Samsung WB600 review

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

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HD 720p movie modes are becoming par for the course on mid-range compacts these days, and the WB600 doesn't disappoint, with 15fps and 30fps modes on offer at 1280 x 720.

It's a little disappointing that the manual modes on offer in stills mode aren't duplicated here, as the ability to choose your own aperture and shutter speed would be significant advantages on a camera with a lens perfect for shooting sports and fast moving animals.

You do at least get control over exposure compensation, so you can change exposure by plus or minus two stops.

Quality is generally good, if not particularly fine-grained. Our test films revealed a middling amount of detail being resolved, which is at odds with the WB600's excellent performance when it comes to shooting stills. However, motion is nicely captured and colours rendered well, even if the integrated stereo microphones could do with a little more protection from the wind.

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 StabilizationDigital, 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
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height60.5 mm
Width106.6 mm
Depth28 mm
Product SeriesWB
Focal Length3.90 mm to 58.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
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
Limited Warranty1 Year