Summary: Main reason for this purchase was the extra bulk of my Nikon D5000, which is an excellent performer otherwise. Bought this camera because of low price compared to similar Panasonic and Canon models and long list of features but now I think that was mistake or maybe I am expecting a bit too much from a camera in this class. I don't think I am a good photographer by any means by my Nikon D5000 produces far better results in every case.
Summary: Hi All, Been reading ALOT of reviews and feedback about the camera. On the whole this camera really is brill. I can understand some of the poor feedback about the GPS and pic quality, but just like the Fuji F70exr I owned once you get under the surface and go to a couple of the online forums you find out how to get the most out of the camera. As for Samsungs online instructions for the setting up the GPS....one word "atrocious". I had to look online for help.
Summary: I've only had this a couple of days and so hopefully it will improve as I get more used to it but... I did my homework and read a few group tests and looked at example photos etc. All compact big zooms will have compromises but this seemed to be the best fit for what I need - a small second camera with decent video to back up my non-video DSLR and as the main camera when travelling light.
Summary: I spent hours of my life that I will never get back reviewing cameras for my year-long trip across Africa. Given that I would be spending sometime on safari and that I would need to video interviews for consultancy work I wanted a camera with excellent zoom and HD video as well as vibrant colours and GPS to mark locations in the many countries I would be visiting. It came down to the Panasonic TZ10 vs WB650.
Summary: ....the manual and the website. The camera certainly lives up to expectations, the AMOLED screen, which was the selling point to me, has impressed so far, the picture quality is absolutely fine for what I want. It was a toss up between this and a TZ10 (I'm familiar with the TZ range - my other half has an earlier model) and I'm happy that I made the right choice.
Summary: I hope someone from Sansung sees this. What's the most important feature in a travel zoom? Hint: THE ZOOM! Despite the premium price and the promise of cutting edge zoom power, the only zoom you get with this is the 15x optical. The stabilization features do not work for the digital zoom, which essentially means the digital zoom on this camera is worthless. This is my third travel zoom. Previously I had two Canons which had plusses and minuses.
Summary: Nice looking camera, decent size for pocket, lens doesn't protrude too far when switched off. Although when zoomed it sticks out a good 3 inches or so from the main camera body. Not too heavy, certainly manageable for long periods of time in the hand. Not much room on the left (GPS) side of the camera, suspect most users with have to use one handed or cover part of the screen and GPS module.
Summary: This is my 3rd digital camera and it is the best so far, I have read reviews on most of the cameras of this type and spec. the camera works well and the qualty of the picture is as good as I will need ( I have set at 5M )the only down side is the Samsung web site for setting up the maps so they work.