The Samsung WB150F is the perfect example of a compact camera that fits its time. In the midst of a battle with mobile phones in the amateur photography market, some cameras know how to fight. And it is that we no longer want the photos to save them on our computer, but to share them over the Internet, and this camera is a good example of how to do it.
Thanks to the WiFi connection , we can take photos from the camera in different ways and without cables. Email, social networks or even directly to the smartphone . Photos and videos can fly from camera to phone instantly, and from there to social media. Or better still, if we get home, just by pressing a button, these photos will be saved directly on the computer or will go to Facebook without phones in between. Speed without forgetting the quality, and it is that today, there are no cameras in any mobile that come close to the performance of a compact like this (and like few others).
But not only does the photographer live on WiFi , and Samsung has included in this model some of the features most liked by fans. A very long zoom allows us to get closer to the most distant details, and video recording is easy and of quality.
Next we take a closer look at the WB150F
The WB150F has a 14.2 megapixel CCD sensor. Although we see higher figures, we must stop for a moment to think about the real need that we have. With the highest quality image taken with this camera , we could print the photo in high quality (300 dots per inch) in size 36.5 x 27.4 centimeters . In other words, considerably larger than a sheet of A4 paper. If our priority is not to wallpaper buildings with our photos, a sensor size like this is more than adequate.
In addition, it has an image stabilizer (Optical Image Stabilization), which helps us with the most complicated shots, especially when there is no light.
The lens is one of the most striking features of this model. It has a 14x zoom lens. In traditional photography, we would call this lens 24 - 432mm (applying the relevant conversions). With a zoom like this, we can find the most distant details in our photos.
Now, handling a telephoto lens of this size also has its complications. When we are using it to the maximum we should look for a point of support , since the image tends to wobble. In addition, it is advisable to use it in well-lit situations. When you zoom in, the diaphragm suffers, and has to close a bit. Therefore, in compromising light situations, such as sunrises or indoors, it is better to look for the angle.
The camera can record video in Full HD quality at 30 frames per second. It's the image quality offered by high-end compacts and many SLRs. In addition, we can customize the video recording through a multitude of effects such as classic, retro, fisheye and up to 11 different ones. The camera also allows us to take pictures while we are recording a video.
The WB150 has a 3-inch screen that takes up almost the entire rear of the camera. In it we can view photos and videos, and navigate through the connectivity menus. The resolution reaches 460,000 dots. In this case, Samsung has decided to do without the touch screen. While it is the most fashionable option, there are many users who prefer to use more basic controls on a camera.
This is undoubtedly the strong point of this camera. The WiFi connection brings all kinds of possibilities to the WB150F to export photos in the simplest and fastest way.
The handling is simple. In the control roulette at the top we find a stop at the “WiFi” option . In this, a menu appears that informs us of the connection possibilities. We can choose to share the photos on social networks. Thus, in one click, we can upload the content directly to Facebook, Picasa, Youtube or Photobucket . You just have to select our WiFi network and access our account.
On the other hand, we can choose to send the photos by email. For this, the process is similar: select network, access our account and choose the recipient. In any case, this does not seem like the most suitable option, as few email servers can support high-quality photo-sized files.
One of the most interesting functions is called ViewFinder . This allows us to use our phone as a remote viewfinder for the camera . We will have to download an application for the smartphone called in the same way and with it we will be able to access the function. The same camera guides us in the process. You can use the phone to take pictures or record video.
In addition, we have the option of directly uploading the photos to a cloud storage , or connecting the camera to a television with Wi-Fi to see the images much larger.
The last connectivity option is perhaps the most important. With it, we automatically generate a backup copy of the files on the computer. Turn on the camera, connect and go. Without cables in between, we can record all the images and video and save on a cumbersome process.
Availability, prices and opinions
The WB150F is already available in the Spanish market, and we can find it for about 180 euros . It is an adjusted price for the functions it allows. The possibilities of a camera with WiFi are enormous, and the Korean brand has managed to get a lot out of them in this model.
Its weakest point is the dimensions. Used to seeing mid-range dwarf cameras, the WB150F seems a bit big. However, this same issue can be comfortable for some users, who do not feel very safe with tiny cameras. The ergonomics of the camera are quite good, especially thanks to the grip on the right side, which allows you to hold the camera safely and leave your thumb free for controls.
In short, a camera adapted to its time that can guarantee good shots and ease of sharing .
|Sensor||1.00 / 2.30 ”³ 14.2 Megapixel CCD|
|Sensitivity||ISO 80 - 3,200|
|Autofocus||TTL autofocus (Center AF, Multi AF, Tracking AF, Face Detection AF, Face Recognition AF, Select AF)|
|View||3.0 ″ (76.2 mm) TFT LCD, 460,000 dots|
|Photo format||Still Image: JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0|
|Video format||Video clip: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC / H.264, Audio: AAC)|
|Shutter speed||1 / 2,000 - 16 sec|
|Dimensions and weight||106.5 x 59.9 x 23.4 (32.2) mm |
188.2 g (without battery and memory card)