Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Samsung HZ35W / WB650

alaTest has collected and analyzed 358 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The screen and responsiveness are also appreciated, whereas the focus and features get critical opinions.

portability, responsiveness, screen, design, image quality

low-light, flash, shutter, features, focus

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung HZ35W / WB650 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

See all Samsung Digital Compact Cameras

Review analysis

(Based on 358 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 31 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 31 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (145)

Expert review by:

Feature-Laden GPS Camera Has No Sense of Direction

 

The Samsung HZ35W would be a great GPS-enabled camera, if it could only give us accurate coordinates.

GPS turns on easily with a switch on top of the camera. Displays current city, state and country on LCD in shooting mode. Map View will tell you where all the local Starbucks, McDonald's and Bank of America ATMs are

GPS antenna is placed where you put your forefinger on the camera, potentially blocking the signal. Must download maps from Samsung website and store on memory card in camera to use Map View mode. Slowest GPS camera we tested

Expert review by:

Samsung HZ35W

 

The Samsung HZ35W is a bit of a surprise. Its predecessor, the HZ15W , was sort of a mess and going into this review I didn't have high hopes. The HZ35W is, as it should be, a better camera than that model with Samsung making improvements to design and...

Overall good features, design, performance, and photos for its price.

Mediocre low-light photos; confusing GPS setup; using ASM mode is a pain.

Samsung's HZ35W is pretty much an across-the-board improvement from its predecessor resulting in a GPS-enabled compact megazoom worth considering.

Expert review by:

Samsung HZ35W

 

The 15X-optical-zoom Samsung HZ35W ($350 as of June 1, 2010) had the best overall performance score and feature set of any camera in our latest pocket megazooms test group, but our hands-on tests of the camera exposed a few things to think about before...

Excellent image quality ; In-camera GPS integration with Navteq map service ; Very sharp 3-inch AMOLED screen ; Dual digital/mechanical image stabilization ; Largest zoom range of any compact camera

Dual stabilization only in dedicated mode ; Disappointing video and audio capture ; A bit bulky and slippery ; Confusing menu structure

The GPS-enabled HZ35W produces some of the sharpest, highest-quality stills we've seen this side of a DSLR, but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg.

ADVERTISEMENT

Expert review by:

Samsung HZ35W

 

15x zoom. Beautiful OLED screen with high contrast, and no motion blur. Micro-HDMI port

Noisy images in anything other than ideal lighting conditions. Proprietary USB port

Expert review by:

Samsung HZ35W

 

No price data available. Check back soon.

15x image stabilized wide-angle (24mm) optical zoom ; 3-inch AMOLED monitor ; Built-in GPS ; Compact Size ; Sturdy build ; Multiple automatic exposure modes ; Auto, Manual and semi-auto exposure modes ; Easy-to-use Movie mode ; Dedicated Movie record...

Small, weak flash ; Macro mode is very soft around the edges ; Long shutter lag ; Poor shot-to-shot times ; GPS is difficult to initialize ; Extremely slow to start zooming ; Slow autofocus ; Autofocus often gives up in low light ; Lens makes audible...

The Samsung HZ35W has a lot to offer whether you're a snapshooter or someone who likes to use manual controls. More than its full feature set, which includes a myriad of automatic, semi-auto and manual controls, the Samsung HZ35W's versatility is...

Expert review by:

Review: Samsung HZ35W pocket megazoom camera

 

The GPS-enabled HZ35W produces some of the sharpest, highest-quality stills we've seen this side of a DSLR, but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg.

Let's start with the laundry list of positives. The 12-megapixel HZ35W's 15X lens (24mm to 360mm) offers the largest optical-zoom range of any compact camera currently available, and this model's dual stabilization feature proves amazingly effective in...

Consumer review by:

"All in one with a catch!"

 

Outdoor pictures of anything are great. Vivid colors for anything you take pics of. But do not expect good indoor pics unless there is a lot of light. I love the camera. But for me it is to stick in the pocket for when I go out with the family instead...

Great zoom, great video, great pictures with low ISO.

Low light pictures are HORRIBLE!!! Wish they had focused on the ISO sensativity. If they had it would be a fantastic camera. The flash works ok, but doesnt supply enough to compensate the ISO issues.

Consumer review by:

All in one with a catch!

 

Outdoor pictures of anything are great. Vivid colors for anything you take pics of. But do not expect good indoor pics unless there is a lot of light. I love the camera. But for me it is to stick in the pocket for when I go out with the family instead...

Great zoom, great video, great pictures with low ISO

Low light pictures are HORRIBLE!!! Wish they had focused on the ISO sensativity. If they had it would be a fantastic camera. The flash works ok, but doesnt supply enough to compensate the ISO issues

Consumer review by:

Support and website are abysmal

 

This camera could be OK if Samsung would either support the GPS feature or dropped it. The HZ30W without GPS is a great camera and is available for $100 less.

A great camera for long telephoto shots without tripod

GPS function unsupported. (No instructions, necessary downloads and instruction pages mostly does not work.) Tech support says the feature is only available for Europe

Consumer review by:

"Support and website are abysmal"

 

This camera could be OK if Samsung would either support the GPS feature or dropped it. The HZ30W without GPS is a great camera and is available for $100 less.

A great camera for long telephoto shots without tripod.

GPS function unsupported. (No instructions, necessary downloads and instruction pages mostly does not work.) Tech support says the feature is only available for Europe.

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:16
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1200

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Unknown
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Samsung SLB-11A
Battery Type:Samsung SLB-11A

Recording

Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
etilize
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT