Samsung WB500 Review

July 6, 2009 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Martin Petrásek

I am satisfied with this camera and it is good quality for low price. Last years working on Canon profi cameras but, but this is for my holiday making pictures/video good enought.

Dont use 10 Mpix resolution, because the quality stops at 5 MPix. Camera works like 5 Mpix.

Here is my testing video from Paris trip:

1:15 pm - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

#2 Don Nugent

The Samsung HZ-10W indicates that it can be remote controlled by a optional remote, but I have not been able to determine how to order one.  It is stated that the remote is a optional accessory in the owners booklet.  The remote is not listed on the Samsung website.  I would like to use the remote to make short personal interviews.  Samsung should please let camera owners but a remote from dealers selling the camera or at least order it from the Samsung website.

7:55 pm - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

#3 Jimmy

Dont buy this camera.

There are many, many better cameras on the market. The fact is that this camera simply doesnt have the functionality (can barely change any settings - the ones you can change are extremely limited) that you would expect from a camera at this price - it is a lower priced camera in a higher priced body.

The software that they provide, “Samsung Master”, also is not compatible with MP4 (the file type of the video), which means that it is impossible to edit video without first converting to AVI format, which means you have to buy the “update” for Quicktime which is used by the camera default to play the MP4 files on your PC.

I regret buying this but was stupid enough to get the box damaged and cant take it back. Anyone else thinking of getting into photography and buying this, seriously think again. Try one of the better brands i.e. Canon, etc… and you will get better value for money.

12:13 am - Wednesday, September 9, 2009

#4 Maria

i have to agree with jimmy. this camera is crap
i paid 240 dollars for this crapy camera not worth 100 bucks
im done with samsung. this is the 3rd samsung and im return and not buying more samsung ever !
good job i send this piece of crap back.
and now i just luck and its gone so much down ! even 169 dollars its expensive so dont buy this .
i just got a cheap kodak for 100 dollars and it does a much better job then this samsung.
jimmy sell your in ebay honey you cant keep this crapy cAMERA.

1:18 am - Thursday, September 24, 2009

#5 Ionut

I find it a good camera.

You guys should get to now first how to use the camera then , comment on a product…

It make grat pictures and it is a setting for almost every situation you encounter…

the HD video is as well great , making super movies , not to speak about 24 mm lens , beautiful..

So learn the settings , play whit it till you learn this camera triks and then post a comment.

8:22 pm - Friday, November 27, 2009

#6 lauren

Really good camera, and I completely agree with the above comment.

This camera does exactly what it says it’s going to do. Not misleading, and definitely well worth the money.

And the 24mm lens is amazing, gives a deeper perspective to your picture. Everything you need!

7:55 pm - Friday, December 11, 2009

#7 buy r4 ds

This camera is great only used a few times so far but excellent on close ups but also good on lanscapes. It starts up quickly, the autofocus and zooming speed are fine. The LCD at 2.7” is really clear and crisp. With the Schneider lens which has 24mm wide-240mm tele angle you can get so much in the picture. With incredible 10x Optical Zoom you can get any person/item as close up you want….

9:42 am - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

#8 Craig

Whilst I wouldn’t rave about this camera, it is by no means as bad as a couple of people above are making out. Yes, the noise reduction algorithm is rather aggressive - smearing out noise so much it may impinge on some fine detail towards the horizon - but this is only apparent at 100% crops.

For non-professional use this camera will produce very good quality prints.

The camera also has a full Manual mode - so I’m not sure why people are claiming it does not offer full control. I’ve held a couple in my hand, and for me the lens housing has a tiny amount of ‘play’ in it (you can feel it subtly shift as you rotate the camera in your hand) but other than that I am happy with it.

12:41 am - Thursday, February 11, 2010

#9 Tom

I bought this cam used for only 130 bucks, because I wanted a cam for carrying araound all the time. My Nikon D700 and D90 are simply to heavy for the pocket. Until now I’ve shot more than 200 pictures and dozens of videos and can conclude that the Samsung is worth every penny, even if I paid the full price. Image quality is realy very good, if you manage to keep the ISO low, i.e. between 80 and 250. Noise and especially noise reduction is absolutely unacceptable at higher ISOs, even at 400 ISO. My wifes Canon Ixis 100 performs much better at high ISOs and my broken Fuji F30 was another category in tis regard anyway. Thanks to the very good image stabilization you’ll hardly need ISOs higher than 400, even in very bad lightning conditions. Colors are natural and well saturated and can be adjusted to match everyones taste. Handling is somewhat unusual but I’ve managed to learn all the possible adjustments within one hour. What amazed me the most, was the capability of the cam to zoom and focus while filming. The video feature of my Nikon D90 is a joke by comparison and the quality of the 720p-movies is not better, in spite of the much larger sensor. All in all a very capable compact, for the price I’ve paid a give-away.

