Samsung WB700 review

A compact with an 18x zoom and full manual control

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Samsung wb700

It looks like Samsung started out to produce a camera that would contend with the large zoom TZ-series of compact cameras that Panasonic is releasing at the moment .

The WB700 is a similar size, has a similar zoom range and has a similar high quality lens from an independent manufacturer. Samsung offers slightly more though, such as the lens actually being built by Schneider and fitting an 18x zoom.

Pictures pop with realistic colour and are pin sharp, the processor handles noise very well and the novelty digital filters will provide additional entertainment.

We think that the Samsung WB700 will be ideal for many different types of consumer. The complete novice might be overwhelmed at first but there is a smart auto on the command dial to let the camera control everything except taking a picture.

We liked

We love the little extras that the WB700 has such as the Schneider lens, manual controls and excellent build throughout – even on the battery door. Pictures are great with lovely colours and sharp focusing.

We disliked

Detail resolution and dynamic range could be improved, especially at higher sensitivity settings.


Amateur users will enjoy the fun elements and large zoom while keen photographers will welcome the manual controls however limited the aperture is. The addition of a histogram is also a welcome feature for the more advanced user. The rating of the camera reflects the good points. We feel that the bad points are negligible compared to the good points.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
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
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width105 mm
Depth24.9 mm
Focal Length4.06 mm to 73.08 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesManual, Auto
Product ModelWB700
Product NameWB700 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual Aperture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-WB700ZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

Limited Warranty1 Year