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Samsung WB550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 179 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and portability. The lens and design are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the contrast and exposure, while there are some mixed opinions about the focus.

responsiveness, design, lens, portability, usability

value for money, flash, color, exposure, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung WB550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 179 reviews)

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Samsung WB550 Wide-Angle Digital Camera Review

 

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Stylish exterior; Construction is strong; Fast startup and close; Image stabilization works wonders; Autofocus is quick and generally accurate; Video recording quality excels; Good image quality

23.MB - MP4 format; 36.5MB - MP4 format; Zoom motor can be heard in video; Too basic, even in manual mode; Middle finger can cover internal flash; Buttons are a little too small; Noise in images remove detail - means Samsung can improve.; ISO 3200 is...

The Samsung WB550 is a good ‘high-end’ mega-zoom offering. It does video recording at 720p very well, capturing very good detail and natural looking colors. Its image quality is good but not the best and some may find the WB550 too basic for their...

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Samsung WB550 digital camera review

 

Getting a broad focal range from a non-interchangeable lens camera needn't necessitate purchase of a bridge model that won't fit in your pocket. Witness Samsung cramming a 10x optical zoom (24-240mm equivalent) into its latest WB550 compact, the "W"...

Small if chunky form factor, broad zoom range gives rise to more creative framing and compositional options than usual, HD movies with stereo sound

Narrow and painful to use command lever at rear of camera, positioning of the built-in flash at front means that stray fingers can sometimes get in the way

Fans of photographer Martin Parr who like their images almost unnaturally colour rich will find the Samsung WB550 a deserving companion for the occasional snapshot, and one that will bring them closer to the action to boot

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Samsung WB550 review

 

The Samsung WB550 has good parts and features, but ultimately disappoints due to its average pictures and performance

Good feature set ; Mini-HDMI out ; 24mm-equivalent wideangle lens with 10x zoom

Mediocre photo quality ; Frustrating menu system

Video quality is generally good, although low-light movies are loaded with noise. This is typical of video from compact cameras, however. We appreciate that the zoom functions while recording and that Samsung chose not to cut the mic -- the lens moves...

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Samsung WB550

 

Samsung's latest zoom compact offers excellent value for money.

The Samsung WB550 is an excellent all-rounder, and the ideal camera for holidays. Build quality, design and handling are all up to a very high standard, performance is equal to anything else on the market, and the results are very good, although it...

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Samsung WB550

 

The Samsung captured impressive images but is pricey for the features it offers.

Rich set of features ; 24mm wide angle lens ; HD(720p) video recording ; Above average image quality ; Manual mode ; Mini HDMI-out

Slight over-sharpening ; Oversaturated colors

A versatile camera with 24mm wide angle and HD video recording capability. The Samsung captured impressive images but is pricey for the features it offers.

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Samsung WB550 Digital Camera

 

A good mix of features and performance

Good design and build, superb display, 10x zoom and 24mm wide angle lens, good quality HD video recording, excellent interface design

Zoom mechanism takes a while to engage after starting, flash often gets covered by your finger, over saturation of colors, bit expensive

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Samsung WB550 Digital Camera

 

Giving the new Samsung WB550 a run for its money in the backyard just didn't feel right. Its ultra-wide 24mm lens is just begging for gorgeous scenery, so off to the beach we went. I wore my bathing suit and the Samsung wore a canvas case. At...

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Samsung WB550

 

The WB550 from Samsung is like a slimmed-down prosumer; it keeps all the features but shaves off the inches and weight

Size ; performance ; HD recording

Price ; body heats up near the flash

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Samsung WB550

 

Robust, wide-angle 10x optical zoom compact shooting HD movies

If highly saturated pictures are your want, then the WB550 delivers, whilst providing the creative scope of a broader than average focal range in a comparatively compact form factor for a reasonable price.

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REVIEW—SAMSUNG WB550 compact camera]

 

This 12.2 megapixel camera is fitted with a Schneider branded zoom lens with a 24–240mm range. This is claimed to be the first 10X superzoom with a 24mm wide-angle. There is dual image stabilisation, optical and electronic. Construction quality is...

The camera is responsive. The lens, in spite of its extreme range, doesn’t exhibit gross distortions – there is very slight barrel distortion at the wide end and more pronounced pincushion at the 240mm extreme. However, that extreme range comes at a price

Very few of the photos we took with this camera were sharp. This appears to be partly a problem with the lens. Like all such “super” zooms there is a trade-off between versatility and sharp focus, contrast and colour accuracy. Auto exposure and white...

Samsung have tried too hard to satisfy the customer who buys by numbers. Gosh! A 10X zoom – that has to be better than a 3X, doesn’t it? And count the pixels – more than 12 million of the things. Terrific! And where will it all end? This camera has 43...

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Product Specifications

The Joby Gorillapod makes taking digital photos more fun than ever. Designed with self-timer photography in mind, the Gorillapod lets you mount your camera just about anywhere you want so that you can include everyone in your automatic shots. All you need to do is use the universal 1/4-20 screw to attach your camera to the standard tripod mount, then wrap the three flexible segmented legs securely to a nearby tree branch, fence, park bench, or anything else that's convenient. Say goodbye to holding your camera at arm's length to take a photo of yourself and your friends--now you can be free to pose however you like! Durable and innovative, the Gorillapod weighs just 1.6 ounces, or 45 grams, and can support cameras weighing up to 12.5 ounces, or 335 grams. Measuring just under six inches in length, the Gorillapod fits easily into any purse, backpack, or even jacket pocket. The Gorillapod family firmly secures your compact digital camera to just about anything... anywhere and everywhere. Unlike traditional tripods, the Gorillapod doesn't require an elevated flat surface for you to take the perfect shot. PRODUCT FEATURES : Lock ring;Slim-line attachment;Flexible joints;Ring & foot grips.

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
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:1/2.33''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:16
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1500

Memory

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

Power Supply

Battery Model:Samsung SLB-10A
Battery Type:Samsung SLB-10A

Recording

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