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Samsung WB600 review

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

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When it comes to shooting stills, the WB600 is well worth the money.

We have our reservations about the lens' performance at its longer reaches, as corner softness is an issue, but for general long-lens photography this is a great little device for trips to the zoo or wildlife photographers who don't want to be weighed down by a DSLR.

We liked:

We're big fans of the WB600's manual mode. It's a great starter camera - use it on fully automatic mode for a few months, then gradually start employing its more serious features until you're ready for a DSLR. In the meantime, its still images are excellent, and the incredibly flexible lens should cover you for just about all photographic eventualities.

We disliked:

Long lens image quality isn't perfect and, at times, trawling through the menu system to reach relatively common features such as aperture size or exposure speed can be a tad slow. Another dial to quickly adjust settings would have been welcome, not least because it would have ensured that the WB600's useful manual modes were more than occasionally useful.

Verdict:

Performance is excellent, and if you can stand the low resolution images, the 6fps burst mode is better than just about any other compact we can name, and definitely faster than any low-end DSLRs.

The manual mode is an extremely attractive inclusion, and with the price hovering around the £190 mark the WB600 represents seriously good value.

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