Samsung WB500 reviews and prices: Compact camera

79 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 79 reviews.
Samsung WB500: 10.2 MP (Megapixels), 10x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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ALAN, GLOUCESTER Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It looks and feels good,easy touse if you break the instructions down into sections.
Bad points:
would be nice to get instructions in the box and not have to print off 100+ pages.Also a carry case would be nice if offered at the purchase
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Dec 2009

Tony, Ipswich Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The overall quality of the picture is very impressive even compared to my old camera a sony cybershot.
Bad points:
Slightly large in size although this doesnt effect the performance
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 May 2010

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Brilliant zoom and image features. Great image quality. Easy to set up and instal
Bad points:
so much to learn and the manual is large and has to be downloaded and print out various pages.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jun 2010

Irina, Reading Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very good camera, easy to use, great pictures and video quality.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good for distance photography as demonstrated on a recent safari.
Bad points:
Very short battery life and battery can only be re-charged in the camera so a spare battery doesn't really solve the problem.
Very poor handbook therefore one needs to download about 100 pages!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jun 2010

Bill, Hoddesdon Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent lens, viewing screen and all round performance. A lot of camera for the money. Probably too good a camera for my current level of digital photographic ability!
Bad points:
Not really a bad point but camera turned out to be larger than I had expected. It's only just "pocket sized". Check dimensions before buying!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Dec 2009

Chris , Ellon, Aberdeenshire Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use functionality and superb picture quality. Perfect for slipping into your jacket on nights out or for popping into the wife's handbag. Excellent value for money and worth every penny
Bad points:
No real bad points that i can think of.......
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 May 2010

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Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736
Optical zoom ratio 10
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 5
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Colour Silver
Media format SD Card
Media format MMCplus Card
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 219
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1500
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/16
Waterproof No
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 61.4x105x36.5
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.3-5.8
In-built memory (Megabytes) 30
Release date 2009-02-02
Height in mm 61.4
Width in mm 105
Depth in mm 36.5
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 240
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 24

Also known as: Samsung ECWB500BBP, SAMSUNG ECWB500, WBV500

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Manufacturer's Description

compact high zoom
See how the unbelievably compact WB500 hides a 24mm ultra wide 10x optical zoom lens in its thin design. This amazingly versatile lens is perfect for shooting indoors, landscapes and group portraits. The powerful 10x optical zoom brings the action to you so there’s no need to move around. While the ultra wide angle lens enables you to get everything you want in the shot.

dual image stabilisation
Blurry images can be caused by many factors, such as hand shaking, zooming or insufficient light. Dual Image Stabilisation eliminates the blur caused by camera shake and delivers clear, crisp images every time-even under difficult lighting situations. Integrating the best lens shifting mechanisms of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) with the sophisticated algorithms of Digital Image Stabilisation (DIS), Dual Image Stabilisation-another superior SAMSUNG innovation-corrects even the tiniest of shakes.

high definition movie recording
With the ability to record HD movies with your SAMSUNG camera, you can enjoy HD-quality movies of 720p resolution at 30ftps. The Latest H.264 compression format enables more than doubled efficiency compared to the previous format which surpasses the capabilities of a digital camcorder. So say goodbye to your video camera and transform your living room into a personal movie theatre!

Smart Album
With a 4GB SD card, your camera can store up to 2000 7-megabyte photos-that’s a lot to keep track of! But with the Smart Album function sorting and organising your photos is easy: it allows you to sort your photos by time, content, colour, or theme. Smart Album lets you get straight to the best or sort through the rest.

photo style selector
Taking a simple snapshot, framing an artful pose, or doing something different have never been easier. You can select from a wide variety of optimized advanced photo effects and know exactly what you’re getting with a suite of preview images to show you the results before you take your shot.

high sensitivity ISO 3200
With a true ISO 3200 setting, your SAMSUNG camera can effectively minimise noise for crystal clear images. The super speed sensitive ISO 3200 feature give you the ability to take amazingly detailed photos-even under low light conditions. Plus, ISO 3200 lets you take perfectly focused photos of fast-moving images, like during a sporting event.

the world’s first 24mm ultra wide, optical 10x zoom
Whether you’re indoors or out, snapping a landscape or friends around a table, the amazing 24mm ultra wide angle lens gives you a wider shooting range from a shorter distance and more flexibility. Now you have the ability to capture images of beautiful landscapes and entire buildings from a very short distance-not something you can do with a standard 35mm. The 24mm ultra wide angle lens and the 10x optical zoom is a perfect marriage of advanced versatility with the convenience of a stylish, compact camera.

10.2 Megapixels
High picture quality is obtained by employing an 10.2 mega pixel 1/2.33" high resolution CCD sensor. Clear picture quality can be achieved even for images larger than A2. A robust mounted image processor allows for rich gradation, fast and high quality picture processing.

perfect portrait system
With our unique Perfect Portrait system, imperfect photos are a thing of the past. For example, the Beauty Shot feature is like having your own make-up artist-right in your camera. It automatically identifies imperfections such as blemishes and dark circles on the face, and retouches them so that faces appear brighter and smooth. And with different level settings, you can control the amount of retouching that takes place-it’s that simple! Plus, the ultra-intelligent Smile and Blink detection technologies will never let you ruin another picture-perfect moment again by detecting when the subjects’ eyes are open and their smiles are at their peak.

frame guide
Never be left out of the picture again
Imagine be able to compose a photo even before it’s even shot. The world’s first Frame Guide feature on the WB500 has turned that into reality. The Frame Guide feature allows you easily set up the composition of the shot so it can be used as a guide for the photographer. Simply hand off the camera and you’ll never have to be missing from another photo. Now your vacation pictures will come out exactly the way you envisioned them.


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