Samsung WB210 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16.4
  • CCD sensor
  • 12x optical zoom
  • 24mm wide-angle
  • 720p HD video
  • 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Super wide shot for 21mm photos
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-02-07
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Samsung WB210
16.4; CCD sensor; 12x optical zoom; 24mm wide-angle; 720p HD video; 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD; Optical image stabilization; Super wide shot for 21mm photos; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

Samsung is back with a new WB-series compact zoom (formerly HZ series in North America). The WB210 looks pretty decked out in a few key places; it sports a 12x optical zoom, an enormous 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, optical stabilization and 720p HD video. Most intriguingly, it claims to be the first camera with a 21mm ultra-wide-angle lens. This gets a bit muddy: Physically, the lens sits at a 24mm wide-angle and will capture 14 megapixel images. But the sensor actually supports 16.4 megapixels, so when it drops down into 21mm shot mode, we're assuming that it uses the extra space on the sensor to get that additional scope and will probably alter the image's aspect ratio. Last year's HZ30W and HZ35W models used a similar trick to shoot widescreen videos without horizontal bars. We'll hand it to Samsung -- that's a neat trick. We hope that the WB210 controls image noise better than its HZ-series predecessors did, and we'll get to find out in February, when it drops for $279.

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