Samsung WB150F: Conclusions

by Allison Johnson Reads (1,037)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 5
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.75
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusions

In my own view, it’s becoming increasingly unacceptable for point-and-shoot cameras not to offer wireless connectivity. Better even is the option to transfer photos from your camera to a phone or tablet. The WB150F offers both of these things, and although it’s imperfect, it’s the best implementation of Wi-Fi in a camera that I’ve seen yet.

Images taken in good lighting conditions at low ISO are relatively sharp and noise-free. A generous zoom lens is well-controlled for distortion and details, but the very edges of the frame are pleasantly sharp. There’s an array of in-camera processing filters and options, as well as full manual exposure modes.

Lots of zoom is nice, but the results at the extreme end of the telephoto range are disappointing if you’re shooting in less-than-perfect conditions. Anything shot above ISO 400 is lacking in fine detail thanks to a crowded sensor and aggressive noise reduction algorithms.

While the feature set looks great on paper and the Wi-Fi capabilities work as advertised, the WB150F comes up short in several ways. If it’s the photo capabilities you’re after, there are other options at this price point that will produce better images at mid ISO. If it’s quick sharing and connectivity you’re looking for (without much regard for image quality), your phone still does a better job of that. Android users (and iPhone users soon, I’m told) will be able to share photos from the camera without much fuss, but then you’re still carrying an extra device. If Wi-Fi is a must-have camera feature, then I would steer you toward the WB150F. If it’s great pictures you care most about and connectivity is a take-it-or-leave-it feature, then I would encourage you to look elsewhere.


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