Samsung says the WB500 has the world's first 24mm ultra-wideangle lens with a 10x zoom. But Panasonic'shas a 25mm 12x zoom, so we're talking fractions here. It pays not to get too taken in by headlines and specs. Still, for around £200, the 10-megapixel WB500 does look like a pretty good deal.
We like the TZ6, which is something of a benchmark for compact superzooms, so the WB500 has plenty to live up to. It's a good deal chunkier for a start and doesn't have the TZ6's high-quality feel, but it's easy to grip and there's more room for the controls.
These include a rather neat 'command lever' on the back that can be used to apply EV compensation in tricky shooting conditions or, if you dip into the set-up menus, you can configure it to adjust the ISO or white balance instead.
On the top of the camera, the mode dial shows off another feature the TZ6 doesn't have -- a manual exposure mode. Admittedly, there are only two lens apertures to choose from, but it's something.