Samsung WB800F Review

Review posted 07/10/2013

Quick Take
  • Powerful 21X zoom
  • Wi-Fi sharing features
  • Attractive photo filters
  • Good image and video quality
  • Touch screen works well
  • 8fps full-resolution burst mode
  • Dedicated buttons for easy menu navigation
  • Touch screen navigation is sometimes clumsy
  • Burst modes are limited to 6 shots
  • Wide-angle (23mm) shots distort at edges
  • Low-light performance could be better
  • Auto focus fails while zooming out in movie mode
  • Flash does not work in burst mode
Bottom Line
The Samsung WB800F does a good job of delivering the ease of touch screen navigation and Wi-Fi photo sharing without abandoning key photographic features. The powerful 21X zoom opens a lot of possibilities, and the inclusion of full manual mode and other adjustments will appeal to people who don't want to simply point and shoot. For casual shooters, attractive photo filters make it easy to get creative results. Though not all features are not top-notch, the WB800F offers a good number of features for the money. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Samsung has updated its mobile app, SMART CAMERA 2.0 for many of their new 2013 camera models, announced today at CES 2013. 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.

The Samsung WB800F features a large 16 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor (great in low light conditions) and a super long 21x optical zoom lens. The camera is designed, in both still mode or during full 1080p HD video capture, to be control via the 3.0-inch touch screen / hybrid user interface -- basically, it's your choice as to whether you prefer the new, futuristic touch screen controls, or the classic five-way manual key. Speaking of manual, the WB800F also offers full P/S/A/M manual controls. Or, if you prefer, let one of SMART Mode's amazing pre-select settings to do all the hard work for you.

Samsung WB800F Features
  • 16.3 MP BSI CMOS image sensor
  • 21x optical zoom lens
  • 3.0" Touchscreen LCD
  • Full 1080p HD Video Capture
  • Full Manual Modes (P/S/A/M)
  • Hybrid Touch User Interface
  • SMART Mode
    • Beauty Face
    • Continuous Shot
    • Landscape
    • Macro
    • Action Freeze
    • Rich Tone (HDR)
    • Panorama
    • Waterfall
    • Silhouette
    • Sunset
    • Low Light Shot
    • Fireworks
    • Light Trace
  • Direct Link Button for Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • SMART Camera 2.0 Functionality
    • AutoShare
    • MobileLink
    • Remote Viewfinder
    • Social Sharing
    • email
    • Cloud
    • Auto Backup
    • AllShare Play
    • S/W Upgrade Notifier
Available in white, cobalt black, and red, the Samsung WB800F sports a MSRP of $269.99. See our Lowest price button at the top right of this page for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • WB800F camera body
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Manual

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