Summary: Samsung has included an impressive set of features with one of its newest , the WB850F. The 21X zoom lens in a model that measures just under 1.4 inches in thickness is difficult for any other camera maker to match.
Summary: If you want an all-round traveller's camera, you need a long zoom, decent resolution and built-in GPS. The Samsung WB850F has them all, and the addition of Wi-Fi helps it stand out from the crowd, while justifying the slightly high price.
Pros: Long zoom; Punchy colours; Plenty of detail; Integrated GPS; Built-in Wi-Fi.
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.
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
Excerpt: The WB850F was released by Samsung in January 2012 and is a compact camera which packs in a 21x optical zoom lens, 16.2 megapixel BSI sensor as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS. It is available in black, with prices starting at around £215.00.
Pros: Feature packed, Wi-Fi functions work really well, Plenty of buttons make it easy to change settings, GPS, Rubber grip on front of camera makes it easy to hold, Colourful images with decent amount of detail, Decent value for money
Cons: Camera is quite heavy, Dodgy battery life, GPS needs maps downloading prior to use
Conclusion: So, if you were planning on buying the WB850F based on these special features, think again. If you're happy to disregard these extras you'll still find a great camera that's well built, takes great pictures and has a very handy zoom.