Samsung WB600 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour



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”’Here are some general test shots taken with the WB600 to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range of the respective optics.”’


Here’s a tricky exposure for any camera at any level – a dark foreground and a bright, largely featureless sky as the background. Incredibly the WB6000 has managed to maintain detail in both, providing an image which is pretty much a match for how the eye saw it at the time.


It’s not all good news however. White balance is rarely but here slightly off kilter, producing a decidedly cool looking image that would greatly benefit from an application of Auto Levels in Photoshop and adjustment for brightness contrast to give depth to the rather flat image.


Here’s a slightly wider framed image taken from exactly the same vantage point that reveals a closer result to how the colours in the scene should look, with much deeper (and warmer) browns.


Generally the WB600’s colour balance errs on the side of natural, as this swimming duck shot, taken again at maximum telephoto and in the golden light of late-ish afternoon, reveals.


Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 8


Camera type Digital SLR, Digital Compact
Megapixels (Megapixel) 12 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 15x
Image Sensor 14.2 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD
Optical focal length 24-360mm in 35mm equivalent film terms
Shutter speed 16-2000 secs
Auto focus TTL Auto focus
Manual focus No
Max output resolution 4000x3000
Other resolutions 3984x2656, 3840x2160, 3264x2448, 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1024x768, 1920x1080
Focus range 3cm to 80cm, 80cm to infinity
Exposure control P, A, S, M
Exposure metering Multi, Spot, Centre weighted, Face detection AE
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step, +/- 2EV
Image Stabilisation Optical plus digital (dual image stabilisation)
ISO settings Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 at full resolution
LCD Monitor 3-inch TFT LCD
Viewfinder N/A
Flash range 0.3 metres to 5 m (wide), 0.5m to 3m (telephoto)
Flash modes Auto, Auto & red eye reduction, Fill-in, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
White balance modes Auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent x2, tungsten, custom
Drive modes Single, continuous
Image formats JPEG
Picture adjustments Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom, Colour filter, Add noise, Shaded, Elegant, High Light
Video (max res/format) 1280x720 at 30fps
Movie length Up to 20 minutes
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC
Supplied memory 128MB internal capacity
Batteries supplied None
Charger supplied Lithium ion pack
A/V output Yes
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 106.6mm
Depth (Millimeter) 60.5mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 201.7g without battery or cardkg

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