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Samsung WB700 review

A compact with an 18x zoom and full manual control

Samsung wb700

The sensor and processor are both very sympathetic to colours. They record and process themrealistically with just the right amount of saturation. Pictures are generally sharp, thanks in part to the nifty focusing, though edge definition degrades at mid to high sensitivity settings.

Noise is held nicely at bay at the lower end settings, but not surprisingly, it gets gradually worse as the sensitvity level goes up.

With other Samsung digital compact cameras such as the SH100 or ST6500, noise has a tendency to get visibly annoying at ISO 800, but the WB700 has an extra stop grace and only shows colour invasion at ISO1600 and ISO3200. At ISO 3200 images show a poor edge definition, as well as large blobs of colour noise. Darker areas of photographs taken at this setting also have a definite colour cast to them.

Though the metering system generally perfoms well, when the W700 is presented with complex lighting situations, we found that we had to underexpose by as much as 2/3rds of a stop.

That being said, we really like the pictures that we got from the Samsung WB700 digital compact camera. We think that the pros far outweigh the cons, and the majority of cons can be worked around.

We used a few of the digital filter effects in the test and the majority of them were great. We especially enjoyed using the old film filters at a Victorian boating lake. However, the miniature effect is disappointing. It works by placing a blur at the top and bottom of the picture that fades out to create an illusion of narrow depth of field. However, the edges of the blur are too hard on the WB700 filter and the result isn't especially effective in many cases.

Our test of the Samsung WB700 is on the way, but in the mean time we would like to share the resolution chart images and the noise and dynamic range results.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom18x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesSmile Detection, Face Detection, Manual White Balance
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
Height58.9 mm
Width105 mm
Depth24.9 mm
Focal Length4.06 mm to 73.08 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC, WAV
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelWB700
Product NameWB700 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-WB700ZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The camera features a 24mm ultra-wide Schneider KREUZNACH lens to capture the perfect wide shot, as well as an outstanding 18X zoom function, made up of an 18X optical zoom plus a 1.3X Smart Zoom. The WB700 delivers sharp images with incredible detail in close up thanks to the camera"s 14 Megapixel (MP) CCD sensor. The flexibility of the WB700"s lens and zoom functions means that you can capture a broad landscape in the same 14MP detail as a bubbling brook in the distance.

Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone