Samsung WP10 Review

September 29, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |


To all intents and purposes the Samsung WP10 looks and performs just like any other compact digital camera from the last few years, inheriting many of Samsung's core technologies and adding a robust, waterproof build-quality. Unlike many of its key competitors, though, the WP10 isn't shock or freeze, so it won't survive everything that you throw at it.

The WP10 shares a lot in common with its Samsung compact relatives, making it easy to pick-up and use if you've ever owned a recent model from the Korean giant. A few corners have been cut to accommodate the WP10's protective features - the 5x, 35-175mm zoom lens and 2.7 inch LCD screen are rather hum-drum for a 2010 camera, even a waterproof one. It's also not the most responsive of models, with slow shot-to-shot and burst shooting times, making it best suited to a more laid-back approach. Another disappointing feature is the lacklustre battery life, with a backup required for anything longer than a few hours shooting. On a more positive note, the screen is bright enough to be clearly seen in all but the murkiest of conditions, albeit at the expense of accuracy.

Considered as just a compact camera, the Samsung WP10 is pretty run-of-the-mill despite its ease-of-use, good build quality and satisfactory images. Throw in the waterproofness and Samsung's usual competitive price-tag and things suddenly get more interesting - there are very few waterproof cameras at the budget end of the market. In this light the Samsung WP10 makes sense as a relatively inexpensive yet still capable compact that you can take to places that most cameras can't venture.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4