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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Samsung WB850F
Price: £215.00
Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Samsung WB850F Digital Camera Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Wi-Fi and GPS enabled Samsung WB850F digital camera, which also has a 21x optical zoom lens.

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Performance
Verdict
Specification
Samsung Wb850f Lens Extended 1

The WB850F was released by Samsung in January 2012 and is a compact camera which packs in a 21x optical zoom lens, 16.2 megapixel BSI sensor as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS. It is available in black, with prices starting at around £215.00.

Samsung Wb850f Front 1

Samsung WB850F Features

The WB850F has a 16.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 21x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 23 - 483mm. The other headlining feature it has is the 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.

There is also GPS with Live Landmark, a location-based augmented reality feature, lets you access information about points of interest right in front of you. You can also download maps and find your way with MapView. The Digital Compass lets you see which direction you’re facing and how far you are from your destination. 

When shooting, you have the option to use Full Manual mode, meaning you can set the aperture and/or shutter speed. Live Panorama means you can take 180º panoramic images, viewing it on the screen during recording. To take more unusual and creative pictures you can turn to Artistic Brush mode, which includes cartoon, sketch and ink painting. Other shooting modes include Picture in Picture Shot, HDR and Split Shot.

Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sound, the camera can be connected to a HD TV to watch them back. Dual Capture mode allows you to take six 10 megapixel images when recorded videos

Samsung Wb850f Top 2

Key Features

  • 16.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 21x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 23 - 483mm)
  • Dual IS (Optical + Digital Image Stabilisation)
  • 3 inch VGA screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Full 1080p video recording
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 5cm minimum focusing distance
  • Live Panorama Mode
Samsung Wb850f Rear 1

Samsung WB850F Handling

The WB850F has an extremely solid body and is quite chunky and heavy, but small enough to carry in your pocket. There is a substantial rubber grip on the front of the camera, with a rubberised area for your thumb on the rear.

There are plenty of buttons, with the power button, zoom rocker and shutter released placed on the top of the camera, where you'll also find a mode dial and a switch which releases the pop-up flash. The flash needs to be pushed back to put it away again.

On the rear of the camera is a d-pad, this also acts as a rotating wheel, making it easier to toggle through the settings. Other buttons on the rear are the menu, fn, playback and delete button. The fn button allows you to change some shooting menus, such as ISO, exposure compensation, white-balance and more. The last button to mention is the dedicated movie record button, it has a lever surrounding it which allows you to change the speed of recording (30, 240 and 480 fps).

The menu system is easy to navigate, made much easier by the large number of buttons which mean you don't need to go through a number of menus to change basic settings. The 3 inch LCD screen is bright, clear and colourful, making it a pleasure to use when both shooting and looking back through your pictures.

The battery has a CIPA rating of 280 shots. Unfortunately we had to recharge the battery a number of times during testing as all too often we came back to it and the battery was dead. Usually this happens when the GPS is accidentally left on, but we can rule that out in this case.

We tested the 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.

Shutter Response   0.1 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
  0.35 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
0.65 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.35 secs
Shot to Shot (without flash)   1.7 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   3.4 secs
Continuous Shooting 3fps
  2.9 fps
Continuous Shooting 5fps   5 fps
Continuous Shooting 10fps   10 fps

All three continuous shooting modes record at full 16 megapixel resolution.

Samsung Remote Viewfinder Screenshot 3   Facebook Screenshot
Wi Fi Screenshot 1 | 1/160 sec | f/5.6 | 55.0 mm | ISO 400  

The main attractions when using the W-Fi are the ability to upload straight to Facebook and connecting to a smartphone to transfer pictures and use as a mobile viewfinder. It's all as simple as connecting to your Wi-Fi and following the on-screen instructions. To work with smartphones, you'll also need to download apps on those devices.

Samsung Wb850f Battery And Memory Card

Samsung WB850F 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 WB850F Sample Photos

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 100

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

HDR | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

HDR | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Pet Portrait | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 20.3 mm | ISO 100

Pet Portrait | 1/125 sec | f/4.0 | 20.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


Sample Photos - The WB850F takes pictures that are well exposed with excellent colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones and are free from red-eye when using the flash. Landscape mode allows you to shoot landscapes with superb blues and greens. HDR mode automatically combines three shots and the results are good.

Samsung WB850F Lens test images

Wide Angle | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Wide Angle | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Some Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/4.8 | 38.6 mm | ISO 100

Some Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/4.8 | 38.6 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Full Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.9 | 86.1 mm | ISO 100

Full Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.9 | 86.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Macro | 1/15 sec | f/3.0 | 6.2 mm

Macro | 1/15 sec | f/3.0 | 6.2 mm
High-Res


Lens Performance - Images have a good level of detail throughout the zoom range, but there is some purple fringing in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 5cm, which allows the camera to get close enough to take impressive macro shots.

Samsung WB850F ISO test images

ISO100 | 1/30 sec | f/3.6 | 11.4 mm

ISO100 | 1/30 sec | f/3.6 | 11.4 mm
High-Res

ISO200 | 1/45 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm

ISO200 | 1/45 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm
High-Res

ISO400 | 1/90 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm

ISO400 | 1/90 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm
High-Res

ISO800 | 1/180 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm

ISO800 | 1/180 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm
High-Res

ISO1600 | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm

ISO1600 | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm
High-Res

ISO3200 | 1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm

ISO3200 | 1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 11.4 mm
High-Res


ISO Noise Performance - There is no noise at ISO 100, with a little appearing at ISO 200. Again there is a small amount of extra noise at ISO 400, but it is not until you get to ISO 800 where you see images become a little softer. Images at ISO 1600 and 3200 show a significant loss in detail, these two settings are best used for sharing on the web, rather than for large prints.

