Conclusion: Looks like Samsung came up with a pretty solid competitor to Canonâ€™s SX200 and Panasonicâ€™s ZS3/TZ7. The HZ10W AKA WB500 has a relatively modest 10 megapixels of resolution (in the insane megapixel race nowadays), a 10X optical zoom lens and a 2.7 inch screen. The lens starts out really wide at 24 mm, wider than the rest of the competition actually, but is a bit slow on the telephoto end and its two main competitors have slightly longer 12X lenses.
Pros: Good image quality in well-lit conditions, surprisingly little lens distortion for 24 mm lens, 10X lens with optical image stabilization; starts at ultra-wide 24 mm, Dedicated command lever for adjusting exposure directly, Manual exposure mode with manual focus, white balance and bracketing, 720p HD movie mode with stereo sound and optical zoom, Plenty of scene modes, handy self-portrait â€˜frame assistâ€™ mode, Speedy camera performance, Fancy Smart Album image searc...
Cons: Over-processing (especially noise reduction) and color fringing (chromatic aberration), No aperture or shutter priority modes, Below average low-light focusing; misleading â€˜focus lockâ€™ confirmations, Poor flash placement: easily blocked by fingers, Lens is on the slow side at telephoto; less zoom than the competition, Lack of standard playback editing tools (ie cropping, effects, etc)
Conclusion: If you’re after a super slim, lightweight compact that looks better than it performs, the WB500 is not for you. If, on the other hand, you can handle a little extra build in exchange for some great image quality and an impressive list of intuitive technologies, this unit from Samsung is highly recommended.
Excerpt: Samsung's beefy WB500 features a 10.2Mp, 1/2.33'' sized sensor along with a 10x optical zoom lens, offering an equivalent focal length of 24-240mm in 35mm terms. This practical focal length is well suited to landscape enthusiasts who need to fill the frame with stunning surroundings, as well as those who prefer to zoom in much closer on the action.
Excerpt: The Samsung WB500 is a 10.2-megapixel compact digital camera aimed at photographers with a penchant for panoramas. Its main claim to fame is its 24mm wide-angle lens with a powerful 10x optical zoom.
Pros: Attractive design, good array of modes and features, superb wide-angle lens and 10x optical zoom.
Cons: A bit bulky for a compact camera, troublesome menu, picture quality is merely adequate for the asking price.
10.2-megapixel Samsung digital camera with a 10x optical zoom
Good Gear Guide.au
1 May 2009
Summary: The Samsung WB500 is an interesting and versatile compact digital camera that comes packed with advanced features. Its wide-angle lens and 10x optical zoom make up for its various shortcomings.
Pros: Attractive design, good array of modes and features, superb wide-angle lens and 10x optical zoom
Cons: A bit bulky for a compact camera, troublesome menu, picture quality is merely adequate for the asking price
Summary: There's nothing about the Samsung WB500 that's likely to particularly grab you. It's a smart purchase because it ticks all the boxes, doesn't have any serious flaws and is pretty cheap for what it is.
Pros: Zoom range, Good lens quality, 'customisable command' lever
Cons: Over-smoothed images, Small and slippery buttons