WB850F http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/wb850f/all en-GB Samsung WB850F http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-wb850f/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If there&#039;s ever been a more feature-laden camera than the Samsung WB850F, it&#039;s eluded our memory. Its headliners are a 21x optical zoom and 1080p video, but that&#039;s just the start </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-wb850f-main_2.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-wb850f-2_2.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-wb850f-3_2.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-wb850f-4_2.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-wb850f-5_2.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £330.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung WB850F review – features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung's WB850F is about the same price, size and weight as the superb Sony HX20V, but attempts to trump our favourite all-rounder with the promise of Wi-Fi transfer, GPS tagging, mapping and augmented reality viewing, smartphone remote control and a bucket of photo and video effects.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sam-WB850-Hands-1.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung WB850F – image quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Sony's RX100 hadn't set the bar so high, the Samsung's picture quality, image stabilisation and video capture would be hard to criticise. In fact, its stills are excellent, aided by the image stabilisation when the zoom is stretched out to its furthest reaches. While the Sony's stabilisation converts shakes and wobbles into tightly controlled but very subtle motion, the Samsung takes a firm grip and just about freezes the image. This is ideal for stills but it gets twitchy in video mode when you're likely to be moving the camera deliberately.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sam-WB850-Hands-5.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung WB850F – video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Video footage is good but not exceptional. The Full HD claim is valid but with a maximum frame rate of 30fps, it's not capable of the silky smooth TV-style footage of its Sony nemesis, and also loses out in terms of detail and colour balance.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sam-WB850-Hands-3.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung WB850F – Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The WB850F's Wi-Fi transfer sounds like a good idea, and if you could just copy selected images from the camera onto your computer, it would be. Unfortunately to do anything at all with the Wi-Fi features is an infuriatingly slow process, involving endless alpha-numeric text entry with the controls on the back of the camera. It's not possible to just drag and drop selected images wirelessly. Instead you can back up all the latest photos to a PC (not to a Mac), but that itself requires a photo management app to be installed on your PC. Direct uploading to social networks is no better, and even emailing pictures restricts you to low-res images. Let's move on.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sam-WB850-Hands-6.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung WB850F – GPS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The basic GPS tagging works fine. However, the additional GPS features are, once again, very poorly realised. Map data needs to be present on the memory card you're using, and even then the spartan selection of points of interest (POI) is at least five years out of date, which makes the augmented reality feature close to useless.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sam-WB850-Hands-8.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung WB850F – Android app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remote control via an Android smartphone is another nice idea that doesn't quite deliver. Download the Remote Viewfinder app and you can control the shutter, timer and zoom from a phone. However, the phone and camera must be connected to the same network, and if you need to control the camera remotely you'll probably have them at some distance from one another. In our testing one or the other proved quite likely to drop the connection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sam-WB850-Hands-2.jpg?1372993035" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung WB850F – verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, if you were planning on buying the WB850F based on these special features, think again. If you're happy to disregard these extras you'll still find a great camera that's well built, takes great pictures and has a very handy zoom.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Buy it for the features and you'll be disappointed. Ignore them, and the WB850F is a capable big-zoom compact</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/samsung-wb850f </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-wb850f/review#comments Cameras Samsung WB850F Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:37:56 +0000 Paddy Smith 422046 at http://www.stuff.tv