Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The WB250F kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the display screen.
With the Smart Auto mode in Samsung's WB250F, the camera will adjust all of the settings automatically. This is the easiest mode to use on the WB250F camera.
On the Smart Auto shooting screen, you'll see the mode icon, as well as the aperture setting and shutter speed that the camera has chosen in the upper left corner. The upper right corner has the number of shots that can be stored in the remaining space on the memory card and the battery charge remaining. In the lower left corner you'll see the touch screen icons, including the Menu button.
Press the Disp button on the back of the camera to change the look on the LCD by removing all icons from the screen, other than the mode icon.
When you press the shutter button halfway to pre-focus on the scene, you'll see green brackets indicating the focus points, as well as the aperture and shutter speed across the top of the screen.
When shooting in Program mode with the WB250F, you'll have more control over the camera's settings. You'll also see additional icons on the screen, including the EV setting across the top and the ISO, flash, resolution, image stabilization, and focus mode settings along the right side.
Pressing Disp will remove all icons from the screen, just as with Smart Auto mode, and pre-focusing will place a green bracket on the screen to indicate the focus point.
As you're shooting images, you can use the four-way button on the back of this Samsung camera to bring popup menus onto the LCD. The Disp button at the top of the four-way button changes the look of the screen, as discussed earlier. The Self-Timer and Burst mode is on the right side of the four-way button, the Focus mode is at the bottom, and the Flash mode is on the left side. The popup menu options in Program mode are:
- Self-Timer and Burst - Continuous 8 fps, Continuous 3 fps, Single, 2 Sec (self-timer), 10 Sec (self-timer)
- Macro/Focus - Normal AF, Manual Focus, Macro
- Flash - Off, Auto, Red-eye, Fill In, Slow Sync, Red-eye Fix
In the Flash mode, you'll sometimes see a green upward arrow when you highlight an option (as shown above). Press the up button on the four-way button, and you'll see additional control options, such as a flash intensity adjustment in steps of 0.5 to plus-2 or minus-2. This is a great feature to find in a fixed-lens camera.
Samsung included a mode dial with the WB250F, which is a nice feature on a camera in this price point, making it easy to select the shooting mode you want to use. As you twist the mode dial, you'll see the mode displayed on the LCD screen. The available modes are:
- Smart Auto
- A/S/M Priority - Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
- Smart - Scene Modes (discussed below)
- Best Face - Select the best photo for each person you photograph
- Special Effects - (discussed below)
- Settings - Main menus (discussed below)
- Wi-Fi - MobileLink (connect a smartphone), Remove Viewfinder (through a smartphone), Auto Backup (transfer photos to a PC wirelessly), Email (send photos to an e-mail address), SNS & Cloud (Facebook, Picasa, YouTube, SkyDrive), AllShare Play
The Special Effects mode -- which is marked with a camera icon with a star in the middle on the mode dial -- gives you quite a few options for applying different effects to your images. The Special Effects options are:
- My Magic - Shoot a background picture and then a foreground picture, and the camera will merge the two, one inside the other
- Split Shot - Divided frame (2x1, 3x1, 1x2, 1x3)
- Motion - Add a bit of animation to your photo
- Photo Filter - Miniature, Vignetting, Ink Painting, Oil Painting, Cartoon, Cross Filter, Sketch, Soft Focus, Fish-eye, Classic (black and white), Retro (sepia), Zooming Shot
- Movie Filter - Miniature, Vignetting, Sketch, Fish-eye, Classic, Retro, Palette Effect 1, Palette Effect 2, Palette Effect 3, Palette Effect 4
- Photo Editor - Resize (Original, 5M, 3M, 1M), Rotate (Off, Right 90 degrees, Left 90 degrees, 180 degrees, Horizontal, Vertical), Crop, Smart Filter (Miniature, Vignetting, Ink Painting, Oil Painting, Cartoon, Cross Filter, Sketch, Soft Focus, Fish-eye, Classic, Retro, Zooming Shot), Color (Original, ACB, Brightness (-16 to +16 in 1-step increments), Contrast (-2 to +2 in 1-step increments), Saturation (-16 to +16 in 1-step increments)), Portrait (Original, Face Retouch, Red-eye Fix)
These features are great for adding some fun features to your images, and all of these special effects are pretty easy to apply.
