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Samsung WB850F Digital Camera Review

Samsung's latest and best travel zoom is loaded with features, but do we really need all this?

$379.99
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7.5 score Tested by Experts
# of point & shoot cameras Product Score This graph shows the Samsung WB850F’s score compared to other point & shoot cameras we tested.
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Introduction

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.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Distortion
  10. Video
  11. Usability
  12. Ease of Use
  13. Handling
  14. Controls
  15. Speed
  16. Features
  17. Extras
  18. Video Features
  19. Conclusion

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