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The Samsung WB250F boasts built-in Wi-Fi, a 3 inch touch screen and 18x optical zoom. With the ability to easily share photos and an extremely versatile zoom lens, it is an ideal travel camera. It is available in white, black, blue and red for around £200.00.
The headline feature on the WB250F is its built-in Wi-Fi which lets you share pictures and videos directly with sites such as YouTube and Facebook. You can also set the camera to share pictures automatically with your smartphone after each shot. Your images can also be automatically backed up to SkyDrive when within Wi-Fi range. With Samsung Remote Viewfinder app you can also use your smartphone to remotely take pictures and record videos.
To make picture taking as easy as possible there is smart auto mode. Other shooting modes include P/S/A/M, smart, best face, motion photo, panorama and a range photo filters. The best face mode allows you to choose the best face for group shots. Motion Photo freezes the action around a moving subject.
Videos can be recorded in full 1080p HD and the camera can be connected to a HD TV for playback.
- 14.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
- 18x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 24-432mm)
- Optical image stabilisation
- 3 inch 460k dot TFT LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 100-3200
- 5cm minimum focusing distance
- Panorama mode
- 8 fps continuous shooting
- Available in white, blue, black and red
On top of the camera is a mode dial, which gives access to the shooting modes as well as the settings and Wi-Fi. There is also a direct link button which allows you to shoot and share the pictures straight to a smartphone automatically. Also placed on the top is the flash release, on / off button, zoom rocker and shutter release. The buttons are not unusual on the rear, there's movie record, menu, go back, playback and delete as well as a d-pad. This allows you to cycle through the menus as well as giving access to flash, display, focus mode, continuous shooting and self-timer.
On the rear is a 3 inch touch screen with a decent 460k dot resolution. It's responsive when using it to control the camera and is bright, clear and easy to view. There isn't a CIPA rating provided for the battery, but we were able to take all our test shots on one charge. This included testing the Wi-Fi features as well.
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||0.175 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.35 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.7 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.3 secs|
|Continuous Shooting 8 fps||7.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting 3 fps||2.9 fps|
Continuous shooting records at full 14 megapixel resolution, although you're limited to 6 shots.
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Samsung WB250F Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/45 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 120
Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Low Light | 0.7 sec | f/4.4 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
Pet Portrait | 1/250 sec | f/3.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
Sample Photos - Images are colourful and well exposed. Portraits have smooth, pleasant skin tones and are free from red-eye. Landscapes also have excellent blues and greens when shooting in good weather.
Samsung WB250F Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Some Optical Zoom | 1/1000 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/350 sec | f/5.8 | 72.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail at both ends of the lens, with a good control over purple fringing. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm which allows you to get close enough for a decent macro shot.
Samsung WB250F ISO test images
1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
1/20 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 200
1/45 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 400
1/90 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 800
1/180 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 1600
1/350 sec | f/4.2 | 11.9 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100, 200 and 400, with images remaining sharp. ISO 800 has enough noise to cause images to become a little softer. Some detail is lost at ISO 1600, with image quality quite poor at ISO 3200.
Samsung WB250F White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.4 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent light | 1/15 sec | f/3.4 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.4 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset H - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.4 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset L - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.4 | 5.3 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, both the auto white balance (AWB) and incandescent presets perform well. The AWB also takes a good picture under the fluorescent lights, with both the fluorescent presets having a colour cast.
Panorama | 1/500 sec | f/4.6 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panorama images have a decent amount of detail and are well stitched together.
Samsung WB250F Digital filters
Photo Filter - Cartoon | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Classic | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Cross Filter | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Fish Eye | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Ink Painting | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Oil Painting | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Retro | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Soft Focus | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Vignetting | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Zooming Shot | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Photo Filter - Sketch | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 400
Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.4 | 17.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - There is a number of photo filters available to help you take unique and creative pictures, with examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good and the stabilisation worked well, this video was recorded handheld and on a blustery day. You can also watch an video recorded using the optical zoom on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Samsung WB250F is available for around £200. Other cameras with a similar amount of zoom to consider are the Fujifilm FinePix F660 (15x optical zoom) at £93.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25 (16x optical zoom) at £154.99 and Nikon Coolpix S9400 (18x optical zoom) at £221.21. Other camera that have Wi-Fi are the Canon IXUS 140 at £159, Sony Cybershot DSC-WX300 at £280 and Nikon Coolpix S5200 at £180.
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.
|The Samsung WB250F has a set of features ideal for the travelling photographer.|
Samsung WB250F ProsBuilt-in Wi-Fi
Decent zoom range for a pocketable camera
Good value for money
Full manual controls
1080p HD video recording
Images are colourful
AWB performs well
Well stitched panoramas
Samsung WB250F ConsNo RAW shooting
Hand grip could be rubberised
No CIPA rating for the battery
Continuous shooting limited to 6 shots
No HDMI connection
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Samsung WB250F Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/5.8|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 432mm|
|CCD pixels||14.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||16sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable battery : SLB-10A Connector Type|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||No Data|