Samsung WB500 Review

July 6, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

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There's nothing about the Samsung WB500 that's likely to particularly grab you. It's a smart purchase because it ticks all the boxes, doesn't have any serious flaws and is pretty cheap for what it is. But, when you've got superzooms like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 on the market, it's hard to get excited about this one.
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When it comes to the specifications of the WB500, it really does grab the attention, being the world's first camera with a zoom range of 24mm and a total range of 24-240mm (10x), although Panasonic is rapidly catching up on the WB500 with the LUMIX TZ7, 25-300mm (12x). Nevertheless, Samsung currently holds the top position in the field of wide angle zoom.
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The WB500 is the flagship model of a new series of Samsung digicams that introduce a new Perfect Portrait System, which includes Face Detection, Beauty Shot and Smile and Blink Detection modes. Equipped with a 10.2 megapixel sensor and Schneider-Kreuznach 24-240mm 10x optical zoom lens, it sports a 2.7-inch LCD screen and provides a range of shooting modes, including High Definition (HD) movie recording.
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