- Editor's Rating
- Great image quality
- Captures true to life color
- Sturdy and well-built design
- Wi-Fi compatible
- LCD gives off glare
- No viewfinder
- Lacks a RAW mode
Quick TakeThe Samsung WB800F is a well-built point-and-shoot that is easy to carry while travelling and will capture stunning images with true-to-life colors.
The Samsung WB800F in a compact travel zoom camera that looks and handles like a point-and-shoot, but has an extra long zoom lens and manual exposure options. The device is priced at $279 at the time of the review and includes a 16-megapixel sensor as well as dust and moisture seals. DigitalCameraReview noted the camera is robustly constructed and the “fit and finish are excellent.” The WB800F is available in red, black and white.
The WB800F is built with a thumb pad and handgrip and includes both a 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor and a full suite of dedicated buttons and dials, which DCR noted are “clearly marked and sensibly placed.” DCR also said the user interface is logical and uncomplicated. Available modes include smart auto, program, ASM, scene, effects, user settings and best face. The WB800F in also Wi-Fi compatible so users can upload and share images directly from the camera.
There is no optical viewfinder on the WB800F, rather users frame and review images via the 3-inch 460K TFT monitor, which DCR noted is bright, hue accurate and fluid. DCR did note that the LCD screen is susceptible to above average glare in outdoor lighting.
DCR found that the camera’s auto modes are accurate and quick. The WB800F also has a standard TTL Contrast Detection AF system, optical image stabilization system and a pop-up flash, which DCR found to have a recycle time of 4-5 seconds. Users can expect to get 250 exposures out of a fully charged battery. The battery is recharged in-camera, but an external charger is an available accessory. The camera captures images in JPEG form and is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.
The WB800F has a 21z zoom lens and DCR noted that zooming is smooth, quick and quiet. DCR also found pincushion distortion is average while chromatic aberration corner softness and barrel distortion are slightly above average. The WB800F shoots HD video at 1280x720p at 30 frames per second. The zoom can be used while shooting video. DCR said “image quality is noticeably better than average for cameras in this class,” noticing the camera captures accurate real world colors with slightly harder contrast. There is no noise up to ISO 400 and the images are “highly detailed and surprisingly sharp.”
Overall, DCR said the Samsung WB800F is “compact, well-designed, sturdily built and easy-to-use.” DCR was impressed with the neutral colors, hand grip and excellent image quality, but was disappointed in the lack of a RAW mode. DCR said the WB800F outperforms its competitors and is a great option for travel and street shooters.