use a larger battery, as well as give size access to the memory card. In fact, the design gives the camera a similar look to a professional Digital SLR such as the Canon EOS 1D X and Nikon D4s, albeit without the several thousand pound price tag. 

The camera has a large rubber grip whether held vertically or horizontally, and offers a number of buttons and controls to change settings as well as a function button. To switch between the rear screen and the electronic viewfinder (EVF) there is a button next to the EVF.

Wi-Fi and NFC lets you send photos to a smartphone or tablet device. You can use the Samsung Smart Camera app to remotely control the camera, adjusting the zoom, flash, self-timer and image size, or you can use the app to transfer images from the camera to your phone so that you can then share them from your phone onto social network sites. It's also possible to share directly from the camera to social media sites including Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and Dropbox over a Wi-Fi network. Autoshare will automatically send photos to a connected smartphone that you have setup with the camera.

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Key Features

  • 16.4 megapixel B.S.I CMOS sensor
  • 60x optical zoom lens, 20-1200mm equivalent
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch hVGA screen
  • EVF with dioptre correction
  • Dual grip - portrait shutter
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • FullHD, 30p video recording with stereo sound
  • High Speed 176x128/360fps, 384x288/240fps video
  • ISO100 - ISO6400
  • 1cm macro mode
  • 8fps continuous shooting
  • Rich-tone HDR mode
  • 600 shot battery life

Samsung WB2200F Handling

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The Samsung WB2200F is designed like a mini professional Digital SLR, with a larger rubberised grip for your hand, and a smaller rubber grip on the back for your thumb, making it easy to hold the camera securely whether shooting normally or vertically. The camera feels well built with a solid plastic body.

The camera has a mode dial on top, as well as the zoom control, shutter release, on/off, command wheel and direct link (Wi-Fi) buttons. On the left hand side of the camera is the pop-up flash release button, as well as the iFunction button, and dioptre correction dial.

In auto modes (including Smart modes) you can use the side iFunction button to increase the speed of the zoom, or customise it to go straight to 60x optical zoom. The iFunction button can also be used as a self-timer switch, whereby you simply hold the button down, then press the shutter release button. In program and manual shooting modes the iFunction button is used to adjust exposure, ISO and white balance.

On the back there are a number of controls, giving you quick access to the flash, self-timer, macro, display, exposure as well as function, back and an EVF button. The EVF button switches between the rear screen and electronic viewfinder (EVF). The exposure button is duplicated for portrait shooting, and the portrait shutter release features zoom control, a command dial, as well as a lock switch so that you can disable these.

Samsung WB2200F (8)

With a 3inch screen on the back and a 460k dot resolution it's easy to compose images and colours look good, although there are times when using the electronic viewfinder is preferable, particularly when it is sunny. The electronic viewfinder is quite small and people who wear glasses may find it uncomfortable to use, however in bright conditions it can be useful.

The menus are clearly displayed with easy to read text and there is built-in help that explains what the options are for. Pressing the Fn (Function) button on the back of the camera brings up an on-screen control panel that lets you quickly set options. 

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 600 shots according to Samsung / CIPA test results, which is excellent, and should mean you don't need to charge the camera too often. 

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Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response 0.1secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.35secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.4-0.7secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 4.5secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.85secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.3secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG 7fps (7 shots)

Shutter response and focus speeds are good, although the switch on time is quite slow. Shot to shot times and continuous shooting are both good. 


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Samsung WB2200F Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Samsung WB2200F Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Exposure and colour are generally good, with the camera producing pleasing looking images in most situations. Photos taken with flash show no red-eye, although we would have preferred a warmer colour balance. 

Samsung WB2200F Lens test images


Lens Performance - Images are generally quite good, with reasonably good levels of detail for a compact camera. The lens performs well at either end of the lens, although the more optical zoom you use the more likely you are to need a tripod or ideal shooting conditions. There is some purple fringing towards the corners of the image or where there are high levels of contrast. The camera does a relatively good job correcting barrel and pincushion distortion in-camera, although there is some vignetting visible when shooting at the wide-angle end of the lens. Some lens flare was noticeable when bright light sources were in the frame, although recomposing the shot quickly resolved this the majority of the time. Macro performance is very good with the camera focusing on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the lens. 

