Samsung WB30F Review

3.5
May 27, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16.2 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5.5Mb.

As with any relatively inexpensive compact snapshot camera, familiar bugbears such as pixel fringing rear their heads, whilst at maximum wideangle setting we’re getting a slight fisheye effect and a smudging of detail into the corners. At maximum telephoto setting shots take on a softened appearance, with camera shake making its effect felt. As with a smartphone, images in which you’ve filled the frame with the subject tend to work the best; when shooting wide, images appear to more obviously lack contrast and more greatly reveal their softened, washed out appearance that benefits from an application of Auto Levels in Photoshop to add a degree of ‘bite’ missing from JPEGs straight out of the camera.

As with most compact cameras the WB30F delivers its sharpest, most contrasty images with plenty of light available – and if you’re buying this for a sun and sea holiday in warmer climes then the WB30F will probably be in its element. We also have to say that, even with the above caveats, the results from this diminutive snapper still better those from most smartphones, even if you do just shoot wide and don’t even deploy the long(ish) zoom.

In terms of ISO performance, you don’t really want to stray above ISO400 ideally, and then only ISO800 if pushed. Grain is noticeable across the image at ISO1600 and at ISO3200 the image is distinctly soft and fuzzy, so again this is only a last resort option. Having said this, if you set the camera up on its smart auto setting and place it on a ssteady surface and use the timer, we were actually able to achieve some quite respectable available light images at night time.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Samsung WB30F. 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 WB30F's 10x zoom lens offers a versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples:

24mm

240mm

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 WB30F handled chromatic aberrations well during the review, with limited purple fringing 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 Samsung WB30F 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

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

The flash settings on the Samsung WB30F are Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix 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 (240mm)

Auto - Telephoto (240mm)

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 WB30F'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 1 second at ISO 480.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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