The Samsung WB100 Digital Camera (Red) features a 26x optical zoom, with its 22-580mm super-zoom lens and a 16.2 megapixel sensor that helps you capture life in outstanding detail, whether up-close or far away. Just as the 26x zoom aids you in shooting photos of wildlife and sports you can also record 720p HD movies to capture scenes, as well as enhance your photos with dozens of creative effects and shooting modes. The Dual Image Stabilization, with both optical and digital stabilization, ensures your shots will be sharp even when your hands aren't perfectly steady.
Enhancing the camera's ease of use are features such as the top dial with various shooting modes, external recording buttons and the use of 4x included "AA" batteries. Quickly switch between modes as the scenery and lighting changes with the top dial. Then begin shooting photos or videos in an instant with the external controls. Find a fresh charge anywhere "AA" batteries are sold, so you don't have to worry about having an electrical outlet and charger everywhere you shoot.
The camera is very pretty, not too cumbersome, but is entirely too confusing to use. Too many dials, and change this and change that for even a simple picture. The instructions/preview messages on the screens can't be reviewed comprehensively in the short amount of time the information is visible on the camera screen. In order to make the most of this product, one would have to either memorize or print the entire manual and refer to it for every photo situation. Very disappointing that owner has to download the manual instead of it being included with the product. This was a gift to me, and I worry that not too far down the road I will experience the same issues other cameras have, meaning the camera will begin to "eat" batteries, slow down with response time, and the like. Sadly, Samsung and others have the exact same cameras, with exactly the same features, only brand names are different.
Very good bridge camera.I would recommend it to semi pro user who like nice photos,and have time to prepare camera to take good picture.Design very solid,nice hand grip.Commands very well designed.Pictures are nice with nice and deep colors also with slightly aberrations in corners,but for non professional user very usable.Only lack is that there is no manual settings.
I used a 35mm SLR for years taking mostly nature and fire photos. I was looking for something better than a "point and shoot" digital. All the reviews I read of this camera were good, and I have to agree after trying it out. The SMART modes are great for routine shots or for those who like a point and shoot. The Program mode gives plenty of control over shooting features for the more advanced photographer. This camera has an excellent zoom, great scene modes, and the special effects make some pretty cool pictures. My only complaints are the speed of saving photos or processing, and the burst mode - it's a little slow. Photos at 16MP take up to 4 sec and 10MP take up to 2 sec to save to the card. This is not a problem for most of my shooting though. As long as VGA resolution is good enough for you the Motion Capture at 5 fps captures great action photos. The Continuous mode is too slow for me (approx 1.5 sec/picture at 10MP) For the novice, set it on SMART and snap away, it selects the correct Scene mode for you. For the more advanced, download the manual and spend some time playing with the settings and modes. Once you learn the features, you can do a lot. The 3D (if you can view them) and the Panorama modes are truly awesome!
I wanted a bridge camera that had a wide variety of features for a reasonable price. I definitely got far more than I expected or paid for with this camera. There are so many features and it's fun to try them all out. My only complaint is that the camera can be slightly slow, but overall, it's absolutely wonderful. I would definitely recommend this camera if you're looking for a wonderfully priced bridge camera.
In the three weeks since purchasing the Samsung WB 100. It has turned out to be the best buy ever. Pictures come out great.
The photos on this camera are stunning. The video quality was a little disappointing to me, particularly under indoor lighting. It is very easy to use and I LOVE the fact that it uses double A batteries. I have rechargeable batteries for this camera. I have had other cameras that needed a specific charger and I always had trouble keeping track of it.
16.2 mp produces geat photos and even high def video with sound. Bought as a birthday gift for my daughter and she loved it. Only thing that could have made the camera easier to use would have been the inclusion of written operating instructions. It has taken some time to figure out what funtions it has and how to operate them.
with this camera. Many complaints about not getting clear focus come from the fact that this camera can zoom farther than the human ability to hold it still. To fix that, there are three things you can do to steady the shot. 1. Put the neck strap around your neck. When in full optical zoom, push the camera outward to create tension on the strap to stabilize the shot. 2. try not to zoom past optical and into digital zoom as this degrades the quality. If the subject is still small in the view, you can crop later. 3. A faster shutter speed can catch a moving or shaky subject more clearly. The camera wont let you change the shutter speed but you can TRICK it by setting a higher ISO sensitivity like 200 or even 400 ISO. That will force the camera to shoot faster to compensate for the extra light sensitivity. One last thought, if you put your WB100 on a tripod and want to shoot in full zoom, pressing the shutter button adds shake. Set the timer for a two second delay so your hands are free of the body of the camera for a clear shot.
Some have problems getting clear sharp focus. Through testing I've learned that if the subject is within a certain distance when in zoom, the camera cant catch up. It also zooms out so far that any movement can blur the shot. Put the camera neck strap around your neck and push the camera outward away from you to create tension to steady the shot more. Also the cameras weight is so light that even changing your mind about composition creates movement to blur the shot. Im going to get a replacement tripod screw/bolt and push it up through a 20oz soda bottle lid so i can suspend a full soda or water bottle from the tripod hole to more than double the weight to add stability for the long shots. Looks strange but gets the shot. The strap trick along with the full water bottle will help the stabilization even more. If you want more clear focus closer than zoom then you have a lot of scenes in the "SCN" area from the mode dial on top to set. For the sun glare on the screen ive cut the ends off a pop tart box to use a a sun shield. Not many will bother but it really works on bright days.
pictures are great, I purchased this camera for a family road trip, across 6 states, pictures are clear even with movement. I will surely buy another camera from Samsung..