Samsung WB850F (with Wi-Fi)

The Good The Samsung WB850F is a feature-packed compact megazoom with a versatile lens, very good picture quality, and excellent Wi-Fi capabilities.

The Bad The WB850F's shooting performance is a bit mixed, its battery life is mediocre, and its interface, while very good, can take some time to learn.

The Bottom Line For snapshooters looking to enter the world of connected cameras, the 21x zoom Samsung WB850F is a good place to start.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 7.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

Samsung WB850F (with Wi-Fi)

There are certainly plenty of compact megazooms to pick from these days, but the Samsung WB850F stands out for a few reasons.

Its 21x zoom lens starts at f2.8 23mm, making it the brightest and widest lens currently available on this type of camera. It has a brilliant 3-inch high-res AMOLED display, which works well even in bright sun, and Samsung's Smart Panel user interface (also found on its higher-end ILC cameras) letting you quickly change important camera settings from one screen. And then there's the Wi-Fi.

The camera's built-in 802.11n wireless can be used to connect to your Wi-Fi network for automatic backups to a Windows computer or Microsoft SkyDrive, viewing photos and movie clips on DLNA-equipped devices, or sending them by e-mail; to connect to other Samsung Wi-Fi cameras for direct sharing between cameras; to connect to hot spots or wirelessly tether to a smartphone; and to connect directly to an Android or iOS device.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $379
  • Brand Samsung
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 8.18 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 16.2 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 7.8 mm ( 1/2.3" )
  • Optical Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
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