One of the most interesting recent developments in the ongoing digital imaging revolution is the introduction of the travel zoom point and shoot digital camera. Travel zooms look and handle like compact P&S cameras, but they feature extra long zoom lenses (typically 10x to 25x) and manual exposure options not included on the flood of auto exposure only compact cameras now inundating the marketplace. Consumers adore travel zooms and that’s made this class of cameras one of the most competitive arenas in the digital camera wars. The new Samsung WB800F is very similar in design and features to the Canon SX280 HS. And like its popular rival looks and handles like a point and shoot camera. The WB800F features a 21x zoom with a relatively fast f2.8 maximum aperture (the SX280 features a 20x zoom a 2/3 of a stop slower f3.5 maximum aperture). Both cameras provide Wi-Fi connectivity and 1080p HD movie modes. Both cameras also feature 3.0 inch LCD monitors with 460k resolution. The WB800F’s LCD monitor is a touch-screen unit, while the LCD screen in the SX280 HS is not. Both cameras also feature BSI CMOS sensors and optical image stabilization. The cameras not only look very similar, they have nearly identical dimensions–the WB800F measures 4.19 x 2.35 x 1.26 inches while the SX280 HS measures 4.2 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches. Another similarity is the price. The Canon SX280 HS costs about $299.00 and the Samsung WB800F runs about $279.00. Both cameras are precision built and robustly constructed imaging tools that were clearly designed for photography enthusiasts.
- fast maximum aperture
- neutral colors
- integral handgrip
- excellent image quality
- LCD is prone to glare
- no RAW mode
The Samsung WB800F reviewed well, sitting comfortably between the Samsung EX2F and the Canon SX280 H--a great choice for a compact travel zoom camera.
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