For scene mode options Samsung uses the term "Smart" mode with the WB250F camera. Smart mode is marked with a camera icon with an "S" in the middle on the mode dial. The 13 scene modes available with the WB250F are:
- Beauty Face
- Continuous Shot
- Action Freeze
- Rich Tones
- Low Light Shot
- Light Trace
You have a few options for adjusting the way the WB250F's touch screen LCD will work when shooting photographs. To open the touch screen menu, touch the round button in the lower left area of the screen that has a touch screen icon on it. The touch screen menu options are:
- Touch AF - Use the touch screen to select an autofocus point
- Tracking AF - Use the touch screen to select an autofocus point to track
- One Touch Shot - Record an image by touching the screen
This menu doesn't affect the touch screen LCD for selecting menu options or other functions. It only affects the way the touch screen responds for recording images.
Touch the Menu button in the lower left corner of the WB250F's LCD screen to call up the image control menu along the left side of the screen. You can use either the four-way button or the touch screen to make selections in this menu. The options displayed in this menu will vary, depending on which shooting mode you've selected with the mode dial. In Program mode, the menu options are:
- AutoShare - Off, On
- EV - Between -2 and +2 in 1/3 step increments
- White Balance - Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Color Temp, Custom Set
- ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
- Flash - Off, Auto, Red-eye, Fill in, Slow Sync, Red-eye Fix (in Smart Auto mode, only Off and Auto are available)
- Focus - Auto Focus, Manual Focus, Macro
- Focus Area - Center AF, Multi AF
- Touch AF - Off, Touch AF, Tracking AF, One Touch Shot
- Face Detection - Off, Normal, Self-Portrait, Smile Shot, Blink Detection
- Photo Size - 14M (4:3), 12M (3:2), 10M (16:9), 10M (4:3), 8M (1:1), 5M (4:3), 3M (4:3), 2M (16:9), 1M (4:3),
- Quality - Super Fine, Fine, Normal
- ACB - Off, On
- Metering - Multi, Spot, Center-Weighted
- Drive/Timer - Continuous 8 fps, Continuous 3 fps, Single, 2 Sec, 10 Sec
- AE Bracket Settings - Between -2 and +2
- Image Adjust - Contrast, Sharpness, or Saturation (settings for all three between -2 and +2)
- OIS - Off, On
- Intelli Zoom - Off, On
- Movie Size - Full HD 1920x1080, HD 1280x720, VGA 640x480, QVGA 320x240, 240 Web
- Voice - Sound Alive On, Sound Alive Off, Mute
This menu is well organized and having the option of scrolling through the options and making selections with the touch screen is great.
When you turn the mode dial to the Settings mode, which is marked with a gear icon, you'll see the four Settings menus listed: Sound, Display, Connectivity, and General. Just touch the menu you want to use and additional options will appear on the screen.
Having the Settings menu organized in this manner is a great feature of the WB250F. Samsung always seems to do a good job with its cameras in organizing the menus and making it easy for you to find the exact features and commands you want, and the WB250F is set up in a similar manner.
The Sound menu allows you to control how the camera's various beeps and clicks operate.
- Volume - Off, Low, Medium, High
- Beep Sound - Off, On
- Shutter Sound - Off, Sound 1, Sound 2, Sound 3
- Start Sound - Off, Star Flight, Laser Show, Cloud
- AF Sound - Off, On
You can control the way the display looks as you're using the WB250F through the Display menu.
- Start Image - Off, Logo, User Image
- Guide Line - Off, 3x3, 2x2, Cross, Diagonal
- Date/Time Display - Off, On
- Help Guide Display - Off, On
- Display Brightness - Auto, Dark, Normal, Bright
- Quick View - Off, On
- Power Save - Off, On
To control the way the WB250F sends data through its I/O port, use the Connectivity menu.
- Video Out - NTSC, PAL
- I-Launcher - Off, On
The General menu allows you to control the overall operation of the camera, features that don't necessarily have a lot to do with actual image creation. The General menu options are:
- Network Information - Mac Address, Network Certification Number
- Language - 36 options
- Time Zone - Home, Visit
- Date/Time Set
- Date Type - YYYY/MM/DD, MM/DD/YYYY, DD/MM/YYYY
- Time Type - 12 Hr, 24 Hr
- File No. - Reset, Series
- Imprint - Off, Date, Date & Time
- Auto Power Off - Off, 1 Min, 3 Min, 5 Min, 10 Min
- Direct Link (Wi-Fi Button) - MobileLink, AutoShare, Remote Viewfinder, Auto Backup, Email, SNS & Cloud
- AF Lamp - Off, On
- Format - Yes, No
- Reset - Yes, No
- Open Source Licenses