Samsung WB750 review: Samsung WB750

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good 18x optical zoom. Good macro performance.

The Bad Photo quality only good enough for snapshots. Bad low-light and high-ISO performance. Poor video quality.

The Bottom Line The WB750 is fine, if you want a cheap, long zoom camera to capture casual shots. Anything more, and its shortcomings will become far too evident.

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Design and features

The WB750 is Samsung's compact superzoom model, packing an 18x optical zoom lens in a relatively slim body. It sits nicely in the hand, thanks to the textured and rounded grip that is situated on the front panel, while buttons and dials are arranged in a logical manner. At the top is a mode dial, which contains a number of different shooting settings: smart auto, movie mode, creative movie maker, panorama, scene modes, dual image stabilisation and PASM control. The WB750 can also take 3D photos and panoramas, should you desire.

Along with its 12.5-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, the lens that sits in front of it opens to 24mm at its widest, and has a maximum aperture of f/3.2-5.8 throughout the telephoto range.

There's an instant-on button that starts video recording when you are in an automatic or manual mode (though video recording is an all-automatic exposure affair). Around the back is a 3-inch LCD screen, which is not particularly enjoyable to use, as it's rather grainy and low resolution. Colour accuracy of the screen is also not quite right, with images in playback mode appearing more washed out than they really are.

A range of creative filters are supplied with the camera to apply different effects to photos, including a cartoon and oil-painting look, plus HDR mode. Connectivity is provided via HDMI and a proprietary USB port that is used for both connecting to a computer and charging the battery (which is done in-camera).

Compared to

Sony Cyber-shot HX9V Panasonic Lumix TZ20 Canon PowerShot SX230 Samsung WB750
16.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS 14.1-megapixel MOS 12.1-megapixel CMOS 12.5-megapixel backlit CMOS
3-inch LCD (920,000-dot) 3-inch touchscreen (460,000-dot) 3-inch LCD (460,000-dot) 3-inch LCD (460,000-dot)
16x optical zoom 16x optical zoom 14x optical zoom 18x optical zoom
24mm wide angle 24mm wide angle 28mm wide angle 24mm wide angle
GPS tagging GPS tagging GPS tagging No GPS tagging
HD video (1080p) HD video (1080i) HD video (1080p) HD video (1080p)

Performance

General shooting metrics (in seconds)

  • Start up to first shot
  • JPEG shot to shot time
  • Shutter lag
  • 1.92.60.4
    Samsung WB750
  • 2.10.90.2
    Panasonic Lumix TZ20
  • 2.22.80.6
    Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
  • 2.61.60.4
    Sony Cyber-shot HX9V
  • 3.51.30.2
    Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Continuous shooting speed

  • 10
    Samsung WB750
  • 10
    Panasonic Lumix TZ20
  • 10
    Sony Cyber-shot HX9V
  • 4
    Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR
  • 1
    Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

(Longer bars indicate better performance)

Note that the WB750 can take up to 10 frames per second; however, it is only able to capture eight frames in total. Shutter lag in low light is very poor. You might be waiting up to 10 seconds in some cases while pressing the shutter for the camera to focus and take a shot. The WB750 also takes a long time to respond when shooting with flash, which takes an absolute age to fire. Samsung rates the battery at 225 shots.

Image quality

The WB750 produces decent photos in adequate lighting, ideal for casual snapshots or non-critical images. However, it produces some serious noise on photos at ISO 400 and above, and there is significant detail deterioration and colour noise at ISO 800 and above. Colours are reasonable, though there is some serious over-saturation in the red channel, particularly evident on pink hues.

Photos taken at the full 18x zoom appear reasonably sharp. 100 per cent crop inset.
(Credit: CBSi)

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Where to Buy

Samsung WB750

Part Number: CNETSamsung WB750

Typical Price: $349.00

See manufacturer website for availability.