Saturday, 5 May 2012

Samsung WB850F 16.2 MP Smart Camera Review

Samsung WB850

I Just played with the Samsung WB850 today and loved every bit of it.

The wifi is just too good, now I can back up all my photos on the fly using PC backup when I get home. Shoot a photo off to mum with an email on the camera using wifi, and share it straight away to my facebook page, and show it off on my TV via all share.
The Smart Auto 2.0 makes taking a photo so easy, I don't have to think, I can take a portrait shot then a macro without having to change any settings.

It makes a great companion to my Samsung Galaxy S II mobile. I can use remote Viewfinder to see live on my camera through wifi direct and get great self portraits and even use it as a remote for macro pictures. You can download this app from Google Play or the App Store.

So what? It has good bells and whistles you might say, does it take good pics?
It uses a Schneider lens that delivers clear and sharp images for a compact camera. 16MP Backside illuminated sensor which means to you and I that it takes a good photo day or night, inside or out, parties and nightclubs. Full HD movie so it looks tops on our big TVs, Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) to give us better photos at night and when we zoom in.

I must say it really is a great Camera. Samsung is leading a revolution in cameras this year and going to make a big impact in the market place. For more info chat to an Expert at Macarthur Camera House.

Head over and like Macarthur Camera House's Page and share some of your photos with the team.

Here are the specs:

Image Sensor

Sensor TypeCMOS 
Effective PixelApprox. 16.2 Mega pixels 
Total PixelApprox. 16.8 Mega pixels 


Focal LengthSchneider-KREUZNACH 21x Zoom Lens f = 4.1 ~ 86.1mm (35mm film equivalent: 23 ~ 483mm) 
F No.2.8 (W) ~ 5.9 (T) 
digital zoomStill Image mode: 1.0X ~ 4.0XPlay mode: 1.0X ~ 9.4X (depends on image size) Smart Zoom 1.33X 

Image Stabilisation

modeDAUL IS (Optical + Digital Image Stabilisation) 


Features3.0" (7.62cm) VGA ( 640X480 ) 614k dots ( PenTile ) 


typeTTL Auto Focus (Centre AF, Multi AF, Tracking AF, Face Detection AF, Face Recognition AF, Selection AF)* Manual Focus 
RangeNormal: 80cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 350cm ~ Infinity (Tele)Macro: 10cm ~ 80cm (Wide), 150cm ~ 350cm (Tele) Auto Macro: 10cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 150cm ~ Infinity (Tele) Manual: 10 cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 150cm ~ Infinity (Tele) 

Shutter Speed

Smart Auto: 1/8 ~ 1/2,000 seconds, Program: 1 ~ 1/2,000 seconds, Night: 8 ~ 1/2,000 seconds, Manual: 16 ~ 1/2,000 seconds


ControlProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure 
Metering SystemMulti, Spot, Centre-weighted, Face Detection AE 
Compensation±2EV (1/3EV steps) 
ISO EquivalentAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200 


modeAuto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix 
RangeWide: 0.3m ~ 4.96m (ISO auto), Tele: 0.5m ~ 2.35m (ISO auto) 
Recharging TimeApprox. 6 seconds 

White Balance

modeAuto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom, K 

Still Image

mode* Mode (Dial) : 1) Smart Auto, 2).Program, 3) A / S / M, 4) Scene, 5) MAGIC Plus, 6) Wi-Fi, 7) GPS, 8) Movie* Smart Auto: Portrait, Night Portrait, Night, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, White, Macro, Macro Text, Tripod, Action, Macro Colour, Natural Green, Blue Sky, Sunset, Fireworks* Scene: Beauty Shot, Night, Landscape, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Beach & Snow* MAGIC Plus: Panorama, 3D Photo, Magic Frame, Split Shot, Self Shot, Artistic Brush, HDR, CMM* Panorama: Live Panoram / 3D Panorama / Action Panorama* Wi-Fi: MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, email, SkyDrive, Auto Backup, TV Link* Drive: Single, Continuous (8fps, 5fps, 3fps), BKT(WB, AE), Precapture* Self timer: Off, 2 seconds, 10 seconds, Double (10 seconds, 2 seconds) 

Image Play

Single image, Thumbnails, Advanced Slide Show, Movie Clip, Smart Album, Creative Movie Maker

Date Imprinting

Date&Time, Date, Off (user selectable)

Movie Clip

Recording* Smart Movie: Landscape, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Sunset* Movie Size: 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), WEB (QVGA, 30fps, 30s)* High Speed: 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)* 18x optical zoom (Max. recording time: 20 minutes)* Audio: Mute, Normal, Sound Alive, Audio Zoom* Dual Capture (Movie 1280p@30pfs & Still 10Mpixels) 
Effect*Smart Filter: Palette Effect 1, Palette Effect 2, Palette Effect 3, Palette Effect 4, Miniature, Vignetting, Sketch, Fish Eye, Classic, Retro 
EditPause during recording and playing, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming 


MediaInternal memory: N/A External Memory: SDSC (up to 2GB guaranteed), SDHC (up to 32GB guaranteed), SDXC (up to 64GB guaranteed) 
File format* Still Image: JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0* Movie Clip: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC / H.264, Audio: AAC) 
Image Size16M: 4608 x 3456, 14MP: 4608 x 3072 12M W: 4608 x 2592, 10M: 3648 x 2736 8M (1 : 1): 2832 x 2832 5M: 2592 x 1944, 3M: 1984 x 1488 2MW: 1920 x 1080, 1M: 1024 x 768 


Digital Output ConnectorUSB 2.0 
AudioMicrophone: StereoInternal Speaker: Mono 
Video OutputAV: NTSC, PAL (User selectable) 
DC Power Input4.2V TBD 


Power SourcetypeRechargeable battery : SLB-10AConnector Type : micro USB (5 pin)

Physical Specifications

DimensionDimension (WxHxD)109.6 x 61.9 x 24.9 (35.1) mm
Weight226g (without battery and memory card media) 
Operating Temperature0 ~ 40°C 
Operating Humidity5 ~ 85% 

S/W and PC OS

Bundle PC S/WIntelli-studio, Creative Movie Maker, Auto Backup, Map download manager(Download from On-line with iLinker) 
Compatible OSWindows XP SP2 / Vista / 7 

System Requirement in General

For Macintoshntel Mac or later Mac OS 10.4 or higher Minimum 256MB RAM 110MB of available hard-disk space USB port CD-ROM drive 
For WindowsPC with processor better than Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.2 GHz or higherMinimum 512MB RAM (Over 1GB recommended) Windows XP SP2 / Vista / 7250MB of available hard-disk space (Over 1GB recommend) USB 2.0 port CD-ROM drive nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or later / Ati X1600 series or later1024×768 pixels, 16-bit colour display compatible monitor (1280x1024, 32-bit colour display recommended) Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later 


WirelessMobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Social Sharing, email, SkyDrive, Auto Backup, TV Link 


  1. Have you actually use one yet ? Had mine since 27th April, admittably never had as a samsung device before, and can see the validity of pairing it to a Galaxy although I am waiting for the Nokia 808.

    1. Hey Bessie I have used one and I love it! Is the Nokia going to be good?

  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)