Samsung WB150F review, your WiFi-friendly travel camera

Digital cameras with WiFi support is not a road frequently travelled by manufacturers, however, Samsung already has 4 of them with the WB150F being one of the three “Smart cameras” launched a couple of months back.

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In a nutshell, the Samsung WB150F combines a generous 18x zoom, WiFi features, manual controls, and Samsung’s wide array of fun modes and filters, all in a compact body. It’s a recipe for a nice travel camera, but is it the one for you? Find out in our review of the WB150F below.

Design

The Samsung WB150F is a decently-sized compact camera. It may not be as compact as the Sony Cyber-shorts but this is still pocketable. The build feels solid and sturdy and has a curved grip for better handling.

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The focal range on the Schneider-KREUZNACH Lens of this camera starts at 24mm and zooms up to 432mm (equivalent to a 35mm film camera). It gives you a nice wide shot for group photos or a tele-zoom shot from afar.

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The top part has the power, zoom lever and the 8-mode dial. Aside from the usual modes, you will also access the WiFi mode here and also a special camera button for creative shots like Panorama, split-shot, magic frame, etc.

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The back features a 3-inch LCD display (non-touchscreen) with a 460k dot resolution. I would prefer at least 920k dots for a sharper display when previewing images but it’s certainly better than the usual 230k for compact cameras. At the back you’ll also see some fairly intuitive buttons as well as the directional pad.

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Above are a couple more views of the camera, including the bottom which has the slot for battery and SD card in one compartment.

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Package contents for the Samsung WB150F includes a compact carrying bag with strap, wrist lanyard for the camera, microUSB to composite cable to connect to your TV, necessary charging cables and adapter, and also a generous 8GB microSD card with an SD card adapter. Quite loaded so you don’t have to buy any accessories anymore.

Sample photos

I won’t delve much with the basic functions of a digital camera so I’m going to give you some sample photos taken with the Samsung WB150F in auto mode right away before talking about the fun features.

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Quality is decent for a point-and-shoot having a modest 1/2.3-inch CCD. Photos appear bright and colorful in good lighting conditions. ISO reaches up to 3200 but 400 is the limit for usable stills. If you’re controlling the shot by aperture, the most you can get is f3.2 at the widest range.

The camera does have dual-image stabilization to help you take sharp photos even on those shaky moments. It’s a feature that you should definitely look for when choosing a digital camera.

This camera can only take 720p videos by the way and you can use the zoom while in the middle of filming but it’s a bit sluggish to focus.

Let’s get creative

Now the fun part. If you haven’t used one of Samsung’s camera lately, they take pride into allowing users to get really creative by putting a lot of fun features and filters available in their cameras.

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Switch to the “Camera with a Star” icon in the mode dial to get to these settings: Live Panorama, Magic Frame, Split Shot, Picture in Picture, Artistic Brush, Photo Filter, Movie Filter, and even a Photo Editor.

Magic Frame lets you add an artistic border on your shot, like fitting your shot into a magazine cover background. You’ve probably seen this as an online service but now you can do it straight from your camera.

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Split Shot is something that I really like. There are a few templates on how you can split your picture, then take a photo for each portion and the WB150F will stitch them all together (see sample above). Here’s an idea. 3 different jump shots of yourself on the same background scene, how’s that for a cover photo?

Now Photo Filter is where all the goodies at. There’s quite a number of filters available to make your photos more artistic (or to mask the crummy shots you’ve been taking). I’m a fan of Miniature, Vignetting, and Fisheye effects.

Here’s a few shots taken with some of filters applied:

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The power of WiFi

Have you ever took a really good photo and want to show it immediately to your friends in Facebook, but you can’t because there’s no computer anywhere in sight? Well you won’t have that problem with the WB150F as long as you have wireless internet available.

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The Samsung WB150F can connect to wireless networks (even secured ones) just like your phone does. It can even launch a browser for authentication.

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Switch to WiFi mode and you’ll see what the camera can do with WiFi. There’s Social Sharing, Email, MobileLink, Remote Viewfinder, Cloud, Auto Backup and TV Link.

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Social Sharing lets you log in to your social network accounts such as Facebook, Picasa, YouTube, and Photobucket. Perhaps the most useful is Facebook and YouTube but be prepared to use the keyboard with that directional pad.

MobileLink lets you transfer photos from your camera to your Android phone or iPhone. It requires the MobileLink app installed on your phone. The camera will broadcast its own WiFi network so you don’t need a wireless internet here. I prefer this method for uploading since you’ll have more destination options and a better keyboard.

Remote Viewfinder lets you capture photos on the camera using your phone and also requires the Remote Viewfinder app (Android and iOS) installed. Just like MobileLink, you only need to join your phone to the camera’s own network.

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This is a cool feature as it lets you situate the camera somewhere to get a creative angle, and you can use your phone as the viewfinder to frame and take the shot. You can only adjust the flash, timer, zoom and resolution settings with this app though and there’s a slight lag whenever anything moves on the camera’s view. Still, it’s a great feature if you want to take candid shots.

Cloud lets you backup your photos to Microsoft’s SkyDrive while TV Link lets you stream photos and videos to your TV as long as both devices are connected to the same wireless network.

