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Samsung WB800F Review

Samsung WB800F Review - The Samsung WB800F is a Pocket Zoom camera with a 21x optical zoom lens, 3inch touch screen and built in Wi-Fi. Find out how it performs in our review.

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Product : Samsung WB800F
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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

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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.

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Key Features

  • 16mp backlit CMOS sensor
  • 21x optical zoom lens, f/2.8-f/5.9, 23-483mm equivalent
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • 3inch touch screen
  • Manual controls
  • ISO100 to ISO3200
  • Full HD video recording
  • HDR and panoramic shooting
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Available in white or "cobalt black" / deep blue
  • Lithium Ion battery

Samsung WB800F Handling

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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.

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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.

Wi-Fi connectivity: 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.

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Battery life - 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.

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.

  Samsung WB800F
Shutter Response <0.05
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.2
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 2.9
Shot to Shot without Flash 1.6
Shot to Shot with Flash 3.3
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
10fps (6 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A

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

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

Samsung WB800F Sample Photos


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


Lens Performance - 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.

Samsung WB800F Panoramic SAM 0318 | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - 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.

Video - 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.


 
  The Samsun WB800F offers a lot of zoom, great Wi-Fi and touchscreen all for an excellent price.

Samsung WB800F Pros

Good touchscreen
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

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Samsung WB800F Specifications

ManufacturerSamsung
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent23mm - 483mm
Optical Zoom21x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest16sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 3200
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
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo
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 TypeRechargeable battery: SLB-10A
CIPA RatingNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight218g
Width110.6mm
Height65mm
Depth21.5mm

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