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The Samsung WB700 is a compact digital zoom camera with an 18x optical zoom lens and 14.2 megapixel sensor and is an upgrade to the WB600. It is available in black and silver for around £170.00.
There is a 14.2 megapixel sensor and to help avoid blurry pictures, Dual Image Stabilisation and ISO up to ISO 3200. Whether you are new to photography or upgrading to a new camera, the WB700 is ideal as Smart Auto 2.0 automatically adjusts the settings for both images and videos. The camera also gives full manual controls, meaning you can set the Aperture and Shutter speeds to your own preference, giving the camera a DSLR feel.
To add creativity to your images there are a range of Smart Filters available, including: Miniature, Vignetting, Soft-focus, Old Film 1, Old Film 2, Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fish-eye, Defog, Classic, Retro and Negative. Scene modes available are Beauty Shot, Night, Landscape, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight and Beach & Snow.
HD movies can be recorded at 720p HD at 30 fps, with Sound Alive and optical zoom available during recording. The Smart Filters are also available during recording. To view your videos, the WB700 can be connected to a HD television via a HDMI cable.
- 18x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 24 - 432mm)
- 14.2 megapixel sensor
- 3 inch TFT LCD screen
- Full manual controls
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- ISO80 - 3200
- 720p HD movie recording
- Smart Auto 2.0
- Smart Filter
- Motion capture mode
There isn't a CIPA rating on the battery life of the WB700 but it didn't disappoint during testing. The camera is reasonably quick to focus and is ready to shoot within a couple of seconds of switching on. In continuous shooting mode, the WB700 shoots full size images at 1 fps. If you want more, the camera has motion capture mode, which shoots 5 fps, with the image size restricted to 640 x480, so not ideal for large prints.
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Samsung WB700 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom 18x | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom 72x | 1/125 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Noise is minimal at both ISO 80 and ISO 100 and it doesn't get much worse at ISO 200. There is a clear lost of detail at ISO 400. Images taken at ISO 800 have significant noise and sharpness is really effected and it's unlikely you'd want to use images at this ISO setting for large prints. The camera has both ISO 1600 and ISO 3200. ISO 1600 isn't much worse than ISO 800, but both these ISOs are best used for small prints and web use only.
Samsung WB700 ISO test images
ISO 80 | 0.5 sec | f/4.4 | 28.9 mm
ISO 100 | 0.3 sec | f/4.4 | 28.9 mm
ISO 200 | 1/6 sec | f/4.4 | 28.9 mm
ISO 400 | 1/10 sec | f/4.4 | 28.9 mm
ISO 800 | 1/20 sec | f/4.4 | 28.9 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/30 sec | f/4.4 | 28.9 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 28.9 mm
Landscape mode has taken a decent picture despite it being a fairly dull day. The WB700 also takes a good portrait picture, with no red-eye. The fourth picture was taken using AEB, which takes three pictures at different exposures, the images were then merged using Photoshop to create a HDR picture.
Samsung WB700 Scene modes
Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/5.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 80
Landscape with building | 1/250 sec | f/5.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 14.3 mm | ISO 120
HDR 1 | sec | f/7.0 | 5.3 mm | ISO 80
The first image below was taken using shutter-priority mode, using a fast speed to capture the water rising from the fountain. The second picture was part of a series of images using Motion Capture, which fires 5fps and has been able to capture the motion of the batsmen without blur. It's a shame the image size is limited to VGA quality. The final two images were shot using Smart Auto 2.0 and the lens at its longest.
Samsung WB700 Sample Photos
Shutter priority mode | 1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 100
Motion capture | 1/180 sec | f/8.3 | 73.0 mm | ISO 160
1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 69.3 mm | ISO 80
1/90 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 80
The auto white-balance (AWB) performs excellently in all lighting conditions. Under our studio lights, the respective incandescent and fluorescent presets gave a green cast in the images.
Samsung WB700 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/10 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
The images below are examples using the range of small filters available on the Samsung WB700.
Samsung WB700 Digital filters
Classic | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Defog | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Fisheye | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Half Tone Dot | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Negative | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Old Film 1 | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Old Film 2 | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Retro | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Sketch | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Soft focus | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Vignetting | 0.3 sec | f/3.8 | 8.7 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeThe WB700 shoots videos at 720p and allows the use of optical zoom, an example can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Samsung WB700 is available for around £170.00. Other cameras with an 18x optical zoom lens are the Nikon Coolpix S9100 (12.1 megapixels, £224.99), Fujifilm FinePix S2950 (14 megapixels, £136.99) and the Olympus SZ-10 (14 megapixels, £148.99). The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 (14.1 megapixel, £248.99) and Leica V-Lux 30 (14.1 megapixels, £549.99) both have 16x optical zoom but cost more, especially the Leica.
|The Samsung WB700 is a good introduction to an ultra-zoom camera with manual controls.|
Samsung WB700 ProsISO 80 - 3200
Full Manual Controls
Metal, centralised tripod socket
Samsung WB700 ConsMotion capture mode only captures VGA quality images
Would benefit from rubber grips to aid handling
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Samsung WB700 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/5.8|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 432mm|
|CCD pixels||14.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.33 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.08mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.56mm|
|Screen resolution||No Data|
|Touch Screen||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||16sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 3200|
|Continuous shooting||No Data|
|Video FPS||30, 15 fps|
|Stereo Sound||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||Lithium-ion battery (SLB-10A, 1050 mAh)|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||AC Adapter/USB cable, rechargeable battery, strap, user manual, quick start manual|