Awards

  • Recommended by TR

Summary

Our Score

9/10

User Score

Pros

  • Outstanding image quality
  • Good autofocus
  • Superb 3-inch preview LCD

Cons

  • A little expensive

Review Price £229.95

Key Features: 3-inch AMOLED monitor; 5x Schneider Kreuznach f/2.4-5.8 zoom lens; 1080p video recording; 10-megapixel sensor; ISO up to 3200

Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung WB2000

Samsung, as I've noted before, is one of the most prolific digital camera manufacturers. Its range currently includes the GX20 digital APS-C SLR, the two models that currently comprise the NX compact system camera range, and no fewer than 26 compact cameras. Although that may sound like a lot, this is actually fairly restrained for Samsung; its compact camera range has often run to over 35 models.
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The newest camera in that huge list is the WB2000 compact that I'm looking at today. The WB series is home to most of Samsung's high-end compacts, such as the excellent WB650 travel camera, the WB5000 super-zoom, and the WB1000 advanced compact, the predecessor of today's camera.
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Like the WB1000 the WB2000 is a technically advanced camera aimed at experienced users, featuring a high quality Schneider Kreuznach f/2.4-5.8 5x zoom lens (equivalent to 24-120mm), a 10-megapixel back-illuminated high speed CMOS sensor, a 7.6cm (3.0 inch) VGA resolution AMOLED monitor, and a full range of manual exposure controls. In terms of competition the WB2000 is in the same category as the Canon S95 (£290) and the Panasonic LX5 (£330), although its closest rival is probably the Casio EX-FH100 (£245), which has similar high-speed shooting options. The WB2000 is quite expensive by comparison, currently selling for £290, although that price will probably drop fairly quickly as dealers offer discounts coming up to Christmas.

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