Samsung WB500 Review

July 6, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |


Image sensor
Type 1/2.33" (1.09cm) CCD
Effective Pixel Approx. 10.2 Mega-pixel
Total Pixel Approx. 10.3 Mega-pixel
Focal Length Schneider Lens f = 4.2 ~ 42.0mm (35mm film equivalent: 24 ~ 240mm)
F No. F3.3 (W) ~ F5.8 (T)
Digital Zoom Still Image mode: 1.0X ~ 5.0X
Play mode: 1.0X ~ 11.4X (depends on image size)
Type TTL auto focus (Centre AF, Multi AF, Selection AF, Manual Focus, Face Detection AF)
Range Normal: 50cm ~ infinity (Wide), 2m ~ infinity (Tele)
Macro: 5cm ~ 50cm (Wide), 1m ~ 2m (Tele)
Auto Macro: 5cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 1m ~ Infinity (Tele)
Manual: 5cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 1m ~ Infinity (Tele)
Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Control Program AE or Manual Exposure
ISO Equivalent Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (Up to 3M Size)
Metering Multi, Spot, Centre Weighted, Face Detection AE
Modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Recharging Time Approx. 5sec.
Range Wide: 0.3m ~ 4.7m, Tele: 0.5m ~ 2.7m (ISO AUTO)
Flash Amount Compensation: ±1EV (1/2 steps)
Media Internal Memory: About 30MB
External Memory (Optional): MMCplus (up to 2GB guaranteed 4bit 20MHz)
SD (up to 4GB guaranteed)
SDHC (up to 8GB guaranteed) (1)
File format Still Image: JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
Movie Clip: MP4 (H.264 (MPEG4.AVC))
Audio: WAV
Image Size 10M: 3648 x 2736 pixels, 9MP: 3648 x 2432 pixels
7MW: 3648 x 2056 pixels, 7M: 3072 x 2304 pixels
5M: 2592 x 1944 pixels, 3M: 2048 x 1536 pixels
1M: 1024 x 768 pixels
Image Play
Image Play Single image, Thumbnails, Multi Slide show, Smart Album (2)
Audio Microphone: Stereo, Internal Speaker: Mono
Digital output connector USB 2.0
Video Out AV: NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
DC power input 4.2V
Physical Specification
Dimensions (WxHxD) 105 x 61.4 x 36.5mm
Weight 219g (without battery and card)
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C
Operationg Humidity 5 ~ 85%
Software SAMSUNG Master, Quick Time Player 7.5, Adobe Reader
Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization Dual IS (OIS + DIS) (3)
Feature 2.7" (6.9cm) QVGA (230000 pixel)
Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/8 ~ 1/1500sec., Program: 1 ~ 1/1500sec., Manual Mode: 16 ~ 1/1500sec.
Night: 8 ~ 1/1500sec., Fireworks: 4sec.
White Balance
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
Still Image
Shooting Auto, Program, Manual, Dual IS, Beauty Shot, Night, Scene
Scene: Frame Guide, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Close-up, Text, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Self shot, Food, Cafe
Continuous: Single, Continuous, HS Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture
Self-timer: 10sec., 2sec., Double, Motion Timer, Remote Controller (SRC-A5)
Effect Photo Style Selector: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic
Colour Effect: Normal, BW, Sepia, Red, Blue, Green, Negative
Image Adjust: Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation (5 steps)
Edit Image Edit: Resize, Rotate, Trimming
Colour Effect: Normal, BW, Sepia, Red, Blue, Green, Negative, Custom
Image Adjust: ACB, Red Eye Fix, Face Retouch, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Add Noise
Movie Clip
Recording Size: 1280 x 720 (30fps & 15fps) High Quality, 1280 x 720 (30fps & 15fps) Standard Quality
640 x 480 (30fps & 15fps), 320 x 240 (60fps & 30fps & 15fps)
Optical Zoom: 1280 x 720 HQ & SQ - 10X Optical Zoom (24.0 ~ 240mm) with sound recording
640 x 480, 320 x 240: 6.7X Optical Zoom (36.0 ~ 240mm) with sound recording
Max Recording time: 29min
Effect Colour: Normal, BW, Sepia, Red, Green, Blue, Negative
Photo Style Selector: Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic
Edit Pause during recording, Still Image Capture, Time Trimming
Voice Recording
Voice Recording Voice Recording (max. 10 hours)
Voice Memo in Still Image (max. 10sec.)
Stereo Recording
Sharpness Soft+, Soft, Normal, Vivid, Vivid+
Date Imprinting
Date Imprinting Date & Time, Date, Off (user selectable)
Power Source
Power Source Rechargeable battery: SLB-10A (1050mAh)
Adaptor: SAC-47, SUC-C5
Connector Type: 20pin (4)
Special Features
Special Features Ultra Wide 24mm 10X 10M Compact High Zoom
World Famous Schneider Zoom Lens
Dual IS (OIS + DIS)
Photo Style Selector
High Quality HD Movie
- 720P Resolution (30fps)
- High compression H.264 Codec
- Stereo Microphone
Smart Album
Frame Guide
Perfect Portrait Technology
- Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Blink Detection, Self Shot, Beauty Shot
Usage note
(1) Internal memory capacity is subject to change without prior notice.
(2) Slide show: Slide show with Effect & Music
(3) OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), DIS (Digital Image Stabilisation)
(4) Included battery may vary depending on sales region.