Samsung WB200F Digital Camera Review

From time to time, I review products that I have purchased and then try to answer people’s questions about the product who might be doing research on it and want an owner’s honest opinion.  Today, I’m reviewing the Samsung WB200F digital camera; which I picked up about a month ago at the Portage, Indiana Wal-Mart for about $160 ($176 after the 16GB SD card).

THIS IS NOT A PAID REVIEW!!!

Why I Chose the Samsung WB20

Me with the Samsung WB200F.  It feels a little small.  But keep in mind that it's not how big your camera is that matters, but how you use it.

Me with the Samsung WB200F. It feels a little small. But keep in mind that it’s not how big your camera is that matters, but how you use it.

The Samsung WB200F was a last minute purchase the Saturday before I had to travel to Montana for business to walk down a power plant that is getting an environmental upgrade.  Since it’s out of the way and expensive to travel to, the chance of us getting a second walk down to confirm things was slim.  So that meant it was important to get a lot of pictures.  Previously, I would walk down the power plants and take the photos I needed with my iPhone 3GS and (starting a year ago) my Samsung Galaxy S3.  All too often, I would go through my photos to find something important only to find the photo that looked like it would be acceptable on my phone looked like crap on my computer because it was too dark or too blurry.  So, because the stakes were so high for this Montana trip, I made the decision to invest in a REAL camera.

I wish I could say that I chose the Samsung WB200F after doing a ton of research, but it was really a matter of what selection they had at Wal-Mart.  The WB200F was the most reasonably priced photo with more than a 5x optical zoom.  Coming in at 18x optical zoom, the WB200F actually beat out some of the more pricey $200+ cameras with only 12x optical zoom.

Optical zoom is important because we sometimes have limited access to parts of the plant and being able to read nameplate information on equipment can be difficult from long distances.  If you don’t know much about digital imagery, Digital Zoom on a camera is stupid.  All it does is crop a photo and blow it up, meaning you lose quality.  Plus, you can get the same effect for FREE by saving the file onto your computer and zooming in on it.  That’s all digital zoom is… garbage.

Four things really stood out with the WB200F when at the power plant.

1. The WB200F’s 18x Zoom and Image Quality are Incredible!

No more climbing stairs or bending over for me!  With a swipe of the finger on the zoom control (located around the shutter button), I’m zoomed in so close that I can read the smallest of fonts on a nameplate from 50+ feet away.

2. Panoramic Photos are SO Easy to Take!

I didn’t know the WB200F had the panoramic photography option on it when I made the purchase.  It was a discovery in the hotel room before our last day out there.  That’s really cool.  It works better if you hold the camera sideways when you take the photo, though.  That way, you get more vertical pixels, but still get a 180 degree shot.  I’m glad I realized that in the field.

3. Easy to Hold.

The grip on the WB200F is fantastic! It doesn't extend out past the closed lens, so it doesn't make keeping it in your pocket any worse.

The grip on the WB200F is fantastic! It doesn’t extend out past the closed lens, so it doesn’t make keeping it in your pocket any worse.

I haven’t bought a digital camera since 2007 when I needed to take a lot of photos for the many Mike Huckabee Presidential Campaign events I was attending and writing about.  I’m impressed by how much the technology has evolved, but I’m also impressed by how a simple change in shape can make the camera that much easier to hold.  There’s a small bump out at the side of the camera opposite the lens that makes grasping onto the camera a lot easier; which is definitely a plus when you’re taking photos with your brand new $160 Samsung WB200F over a handrail 300 feet above the ground.

4. Battery Life Is Insane!

Granted, this is a brand new battery, so it’s a little premature to judge the actual performance of the battery, but 10 hour days of walking around and taking hundreds of photos, many with a flash, and the battery was never even reduced to 1/3rd life.  Perhaps we can credit that to the LED flash, perhaps we can credit it to an incredible 3.7V 1030mAh Lithium Ion battery (battery model SLB-10A).

Not knowing this before leaving to Montana, I tried finding a second battery to plug in when I drained the first, but had no luck at Wal-Mart, Target, or Batteries Plus (typically my ace up the sleeve for all power supply and battery needs).  If you want a backup battery, you better make sure you order one online.  I’m now thinking the Samsung WB200F isn’t going to need a second battery.

5. The Flash Is Kind of in the Way

The flash pops out of that opening that my finger is slightly covering.  I prefer flashes built into the front of the camera... the flash that pops out feels light weight and fragile (though the LED inside is probably the toughest part of the camera).