8:07 pm - Saturday, March 6, 2010

#10 Ossie

Hello, i have to agree with Maria and Jimmy.
The controls you have over image depth are very poor, trying to blur the background and have a clear foreground gave very average results to say the least.
The controls are not intuitive and the delay between shoots was shocking.
Sorry Samsung but but the only thing good about this model was the zoom range, the P and M settings where almost useless.
I had the camera for 4 hours then decided to take back to the shop and get a refund, thankfully i got my money back.
Only get this model if discounted to around to around £80-£100.

4:41 pm - Sunday, March 28, 2010

#11 bruno

I just bought the camera and it seems a good camera. It has 10x zoom (for a little camera is very good), HDmovie and 4 burst modes (for sports).

Thera much better cameras, but for the price is the best one

8:31 pm - Sunday, April 11, 2010

#12 margaret

I bought this camera a month ago for $349 Australian.

I am thrilled with the camera and its crystal clear images. Fantastic.
Camera has a nice heavier weight to it, and feels like a decent solid camera build.
The photos I have taken so far are just wonderful - kids / animals - all crystal clear and in perfect focus.

I have always been an Olympus fan but my last 2 cameras from Olympus have been less than impressive.

WB500 - Just perfect for carrying around in case of that moment where a camera is needed.

only complaint is the VERY short cable to charge the camera - I ended up dropping the camera due to this (thankfully does not seem to have damaged the camera) - so only use it on a low power point and on the floor / stable surface for safety and be careful as the cable slips out of the camera easily

I have bought an extra battery and a travel charger on ebay for less than $10, and I won;t use the supplied cable as it is so easy to flip the camera over or drop, as the cable is not really flexible and is so ridiculously short.

the supplied battery had some charge in it when I opened the box, so was able to use immediately

otherwise I am 100 % happy with my purchase, and am considering a purchase of the WB 550   as a backup camera in case this one breaks or dies on a few years, when they are no longer available

3:37 am - Monday, April 12, 2010

#13 Peter

What functions does the remote control and where would I get one. I would like to use it during playback on a TV screen (next photo/pause Play video/pause etc.) Can anyone HELP.


8:05 pm - Thursday, July 8, 2010

#14 Robb

Bought this in June 2010.
Plus Points:
Good zoom range for hand held( also in video mode )
Fairly compact
Good price still
Excellent autotimer with delay and double shot modes.

Minus Points:
Battery life didn’t last for a full days shooting.
Some photos in Auto mode were good some were poor but I couldn’t determine why.
Charging lead too short and didn’t seem robust enough.
Manual control was limited and fiddly - often causing subsequent menus to appear or turn on macro/set timer/flash
No HDMI output was a shame.

Although bought as a deal mine came up card error twice - could have been camera or SDHC card but not taking any risks I returned it on this basis and other points above.

7:37 pm - Sunday, July 18, 2010

#15 Iain

Have recently purchased this and done some test shots and video. The quality of both is very good. the display screen is nice and clear and the zoom in video is superb. Bought for £119-99 Argos and I am thoroughly satisfied with it. Would recommend it to anyone. The battery life is superb and when you do need one they are easy to get hold of. The only problem is the length of cable to charge the battery which has been mentioned by other people. However it does not protract from it being a very impressive unit.

1:52 pm - Thursday, July 22, 2010

#16 Ashraf Elrefaey

For the money I paid for the camera (£150 - in the UK), I’m quite happy. Picture quality is excellent for a point-and-shoot camera. I was well impressed by the video quality too. We used to take a still camera and a video camera to our holidays and days out, now we only take the WB500.

Have a look at my youtube account, all my HD videos are recorded with the WB500:

4:31 pm - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#17 trev

Superb camera for the money. BUY ONE

5:48 pm - Monday, May 28, 2012

#18 taz

This camera isn’t bad it is better than some others and compaired to more common known brands it is good for the money.

the lens is better than in most camera’s but most do not know schneider -kreuznach . it can be compaired to zeiss , leica , canon g lenses .

it is a handy thing and offers good quality for money

3:06 pm - Friday, March 20, 2015

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hd video, compact, wide-angle, 720p, 10 megapixel, 10x zoom, Samsung HZ10W, Samsung WB500, 7 inch LCD, 2