These ISO shots do highlight some chroma noise which is visible in the mid to dark greys, with most other colours appearing fairly reasonable. The ISO shots have been taken using our incandescent lights, with the chroma noise virtually gone under other lighting.

Samsung WB850F White-balance test images

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent preset H - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent preset H - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent preset L - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent preset L - fluorescent lighting | 1/6 sec | f/3.2 | 7.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the AWB and incandescent presets produce very similar results, with a very slight colour cast appearing, but not enough to overly affect the image. The AWB setting performs excellently under the fluorescent lights, with the two fluorescent presets both taking images with a colour cast.

Panorama | 1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
Panorama | 1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Panorama mode - Panorama images look particularly impressive when viewed on the web, there isn't enough detail when viewing large, but there are stitched together extremely well.

Samsung WB850F Outdoor images

Drive | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Drive | 1/350 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fast Shutter Speed | 1/1000 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 200

Fast Shutter Speed | 1/1000 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

Landscape With Building | 1/1000 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Landscape With Building | 1/1000 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Trees | 1/90 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Trees | 1/90 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


The images above have been taken in bright, sunny conditions, with a fast shutter speed used in the second image to capture the water flowing from the fountain.

Samsung WB850F Digital filters

Smart Filter Miniature | 1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 20.3 mm | ISO 100

Smart Filter Miniature | 1/750 sec | f/4.0 | 20.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Smart Filter Cartoon | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Cartoon | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Classic | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Classic | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Cross Filter | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Cross Filter | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Fish Eye | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Fish Eye | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Ink Painting | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Ink Painting | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Normal | 1/30 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Normal | 1/30 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Oil Painting | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Oil Painting | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Retro | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Retro | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Sketch | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Sketch | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Soft Focus | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Soft Focus | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Vignetting | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Vignetting | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Smart Filter Zooming Shot | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400

Smart Filter Zooming Shot | 1/45 sec | f/3.9 | 16.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Artistic Brush Cartoon | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Artistic Brush Cartoon | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Artistic Brush Ink Painting | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Artistic Brush Ink Painting | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Artistic Brush Sketch | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100

Artistic Brush Sketch | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 4.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


Digital Filters - The WB850F has a number of Smart Filters to make your pictures more creative and unique, examples of which can be seen above.

Video - Below is a video recorded at full 1080p HD, you can use optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page. Videos can also be recorded with Smart Filters and can record high-speed videos at 240 and 480 fps, click the links for examples.



Value For Money

The Samsung WB850F is available for around £215.00. Below are a number of cameras with a similar amount of zoom, with only the Olympus not having GPS. Other cameras with Wi-Fi include the Samsung ST200F at £105.00, Samsung DV300F at £108.50, Samsung WB150F at £129.99, Fujfilm FinePix Z1000 EXR at £184.00, Canon IXUS 240 HS at £204.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 at £204.95 and Canon IXUS 510 HS at £275.00.

Olympus VG-170 Canon PowerShot A1300 Nikon Coolpix S3300 Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45
Olympus SP-620UZ
Fujifilm FinePix F770
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V
£127.00 £219.00 £249.95 £264.00 £269.00

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 WB850F Verdict

The Samsung WB850F scores really well for features, given its ample zoom lens as well as both GPS and Wi-Fi functionality. It is currently available for around £215.00, which represents decent value for money. We did find the battery ran out quickly when the camera wasn't in use and it is frustrating to switch to GPS and be told you needed to download maps, although it was easy enough to do via PC. Image quality is good, with excellent colour reproduction. Overall it's an ideal travel zoom camera, if you are able to charge the battery regularly.

 
  The Samsung WB850F is a feature packed travel compact, with images that will please the user.

Samsung WB850F Pros

Feature packed
Wi-Fi functions work really well
Plenty of buttons make it easy to change settings
GPS
Rubber grip on front of camera makes it easy to hold
Colourful images with decent amount of detail
Decent value for money

Samsung WB850F Cons

Camera is quite heavy
Dodgy battery life
GPS needs maps downloading prior to use

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Samsung WB850F Specifications

ManufacturerSamsung
Lens
Max Aperture f/2.8 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent 23mm - 483mm
Optical Zoom 21x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width) 6.16mm
Sensor Size (height) 4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 921,000
Touch Screen Yes
Focusing
Min Focus 5cm
Focusing modes
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 16sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 3200
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting No Data
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS 30
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI No
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable battery : SLB-10A
CIPA Rating No Data
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight No Data
Width 109.5mm
Height 62.2mm
Depth 24.9mm

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Comments

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4391 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
28 Aug 2012 - 6:16 PM

Mmmmm....that's impressive for a compact !!!....the Hi-res images are superb !!

Plenty of manual control, & a nice big rear screen....& still very pocketable !!!

Very, very tempting for a carry-at-all-times compact camera !!!!!

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