Samsung WB150F Review

4.0
June 18, 2012 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 14.2 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

To start with a positive, primary colours look particularly lush straight from the Samsung WB150F when it is left on its default factory settings. But if you do zoom in towards the telephoto end of the zoom, and are standing less than a metre and a half from your subject (350cm officially at telephoto setting, 80cm at maximum wide angle), the camera will struggle to focus if left in auto focus mode, if it can find it at all. The fallback Smart Auto option is also better suited at keeping up with static subjects than moving ones, which have the tendency to blur even in broad daylight. Maximum shutter speed is theoretically 1/2000sec.

In terms of light sensitivity, users of the WB150F will want to stick to ISO 800 or below. Detail is softening noticeably at ISO 1600 as noise reduction kicks in, while at top whack ISO 3200, colour is going awry and it appears as if we are viewing the image through a sheet of cellophane. Conversely, in bright conditions there's a tendency for the camera to lose highlight detail, and the familiar bugbear of pixel fringing creeps in too under such circumstances.

While not a completely clean bill of health for all subjects and all conditions then, having such a broad focal range at our disposal - and in our pockets - is not to be underestimated. And, with a steady hand a bit of luck you can get some very usable results, as our close up wildlife images reveal. For the amateur naturalist the WB150F represents a very affordable option. Inevitably it's also an option for the traveler wanting a cheap snapshot to drop into their luggage too - just be prepared to take two or three shots in both circumstances in order to achieve one with focus and exposure spot on.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Samsung WB150F. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The Samsung WB150F's 18x zoom lens offers a very versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples:

24mm

432mm

Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are a little soft and ideally benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

The Samsung WB150F handled chromatic aberrations fairly ell during the review, with purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Example 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Samsung WB150F offers a Macro setting that allows you to focus on a subject that is 5cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle. The first image shows how close you can get to the subject (in this case a compact flash card). The second image is a 100% crop.

Macro Shot

100% Crop

Flash

The flash settings on the Samsung WB150F are Smart Flash / Flash Off / Auto / Auto & Red-eye reduction / Fill-in flash / Slow sync / Red-eye fix. Somewhat strangely the full range of options aren't available in the ASM modes. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (24mm)

Auto - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (432mm)

Auto - Telephoto (432mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Auto setting or the Red eye fix option caused any red-eye.

Auto

Auto (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye fix

Red-eye fix (100% Crop)

Night Shot

The Samsung WB150F's maximum shutter speed is 16 seconds in the Night scene mode, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 4 seconds at ISO 80.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

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