Samsung WB350F: Conclusion

by Howard Creech Reads (39,068)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Expandability
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.40
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

While the WB350F compares nicely to most of its competition in terms of features and handling, the higher than average noise levels above ISO 400 might be a deal breaker for some potential purchasers.

The WB350F is a compact, well designed, sturdily built, and easy to use P&S digital camera with a 21x zoom and its strongest appeal will be to travel shooters, but this camera should also appeal to street shooters because it is compact, fast enough to capture the decisive moment, inconspicuous and non threatening to subjects, and capable of generating reliably excellent digital images.

The WB350F offers NFC (Near Field Communication) connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi connectivity. What is NFC? NFC allows users to create a link between a camera and a smartphone (or similar devices) to establish RF communication with the other like-minded devices by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity. The Samsung WB350F is fun to use and while it does have a couple of flaws, none of them are, in my opinion, deal breakers.

Pros:

  • Fast maximum aperture
  • 21x zoom
  • Very good image quality for the beginner photographer

Cons:

  • LCD is prone to glare
  • No RAW mode
  • Image noise increases exponentially at sensitivities higher than ISO 400 (indoor shots in low light conditions will appear grainier)


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  1. USNNavigator

    Good, fair review of this camera, which I have had for a few months already. It has replaced every camera I have except fr my NEX 6, which is of course in a different league – notpocketable, but an excellent photograhic tool.

    You are right on to say that the WB350f should be kept below ISO800 for any time you can do that. The camera has very good stabilization, and indoor ISO 400 is what it favors, and at 1/20th shutter speed. When held carefully, the results should be very usable for most purposes.

    Outdoors, where most zoom cameras are designed to be used anyway, the WB350 has just been a joy. I have had Canon SX230, 260, Nikon S9300, Lumix ZS15……. and the WB350 surpasses all those in features and overall family value. The touch screen and WiFi work well, esp. with other Samsung devces like tablets and smart TV’s, the zoom quality to 40X isvery good, and the camera is just the righ weight to hold steady – plastic lightweights are not good for stability.

    PS: The flash is very good, in that it is tiltable (manually, of course) so that you can photograph infants by bouncing flash off the ceiling. Flash compensation is also a feature found on the WB350. Those two together can yield amazing results with just a few practice sessions before flashing straight at the poor newborn….!!!