- Outstanding image quality
- Good autofocus
- Superb 3-inch preview LCD
- A little expensive
Review Price £229.95
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.
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.
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.