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Samsung HZ10W / WB500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 374 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the responsiveness and image quality. The value for money and lens are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the manual image adjustments and features, and there are mixed views on the viewfinder and shutter.

portability, lens, value for money, image quality, responsiveness

features, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung HZ10W / WB500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Samsung WB500


We reviewed the really tiny ultra compact - Fujifilm A100 - last week; moving from that tiny critter to this week's bulky mammoth - the Samsung WB500 - was quite a size jump!The WB500 is 105 x 61

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Samsung HZ10W Digital Camera First Impression Review


Fresh from the floor of CES, we bring you Samsung's new not-quite-ultra-zoom camera, the HZ10W. This model manages to fit an impressive 10x zoom as well as a decent wide angle lens into a body not much bigger than a standard point-and-shoot. It also...

- 10x zoom - Respectable body size and quality - Crystal clear menu system

- Slow lens - Proprietary ports

The Samsung HZ10W seems promising based on our brief introduction. It packs some serious zoom power into a small body, has an excellent feel in hour hand, and a good range of manual controls. On the down side, the lens is on the slow side, though we'll...

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Samsung WB500


The Samsung WB500 is one of the few compact cameras I've seen with such zoom capabilities. While most compact cameras only have 3x optical zoom, the WB500 can do 10x.


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Samsung WB500 -


Samsung is known for its ferocity when it comes to introducing products to the masses, and one more for the road is the Samsung WB500, winner of the 2009 CES Innovation Award.

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Samsung HZ10W


The Samsung HZ10W is a 10.2 megapixel point and shoot digital camera that features a 2.7 inch LCD screen and generous 10x optical zoom (giving it an equivalent focal range of 24-240mm. This focal range means it's plenty wide enough for landscapes but...

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Samsung HZ10W


I purchased this camera 2 weeks ago, after reading numerous reviews and test reports, as a backup to my Nikon D90 DSLR, for a trip to Perth WA that is coming up. I will also take my Panasonic LX3, but from early results outdoors the Samsung handles...

None so far

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Samsung HZ10W


Camera looks great and feels solidly built. great menu system and after a few minutes is easy to search around. like the 10x optical zoom and the great wide angle which is why i bought it. pictures look great so far.

had difficulty holding it steady for blur free shots even when set to anti-shake. problem was slow shooting after pressing the button. Maybe its me as most PS cameras I have had behave this way

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Amazon review summary for Samsung HZ10W / WB500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 user reviews of Samsung HZ10W / WB500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

lens, value for money, portability, build quality, design


71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung HZ10W 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Schneider Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)Samsung HZ10W 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Schneider Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)

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I did my homework and researched a camera that was not an SLR but smaller and took decient pictures. I had decided on this camera. When I first got it and played around with it I loved it. Then I started seeing this shadow on the screen, it was the...

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Excellent point & shoot


Excellent, feature-rich compact camera, with 10 power zoom

Good Image Quality ; Good Image Stabilization ; Great Zoom ; Small / Compact

No Viewfinder

Product Specifications

The 10.2-megapixel HZ10W offers a high-performance, ultra-wide Schneider lens with 10x optical zoom in a compact digital camera body. It features a host of manual controls, including the ability to adjust shutter speed, aperture, exposure, and focus. Plus it can capture video in 720p high-definition at 30 frames-per-second (fps) and incorporates both optical and digital image stabilization to help reduce image blur.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Beach/snow / Beauty shot / Cafe / Children / Close-up / Dawn/dusk / Fireworks / Food / Landscape / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Text

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:30MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.3-5.8
Max Focal Length:42mm
Min Focal Length:4.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:5
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 (3Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Negative / Red / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None