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Samsung WB850F

alaTest has collected and analyzed 390 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the flash and usability. The value for money and lens are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the focus, while many are critical about the shutter and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Samsung WB850F is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Samsung WB850F: Feature-Filled 21X Pocket Zoom Has Connections

 

A few years ago, a pocketable camera loaded with this many features would impossible to find. The Samsung WB850F ($350 as of August 6, 2012) boasts a 21X-optical-zoom lens, Wi-Fi sharing capabilities, GPS with in-camera mapping, and a 10-fps burst mode...

Wi-Fi sharing features and in-camera GPS/mapping ; Manual controls and creative filters ; 21X optical zoom lens (23mm to 483mm) ; Good image quality at wide-angle to midzoom

GPS features aren't preloaded on camera ; Laggy reaction time when switching modes ; Blurry long-zoom and low-light shots ; Battery is charged inside the camera

The feature-loaded, 21X-zoom Samsung WB850F is the best Wi-Fi camera we've reviewed, but a few usability hangups keep it from a higher ranking.

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Samsung WB850F (with Wi-Fi)

 

There are certainly plenty of compact megazooms to pick from these days, but the Samsung WB850F stands out for a few reasons.

The Samsung WB850F is a feature-packed compact megazoom with a versatile lens, very good picture quality, and excellent Wi-Fi capabilities.

The WB850F's shooting performance is a bit mixed, its battery life is mediocre, and its interface, while very good, can take some time to learn.

For snapshooters looking to enter the world of connected cameras, the 21x zoom Samsung WB850F is a good place to start.

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Samsung WB850F

 

The Samsung WB850F is a compact superzoom camera with a wider-than-average lens, GPS, and Wi-Fi, but its a little slow to start and shoot, and image quality suffers at higher ISO settings.

Sharp lens. Wi-Fi. GPS. Long zoom range. Crisp OLED display

Slow to start and shoot. Loss of detail at higher ISOs. Poorly placed flash release

The WB850F takes a full 2.4 seconds to start and shoot, can grab an 8-shot burst of photos at 10, 5, or 3 frames per second, and manages a short 0.2-second shutter lag. The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS matches the shutter lag, but starts a little bit...

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Samsung WB850F Review

 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Samsung WB850F

 

Moreso than any Wi-Fi camera we've tested, the 21X-optical-zoom WB850F is an excellent option outside of its wireless-sharing features.

21X optical zoom lens (23mm to 483mm) ; Manual controls and creative filters ; Wi-Fi sharing features and in-camera GPS/mapping ; Good image quality at wide-angle to midzoom

Battery is charged inside the camera ; Blurry long-zoom and low-light shots ; Laggy reaction time when switching modes ; GPS features aren't preloaded on camera

A few years ago, a pocketable camera loaded with this many features would impossible to find. The Samsung WB850F boasts a 21X-optical-zoom lens, Wi-Fi sharing capabilities, GPS with in-camera mapping, and a 10-fps burst mode at a 16-megapixel...

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Samsung WB850F Digital Camera

 

There's lots of great camera options on the market if you're ready to upgrade from your point-and-shoot to something a little more advanced. A lot of users will go straight to an SLR since SLR prices have gotten much lower over the years. Also starting...

Packed with great features, including a full manual mode ; WiFi functionality with many WiFi features ; Great image and video quality ; 1080p HD video recording with full stereo sound ; Long 21x zoom lens in a fairly compact sized body ; GPS...

I'd love to see more cloud backup services supported ; Would have been cool to use that plastic ring around the lens as a focus ring for manual mode ; View the discussion thread.blog comments powered by DISQUSback to top ; Start ; Prev ; 1 ; 2 ; 3 ; 4...

Samsung has a real winner in the compact extended zoom camera segment with the WB850F. It's very competitively priced and packed with features. Also, it functions great where it matters most - by taking very good quality photos and videos. If you want...

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Samsung WB850F

 

While our test results suggest excellence, real-world shots tell a different story

Generally attractive daylight shots; 10fps burst shooting

Pixelation, even at ISO 100; Sharpness is faked by software

This is one of those tricky situations where the raw test scores might have you believing this camera is something it’s not. While the WB850F posted some very impressive noise and resolution scores, in practice, the same internal software that...

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"While the reviews say yes, the user says NO!"

 

While the reviews say only good things about this camera, I can't see any of the positives in this camera. I take action shots in both low light and dark light settings, of fast moving animals, and to capture the moments of the night life... This...

- Daylight shooting

- Can't take action shots in daylight or low light/night

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Amazon review summary for Samsung WB850F

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 user reviews of Samsung WB850F from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

performance, usability, image quality, value for money, responsiveness

features, reliability, connectivity

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Great pruducy

 

The camera is great

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Great Zoom","Large Clear LCD","Short Lag Time","Small \/ Compact

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

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

General Features

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

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:16
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
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: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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