Samsung WP10 Review

4.0
September 29, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Superfine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.

The Samsung WP10 produced images of good quality during the review period. Noise doesn't become obvious until ISO 400, along with a slight softening of fine detail, and then becomes progressively worse at the fastest settings of ISO 800 and 1600, with ISO 3200 best avoided.

Chromatic aberrations were well controlled, with some limited purple fringing effects appearing only in high contrast situations. The 12 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpen setting and require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, as you can't change the in-camera sharpening level.

Macro performance is fine, allowing you to focus as close as 5cms away from the subject. The built-in flash worked fairly well indoors, with no red-eye and adequate exposure. The maximum shutter speed of 8 seconds allows the camera to capture enough light for most after-dark situations.

Noise

There are 7 ISO settings available on the Samsung WP10. 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)

   
   

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

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Focal Range

The Samsung WP10's 5x zoom lens provides a focal length of 35-175mm in 35mm terms, as demonstrated below.

35mm

175mm

File Quality

The Samsung WP10 has 3 different image quality settings available, with Superfine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

12M Superfine (6.07Mb) (100% Crop) 12M Fine (3.85Mb) (100% Crop)
   
12M Normal (2.56Mb) (100% Crop)  
 

Chromatic Aberrations

The Samsung WP10 handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review, with limited purple fringing mainly present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the example below.

Example 1 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Samsung WP10 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 WP10 are Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, and Red eye fix. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (35mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (35mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (175mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (175mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Auto setting or the Red Eye Fix option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red Eye Fix

Red Eye Fix (100% Crop)

Night

The Samsung WP10's maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds in the Night Scene mode, which is fairly good news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 8 seconds at ISO 80.

Night Shot

Night Shot (100% Crop)

Smart Filters

There are 2 Smart Filter effects that you can apply to your JPEG images.

Vignetting

Fisheye

Photo Styles

There are 10 Photo Style preset effects that you can use to change the look of your images, and you can also create your own Custom Color.

Normal

Soft

   

Vivid

Forest

   

Retro

Cool

   

Calm

Classic

   

Negative

Defog

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