The flash pops out of that opening that my finger is slightly covering. I prefer flashes built into the front of the camera… the flash that pops out feels light weight and fragile (though the LED inside is probably the toughest part of the camera).

The only operational con about the camera, in my opinion, was the pop-up flash.  Being an ogre, I have large hands and it just so happened that even when my index finger was on the shutter button, it still partially covered the lid of the flash.  Of course, that’s fixed easily enough by moving my finger.  Such a sacrifice!

Anyway, as much as I would love to show you pictures from the power pl

ant, confidentiality agreements between my company and our client dictate that I’m not allowed to share them.  So, after I got back to Indiana, I took the camera to the 2013 Notre Dame vs. Michigan State game in South Bend, IN.

The WB200F’s 18x Optical Zoom

Let me show you what I mean when I say the image quality of the WB200F is incredible.  Feel free to click the images to see the full resolution photos.  You may have noticed the 4,000 pound statue of the Virgin Mary on top of Notre Dame’s Golden Dome, but did you ever notice the lightning protection rod coming out of the Holy Mother’s golden dome?  I hadn’t!

HIT ESCAPE TO EXIT THE FULL RESOLUTION VIEW!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Here is another example from before the game during the marching band’s concert on campus.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

 

I guess this is a good time to warn you that just because you are getting incredible detail doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed beautiful pictures.  Don’t worry, she fixed her wedgie.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Yeah, I’m the worst kind of blogger…
So, how about an actual football example taken during the pregame warm ups and a close up of punter/kicker Nick Tausch?

HIT ESCAPE TO EXIT THE FULL RESOLUTION VIEW!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESNick Tausch
Here’s another one at the very end of the game.  Pay attention to how full that stadium is with just 1:32 left in the game.  Notre Dame really does have the greatest fan base in the country.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Examples of the WB200F Panoramic Photography

Here are some examples of the panoramic photography the WB200F is capable of.  Keep in mind, I turned the camera sideways to convince it that it was doing a vertical 180 degree shot (which it is capable of!).  This allows me to capture more vertical pixels to get a taller image.  One thing that is worth mentioning, as it was a bit of a disappointment for me, is that these are NOT full resolution photos.  If you click some of the photos below to see the full-sized photo, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

HIT ESCAPE TO EXIT THE FULL RESOLUTION VIEW!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Anyway, as great as the camera is, it’s still not greater than having tickets to a Notre Dame victory! The picture below is of me and my father, who agrees.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

WB200F’s Digital Candy (and Gimmicks)

The Samsung WB200F also comes with some neat digital features that really show how far camera technology has come.

Touchscreen on a Digital Camera!

I was surprised to find that digital cameras have touch screens!  It seems like it only recognizes one finger at a time, but it’s still neat.  I’m not sure how necessary it is to have a touchscreen on a camera since there are button controls right next to it that are slightly easier to use (your thumb is literally right on top of it).  But it’s a nice touch for when you are presented with a screen that’s not intuitive to navigate or a window pops up that isn’t easily closed (just tap “Close” on the screen).

It’s a gimmick, but I won’t deny that it is also a nice touch in an age where we expect everything to have a touchscreen; which might be why my wife and niece’s finger prints are all over my computer monitors.

WiFi Connection

The Wireless connection for the digital camera is a fantastic idea, but it comes with some shortfalls.  For starters, it doesn’t remember the password to my home’s wireless network; which leaves me fumbling on a small touch screen to enter my password.  That’s a pain.

Furthermore, its connectivity to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and other common places is limited-to-non-existent.  You can e-mail photos to yourself, back them up on a cloud, and you have a few other options available to you.  None of which are as easy as taking the camera home and dumping your photos on your hard drive.  If you get a 16GB SD card, you won’t have to do that very often… assuming you’re the type that doesn’t upload photos after every outing… like me.

MobileLink Connects Your WB200F to Your Samsung Smartphone

Samsung tries to make up for this with another neat feature that allows you to connect your phone and camera together; which lets you download the photos from your camera to your phone for digital messaging and photo-sharing.  You can even use your phone as a remote screen and shutter button.  The screen of your phone shows you what the camera is seeing and with a press of a button, it will allow you to remotely take a photo.  It’s excellent for spying on the ninjas who sometimes invade my living room when I’m in my office… the catch for all of these mobile connectivity features is that you need a Samsung smartphone.  That works out well for me, but for the millions who have an iPhone, not so much.

