The WB2100 has an adjustable LCD screen, but the adjustments are very limited. There is no EVF and the LCD screen suffers from above average glare in outdoor lighting. The WB2100 provides a manual exposure mode, but neither of the more popular manual assist modes (aperture priority and shutter priority) and the video mode has a one second lag before it starts recording – so why would a consumer purchase this digicam (which has the shortest zoom range of all the currently available ultra-zoom digicams) rather than a Canon SX50 HS, a Nikon P520, an Olympus SP-820UZ, or the new Panasonic FZ70 with the longest zoom range (60x) on the planet? The WB2100 is the cheapest ultra zoom currently available, but that shouldn’t logically be the primary product selection criteria. For serious amateur photographers the WB2100’s neutral color palette provides a compelling reason to select this digicam rather than similar cameras that feature more highly saturated colors. Plus the WB2100’s 35x zoom is sharper than most of its competition at the telephoto end of the zoom range and slightly faster (f3.0 maximum aperture) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range. Ultrazoom digicams won’t fit in a pocket (unless you’ve got pockets like Captain Kangaroo), but the WB2100 – while still fairly large, is noticeably smaller (and lighter) than most of its competition. In some ways the WB2100 appears to have been designed by a committee, but overall this digicam delivers excellent image quality with surprising consistency and that really is job one in photography. The Samsung WB2100 would be an almost ideal choice for an aspiring photographer on a budget, an excellent choice as a family camera, and a very good choice for casual shooters who want a cheap, tough, easy to use camera with lots of zoom.
- Neutral color quality-not oversaturated
- fairly sharp telephoto images
- cheaper than the competition
- No EVF
- Video start lag
- LCD is subject to above average glare