The Samsung WB800F is a Pocket Zoom / Travel Zoom with 21x optical zoom lens, 3inch touch screen, 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full HD video, built in pop up flash, and Wi-Fi for direct sharing to social network sites such as Facebook.
Samsung WB800F Features
The Samsung WB800F offers a wide-angle 21x optical zoom lens equivalent to 23-483mm in 35mm terms, a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and optical image stabilisation for improved low light performance. On the back is a 3inch touch screen so that you can set options as well as set the focus point, or alternatively there is still the usual number of buttons found on a camera, so that you have the choice of control methods. Full manual controls are available with the camera featuring P, A, S, and M shooting modes.
Another headline feature it has is built-in Wi-Fi, making it possible to share your images quickly and easily to places such as Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket or by email directly from the camera. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube.
16mp backlit CMOS sensor
21x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-f/5.9, 23-483mm equivalent
Optical image stabilisation
3inch touch screen
ISO100 to ISO3200
Full HD video recording
HDR and panoramic shooting
Available in white or "cobalt black" / deep blue
Lithium Ion battery
Samsung WB800F Handling
The Samsung WB800F has a decent sized textured handgrip, as well as a textured area on the back for your thumb, however, these are made of plastic and aren't rubberised. Build quality appears good although the camera is made entirely out of plastic, and the bright white design of this version may not be to everyone's taste.
The controls and handling of the camera are good, with the buttons all arranged within reach of your right hand, with the zoom control on top surrounding the shutter release button. There are a number of buttons on the back and you can operate the camera easily without having to use the touch screen if you don't want to. On top a mode dial gives access to shooting modes, as well as dedicated setup, and Wi-Fi menus. The small pop up flash is opened with a mechanical button, and to close you simply push it back down.
The menus are well laid out with clear text, that is large and easy to read with built in guidance that pops up, and the Fn (Function) button on the back will bring up a control panel on the screen to give you quick access to settings. This can either be controlled and adjusted using the 4-way controller on the back or alternatively using the touchscreen. The screen is clear and responsive to touch, although viewing it in bright sunlight can be difficult.
You can share photos from the playback mode, directly to Facebook, Picasa, SkyDrive, AllShare Play, Email, and Wi-Fi Direct to a compatible smartphone. On top of the camera is a Direct Link button, which can be set to MobileLink, AutoShare, Remote Viewfinder, Autobackup, Email, SNS+Cloud, and AllShare Play. Videos can be uploaded directly to YouTube, and the camera has a built in web browser for logging on to social network sites, or to open Wi-Fi networks when needed. This means you can get connected quickly and easily from almost anywhere with a Wi-Fi signal.
- Battery life rating isn't provided by Samsung, however a 1030mAh lithium ion battery should provide decent performance, although extended use of Wi-Fi is likely to drain the battery more quickly.
- 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.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot without Flash
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
10fps (6 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash
Shutter response is extremely quick when pre-focused, and focus speeds are also very good, although the built in shutter sound effect makes the camera sound slower than it is. Flash charge time can be very slow, with the camera taking a long time to charge the flash when you first switch it on. High speed continuous shooting shoots at 10fps, taking 6 shots and then takes roughly 16 seconds before you can go into playback.
Samsung WB800F Performance
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Samsung WB800F Sample Photos
- Flash performance is very good with a well illuminated subject and virtually no red-eye visible. Colour is good, and exposure is reliable, although occasionally at full optical zoom some exposure compensation is needed to avoid over-exposure. The HDR mode does a good job extending dynamic range by combining a number of shots.
Samsung WB800F Lens test images
- Detail is reasonably good, particularly at the wide-angle end of the lens, although at full zoom image quality suffers, with images appearing soft, particularly in the corners. Distortion is quite low with very little signs of vignetting or barrel distortion, although there is some distortion visible at full zoom. Macro performance is reasonable, with the camera focusing on subjects 5cm away from the lens. Some purple fringing is visible in our shot of "Trees" above, although this wasn't a big problem in other shots, except in areas of high contrast.
Samsung WB800F ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance
- Noise is well controlled at ISO100 with low levels of noise and reasonable levels of detail. As the ISO setting increases to ISO200 and ISO400 there is a slight increase in noise and a slight decrease in detail. At ISO800 detail drops more noticeably, and at ISO1600 where noise increases again and colour suffers. Noise is at its highest at ISO3200, as would be expected, although results may still be usable if resized for the web.
Samsung WB800F White-balance test images
White Balance Performance
- Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a more neutral image, although it is a little cool with a slight blue tint. AWB performs very well under fluorescent lighting with a neutral image. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the fluorescent preset, which gives a strong green colour cast. There are two fluorescent presets with the first giving a strong yellow colour cast, and it may be possible to get better results depending on the type of fluorescent lighting you have, although you may as well leave the camera on auto white balance as that performs well.
1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
- The panoramic mode lets you press the shutter button and simply pan the camera from one side to another. Results are reasonable, although quite low resolution.
Samsung WB800F Digital filters
Digital Filters -
The Samsung WB800F features a number of creative and interesting effects, and we've shown a number of examples above.
- Optical zoom is available when recording videos, and you can pause the video while recording, as well as take photos. Video is recorded in Full HD, and quality is good, however sound is recorded in mono. Another video example can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel
Value For Money
The Samsung WB800F is available for around £185 in black, and cheaper than last years WB850F with built in GPS
, which makes it excellent value for money for a pocket zoom with a lot of optical zoom, a touch screen and built in Wi-Fi, cheaper than the competition:
Sony Cyber-Shot HX50
with 30x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi, £262
Panasonic Lumix TZ40
with 20x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi, GPS, £229
Canon Powershot SX280HS
with 20x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi, GPS, £229
Olympus Stylus SH-50
with 24x optical zoom lens, touch-screen, £225
Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
with 20x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi, £269
Nikon Coolpix S9500
with 22x optical zoom lens, Wi-Fi, GPS £215
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 WB800F Verdict
If connectivity and a lot of optical zoom is important to you then you should seriously consider the Samsung WB800F with Wi-Fi, as it has one of the best implementations of Wi-Fi on any camera, making it extremely easy to share photos directly to Facebook and other social network sites.
Although image quality is not the best in the class, for those that want it all, the Samsung WB800F is a good option, particularly for sharing to social network sites where the cameras colour performance is good, although a number of the competitors offer built in GPS or additional zoom. The price is extremely competitive, being cheaper than alternative travel zoom cameras, making the Samsung WB800F recommended.
Samsung WB800F Pros
Excellent Wi-Fi connectivity
Excellent value for money
Good colour reproduction
Reasonably good noise control
Decent macro performance
High speed continuous shooting
Samsung WB800F Cons
Mono sound on videos
Images soft at full zoom
Lacks orientation sensor
VALUE FOR MONEY
Samsung WB800F Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||23mm - 483mm|
|CCD pixels||16.3Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
- Face Detection
- AF Tracking
- Touch AF
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||16sec|
- Scene modes
- Program Variable
- Centre-weighted - Average
- Multi Pattern
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
- 1280x720 720p
- 640x480 VGA
- 320x240 QVGA
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable battery: SLB-10A|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||No Data|
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