Samsung WB30F Compact Camera Review (Part 2)

9/14/2013 11:46:53 AM


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Some appearing red-eye can be seen in the portraits with flash, though the colors are good. Colors and exposure are pretty good, with fair color reproduction.

Lens quality

Testing images

Testing images

Images are soft at the corners, though the details are generally good in the rest of the images, as well as when zooming in. it’s best to avoid digital zoom, unless you have a plan to share on webs such as Facebook, where images will be resized. Some purple borders are visible, though this is most noticeable in high contrast zone, and not a too big problem in most of the images. The dynamic range is good, and can be expanded by using back light shooting modes.

ISO image noise level

ISO testing images

ISO testing images

Image noise is low at ISO80 and ISO100. Noise increases at ISO 200, with some los details. Noise once again increases at ISO400 with more lost details. Images become soft at ISO800, though the result seems to be acceptable. Noise peaks at ISO3200, with lots of lost details and it’s best to avoid this setting, though ISO1600 may be the most meaningful result, especially in caase of size reduction.

White balance effect

White balance testing images

White balance testing images

Auto white balance (AWB) works well under tungsten light with a little warm result, and tungsten preset produces a more neuter result. AWB performs well under fluorescent light, with the fluorescent preset offers light-colored details, so it’s best to set AWB at balance.

Panoramic mode

Panoramic mode allows you to pan the camera from one place to another place while pressing the shutter button down. The camera automatically links the images together when you’re shooting. Resolution is low, and details are a little poor, so it’s best for them to be used for sharing on the web.

Panoramic mode

Panoramic mode

Some other testing images

Other testing images

Other testing images

Digital filter

Digital filter

Digital filter

There’re some scene modes, frame selection, as well as the digital effects, which include: minifying, pattern, artistic effect, screen cropping, sketch, soft focus, fish eye, old film, half-tone, monochromatic, retro, magnifying, as well as some image-splitting options.


Video is recorded at 720p (1,280x720) with the speed of 30fps having mono sound, and optical zoom is available when recording. You can also pause the video when recording. Quality is reasonable, which has the benefits thanks to the optical image stabilization.


Samsung WB30F is available at 178.5$, the price of which makes it have excellent value that is worth the money spent for a compact camera with 10x optical zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi. The alternatives include:

·         Sony Cyber-shot WX200 - 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 238.5$

·         Panasonic Lumix SZ9 - 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 268.5$

·         Canon IXUS 255 HS - 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, 328.5$

You also need to buy a memory card and a sleeve or a bag to keep your camera safe and protected – rely on our full instruction to buy the camera bag.


Samsung WB30F provides excellent quality that is worth the money spending for a compact camera with 10x optical zoom lens, 3 inch screen and built-in Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi sharing on this camera is also as easy as the way it allows you to share images on public Wi-Fi, upload directly onto Facebook or other social pages. The rivals are in this market with a 10x optical zoom, and integrated on the inside with available Wi-Fi, however these trends usually comes with more expenses, and Wi-Fi sharing is not always as easy as on Samsung. While image quality is not perfect, it’s generally good, and can create excellent quality to share the webs such as Facebook, with good colors and exposure. Meanwhile we may be fond of watching a higher res screen and the better panoramic images, as well as full HD, to those who’re looking for a basic camera, at an amazing price, Samsung WB30F is essential for consideration.


·         Lens with 10 wide-angle

·         Value for money

·         Amazing Wi-Fi sharing

·         Image stabilization

·         Very compact

·         Available in various color for selection

·         High-quality 3 inch screen


·         Only 230k dot res screen

·         Images are quite soft at the angles

·         Limited gripping

·         720p video

Technical specs


·         Max lens aperture: f/3.1 - f/6.3

·         35mm equivalent: 24mm - 240mm

·         Optical zoom: 10x

·         Image sensor

·         CCD pixels: 16.2Mp (Megapixels)

·         Pixels (W): 4608

·         Pixels (H): 3456

·         Sensor type: CCD

·         Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch

·         Sensor size (width): no data

·         Sensor size (length): no data

·         Aspect Ratio: 4:3; 16:9, 3:2


LCD screen

·         LCD screen: 3in   

·         Screen res: 230k dots

·         Touch screen: no 


Focusing process

·         Focus mode: Autofocus, Centre, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Multi, Manual

·         Min Focus: 5 cm  


Brightness adjustment

·         Shortest shutter speed: 1/2000 sec

·         Longest shutter speed: 16 seconds         

·         Light modes: Program, Scene modes

·         Format: Spot, Centre-weighted – Average, Multi Pattern

·         ISO light sensitivity: 80 - 3200

·         White balance: auto, manual, outdoor/daylight, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent

·         Exposure Comp:  +/-2     



·         Filming mode: yes

·         Video FPS: 30

·         Res: 1,280 x 720 720p, 640x480 VGA, 320x240 VGA

·         Stereo sound: No

·         Video close-up zoom: yes


Other features

·         Image stabilization: yes



·         HDMI: yes

·         USB: USB 2

·         Wi-Fi: yes



·         Memory type: Micro SD, Micro SDHC

·         File type: JPG


Power source

·         Battery type: Lithium Ion


Accessories coming with the box

·         Camera

·         Wrist strap

·         USB Cable

·         USB Charger



·         Weight: 114g        

·         Width: 94.4mm

·         Height: 58mm

·         Depth: 17.7mm


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