Samsung WB2200F ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - There is slight noise in images at ISO100, although detail is good and remains good as the ISO setting is increased to ISO200 and ISO400. Noise is much more noticeable at ISO800, and detail suffers as a result. Noise increases again at ISO1600, with detail and colour saturation suffering, therefore we'd recommend avoided ISO1600 if possible. ISO3200 and above is definitely best avoided with images showing high levels of noise, poor detail, and an unattractive colour cast to the image.

Samsung WB2200F White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under tungsten lighting, with a slightly warm colour cast, and the tungsten preset gives a more accurate result. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a slightly green colour cast.

1/1000 sec | f/2.8 | 3.6 mm | ISO 100
1/1000 sec | f/2.8 | 3.6 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - The panoramic mode automatically stitches the images as you pan the camera and works in any direction, left, right, up, or down. The camera does a good job with exposure and stitching the images together although the resolution is low. 

Samsung WB2200F Outdoor images


The camera has an option to expand dynamic range, called ACB (Auto Contrast Balance) which boosts shadows as well as retaining more detail in bright areas. There is also a "Rich Tone HDR" mode that combines a number of shots to produce an image with extended dynamic range. 

Samsung WB2200F Digital filters


Digital Filters - There are six filter effects available, with examples shown above. There are also a number of Smart scene modes, including beauty face, macro, action freeze, silhouette, sunset, night, fireworks, and light trace.

Video - The Samsung WB2200F records full HD video at 30fps, with stereo sound, and there is the option to mute sound recording when using the optical zoom, or leave sound recording switched on. The camera features continuous AF and when using a lot of optical zoom the camera can hunt for focus, and a tripod is recommended. An example of using the full optical zoom can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.


Value For Money

The Samsung WB2200F is available for £379 which makes it reasonable value for money, particularly up against the following cameras, shown below:

Nikon Coolpix P600, 60x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £329
Panasonic Lumix FZ72, 60x optical zoom, flash hot-shoe, £269
Sony Cyber-shot H400, 63x optical zoom, £249
Kodak PixPro AZ651, 65x optical zoom, TBC

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Samsung WB2200F Verdict

The Samsung WB2200F offers an impressive 60x optical zoom lens with styling and handling similar to a professional Digital SLR. This is designed to help you get the best grip possible when using a lot of optical zoom. Another benefit of this design is the use of a large battery that gives an impressive 600 shots. Along with other Samsung Smart Cameras, the Samsung WB2200F has the best Wi-Fi connectivity of any camera currently available, and it's a shame that other companies aren't as good at Wi-Fi as Samsung. It makes taking and sharing photos as simple and straightforward as sharing from your smartphone, except that you benefit from the noticeably better image quality, optical zoom and features of using a real camera. For anyone who wants a lot of optical zoom, good battery life, and excellent Wi-Fi connectivity, the Samsung WB2200F would make a good choice. 


 
  The Samsung WB2200F offers an impressive 60x optical zoom lens, a unique design, and excellent Wi-Fi connectivity.

Samsung WB2200F Pros

60x optical zoom lens
Good handling and ergonomics
Portrait grip and controls
Excellent Wi-Fi connectivity
Side access to memory card
Excellent battery life
HDR mode

Samsung WB2200F Cons

Tips over once you zoom past 10x zoom
More expensive than other ultra zoom cameras
Noise at ISO800 and above

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Samsung WB2200F Specifications

ManufacturerSamsung
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent20mm - 1200mm
Optical Zoom60x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolutionhVGA 460k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest1sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion BP-1410
CIPA Rating600
Box Contents
Box ContentsSamsung WB2200F, USB AC Adapter, USB cable, Battery, Neck Strap, Lens cap, Quick Start Guide
Dimensions
Weight608g
Width119mm
Height121.8mm
Depth35.5mm

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