Conclusion: Samsung WB500 digital camera The Samsung WB500 is the world's first mega zoom camera providing a 24mm wide angle zoom and a total range of 10x. This is quite an achievement when it comes to optics. Samsung has not been easy on itself.
Excerpt: We reviewed the really tiny ultra compact – Fujifilm A100 – last week; moving from that tiny critter to this week's bulky mammoth – the Samsung WB500 – was quite a size jump! The WB500 is 105 x 61 x 37 millimeters in size, which fits it into the compact (rather than ultra compact) camera segment.
Summary: The Samsung WB500 / HZ10W is somewhat confusingly very similar to the WB550 / HZ15W, which was released just a couple of months later with a number of additional features intended to make it more competitive with Panasonic's TZ7 model.
Excerpt: The WB500 is the cheapest ultra-zoom camera on the market by quite a margin. We're not sure why, though. In most respects it's just as capable as the others, and in some ways, even more so. The 10x zoom lens starts at 24mm, which is the widest here.