Samsung WB850F Review

Review posted 07/05/2012

Quick Take
  • 21x optical zoom lens is a powerful option in a thin camera
  • Overall image quality is good and focus is pretty sharp
  • Display screen is very bright and sharp
  • Lens fully retracts inside the camera, protecting the glass
  • High-speed burst modes work well
  • Pop-up flash unit provides good low-light results
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS are handy high-end features to have
  • Several special effect features are available and can be added through in-camera editing
  • Camera's control layout and graphical menus are easy to understand
  • Mode dial makes it easy to select the settings you want to use
  • Comfortable to use with right-hand grip
  • Battery life is below average
  • Must charge battery inside the camera; no separate battery charger included
  • Camera's performance is a bit sluggish at times
  • Zoom lens moves slowly through its range, especially after shooting a photo
  • Pop-up flash unit isn't automatic
  • Some aspects of the WB850F may be difficult to understand for beginners
  • Wi-Fi and GPS features can be tricky to set up and use
  • Based on photography features alone, price seems a bit high
Bottom Line
The Samsung WB850F is an expensive camera, carrying a price tag of more than $350; but it has several interesting features for a point and shoot model, including a GPS unit, a pop-up flash unit, Wi-Fi capabilities, a high-resolution AMOLED screen, and a 21x optical zoom lens. Images are sharp and bright with the WB850F, but it does have some problems with sluggish response times and poor battery life. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Samsung unveiled six new Wi-Fi enabled cameras at CES 2012 for the new year; the WB850F, WB150F, and ST200F. The WB850F is the top of the line model of the three, offering a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom, 3.0-inch AMOLED display, 1080/30p FullHD video with Dual Capture and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.

The camera is housed in a sleek black metal frame, which offers comfortable ergonomics and controls. While the WB850F is part of Samsung's "SMART" offerings, featuring Smart Auto, Smart Wi-Fi, etc., the camera still offers plenty of control to advanced users with options like Program AE, Shutter speed priority, Aperture priority, and Manual modes.

It's impressive to find a 21x optical zoom lens and a pop-up flash unit in a camera that measures less than 1 inch in thickness. In addition, the AMOLED display screen is among the sharpest and brightest that you're going to find in a point-n-shoot camera.

With a price tag of more than $350, the WB850F is one of the more expensive point-n-shoot cameras out there. However, it offers quite a few components and features that aren't found in many cameras, regardless of price range.

Samsung WB850F Main Features:
  • Stylish and sophisticated metal body
  • 16-megapixel BSI CMOS Image sensor
  • Schneider KREUZNACH 21x optical zoom lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3.0-inch AMOLED display
  • Full 1080p (30p) HD video recording
  • Smart Auto
  • Motion Capture
  • Live Panorama
  • Auto Backup and upload options
  • Remote Viewfinder feature; use your smart phone to control the camera via Wi-Fi
  • P/S/A/M exposure modes for advanced users
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, share photos on Facebook and Picasa or post videos to YouTube from any Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Built-in GPS
  • Pop-up flash unit
  • Li-ion power source
The Samsung WB850F is available now for a suggested retail price of about $349 USD. See our buy box below for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • WB850F camera body
  • SLB-10A 3.7V 1050mAh lithium-ion battery
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Instruction manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start guide
  • Intelli-studio and Creative Movie Maker software

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