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Samsung WB600 review

Packing a 15x zoom lens, the WB600 compact camera offers seriously good value

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The Samsung WB600's image quality is excellent.

Our tests suggest it could stand to be a touch sharper, as cropping in revealed a merely average amount of detail resolved, but the vast majority of photographers will find nothing to complain about.

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In particular, the WB600 rescues itself from this minor criticism by rendering colours beautifully, edges sharply, and - impressively for such a long lens - taking images with very little chromatic aberration.

A more serious criticism comes when the lens is extended all the way to 360mm. Detail resolution in the middle of the frame remained good, but the edges lost sharpness almost entirely.

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In fairness, it's a problem you'll only really notice if critical details are in the corners of your compositions, but it's worth watching out for.

Low light performance is reasonable. The WB600 offers ISO settings from 80 to 3200, although as is the case with most compacts sporting such ambitious sensitivities, the highest settings are best ignored unless your subject truly transcends image quality.

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Dull colours and an obscuring fog of digital noise means ISO 3200 is best saved for emergencies or, even better, not used at all. You have to reach a fair way down the scale to find ISO settings truly unaffected by noise, although ISO 800 is just about usable if you want to avoid using the flash.

For wildlife and sports photographers looking to make the most of the long lens, the WB600 includes a motion capture mode, which in our tests took 30 frames in just 4.7 seconds - an average speed of 6.4fps.

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That's significantly quicker than the burst modes on low-end DSLRs, but the speed comes at a price, as image resolution is reduced to just 0.3 megapixels, or VGA. If you want to take pictures at the WB600's native resolution of 4,000 x 3,000, you'll need to live with the considerably slower burst speed of around 1fps.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyWB
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom15x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)210.7 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Flash Memory Capacity128 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Total Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Height60.5 mm
Width106.6 mm
Depth28 mm
Product SeriesWB
Focal Length3.90 mm to 58.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelWB600
Product NameWB600 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-WB600ZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Have it all, literally, with the Samsung WB600. It's the first to combine a 24mm ultra wide angle lens with an up close and personal 15x Super-zoom. With more options and a deeper perspective, you'll capture more fun out of every moment and relive each detail with artistic depth and perspective, and with absolute ease. And you'll be able to fit more in frame when objects seem too close. Whether it's an extended family around an even more extended dining room table or a sprawling landscape, the WB600 lets you get the most out of life.

Package Contents
  • WB600 Compact Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker