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Samsung's 60x Super Zoom WB2200F

  • Jun 23, 2014
Rating:
+4
A lot of "professional" photographers pan this camera because of its seemingly DSLR-like aspirations, hamstringed by its admittedly smallish 1/2.3" sensor. I suppose the thinking is that since it is larger than normal, has a huge zoom range and a dual-grip format, then it should perform on par with the more costly DSLR options. Well, that's just not realistic. While this camera may seem larger than your standard point and shoot, it's footprint and weight is still much less than a DSLR with a larger sensor and comparable lens. A bridge camera such as this is a tool like any other to meet the specific needs of the photographer. 

What's to like:

 

-  An expansive 20mm wide end

-  An extreme 1200mm full zoom (60x) 

-  16.3 pixel resolution from a BSI CMOS sensor

-  OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a moderately fast lens

-  Relatively compact package for what you get

-  Well laid-out controls & sturdy construction

-  Advanced DSLR-like dual grip design that is very comfortable in both vertical and horizontal formats

-  Useful presets for basic shoot situations

-  Macro mode lets you get as close as 1cm

-  Full HD movie mode w/stereo sound and other options

-  360fps slow motion capture (but at only 176p x 128p)

-  HDR and Panorama modes

-  Large 3" rear hVGA screen - fair resolution

-  A very respectable battery life of about 600 shots

-  Good Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity

-  Built-in flash is adequate to the task

-  8 fps continuous shooting 

 

The not so good:

 

-  A tiny and limited 1/2.3" sensor = sub-par image quality

-  Lens could be a bit faster

-  No eye sensor on the rather low resolution EFV (though it has a diopter adjustment dial)

-  No GPS for travel enthusiast (not a deal breaker for me)

-  No manual zoom

-  Fixed LCD (no tilt)

-  Unimpressive overall responsiveness, though not bad after start-up

-  Longest shutter speed is one second

-  Proprietary battery

-  In-camera battery charging (though some may see this as a pro rather than a con)

-  JPG only files

 

I put it through it's paces taking photos of my kids, garden, the beach and inside at night. It performed well for a bridge camera at its price point. It was a bit slower to focus and take a shot at the long end of the zoom. OIS kept things fairly steady and it wasn't too bad but not as good as the OIS in the Fujifilm S1. In low light it can hunt a bit too. Well-lit macros are a breeze. I've not used the video feature much and will update the review if I come across anything really great or really bad. Let's just say it takes slightly above average full HD video.

 

The WB2200F feels good in the hand, and I really like the dual grip layout with duplicate controls. The other controls are well laid-out and the menus fairly intuitive. If you don't need a compact size, this camera is ideal for the traveller who wants to travel light and doesn't care that final image quality isn't at DSLR levels. This is my first Samsung camera, and the menu system, while moderately intuitive, did take a little while to get used to. I''m still learning its ins and outs. I had no problems connecting to a recent Mac Pro and my older 2008 iMac (running OSX 10.5.8) either.

 

I personally wish the WB2200F's sensor was larger and more sensitive, but a photographer works with the the best tool for the circumstances, and compromises must be made when choosing form and function. If I were going into a situation where I want the widest angle coupled with the longest available zoom in a single package; and felt the body format of this Samsung offered the most flexibility, then this might well be my first choice. I would do this knowing that low light responsiveness and sensitivity would suffer, and that full-resolution image quality might not be optimal due to the small image sensor and other factors. But camera size aside - if you want a bridge camera with a huge focal range and lots of capabilities, then the WB2200F might well fit the bill. The Samsung WB2200F is a modern camera geared towards the enthusiast crowd and should serve it well.

 

~ Kort

What's to like:
 
-  An expansive 20mm wide end
-  An extreme 1200mm full zoom (60x) 
-  16.3 pixel resolution from a BSI CMOS sensor
-  OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a moderately fast lens
-  Relatively compact package for what you get
-  Well laid-out controls & sturdy construction
-  Advanced DSLR-like dual grip design that is very comfortable in both vertical and horizontal formats
-  Useful presets for basic shoot situations
-  Macro mode lets you get as close as 1cm
-  Full HD movie mode w/stereo sound and other options
-  360fps slow motion capture (but at only 176p x 128p)
-  HDR and Panorama modes
-  Large 3" rear hVGA screen - fair resolution
-  A very respectable battery life of about 600 shots
-  Good Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity
-  Built-in flash is adequate to the task
-  8 fps continuous shooting 
 
The not so good:
 
-  A tiny and limited 1/2.3" sensor = sub-par image quality
-  Lens could be a bit faster
-  No eye sensor on the rather low resolution EFV (though it has a diopter adjustment dial)
-  No GPS for travel enthusiast (not a deal breaker for me)
-  No manual zoom
-  Fixed LCD (no tilt)
-  Unimpressive overall responsiveness, though not bad after start-up
-  Longest shutter speed is one second
-  Proprietary battery
-  In-camera battery charging (though some may see this as a pro rather than a con)
-  JPG only files
 
After it was delivered, I put it through it's paces taking photos of my kids, garden, the beach and inside at night. It performed well for a bridge camera at its price point. It was a bit slower to focus and take a shot at the long end of the zoom. OIS kept things fairly steady and it wasn't too bad but not as good as the OIS in the Fujifilm S1. In low light it can hunt a bit too. Well-lit macros are a breeze. I've not used the video feature much and will update the review if I come across anything really great or really bad. Let's just say it takes slightly above average full HD video.
 
The WB2200F feels good in the hand, and I really like the dual grip layout with duplicate controls. The other controls are well laid-out and the menus fairly intuitive. If you don't need a compact size, this camera is ideal for the traveller who wants to travel light and doesn't care that final image quality isn't at DSLR levels. This is my first Samsung camera, and the menu system, while moderately intuitive, did take a little while to get used to. I''m still learning its ins and outs. I had no problems connecting to a recent Mac Pro and my older 2008 iMac (running OSX 10.5.8) either.
 
I personally wish the WB2200F's sensor was larger and more sensitive, but a photographer works with the the best tool for the circumstances, and compromises must be made when choosing form and function. If I were going into a situation where I want the widest angle coupled with the longest available zoom in a single package; and felt the body format of this Samsung offered the most flexibility, then this might well be my first choice. I would do this knowing that low light responsiveness and sensitivity would suffer, and that full-resolution image quality might not be optimal due to the small image sensor and other factors. But camera size aside - if you want a bridge camera with a huge focal range and lots of capabilities, then the WB2200F might well fit the bill. The Samsung WB2200F is a modern camera geared towards the enthusiast crowd and should serve it well.
 
~ Kortthis camera because of its seemingly DSLR-like aspirations, hamstringed by its admittedly smallish 1/2.3" sensor. I suppose the thinking is that since it is larger than normal, has a huge zoom range and a dual-grip format, then it should perform on par with the more costly DSLR options. Well, that's just not realistic. While this camera may seem larger than your standard point and shoot, it's footprint and weight is still much less than a DSLR with a larger sensor and comparable lens. A bridge camera such as this is a tool like any other to meet the specific needs of the photographer. 
 
What's to like:
 
-  An expansive 20mm wide end
-  An extreme 1200mm full zoom (60x) 
-  16.3 pixel resolution from a BSI CMOS sensor
-  OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a moderately fast lens
-  Relatively compact package for what you get
-  Well laid-out controls & sturdy construction
-  Advanced DSLR-like dual grip design that is very comfortable in both vertical and horizontal formats
-  Useful presets for basic shoot situations
-  Macro mode lets you get as close as 1cm
-  Full HD movie mode w/stereo sound and other options
-  360fps slow motion capture (but at only 176p x 128p)
-  HDR and Panorama modes
-  Large 3" rear hVGA screen - fair resolution
-  A very respectable battery life of about 600 shots
-  Good Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity
-  Built-in flash is adequate to the task
-  8 fps continuous shooting 
 
The not so good:
 
-  A tiny and limited 1/2.3" sensor = sub-par image quality
-  Lens could be a bit faster
-  No eye sensor on the rather low resolution EFV (though it has a diopter adjustment dial)
-  No GPS for travel enthusiast (not a deal breaker for me)
-  No manual zoom
-  Fixed LCD (no tilt)
-  Unimpressive overall responsiveness, though not bad after start-up
-  Longest shutter speed is one second
-  Proprietary battery
-  In-camera battery charging (though some may see this as a pro rather than a con)
-  JPG only files
 
After it was delivered, I put it through it's paces taking photos of my kids, garden, the beach and inside at night. It performed well for a bridge camera at its price point. It was a bit slower to focus and take a shot at the long end of the zoom. OIS kept things fairly steady and it wasn't too bad but not as good as the OIS in the Fujifilm S1. In low light it can hunt a bit too. Well-lit macros are a breeze. I've not used the video feature much and will update the review if I come across anything really great or really bad. Let's just say it takes slightly above average full HD video.
 
The WB2200F feels good in the hand, and I really like the dual grip layout with duplicate controls. The other controls are well laid-out and the menus fairly intuitive. If you don't need a compact size, this camera is ideal for the traveller who wants to travel light and doesn't care that final image quality isn't at DSLR levels. This is my first Samsung camera, and the menu system, while moderately intuitive, did take a little while to get used to. I''m still learning its ins and outs. I had no problems connecting to a recent Mac Pro and my older 2008 iMac (running OSX 10.5.8) either.
 
I personally wish the WB2200F's sensor was larger and more sensitive, but a photographer works with the the best tool for the circumstances, and compromises must be made when choosing form and function. If I were going into a situation where I want the widest angle coupled with the longest available zoom in a single package; and felt the body format of this Samsung offered the most flexibility, then this might well be my first choice. I would do this knowing that low light responsiveness and sensitivity would suffer, and that full-resolution image quality might not be optimal due to the small image sensor and other factors. But camera size aside - if you want a bridge camera with a huge focal range and lots of capabilities, then the WB2200F might well fit the bill. The Samsung WB2200F is a modern camera geared towards the enthusiast crowd and should serve it well.
 
~ Kort
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