Samsung WB850f Brief Review

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  • 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 21x optical zoom with a 23mm wide-angle
  • 1080p HD video
  • 3-inch OLED screen
  • GPS tracker
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-05-01
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

4.35 Star Rating: Recommended
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Samsung WB850f
16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor; 21x optical zoom with a 23mm wide-angle; 1080p HD video; 3-inch OLED screen; GPS tracker; Optical image stabilization; Lithium-ion battery;
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The king of Samsung's compact camera line, the WB850 packs a whopping 21x zoom into a relatively diminutive package. The camera replaces last year's WB750 with that longer zoom range, a 3-inch OLED screen, a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video, GPS tracker, and an upgraded WiFi. The WB850's image quality has garnered positive reviews, although ISO performance over 800 isn't great. Samsung's focus on WiFi is second to none, so if you need this functionality the WB850, and indeed any of their newest models, is a good place to start.

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