18x optical zoom is a great option in a thin camera
Touch screen LCD is nice option for beginners
LCD screen is very bright and sharp
Lens fully retracts inside the camera, protecting the glass
Menu structure is smartly organized and is very easy to use
Pop-up flash unit is a nice feature in this price range
Built-in Wi-Fi is another nice feature in this price point
WB250F is a lot of fun to use
Several special effect features are available and can be added through in-camera editing
Mode dial makes it easy to select the settings you want to use
Comfortable to use with small right-hand grip
Nice looking camera, especially in all white
Quite a few options for adjusting the way the camera works
Provides a good value
Must charge battery inside the camera, because no separate battery charger included
Camera has some shutter lag problems
Start-up is a little slow
Image quality has some slight softness
Some images seem to almost be over-processed, giving them a slightly odd look
Pop-up flash unit isn't automatic and must be opened manually
High ISO settings have a bit of noise
14MP of resolution is a bit lower than some other cameras released this year
Samsung's WB250F point-n-shoot camera is a lot of fun to use and
provides a pretty good value. Even though this camera has some
performance issues and there's a bit of image softness at large sizes,
it still stacks up very nicely against other models in its price range.
The WB250F is extremely easy to use, thanks to a sharp touch screen LCD
and one of the smartest menu organizational structures that you're going
to find on a digital camera. Throw in an easy-to-use built-in Wi-Fi
feature, and the WB250F is a camera that's easy to like. If the image
quality was just a little better, this easily would be one of the best point-and-shoot cameras on the market. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Building upon last year's WB150F, Samsung has announced the flagship in its WB series of long zoom cameras for 2013; the WB250F. This camera offers a 14.2-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor mated to an 18x optical zoom lens. You're also getting a new touchscreen display and an all new hybrid touch user interface. Professional and enthusiast photographers will definitely admire the optional full manual mode, but newbies and technophobes don't have to worry thanks to SMART mode, which automatically selects the best settings for any shooting scenario.
Samsung's other big CES 2013 announcement is the update to its mobile app, SMART CAMERA 2.0. Available for iOS and Android, the upgraded app boasts new features like AutoShare, which sends photos from your digicam straight to your smart phone. Direct Link allows you to assign your favorite WiFi function to a single button. Remote Viewfinder allows you to use your smart phone as a camera display. And Mobile Link is a fast and easy way to share you pics online. If you purchase a WB250F, make sure to download this app.
Samsung WB250F Features
14 megapixel CMOS image sensor
18x optical zoom lens
Full 1080p HD video capture
3.0-inch Touch Display
NEW Hybrid Touch UI (User Interface)
NEW Direct Link Button for WiFi Connectivity
Rich Tone (HDR)
Low Light Shot
Direct Link Button for Wi-Fi Connectivity
SMART Camera 2.0 Functionality
S/W Upgrade Notifier
Available in black, white, red, or gun metal, the WB250F has a MSRP of $249.99. See our lowest price button at the top right of this page for the most current online pricing.
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