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Samsung WB700 review

A compact with an 18x zoom and full manual control

Our Verdict

For

  • Excellent build quality
  • Nice lens
  • Lovely colour reproduction
  • Sharp focusing

Against

  • Poor image quality at high sensitvity settings
  • Over exposes in complex light
  • The miniature mode doesn't impress

Samsung WB700's 18x optical zoom (24mm to a lengthy 432mm in 35mm terms) Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan lens may be enough to make it attractive to many, but the W700 also has program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual (PASM) that keen photographers are always eager for.

Along with the PASM options, there's also a smart auto mode, video, scene modes and the dual IS option which enables both optical and digital image stabilisers.

Samsung wb700

There are also the digital effects available on the WB700. Labelled as smart filters, there are some run of the mill ones seen on previous cameras for a couple of years now, as well as some funky new ones.

The filters that have been present before include the Half Tone Dot, Sketch, Fisheye, Vignette and Custom RGB. We really like the newly added Old Film modes though. The camera will record a random filter on each picture making them look different. It's a shame, however, that the old film filters can't be used in video mode.

With the decent lens, good build quality, long zoom and manual controls the WB700 looks set to take on the popular Panasonic TZ models. One distinct advantage that the Samsung model has is its cheaper price, around the £210 mark on the high street or £200 online.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlack
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
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height58.9 mm
Width105 mm
Depth24.9 mm
Focal Length4.06 mm to 73.08 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC, WAV
Flash ModesFlash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Auto Flash
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelWB700
Product NameWB700 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-WB700ZBPBGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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.

Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone