- Editor's Rating
- Neutral color quality-not oversaturated
- Fairly sharp telephoto images
- Cheaper than the competition
- No EVF
- Video start lag
- LCD is subject to above average glare
Quick TakeThe Samsung WB2100 is a good option for families and aspiring photographers, but the maximum aperture is not the fastest--especially indoors.
The Samsung WB2100 is an ultra-zoom point-and-shoot digital camera with a 35x zoom lens. The camera is priced at $328 at the time of the review, making it one of the cheapest cameras in its class.
The WB2100 is a 16-megapixel ultrazoom camera with 35x optical zoom with a ½.3in BSI CMOS sensor. The camera has a metal-alloy/polycarbonate body with dust, moisture and weather seals. DigitalCameraReview noted the camera is utilitarian-looking. It is 4.7 x 3.3 x 2.2 inches and weighs 1.1 pounds. It’s available in red or black.
The WB2100 has a standard suite of buttons and controls and DCR said it is efficiently designed and all the buttons are logically placed and easy to access for right-handed shooters. DCR noted the camera’s menus are simple, but not very logical or intuitive. The WB2100 offers multiple modes including auto, program, manual, scene, panorama, effects, user settings and movie. The WB2100 does not have an electronic viewfinder, but rather a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 460k resolution. DCR said the LDC is sharp, bright, hue accurate, and fluid. The screen tips and slides up to a 180-degree angle to the lens. DCR said the anti-glare on the LCD is horrible and it’s “sometimes impossible to use,” in bright outdoor lighting.
DCR noted the WB2100’s TTL Contrast Detection AF system is quick with dependable accuracy. The camera also has image stabilization. DCR found the camera’s battery life is below average. The WB2100’s lens has a f/3.0 maximum aperture, which DCR noted is more than fast enough for outdoor shooting in good lighting conditions, but barely fast enough for indoor shooting. Zooming is smooth and quiet and images have balanced contrast and accurate colors.
The WB2100 is optimized for accurate real world colors and produces highly detailed images with very good sharpness and good contrast. DCR noted the WB2100’s image quality is better than average for cameras in this class. The camera shoots HD video at 1920 x 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. The WB2100 also has an HDMI out-port. DCR noted that after pressing the video start/stop button the LCD goes black for a second before filming begins.
Overall, DCR found the Samsung WB2100 to be a good value ultrazoom point-and-shoot. DCR was impressed with the neutral color quality, sharpness of images at telephoto and the price but was disappointed in the lack of an electric viewfinder, video start lag and above average glare on the LCD. DCR said the WB2100 produces “excellent image quality with surprising consistency,” and the camera is a great option for aspiring photographers on a budget and families.