Conclusion: Samsung packs a lot (and we mean a lot ) into what is essentially an average point-and-shoot camera: Its specs are fine, and image quality is good, but not outstanding. But as we noted with the WB150F, Samsung’s forwarding-looking features and UI seal the deal, not image quality. Wi-Fi – done right – is quickly becoming an absolute must-have for point-and-shoots, and an engaging, easy-to-navigate UI is always in demand. You can check those both off with the WB850F.
Pros: Easy to use Wi-Fi function, Feature-packed and versatile, Great interface, Fast functioning and processing
Cons: GPS is easy to use, but battery draining, Average image quality, Can’t push ISO without noise
Conclusion: While the Samsung WB850F wouldn't be our camera of choice for shooting in low light, it turns out good quality images in normal lighting conditions. In some cases the images really leap out from the screen, but in others, reds can look a little over-cooked.
The Samsung WB850F bravely includes an ambitious 21x zoom—a feature that frequently compromises image quality.
11 July 2012
Conclusion: This is one of those tricky situations where the raw test scores might have you believing that this camera is something that it's not. While the WB850F posted some very impressive noise and resolution scores, in practice, the same internal software that sometimes fools our testing does nothing to prevent pixelation or unnatural edges. Image quality is therefore a mixed bag. What we love most about the WB850 is the lens.
Excerpt: Samsung unveiled six new Wi-Fi enabled cameras at CES 2012 for the new year; the WB850F, WB150F, and ST200F. The WB850F is the top of the line model of the three, offering a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom, 3.0-inch AMOLED display, 1080/30p FullHD video with Dual Capture and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
A quick review of Samsung’s smart cameras: DV300F, WB850F, WB150F, and ST200F
16 March 2012
Conclusion: Regardless of the model, the “smart camera” moniker suits them because of their key features. The ability to sync files wirelessly, store them in a cloud, and share them via Wi-Fi are convenient ways to keep memories and share them. Despite having unified snap-and-share features, their variations in specs should help you decide which model is perfect for you.
Conclusion: I found a lot to like in the Samsung WB850F, including an ample zoom range, well-implemented controls, innovative Wi-Fi capabilities, and good image quality. The camera’s GPS features are very good, too, though having to load them onto the camera yourself is a bit of a hassle. The WB850F certainly provides a lot of bang for the buck in terms of features.
Pros: 21X optical zoom lens (23mm to 483mm); manual controls and creative filters; Wi-Fi sharing features and in-camera; GPS/mapping; good image quality at wide-angle to midzoom
Cons: Battery is charged inside the camera; blurry long-zoom and low-light shots; laggy reaction time when switching modes; GPS features aren’t preloaded on camera