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Samsung WB1000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and value for money. The image quality and screen also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the responsiveness, and some have doubts about the color and low light performance.

design, screen, image quality, value for money, portability

features, low-light, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung WB1000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 74 reviews)

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Samsung WB1000


With 5x zoom, manual exposure, AMOLED display and stereo HD video, is this Samsung's best compact yet?

The Samsung WB1000 is an ambitious camera with a lot to commend it. Build quality is excellent, it handles well and the range of features offers a lot of creative potential. Performance is well up to scratch, the lens is superb and the AMOLED monitor...

Editor's Choice!

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Samsung WB1000 review


The Samsung WB1000's extensive shooting options make it a very good digital SLR companion, but its photo quality and performance are definitely those of a point-and-shoot camera

Extremely large feature set ; Solid, high-end design

Photo quality dips above ISO 200

Video quality is very good, and you get use of the optical image stabilisation and zoom while recording. The camera kills the audio while the lens is in motion so you don't hear it zooming, or anything else for that matter. One pleasant surprise is the...

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Review: Samsung WB1000


This shooter offers users plenty of creative control over their shots but it can make do with better image quality.

Interesting mix of retro and contemporary design; 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens; good feature mix

Average performance; sub-par image quality

The WB1000's design and features are definitely top-notch, unfortunately let down by a sub-par image quality. That said, there are still shutterbugs who like the WB1000. In fact, there is even a Flickr group set up for WB1000's users to post snaps. So...


EISA Award - Best Product

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European Advanced Compact Camera 2009-2010 -> Samsung WB1000


The Samsung WB 1000 is an advanced compact camera that features an elegant titanium body and a pair of analogue dials on the top plate that display battery-life and memory capacity information. The Schneider-Kreuznach 5x optical zoom, that has a 24mm...

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Samsung WB1000 digital compact


Looks may not be everything but the handsome design of the Samsung WB1000 really does stand out - this is very attractive device. It has an all-metal chassis and feels sturdy in your hand, although it is still light at 160g. Two retro gauges, which...

The number of manual controls

The performance at high ISOs

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Samsung WB1000


It is not often you find a set of manual exposure controls on a camera like this one. Throw in High Definition movies, image stabilisation and one or two extra features and you can see Samsung is on the right lines with the WB1000. Photo quality is...

LCD screen - manual exposure mode - features in general - size and design - High Definition movies

I would like to have a touch more quality when zoom was fully extended

The Samsung WB1000 offers something different to the majority of digital cameras. With an extra wide zoom lens, plus manual exposure controls it has few direct competitors with this compact body size. Picture quality is pretty good and if the features...

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Samsung WB1000 review


The Samsung WB1000 is a lovely looking camera. The Korean gadget king has gone all out on the design front with an all-metal chassis, the blue ring styling around the camera lens, and the leather-feel hand-grip. But is this just a fashionable gimmick?...

The styling and the vast array of manual options

The performance at high ISOs and its launch price

Not quite as good as a bridge camera, but with online prices dropping, worth a look

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Samsung WB1000


Do analog features belong in a digital world?

For those focusing more on having a unique compact camera with plenty of manual controls this is ideal. Image quality and build issues hold it back from contending at this level.

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Amazon review summary for Samsung WB1000


alaTest has collected and analysed 6 user reviews of Samsung WB1000 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

screen, portability, performance, focus

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Product Specifications

The WB 1000 lets you capture more of what you see - just the way you see it. Go fully automatic or use the easy intuitive manual controls. This is the camera that will take the guesswork out of perfection. With it's 24mm ultra wide angle Schneider lens and 5x optical zoom, the WB 1000 lets you go wide and close without sacrificing detail or sharpness. Now turning memories into instant masterpieces is a whole lot easier.

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:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Type:LED display / OLED display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:100MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Samsung

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.8
Max Focal Length:21.5mm
Min Focal Length:4.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
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:12.2Megapixel

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
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None