Very good travel zoom camera with extensive functions

Very good travel zoom camera with extensive functions

Samsung WB850F Smart Digital Camera (16 Megapixel, 21-fach opt. Zoom, 7.6 cm (3 inch) screen, wifi) (Electronics)

Customer Review

For a few days I am now the owner of a Samsung WB850F. Certainly one can as yet give no depth evaluation, but so far I am very happy with this camera and it satisfies the expectations that I have made. Seen in this light it was worth waiting on the camera.

I've made my decision, as it in this class of travel zoom cameras the best value for money offers in my opinion for the Samsung WB850F: 21 x optical zoom with 23mm wide-angle and lens by Schneider Kreuznach, BSI CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3 inches (7.6cm) AMOLED display, videos in full HD quality can be recorded, GPS function with interactive maps and digital compass and Wi-Fi, which especially in combination with my Galaxy SII 'smartphone a unique selling point in this Device Class is.

Ultimately, however, is a camera there to make beautiful pictures. And also because I am very pleasantly surprised. If you want you can extract a lot from this little camera because it is out of extensive automatic and scene modes also Semiautomatic or operate manually. Certainly there are many cameras make better pictures, but in this size and weight class with the scope of services offered and at this price I do not know any other camera.

However, I am not a 'professional photographer' and not a 'professional amateur photographer', have no technical equipment to the pictures to look at the pixels, but the image quality judging purely subjective. 'Noise particle counter' will surely find something to complain about, as more or less any other camera at this zoom and sensor size. For my taste, the image quality is certainly more than adequate. An image quality of an SLR camera, system camera or other cameras with its much larger image sensors and lenses, this camera comes naturally not approach, any more than any other comparable travel zoom cameras.

The video quality in full HD is also very impressive and makes a camcorder is often unnecessary. At least if it is only a matter something to hold every now and then as a video. Since I know many camcorders that do not come close to the quality of the video recording of this camera.

The operation of the camera I find also very well done and you can even without a manual quickly find and rightly so.

No light but without shadow. Two points bother me but on this camera still. These two points but without exception to all the latest travel zoom camera models from all manufacturers apply in this price range:

1 complaint: No printed out manual supplied available. Only a poor briefing and the manual on CD as a PDF file.
2. Do not save images in RAW format. Technically, the images are always taken in this format camera 'processed' internally converted to JPG and then stored. With all of this intelligence programs used, sometimes one wishes well even with compact cameras the images unedited than having raw data to make the post by itself. The realization of this function would be possible even via firmware update. Incomprehensible to me why this offers no camera manufacturer in its class.

But since the two criticisms apply to all (known to me) comparable cameras there is no penalty for this and for the full 5 points in my opinion very good travel zoom camera.

Addendum of 21/05/2012:
So far I am from the camera still excited. Only one little thing bothers me so far: When the GPS function is turned on, it runs apparently continue even when the camera is off and the battery is empty after a few days, even if the camera is not in use. Care should be taken so ever that you disabled by using the camera GPS. Is a bit annoying, but if this fact is a conscious, you can live with it. Would be nice if Samsung could eliminate this phenomenon through a firmware update.

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