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The WB850F is the new Samsung 16 megapixel digital camera. It is ideal for the person who wants to not only take some fantastic images but also to be able to instantly share them. Whether it is a crisp still picture or a full 1080p High Definition movie, this camera does it all.
This Samsung WB850F Digital Camera was released in May 2012 and has become very popular. It is easy to carry and is equipped with 21x optical zoom and a 23mm wide-angle lens. It can also do panoramic collages. Picture sharing is super easy as the WB850F has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity which lets you upload images to your favourite social sharing sites from virtually any accessible hotspot around the world, including your mobile. The WB850F also features GPS that lets you geo-tag your location to your images and access virtually real-time location-based information such as Live Landmark, a technology that enables you to access information about points of interest in front of you.
The 16.2MP Samsung WB850F is part of Samsung’s Smart Camera range of compact cameras that have built-in Wi-Fi to enable images to be shared direct from the camera.
With a 21x zoom Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan lens offering a focal length range from 23mm to 483mm, the Samsung WB850F is aimed at travellers and those who need a versatile camera that can be slipped into a pocket.
It’s possible to download maps (via a computer connection and copied to the SD card in the camera) and use the camera’s on-screen MapView to navigate. Plus there is a digital compass so you can be sure you’re heading in the right direction.
Samsung is most excited about the WB850F’s Wi-Fi capability. This enables the camera to connect to Wi-Fi networks, even those that are password-protected, and to share images by uploading them to Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket or by emailing them straight from the camera.
HD 1080p videos can also be uploaded directly to YouTube and files can be wirelessly backed up to the Cloud or your PC. This is fabulous because it means you will never lose another picture due to lost or corrupt SD cards.
the WB850F combines automatic, semi-automatic and manual shooting modes and has options to suit most levels of photographic experience and a wide range of situations.
Unfortunately, the screen isn’t touch-sensitive and all adjustments and password entries have to be made using physical buttons and dials. Oh well; you can’t have everything!
However, the screen is a 3-inch 614,000-dot AMOLED display, which should ensure a great view even in bright light situations.
The WB850F is officially priced at £329.99 in the UK and $379.99 in the US, putting it in the same price range as the Canon PowerShot D20, Sony HX20V and Olympus TG-1.
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The GPS system works straight from the box however you need to upload the the map data from a computer before it can be used. This requires installing the Samsung software on a computer from the supplied CD and uses a step-by-step wizard.
All the basic functions of the Samsung WB850F are easy to use. The shooting mode is selected from the mode dial on the top of the camera in conjunction with the navigation controls and on-screen display. The navigation buttons on the back of the Samsung WB850F also provide shortcuts to a few features.
Like most compact cameras, the Samsung WB850F doesn’t have a viewfinder and images are composed on the 3-inch 614,000-dot AMOLED screen. We found that this provides a clear, view in most lighting conditions, and even in direct sunlight it remains usable.