Samsung WB650

Samsung's WB650 looks like the ideal camera for travellers, with 15x optical zoom and GPS tagging.

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Samsung has come out swinging in the battle for the zoomiest compact camera. The WB650 is not quite a behemoth superzoom, but it's almost there, packing a 15x optical zoom lens into its small chassis.

The WB650 is definitely positioning itself to take some of the glory from Panasonic's travel zoom series, like the TZ10. Like the other camera, the WB650 features in-built GPS, manual shooting controls and HD video recording.

It also comes equipped with a 24mm wide-angle lens and a 3-inch AMOLED screen. The resolution, at 920,000 dots, is one of the highest resolution screens on a camera of its class.

Here's how the WB650 stacks up against its fellow zoom brethren.

Samsung WB650 vs. Panasonic Lumix TZ10 vs. Canon PowerShot SX210

Samsung WB650 Panasonic Lumix TZ10 Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
12 megapixels 12.1 megapixels 14.1 megapixels
3-inch AMOLED 3-inch LCD 3-inch LCD
15x optical zoom 12x optical zoom 14x optical zoom
GPS tagging GPS tagging No GPS tagging
Manual controls Manual controls Manual controls
HD video (720p, 30fps) HD video (720p, 25fps) HD video (720p, 30fps)

Available in two colours, black and grey, the WB650 will be available from March for AU$499. Stay tuned for our full review soon.