Conclusion: The Samsung WB550 is a good ‘high-end’ mega-zoom offering. It does video recording at 720p very well, capturing very good detail and natural looking colors. Its image quality is good but not the best and some may find the WB550 too basic for their abilities. It’s certainly not a bad digital camera, but I feel it could have been way better and this means there is still more room to improve and hopefully Samsung can push forward in future products. I still think the...
Pros: Stylish exterior, Construction is strong, Fast startup and close, Image stabilization works wonders, Autofocus is quick and generally accurate, Video recording quality excels, Good image quality
Cons: Zoom motor can be heard in video, Too basic, even in manual mode, Middle finger can cover internal flash, Buttons are a little too small, Noise in images remove detail - means Samsung can improve., ISO 3200 is practically useless, Needs better rubber grip
Excerpt: The Samsung WB550 incorporates an ultra wide angle 24mm lens with 10x optical zoom, so does it have the best of both worlds? Is the W550 (HZ15W in the US) both the perfect wide angle and megazoom...
Summary: Samsung have tried too hard to satisfy the customer who buys by numbers. Gosh! A 10X zoom – that has to be better than a 3X, doesn’t it? And count the pixels – more than 12 million of the things. Terrific! And where will it all end? This camera has 43 million pixels on every square centimetre of sensor. The superb Nikon D700 has 1.4 million pixels per square centimetre of its sensor. Who do the camera companies think they are fooling? Everyone, apparently.
Pros: The camera is responsive. The lens, in spite of its extreme range, doesn’t exhibit gross distortions – there is very slight barrel distortion at the wide end and more pronounced pincushion at the 240mm extreme. However, that extreme range comes at a price.
Cons: Very few of the photos we took with this camera were sharp. This appears to be partly a problem with the lens. Like all such “super” zooms there is a trade-off between versatility and sharp focus, contrast and colour accuracy. Auto exposure and white balance were all over the place. But most distressing was the way that the camera handles – or doesn’t handle – noise. The pixel density on this CCD is very high and noise (grain) is apparent at even the lowest ISO speeds...
Excerpt: Constructed of robust plastic with chrome detailing and large-ish buttons, Samsung's WB550 upgrades its WB500 predecessor - the manufacturer's first to wed a 24mm lens to a 10x optical zoom - and in doing so continues Samsung's run of HD movie shooting compacts initially begun with the NV24HD (as reviewed on Photography Blog last year).
Conclusion: High-definition video recording and HDMI connectivity also come packed into the camera. It would have been nice if there were an HDMI cable included in the box, but its absence isn’t the end of the world. It’s fair to say this Samsung is loaded with functionality and does everything you’d expect at this price point. Safely home and dry, I uploaded the day’s images and was delighted with the bright and vivid results.
Conclusion: If highly saturated pictures are your want, then the WB550 delivers, whilst providing the creative scope of a broader than average focal range in a comparatively compact form factor for a reasonable price.
Conclusion: Samsung WB550 to aparat budzący zainteresowanie. 10-krotny zoom optyczny w tak niewielkim korpusie to kusząca propozycja dla osób lubiących fotograficzne zbliżenia. Niestety oprócz zbliżeń zainstalowana optyka oferuje również wady, które ciężko jest pominąć w ostatecznej ocenie sprzętu. Nie najlepiej spisuje się również zainstalowana matryca. Poziom szumów dla ISO 800 jest zdecydowanie wyższy niż w przypadku innych aparatów kompaktowych konkurencyjnych firm.
Cons: problemy z ostrością na brzegach kadru - szczególnie po prawej stronie,, wysoki poziom szumów już przy ISO 800,, przeszkadzająca aberracja chromatyczna i dość duże winietowanie na najdłuższych ogniskowych,, słaba lampa błyskowa.