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- Samsung WB150F
- Samsung has introduced their new WB150F. We find out if image quality could match the feature set.
Samsung WB150F Digital Camera Review$229.00
The WB150F features a Smart Auto mode that completely automates all shooting variables. This setting does a decent job making the right decisions, and we'd be comfortable handing this camera to a beginner knowing that the option is available. It's also possible to manually toggle a few options while using Smart Auto, including self-timer and–thankfully–flash.
Buttons & Dials
We always prefer hardware mode dials, like the one found on the WB150F, but this particular dial overstays its welcome. In addition to the typical selection of automatic and priority modes, plus a few effects modes and a dedicated video mode, the WB150F has stops on its dial for the main menu, and even a dedicated Wi-Fi mode. There's no reason for extra steps like this, and it slowed down our shooting process considerably, especially while first getting to know the camera.
The menu system is divided into an easily accessible quick menu and a more in-depth main menu. The quick menu is overlaid on top of the live view and can be pulled up at any time simply by pressing the Menu button on the rear panel. In Program mode, this is where you'll find all shooting options including exposure compensation, ISO, stabilization, and all the rest. That interface is highly intuitive, however it automatically closes after each selection, so if you have a bunch of settings to change this will become a pain.
The main menu, on the other hand, must be accessed from the mode dial, a strange choice in our opinion. Once there you'll find hardware preferences like volume, display brightness, etc. This menu is just as intuitive, we only wish it wasn't so much of an annoyance to access.
The WB150F ships with an entirely unhelpful Quick Start Guide, but the included CD-ROM contains a thorough full length instruction manual. This document is indexed for easy searching and we found it very helpful when getting to know the camera for review.