Samsung unveiled a range of Wi-Fi enabled cameras and the WB150F Camera model is one among them. This is a latest pocket zoom from Samsung. It is proudly supplied with a Schneider-Kreuznach 18x optical zoom lens with a focal length equivalence of 24-432mm, AMOLED screen of 3 inches, 720p HD video capture, a 14 megapixel sensor and built-in Wi-Fi for uploading and backing up photos and various exposure options to help the users of all nature to capture excellent photos in various conditions.
The fully manual controls which never fail to leave a feel of a typical camera that we have been using comfortably for more than decades. On a very first look gives us a sleek but sturdy built. The camera is not completely from metal and it naturally brings a solid feel with well planted buttons. It is somewhat large comparing with rival compact cameras measuring 91mm width, 53mm height and 18mm depth.
However, this does appear to be smooth while handling, thus it suits appropriate to our hands. There is finger grip at the front which is not the best we have come across but it is still pretty secured. There is one more rubber patch that is designed at the back to present your thumb sufficient purchase. In brief, it is a decent all-rounder.
The outlook of the Samsung WB150F Digital Camera looks just similar to the WB850F with very small differences in the build quality and design. The given controls have been mostly straightforward, so it makes the user feel so friendly while using. Power button is placed in the middle of the top and zoom control is placed combined with a shutter button, along with the main dial. In the rear potion, we can find a dedicated video button as almost of the user’s expectation, a D-pad mode and a playback button. But D-pad is nowadays a very normal feature. This is a setback that there is no complete manual control presented in this model.
The rear screen is a 3-inch AMOLED technology with a resolution of 640 x 480 which is bright, sharp and promises top quality. The resolution is considerably low comparing the rivals, but we would not feel inadequate while using it. Indeed, the different angles of view are definitely never-ending and gets exceptional bright. It is not touchscreen as everyone expects to be so. The core part of the model is its focal length range which has a 18x photo images. Thankfully, this would certainly serve us well for every sort images from personal portraits to wide range of natural capturing. We will discuss its features in detail.
Samsung WB150F Main Features:
- Image sensor at 14 megapixel
- Video recording at 720p HD
- 3-inch wide display
- 18x optical zoom lens
- Automatic backup and uploading options
- Viewfinder via smart phones using Wi-Fi
- Photo sharing on social websites using Wi-Fi
- Li-ion rechargeable battery
The noticing option in this Samsung WB150F 14MP Camera is undoubtedly its brand-new Wi-Fi functionality. Samsung added a function for backup images or footage automatically and it is easy to share files and photos to social media and which gives access to all the Samsung’s devices, ranging from phones and tablets to TVs and even with refrigerators. Wi-Fi enabled locations are gradually increased day by day in hotels, restaurants, drive-ins, so Wi-Fi function would be useful. In addition to AllShare play, we are able to hold a backup on Microsoft Sky Drive. Moreover, it is very much possible to send emails from the camera, share them on social networks or upload our footage to video accessing social media like YouTube.
There is another option, a smart auto function that enables a wide range of different scene modes and suggests the one which is closer depending on the current circumstances. Again it goes on functioning like configures the camera to assist the amateur photographers who are less experienced. We can divide the screen into three individual segments using split shot function.
The splitting option allows us to create any image in a different way in the respective parts and combine the three results in a single frame. And one more function is named magic frame for overlaying images setting a background with lots of options like full moon, holiday, wall Art and magazine. Interestingly, a picture in picture option lets us to overlay the first shot on the other. Maybe the funniest yet interesting option is the funny face creating function that enables face detection and locates facial features and get them go out of shape in the actual time of the preview.
In the rear of the camera we find a multi-controller is being used to produce effects, for instance we can change the person’s features like eyes or nose really larger. The WB150F has image editing function for doing corrections. With Live Panorama, we can see the final image in advance, which means we can get the desired one. It is so simple that just by holding down the shutter button and surfing the camera across the scene. It has a single USB port and no HDMI port.
Wi-Fi features in detail:
- Uploading photos on social websites
- Sending Emails directly from the camera
- Store a backup to smart phones directly from camera
- Viewfinder via smart phones using Wi-Fi
- iStudio program enables direct transferring of files to a windows with no wires connected
The above mentioned features are just the same on the DV300F, ST200F and WB850F.
in addition to still image capture, it is very much possible to record movies on HD (high definition) quality. Videos would be normally saved at the resolution of 720p that means 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames for a second. There is a strange motion photo option which inserts a moving object on a freeze – framed background.
The menu system in the camera is easy to use. It has a backlight mode which fires the flash but there is no HDR mode. Graphical User Interface, GUI is well improved assisting icons so that modes and options are clearly visible. As a compact camera it has a lot to offer and the build quality is also solid.
It has Lithium-ion Rechargeable battery and it is removable too.
The Samsung WB150F is a solid camera with exceptional range of features including Wi-Fi for easy sharing, backing up or uploading images to the internet. The 18x optical zoom lens performs promisingly well and the camera has colourful images but it does not boost the colour. Image quality of the camera could be improved to some extent. When compared to other pocket zooms with full HD and high speed shooting, only with 720p video recording is slightly less attractive. But, the price on the card promises more unusual features what an expensive compact camera can offer.
Samsung WB150F Digital Camera with Wi-Fi – Specification Table
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||53 x 91 x 18 mm|
|Available colours||Black, Silver, Red and Violet|
|Display||3 inch AMOLED screen|
|Recording media||Expansion Slot|
|Focal Length||24 to 432mm|
|Sensor Size & Type||1/2.33 inch|
|Effective Pixel||14.2 megapixels|
|Extra Optical Zoom||Up to 18x|
|Lens||18x, 24 to 432mm equiv lens|
|Flash||Automatic & Manual|
|Self timer||2 to 10 S|
|Wide angle 28 mm zoom||Yes|
|Battery||Lithium-ion rechargeable battery|
|Accessories supplied||Battery, battery charger and pack, CD, USB cable and
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