Verdict

No doubt the Samsung WB150F is a fun compact camera with a combination of nifty features not found in other brands. The super zoom can be useful for an everyday camera. The filters and creative shot options will make sure you’ll never take boring photos. And the WiFi support makes it easy for you to transfer and upload photos. You won’t get DSLR or ILC-quality photos but you will surely have fun using this camera.

Having an SRP of Php11,990, the Samsung WB150F is quite a steal for its features.

Samsung WB150F Specs:
14.2 megapixel
1/2.3″ (Approx. 7.76mm) CCD image sensor
Schneider-KREUZNACH 18x zoom lens, f/3.2 (W) ~ 5.8 (T)
3.0″ TFT LCD (460k dots)
Control: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual Exposure
ISO: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed: Smart Auto : 1/8 ~ 1/2,000 sec., Program : 1 ~ 1/2,000 sec., Night : 8 ~ 1/2,000 sec., Manual : 16 ~ 1/2,000 sec.
Metering: Multi, Spot, Center-weighted, Face Detection AE
Video Recording: up to 1280×720 (30fps, 15fps)
Dual Image Stabilization
WiFi-enabled
Smart Filter
Live Panorama
Split Shot
Battery: SLB-10A
SRP: Php11,990

26 Comments

  1. Griswold /

    hey that split shot looks really neat! naruto cosplayers would love it. another idea would be having three of you doing a rasengan. hahaha.

  2. simplynice93 /

    Excellent review! Made me want to buy one to replace my 5 years old point-and-shoot camera…

    • i won’t hold you back for doing so. it’s really an enjoyable yet feature-packed camera to use for casual shooters.

  3. Eason /

    Saan ka nagtake ng pictures :))

    Bakit ang ganda ng mall :))

    Slightly grainy yung mga pictures…I wonder if sulit yung touchscreen version :o

    • well-lit yung mall sa cash and carry. yup noisy nga pag naka blow up. malaki kasi difference ng price nung touchscreen. if important sayo 1080p video recording and madalas kang magupload sa FB using the cam then go for the touchscreen. pero if may smartphone ka naman, doon mo na lang ipadaan.

  4. Veench /

    ..Just bought one for myself and found it very fun and interesting! =)

  5. abchrisabc /

    I bought one to but at mine there wasn’t any av-cable

  6. Naomi /

    “If you want that touchscreen version of this camera so you can type faster with the onscreen keyboard (for those photo captions), the WB850F is also available for Php19,990.”

    I’m sorry but I just watched a review on Samsung WB850F and they clearly said that it’s not a touchscreen.

    • thanks for the correction naomi. you are right, i may have heard Samsung wrong during the launch. Removed that part already. Cheers!

    • Archie /

      Hi Calvin,
      I’m planning to buy a cam this weekend and I’m quite torn between choosing either Samsung’s Digicam
      WB150F or the F700 camcorder from the same brand.
      I’m concerned whether these cameras are capable of manual white balance.

      I’m interested to know your advise as I don’t want to make the wrong choice, considering my tight budget. Years ago, I bought an Aiptek camcorder worth 7k! Needless to say, it wasn’t a smart choice and during that time, there was no review of some sort for Aiptek (now I know why). I’m both into still photos and videos, and I don’t have a budget higher than 10k. Please help me. I’ll look forward on your reply. Thank you.

      • not much of a camcorder fan but the WB150F has Program mode so you can combine smart with setting the white balance. or you can go with manual mode.

  7. Lina Lee /

    Sir Whats the initial for your surname?? :o

  8. can i browse websites with it?

  9. Aries Olay /

    Does the camera auto-focus when recording videos?

  10. fritzie perocho /

    bumili din ako ng samsung WB150F dati maka pag upload ako ng photos sa facebook using the samsung wifi, eh bakit ngaun i upload ko naman ung recently pics ko uploading naman xa sa camera pero bat hindi pumasok sa facebook account ko… I repeat many times pero hindi talaga pumasok sa fb? Please help me..

    Thanks :)

    • Arlene retor /

      Pwd paki-reply ang kay fritzie problema kasi po same problem din po yong sa akin same unit din. hindi po kasi namin alam kung bakit bigla nalang ayaw mag-upload sa fb acct.

  11. fhaola /

    pa help naman po.. gs2 ko sanang bumili ng cam kaya lang d ako makapag decide kung samsung wb100 or wb150f ung bibilin ko… need ko sana ung magandang gamitin pang vid sa mga concerts… thanks… ^^

    • Hi! I wonder kung anong camera yung nakuha mo?? wb100 o wb150f? ito rin kasi yung pinagpipilian ko..thanks

  12. Hello sir :) that was a nice review i recently got this camera and i love it, it take’s decent photo’s and it’s really handy especially to a blogger like me, By the way can i re-blog this if you don’t mind? I’ll give full credit’s to you :) i’ve been meaning to write a review about this camera but technology is not really my genre i’m more of a beauty blogger, so yeah… :D Hoping for your reply, Thank you in advance. And i will understand if ever you don’t want me to re-blog this.

  13. Hi great blog on this camera. Just brought it and would like a few tips and points to get the best out the camera. Love the split shot photo , going to try that later.

  14. Nilo Santos /

    bakit biglang namatay ang samsung camera ko model WB150F ngayon wl syang power ayaw mag charge naka pula lang yung indicator ligh ayaw mag on or kumunecta s PC

  15. Nancy /

    how do I unlock this camera

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