Features & Controls
- Normal: 31 in. (80 cm) to infinity (wide), 11.5 feet (350 cm) to infinity (tele)
- Macro: 4 to 31 in. (10 to 80 cm) (wide), 4.9 to 11.5 feet (150 cm to 350 cm) (tele)
- Auto Macro: 4 in. (10 cm) to infinity (wide), 4.9 feet (150 cm) to infinity (tele)
- Manual: 2 in. (5 cm) to infinity (wide), 3.3 feet (100 cm) to infinity (tele)
Samsung included a very nice pop-up flash unit with the WB850F. You press a toggle switch on the top panel of the camera to activate the flash. Although it would be a bit nicer if the flash unit popped up automatically anytime it was needed, this flash unit works pretty well. It has a range when shooting wide-angle photos of 1 to 11 feet (0.3 to 3.35 meters) and a range with telephoto usage of 1.6 to 6 feet (0.5 to 1.85 meters).
The top panel of the WB850F contains quite a few different aspects of controlling the camera. On the left, you'll see the panel of the popup flash unit, as well as the toggle switch for the flash. The power button is toward the middle of the top panel, and it's surrounded by a blue light that indicates when the camera is powered up.
- SMART - Smart Auto mode
- P - Program mode
- ASM - Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes
- SCN - Scene modes (Beauty Shot, Night, Landscape, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, and Beach & Snow)
- Effects (marked by camera icon with a star inside) - Panorama, 3D Photo, Magic Frame, Split Shot, Picture in Picture, Artistic Brush, HDR, and Creative Movie Maker
- Wi-Fi - MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, Email, Cloud, Auto Backup, and TV Link
- GPS - GPS mode
- Movie - Movie mode
The display screen on the WB850F camera is another great feature. It's a 3.0-inch screen with 921,000 pixels of resolution, and the images are sharp and bright on this screen thanks to AMOLED technology. AMOLED (short for active matrix organic light emitting diode) technology can create greater contrast, brighter light, and better viewing angles than traditional LCD technology.
On the right hand side of the WB850F (as you're holding the camera) is a small panel that hides the micro-USB and HDMI ports. This is a sturdy, all plastic door that works on a hinge and closes tightly. Like with most point and shoot cameras, Samsung didn't include an HDMI cable with this camera's kit.
On the bottom panel of the camera is the battery and memory card slot. These slots are protected by a hinged, all-plastic door that's on a spring. It also latches securely into place with a toggle switch, and it is a high-quality part, just like the rest of the WB850F's design. You can use SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards with this camera.
The WB850F makes use of a thin, standard-shaped rechargeable battery. I was pretty disappointed with the battery lifespan of this camera, as it only ran for an hour to two hours before needing a full recharge. Part of the power problem is all of the power-hungry features with the WB850F, including the large zoom lens, the high-quality AMOLED screen, the Wi-Fi capabilities, and the GPS unit. If you're going to be using any of the features regularly, such as reviewing images on the brightest screen setting, the battery life will be well below average. Perhaps Samsung would've been better served by adding a bit to the thickness of the camera, allowing for a thicker battery.
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