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Samsung WB1000 - Samsung WB1000

By Cliff Smith



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Samsung WB1000


Our Score:


The WB1000's overall performance is reasonably good, although it does look a little sluggish compared to some other recent high-spec compacts. The start-up time of under two seconds is good, and the shot-to-shot time in single-shot mode of approximately 2.1 seconds is comfortably above average. In continuous shooting mode it can maintain approximately one shot per second, but the monitor screen remains annoyingly blank while shooting, so trying to follow any action is rather hit-or-miss.

The autofocus system is also a little slower than some market rivals, although not enough to cause any problems, and it is extremely reliable even at maximum zoom. Low light focusing is also extremely good, and isn't noticeably slower than daylight focusing. Again, this is true even at the longest zoom setting.

The WB1000 scores well for overall image quality. The Schneider Kreuznach lens is exceptionally good, with superb corner-to-corner sharpness, good contrast and no barrel distortion even at the 24mm wide angle end. Dynamic range is much better than expected, which is just as well since the ACB contrast-balancing feature doesn't appear to work especially well. Exposure metering is very reliable, and colour rendition is also excellent.

The only real fly in the ointment is, as usual, image noise. While the level of detail is excellent, there is some colour mottling even at the lowest ISO setting, and this persists at higher settings. While image quality is good at 200 ISO, noise reduction causes significant reduction in sharpness at 400 ISO, and colour is very blotchy at 800. The 3200 ISO maximum setting, available at 3MP, is very poor, and should probably not have been included in a camera with aspirations of quality.


The Samsung WB1000 is an ambitious camera with a lot to commend it. Build quality is excellent, it handles well and the range of features offers a lot of creative potential. Performance is well up to scratch, the lens is superb and the AMOLED monitor is a revelation. The only disappointment is the lacklustre high ISO noise performance. If Samsung can crack that they've got it made.

Gus Ghanem

March 13, 2010, 3:02 am


If the specs. are indeed correct, then the obvious differences on the WB2000 would be: a new CMOS sensor with lower resolution and lower pixel density, 1080 Full HD H.264 video, 3" AMOLED 614,000 pixel display... The lens may not be quite the same, as the newer one claims Normal Focus Range of 50cm... Let's hope the WB2000 will have improved Image Quality!


March 13, 2010, 6:43 pm

There are even more surprise. 10fps continues shooting ability, 240fps to maximum 1000fps slow motion movie recoed.

Actually, I think for initial price at 350 dollars, even it does not improve image quality over wb1000(tl320), it is still good enough. Really, we can not expect much from a tiny 1/2.3 sensor. otherwise, what is the postion of those large sensor compact ones, like s90, lx3, and samsung own new tl500(ex1)

PK Son

March 14, 2010, 12:59 am

As impressive as the WB100 might be, the marketing accompanying the model in the domestic (as in Korea) market is staggeringly condescending. They actually pitch the model as a "miniDSLR."



March 14, 2010, 11:54 am

@PK - if I had a penny for every time a company thought its customers were stupid, Carlos Slim would be looking nervously over his shoulder.

Mind you, he probably does that already.


March 15, 2010, 2:57 am

Am I looking at the same camera as everybody else?.. The iso tests are awful and the cathedral shot (close up) looks ropey. The spec is nice but how is this getting 8/10 for IQ???


March 15, 2010, 2:51 pm

It turns the audio off when you zoom?! That's just ridiculous. So what if it's noisy, if you're recording something loud like a gig or air show, it's hardly going to be louder than the subject matter.


March 15, 2010, 3:02 pm

to joose.

You must do not understand a 1/2.3 sensor camera very well.

The photo quality of this one by standard is definetly above average of those 1/2.3 sensor compact camera.

Always remember, score is relative and only valuable when u comapre to same type of camera at same year.

Remeber tz7(zs3) got 10 of image quality here. really, there is no doubt. at 2009, zs3 is at top image quality of 1/2.3 compact cameras(If u can find a better 1/2.3 one at 2009, point out). this wb1000 is also a 2009 model, comapre to tz10, got a score of 8 is very resonable. There are plenty behind this one.

Do not use standard of dslr or even larger sensor compact camera to compare with.


March 15, 2010, 3:06 pm

I am sorry, tz7 only got 9 of image quality not 10. but u got the idea.

the fz38 got 10 ot it. and that one also use 1/2.3 sensor if am right.


March 15, 2010, 7:15 pm

@markma - Your right I don't know of another 1/2.3 sensor camera that is better because I'm too lazy to check ;) etc. What I do know is that the IQ is terrible and I'd rather have a larger sensor size than gizmo's that don't give me a better picture. For example one of the EXR Fuji's. These Samsungs always look good on paper but their IQ's are always subpar to me.

Nick Quattro

May 19, 2010, 6:25 am

I bought the wb1000. It turns itself on and drains the battery. I sent it in for repair and they damaged the battery meter, and did not fix the initial problem. I sent it back for repair again and they did not fix the battery meter or the initial problem again. They merely cleaned it and sent it back to me. I asked Samsung for a new camera since they are not capable of recognizing the problems with a fully detailed description or fixing the camera. Now they offered to exchange it for a Ec-TL210 which sells for more than a hundred dollars less! No hVGA+AMOLED screen, merely a TFT LED screen, a much cheaper camera. What an insult! GOOD LUCK with any Samsung product!! Even worse is their "customer service"!!

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