Samsung HZ15W Review

Overall 41
Imaging 7
Features 22
Size 84
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 105 x 61 x 37 mm
  • Weight: 249 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Samsung WB550

Samsung HZ15W Summary

This review is devoted to HZ15W that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Feb 23, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #387 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #858 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung HZ15W Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung HZ15W review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Samsung HZ15W With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung HZ15W. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung HZ15W

Samsung HZ15W has the following external dimensions 105 x 105 x 37 mm (41.34 x 24.02 x 14.57″) with the weight of 249 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Samsung HZ15W, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung HZ15W is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 37mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung HZ15W with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung HZ15W is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung HZ15W compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Samsung HZ15W — 37 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Samsung HZ15W — 249 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Samsung HZ15W comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Samsung HZ15W comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Samsung HZ15W Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung HZ15W boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Samsung HZ15W has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Samsung HZ15W. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Samsung HZ15W features a 12.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Samsung HZ15W is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Samsung HZ15W with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung HZ15W

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ15W is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung HZ15W are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, HZ15W unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, HZ15W has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung HZ15W, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung HZ15W allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Samsung HZ15W is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect HZ15W to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Samsung HZ15W for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung HZ15W’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung HZ15W’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the HZ15W to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Samsung HZ15W for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Samsung HZ15W for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (105 x 61 x 37 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Samsung HZ15W for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a 16 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small size (105 x 61 x 37 mm)

Samsung HZ15W for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (249 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Samsung HZ15W for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 24. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a 24 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Samsung HZ15W Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model HZ15W
Announced Feb 23, 2009
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 16 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4.7
Flash Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 249 g
Physical Dimensions 105 x 61 x 37 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage Slots 1

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