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Samsung WB750 Front
The Samsung WB750 is the latest update to Samsung's range of pocket zoom cameras, and much like the WB700 before it, features an 18x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen and manual controls. Where this model is different is in the sensor and features included as it now features a 12.5 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor enabling high speed shooting, sweep panorama and other effects.
Samsung WB750 Wide
The Samsung WB750 features not only an 18x optical zoom lens, but also a high resolution hVGA screen, 460k pixels, 3:2 aspect ratio 480x360 pixel screen.
Samsung WB750 Full Zoom
Full HD video comes with stereo sound, optical zoom and the ability to take 10 megapixel photos at the same time as recording. The camera has manual controls allowing you to set the shutter and aperture speeds, as well as shoot at 10fps at full resolution.
Creative movie maker: Built into the camera this lets you choose photos and video in the camera, apply a theme and music choice (or switch off music) as well as choose a video resolution. Each theme has different music choices available. The effect is similar to Animoto where images are presented with some animation or effect, and then a video is played, with background music. You can either manually choose the photos and videos to use or just let the camera shuffle them.
- 12.5 megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor
- 18x optical zoom, 24mm- equivalent
- 10fps shooting, pre-shooting, AEB
- 3 inch hVGA screen (Intelligent LCD)
- Dual Capture: Full HD Video + 10megapixel still
- Full HD Video, 1080p, 30fps, H.264
- Creative Movie Maker
- HDR Mode, Manual Focus
- A/S/M Full Manual mode
- Magic Frame
- Face Tracking
- Panoramic shot
- 3D Photo
- Smart Filter 3.0
Samsung WB750 Top Angle
Handling - The front of the camera has a textured hand grip, the back has a small set of dimples for your thumb to grip on to, although unfortunately it's not as effective as other thumb grips and feels a little slippery. The flash position on the front is easily covered by your hand, and I often found I had to remind myself to make sure my finger wasn't in the way.
Samsung WB750 Back
Menus - Access to most of the controls can be found by pressing the Fn button as this brings up an overlay of options so that you can see the effect instantly on the screen. I found I rarely had to enter the full menu system, but when I did it was easy to navigate and has a large number of options including the ability to alter contrast, sharpness and saturation.
Samsung WB750 Bottom
Battery Life - We took over 220 photos with the Samsung WB750 before the battery went flat, this is reasonable battery life, however if you plan on going a long time before charging, a spare battery is recommended.
Speed - We tested each camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot to shot time, continuous shooting etc, and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced, we also made sure to test all the cameras at the same time to ensure the cameras were being tested under the same conditions.
|Samsung WB750||Canon S100|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.25||0.35|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.30||0.40|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.7||2.1|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.3||1.8|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.0||3.0|
|Continuous Shooting (JPEG)||10fps (8 shots)||
|Continuous Shooting (with Flash)||N/A||1.8s|
|Continuous Shooting (RAW)||N/A||0.8s|
The camera provides fast shutter response, quick focusing and excellent continuous shooting at 10fps for 8 shots. The biggest drawback is the slow flash charge time (quoted as 4s in the specifications on the Samsung website), it was more like 3 seconds in testing, but when you first switch the flash on it can be quite frustrating waiting for it to charge meaning you might miss the shot.
Samsung WB750 - where you can add your own review and photos.
Samsung WB750 Sample Photos
1/45 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 120
Backlight Mode 1/1000 sec | f/3.6 | 4.0 mm | ISO 120
Shooting into the Sun 1/1000 sec | f/5.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 120
1/350 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 100
Sample photos - Colour is good with bright saturated colours, although not excessive and the style can be altered to enhance or decrease saturation. Skin tones are good, however there was noticeable red-eye from the flash in this portrait shot. Macro performance - while the specifications say you can only focus on items 5cm from the camera, you can actually focus at around 3cm from the front of the lens, you can also zoom in to about 2x optical zoom, letting you get even closer to the subject.
Samsung WB750 Lens test images
1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Mid-zoom 1/500 sec | f/4.4 | 14.3 mm | ISO 100
1/125 sec | f/5.8 | 73.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees 1/250 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Test images - The camera performs well whether you are using the wide, 24mm equivalent end of the lens, or anywhere along the zoom, right up to 18x optical zoom. Purple fringing is low, as is lens distortion at both the wide and telephoto ends of the zoom.
Samsung WB750 ISO test images
1/6 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 100
1/10 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 200
1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 400
1/45 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 800
1/90 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 1600
1/180 sec | f/4.0 | 10.2 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO100, ISO200, and ISO400. At ISO800 noise is visible, and increases at ISO1600. Noise is worst at ISO3200 and this is best left unused or alternatively resized for use on the web.
Samsung WB750 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten 1/15 sec | f/3.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
Tungsten Preset 1/15 sec | f/3.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent 1/4 sec | f/3.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent Preset 1/4 sec | f/3.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Using the Auto White Balance setting (AWB) under tungsten lighting there is a slight yellow cast. Using the tungsten preset, there is a slight magenta cast. Using AWB under fluorescent lighting the image shows neutral colour. Using the fluorescent preset there is a yellow preset. Detail is also reasonable.
Samsung WB750 Scene modes
Landscape Scene 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
HDR 1/1000 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
1/350 sec | f/4.6 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100 - Panoramic - sweep in any direction.
Samsung WB750 Digital filters
Cartoon 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Classic 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Cross Filter 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Fisheye 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 240
Half-Tone 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 240
Ink 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Miniature 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Oil Painting 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 240
Old Film 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 240
Retro 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Sketch 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 320
Soft 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 240
Vignette 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 240
Zoom 1/30 sec | f/3.2 | 4.0 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - There are a large number of Smart Filters, and scene modes: Nomal / Palette Effect 1 / Palette Effect 2 / Palette Effect 3 / Palette Effect 4 / Miniature / Vignetting / Half Tone Dot / Sketch / Fish Eye / Classic / Retro.
Video - Records Full HD video, will also let you take 10 megapixel photos while recording, an example can be seen in the EQDB. The camera's built in Creative Movie maker can combine photos and video into a video with built in music, an example can be seen on the ephotozine youtube page. The camera also features 250fps (example here, 368x272) and 440fps (example here, 220x160) modes at reduced resolution.
Value For Money - The WB750 is available for £225, this makes it quite good value for money, alternatives with an 18x optical zoom lens include the Olympus SZ-10, and other high speed pocket zooms are the Casio Exilim ZR100 (40fps at 10megapixels), Nikon Coolpix S9100 (9.5fps), Panasonic Lumix TZ20 (10fps), Fujifilm FinePix F600 (8fps) and Sony Cyber-shot HX9v (10fps).
|The Samsung WB750 is a feature packed camera that produces decent results.|
Quick access to options with the Fn button
Samsung WB750 Pros
10fps continuous shooting
Full HD video and 10 megapixel photos
A lot of zoom in a compact camera
High resolution screen
High speed video
Wide panoramic shooting
Samsung WB750 ConsSlow flash charging
Red-eye in portrait shot
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Samsung WB750 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/5.8|
|35mm equivalent||24mm - 432mm|
|CCD pixels||12.5Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||hVGA 460000 Pixels|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||16sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Box Contents||Camera, AC/Adapter / USB Cable, Rechargeable battery, Strap, User Manual CD-ROM, Quick Start Guide|