Samsung WB850F review

Smarter than the average camera

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With a 21x zoom lens that covers the equivalent of 23-483mm, the Samsung WB850F is a versatile camera capable of capturing wide views and picking out distant details.

The ability to upload images to Facebook or email them direct from the camera is a really nice touch, and it will be popular with travellers who want to keep friends and family up-to-date with their goings on.

The GPS technology, however, is less useful, and the need for maps to be stored on the SD card seems short-sighted, since formatting the card deletes the data.

We like

The wide-ranging zoom lens is versatile, and the Wi-Fi connectivity is great for sharing images straight from the camera when you are in a Wi-Fi hotspot.

We dislike

GPS technology is a secondary feature in a camera and we would prefer that the button controls are reserved for more photographic features such as exposure compensation and focus mode.

Final verdict

The GPS system in the Samsung WB850F is a fun addition for tagging your images with their shooting location, but the mapping isn't as easy to use or as effective as the Maps app on the iPhone. This plus the additional battery drain means it is likely to be turned off for much of the time.

Smartphone users are used to uploading and emailing images as and when they like. The Wi-Fi capability in the Samsung WB850F makes this more-or-less possible with a decent dedicated camera, and we think it will prove a big hit.

While the Samsung WB850F wouldn't be our camera of choice for shooting in low light, it turns out good quality images in normal lighting conditions. In some cases the images really leap out from the screen, but in others, reds can look a little over-cooked.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Product FamilyPerformance
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom21x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Face Detection, Manual Control, Face Recognition, Blink Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)232 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height61.9 mm
Width109.6 mm
Depth24.9 mm
Focal Length4.10 mm to 86.10 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelWB850F
Product NameWB850F 16.2 MP Smart Camera
Product LinePerformance
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual Exposure
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-WB850FBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Shoot with clarity,
store and share with ease

  • Instantly share and save photos online with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Capture clearly with Schneider-KREUZNACH optics
  • See it all via 21x optical zoom and 23mm wide-angle lens
  • Plan and record your travels with GPS functionality
Package Contents
  • WB850F 16.2 MP Smart Camera
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Strap
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year