Samsung WB2200F Review

3.5
June 25, 2014 | Jack Baker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Superfine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

You’d be forgiven for assuming that a camera as big as the WB2200F would be hiding an equally large sensor. But whilst Samsung has given it a 16.4-megapixel, back-side illuminated device capable of an ISO100-6400 sensitivity range, its 1/2.3” size is no bigger than the sensor in a typical ultra-compact camera.

Consequently the WB2200F doesn’t resolve any more detail than a camera a fraction of the bulk. It still puts in a good performance at ISO400 and below though, and whilst detail is slightly smeared at ISO800, it’s nothing major. ISO1600 shows considerably more smearing though and a slight green colour cast starts to affect images. It’s more of the same at ISO3200 and here colour speckling is also becoming an issue. The topmost ISO6400 sensitivity is underexposed with very high levels of image noise and is therefore best avoided.

Despite its massive zoom range, the 60x lens produces minimal distortion and maintains good corner sharpness. Chromatic aberration (purple fringing) makes an appearance in high contrast areas and whilst it’s not particularly severe, it is noticeable when viewing at roughly 50% image size or larger.

Generally the WB2200F’s exposure metering produces accurate exposures with good highlight and shadow detail. Images taken in cloudy conditions can look slightly underexposed though and would often benefit from up to 1-stop of positive exposure compensation.

Noise

The WB2200F has seven sensitivity settings available at full resolution, ranging between ISO100 and ISO6400.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

 
 
     

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

 
 
     
     

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

 
 
     

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

   
   

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 at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening level if you don't like the default look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Focal Range

The camera’s 60x optical zoom lens gives you a focal range of 20-1200mm (in 35mm-camera terms). As impressive as the huge telephoto range is, the 20mm wide angle ability shouldn’t be overlooked as it’s wider than almost any rival camera.

20mm

1200mm

File Quality

Three JPEG compression options can be selected: Super Fine, Fine and Normal. These result in file sizes around 6MB, 4.5MB and 3MB respectively.

16M Super Fine (6.09Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Fine (4.22Mb) (100% Crop)
   
16M Normal (2.92Mb) (100% Crop)  
 

Chromatic Aberrations

The Samsung WB2200F handled chromatic aberrations only fairly well during the review, with some obvious purple fringing mainly present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The WB2200F boasts a Super Macro mode that lets it focus down to 1cm from your subject. You’ll need to keep the zoom set to maximum wide angle to achieve this, and plenty of light is necessary to compensate for the inevitable shadow cast by the camera.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The camera’s built-in flash includes six modes: Off, Auto, Red-eye, Fill in, Slow Sync and Red-eye fix. This last setting fires two flash bursts as in standard Red-eye mode, but also uses internal processing to remove red-eye.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (20mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (20mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (1200mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (1200mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

In our testing with the WB2200F successfully avoided red-eye and the flash produced only minor wide-angle vignetting from a distance of 1.5m.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Fix

Red Eye Fix (100% Crop)

Night

The camera’s Smart mode includes a Night setting that’s designed to capture low-light scenes with reduced image noise.  This shot required a 2-second exposure time at ISO100, hence a tripod is essential to avoid blur from camera shake.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

Image Stabilisation

Samsung’s Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) system does a great job at ironing out the effects of camera shake. It’s vital for maintaining sharp shots at the kind of extreme telephoto focal lengths that the WB2200F is capable of.

Shutter Speed / Focal Length

Image Stabilisation Off (100% Crop)

Image Stabilisation On (100% Crop)

1/8 sec / 20mm

Smart Filters

Samsung equips the WB2200F with only six Smart Filter effects: Miniature, Vignetting, Cross Filter, Fish Eye, Classic and Retro.

Miniature

Vignetting

   

Cross Filter

Fisheye

   

Classic

Retro

Panoramas

The WB2200F will automatically capture panoramic shots by pressing and holding the shutter release whilst sweeping right, left, up or down. Unlike many cameras which force you to keep panning for at least 120 degrees, the WB2200F will let you stop the pan wherever you like. But whatever the width, the end result will only be around 950 vertical pixels in size.

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