Home / Cameras / Camera / Samsung WB550 / Samsung WB550

Samsung WB550 - Samsung WB550

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Awards

  • Recommended by TR
Samsung WB550

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Here are some general test shots to help evaluate the camera's overall image quality, including dynamic range, colour rendition and the zoom range of the lens. Some pictures may be clicked to download the full size original image.

----

The 24mm wide angle is great for capturing the whole scene.

----

The telephoto end is equivalent to 240mm.

----

The AF system is fast enough to catch the action.

----

The exposure meter is very accurate, but dynamic range is a bit limited.

----

The image stabilisation system is essential for hand-held telephoto shots.

----

Overall Score

9

Scores In Detail

  • Value 10
  • Image Quality 8
  • Build Quality 8

interpleb

November 24, 2009, 10:41 am

How stiff is the mode selector switch? The loose one on my TZ6 is doing my head in, it is pretty much guaranteed to have moved to the wrong setting no matter what you have done with it.





Also, what is the battery life like?

PStar

November 24, 2009, 2:50 pm

Which would you choose Cliff and why?


Samsung WB550 or Panasonic TZ7? (£220 vs £230). The choice gets harder!

Cliff Smith

November 24, 2009, 3:19 pm

The mode dial is nice and clunky, and partly recessed, very unlikely to get jogged by accident. The battery is the same 3.7v 1050mAh Li-ion as the WB500. I'm not sure of the exact duration, but it's showing 2/3rds charge after a week's use and about 150 shots.

GordonDownie

November 24, 2009, 3:22 pm

It is a shame that going from 10MP on the WB500 to 12MP on this one is considered to be a superior specification. So many pixels on such a tiny sensors mean that all you are likely to get for the extra money is (even) less dynamic range, poorer noise control and bigger files that are slower to do everything with. Picture quality certainly won't be any better.

Tony 3

November 24, 2009, 6:11 pm

Great review Cliff, but does the extra pixels and the better screen warrant the extra £50 or so over the WB500?

PS3½

November 24, 2009, 8:37 pm

Thanks for the review Cliff. One question, how would you compare the video performance of this camera to the Panasonic TZ7? Does the 50/60p frame rate of the Panasonic (albeit achieved through frame doubling) make much difference?

Zero

December 7, 2009, 12:07 am

@TR Which out of these two performs better via HD movie Samsung WB550 or Fujifilm S2000HD ???

Xamph

May 17, 2010, 2:42 pm

Just to point out that amazon.co.uk is flogging this camera as part of this week's 'Deals of the Week' for 139 quid, which should bump up the value for money a notch or two...

comments powered by Disqus