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Samsung WB2000 review

A compact camera with true 1080p credibility

Our Verdict

For

  • Superb image quality
  • 1080p video
  • Good creative control

Against

  • Some handling issues

These days, you can spend less than £100 and bag yourself a digital camera that takes good photographs. So is there a point to a compact digital camera that costs three times as much?

Well, yes. We've become real fans of Samsung cameras, and this model has only bolstered that feeling.

It looks beautiful, it's slim and well-built, and, most important of all it takes terrific photos. It also shoots beautiful video.

It's only in the last year that compact cameras' video abilities have been anything more than a product marketing check-box, but how far we have come! The WB2000 shoots full HD (1080p) video, which is stunning.

Even better, you can shoot a full-res still even in the middle of recording video. There are a few high-speed video options too, which, when played back, show the action in slowmo, but you'd do well not to get too excited about them; even at the fastest, 240FPS option, video size and quality drop dramatically.

The ability to shoot in raw as well as JPEG is welcome, and makes the WB2000 handy for SLR-toting photographers who might not want to lug their full kit around. However, iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom currently don't support the WB2000 raw.

Handling is generally good, and we like Samsung's menu system. But we struggled to remember there was a separate 'shutter' for video, plus the shooting mode button is confusing.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyWB
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)153.3 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.4" (5.92 mm x 4.57 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height59 mm
Width99.5 mm
Depth21.7 mm
Product SeriesWB
Focal Length4.30 mm to 21.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelWB2000
Product NameWB2000 Compact Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual Aperture
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-WB2000BPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Introducing the Samsung WB2000, the worlds first dual capture camera allowing you to capture full still images while recording you most memorable moments. Experience its ultimate high speed features, capturing 10 Megapixel still shots at 10 fps, movies at 1000 fps and fast moving action panorama shots without image blur. The WB2000 boasts an ultra wide 24 mm, 5X optical zoom Schneider-KREUZNACH Lens, and 3.0 AMOLED Intelligent display for optimal picture viewing. Aspiring movie makers can record movies in high-quality HD 1080 p and then watch them on HDTV through the built-in HDMI with Anynet+ (CEC). For even more control, it has Advanced Smart Filter for Colour and lens effects, and supports raw file format so you can manipulate your files as you desire.

Limited Warranty1 Year