Samsung WB850F Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 37
Size 88
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 109 x 62 x 25 mm
  • Weight: 250 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Samsung WB850F Summary

This review is devoted to WB850F that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Jan 09, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #32 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #449 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Samsung WB850F Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung WB850F 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

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

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

Complete Comparison of Samsung WB850F With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung WB850F. 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 Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Samsung WB850F

Samsung WB850F has the following external dimensions 109 x 109 x 25 mm (42.91 x 24.41 x 9.84″) with the weight of 250 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Samsung WB850F, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung WB850F is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 25mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung WB850F 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 WB850F 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 WB850F compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Samsung WB850F — 25 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Samsung WB850F — 250 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Samsung WB850F 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 WB850F 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 WB850F Photo and Sensor Features

Samsung WB850F boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Samsung WB850F has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Samsung WB850F. 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 WB850F features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" 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 WB850F 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 1/2.3" sensor featured in Samsung WB850F with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Samsung WB850F

LCD and ViewFinder

Samsung WB850F is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 614k dots.

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

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Samsung WB850F are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, WB850F unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, WB850F 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 WB850F, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung WB850F allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Samsung WB850F provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Samsung WB850F is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Samsung WB850F is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, WB850F is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect WB850F with suitable external devices.

How Good is Samsung WB850F for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung WB850F’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung WB850F’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the WB850F to the average SuperZoom camera.

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

Samsung WB850F for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung WB850F performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung WB850F can be called a Intermediate 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 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Samsung WB850F for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung WB850F performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung WB850F can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (109 x 62 x 25 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Samsung WB850F for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung WB850F performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 11. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung WB850F can be called a 11 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small size (109 x 62 x 25 mm)

Samsung WB850F for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung WB850F performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung WB850F can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (250 g)
  • Small size (109 x 62 x 25 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Samsung WB850F for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Samsung WB850F performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 9. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung WB850F can be called a 9 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:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Samsung WB850F Detailed Specs

General
Brand Samsung
Model WB850F
Announced Jan 09, 2012
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 614k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 8 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
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 250 g
Physical Dimensions 109 x 62 x 25 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model SLB-10A
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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