Samsung WB850F Digital Camera Review
Samsung's latest and best travel zoom is loaded with features, but do we really need all this?
- The Samsung WB850F is better than 73% of the point & shoot cameras we tested.
- It is better than 93% of the point & shoot cameras we have tested under $400.
- It is better than 86% of the ultra compact point & shoot cameras we have tested.
- It is better than 66% of the extended zoom point & shoot cameras we have tested.
Samsung's new WB850F is a compact long-zoom that improves upon last year's WB750, and takes up residence ahead of their popular WB150F in the 2012 lineup. This is a so-called "Smart" camera, that's marketing-speak for "WiFi-enabled," which represents an emerging trend for compact cams, even though we're lukewarm on such applications. Another seat on the bandwagon is occupied by GPS, a 2012 addition and another late trend.
More interesting to us is the new lens, which now zooms in to a whopping 21x, and offers a slightly wider angle too. Yet as we've shown time and time again, extra zoom has a tendency to reduce image quality. Only our lab tests can decide whether this lens is better, or just bigger.
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