- Editor's Rating
- Compact body design, yet still very ergonomic
- Fun feature set of creative photo effects
- Advanced Wi-Fi functionality
- Zoom lags
- Wi-Fi on phone is not in use while downloading images from camera
- Body of camera does not feel durable
Quick TakeThe Samsung WB250F is a fun, compact smart camera equipped with Wi-Fi and kid friendly, unique in-camera editing features.
The Samsung WB250F is a compact point-and-shoot camera with built in Wi-Fi. It’s a good camera for casual photographers on a budget and kids looking to get into photography. The device is part of Samsung’s imaging product line and has a 14.2 megapixel 1/2.33-inch BSI CMOS sensor with an 18x zoom lens and 9.5MB of internal memory. The WB250F is priced at $250 at the time of the review.
The camera has a plastic body and weighs 6.4 ounces. Its 2.4×4.2×1.3-inch size makes it easily pocketable. It features optical image stabilization and accepts SD, SCHC and SDXC cards for additional storage. DigitalCameraReview found the camera’s ergonomics to be simple and practical and noted the camera is designed for casual shooters. It has an easy-to-hold handgrip and there are no buttons on the front of the device. The top has a direct link button to quickly connect to the Wi-Fi, a power button, built-in flash, zoom toggle and the mode dial. The back of the device houses most of the buttons with a dedicated movie button, a four-way dial with OK button in the middle which allows access to the macro and flash functions, display mode and continuous shooting mode. Surrounding the dial are menu, return, playbook and delete buttons. DCR noted the camera’s menu is easy to navigate. The device features various modes including auto, Wi-Fi, P, all-in-one, A-S-M mode and several special functions.
The WB250F has a 3-inch TFT LCD touchscreen with 460K dot resolution, which DCR found is clear and easy to use, but difficult to see in bright conditions. Users can use either the touchscreen or physical buttons to change the camera’s settings. DCR also notes the various modes are all user friendly. The camera features an 18x zoom lens with an equivalent of 24-432mm. DCR called it a “great zoom lens” and noted it performs at an average speed, but does lag when zooming in and out. The lens has a f/3.2-5.8 aperture range.
DCR found the WB250F produces average to good quality images. The camera powers up quickly and performs well in auto mode. The AF also responds quickly and without issues. The device’s shutter speed ranges from 1/8 to 1/2000 of a second. DCR did find that with a minimal ISO range of 100-3200, the WB250F lacks in low-light situations. The camera’s flash is “only OK” and DCR found it often made images too bright or not bright enough. The battery can be charged within the camera and reviewers at DCR were able to take 300 images before needing to recharge the camera. DCR found the built-in Wi-Fi works well and easily connects to smartphones and tablets when paired with the Samsung Smart Camera app.
The WB250F produced average to good images and DCR called it equivalent to other mid-range point-and-shoot cameras in its class. The camera performed well across all ISO ranges with very little grain. DCR noted one of the best selling points of the WB250F is the fun in-camera effects. The effects are great for a younger generation of users and includes various actions in Smart Scene mode like freeze action and magic plus effects. DCR was most impressed with the motion photo effect, which allows users to take multiple photos in quick succession and then edit them together to create a Harry Potter-esque moving photo. The moving images are saved in GIF form and can be transferred via the Wi-Fi or memory card.
Overall, DCR said the Samsung WB250F is a good camera for casual photographers on a budget or for parents looking for a low-cost option for their children. The camera is a middle-of-the-road point and shoot, but performs better than a smartphone camera. DCR was impressed with the body design, fun features and Wi-Fi capabilities but warns the camera doesn’t perform well in low-light situations and the zoom lags. DCR commented that discerning point and shoot photographers may want to consider a different model, such as the Samsung EX2F.