And by “well”, I mean in theory.  Like dealing with the WiFi always needing to be reconnected, the same goes for my phone, even though I have the app and you would think the devices would be smart enough to remember one another.  Connecting them involves that annoying “bump” technology, only it’s more clumsy because both of your hands are holding both of your devices and you have to simultaneously accept the connection on both devices.  In case you haven’t noticed, the Samsung Galaxy and Note series of smartphones are very large and difficult to operate with one hand, especially when you’re holding it against another device with a larger mass and volume.

Samsung WB200F Final Judgement!

GET IT! (if you need it)

If I had the choice to make again, I would definitely buy the WB200F again.  The features, optical zoom, and high-resolution make the Samsung WB200F a steal anywhere below $200.  One thing I didn’t address is “Do you really need a digital camera when you have a camera phone?”

The answer to that is tricky.  If you’re just going to post photos online of you, your friends, and your cats, then most photo sharing sites will downgrade your photo’s resolution to keep file sizes lower and you don’t need a fancy camera like the Samsung WB200F.  However, if you want to PRINT your photos or take photography seriously as an art (or data collection device like me), then you’re going to want something that shows more detail.

The digital cameras in the $50 to $100 range typically aren’t much better than what you have on your typical high-end smart phone.  Keep in mind that digital zooms are worthless, it’s the optical zoom you want, and most cameras in this price range won’t go beyond 5x optical zoom.  That may be enough for some, but if you’re actually SERIOUS about your photos, then the extra money you spend to get into the next class is worth it.

And if you’re going to go to that next tier, then I highly recommend the Samsung WB200F.

Personally, I plan on bringing my Samsung WB200F to all major events I attend.  It may justify taking space in a woman’s purse, but pocket space for men is so limited, that I won’t have it on me every day.

Questions or Input About the WB200F?

Feel free to leave a comment with your questions or opinions.  I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have before making this purchase.  As stated above, I do this as a service to my readers and people who are making big purchases who stumble across my website.  I’ll answer your questions as quickly as possible.

If anything written in this post was incorrect, or if you have a different experience, say your piece here, too.

UPDATE: Highlighting Limitations of WB200F Focus

In November 2013, I received a comment from Suzanne Corgan, a photographer from Paws Galore, a UK photography service specializing in the photographing of pets (you see that, leave a good comment and you get a plug!).  She asked whether it was possible to adjust the focus so as to create a blurry background.  Now, I was aware that the WB200F had some unique focus features, but I never experimented with them.

To summarize these features, they are limited in their technical capability.

The Samsung WB200F does offer three focus options: an Auto Focus (AF), a manual focus, and a touch focus.  A key observation for all three is that getting a sharp focus on objects less than 30 inches of the lens are difficult to get into focus.  It’s even worse when you zoom.

All of the photos taken above utilize the Auto Focus; which is the default on the camera.  I had some problems with this last Saturday as I attempted to take photos at the Notre Dame vs. BYU game during some heavy snow periods.  Granted, I would still say that persistence pays off and if you wait for it to adjust, you can get the auto focus to… well, focus automatically.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Auto Focus is great for most pictures you’re going to take for photo albums, web sites, Facebook, and so forth.  But that’s not what Suzanne needs.

The touch focus is great for focusing on objects that are not front and center in your photos.  Using the touch screen, you just tap the area you want to focus on and the Auto Focus will kick into action and adjust itself until the area you tapped is sharp.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t give you any options regarding the softness or blurriness of the background (at least from what I can tell).

This leaves the manual focus.  I hope to do some outdoor tests this Thanksgiving weekend when Krista and I take our niece to Chicago.  However, based on tests I did in my home, it appears that there are some technical limitations to this camera’s ability to focus.  The manual focus works by presenting a slide bar on your screen that you can adjust manually (recommended) by swiping your finger on the touch screen or by pressing the left or right side of the round button to the right of the screen (which is better for fine tuning, but too slow for on the fly adjustments).  As with the touch focus, there are no settings to adjust the blurriness of the areas not in focus.

However, you can get some limited control of the blur by zooming in on an object and setting manual focus to as close as it will focus.  The problem is that this camera will not adjust all the way to the closest focus while zoomed in.  You won’t even get halfway there.

I am by no means a technical expert when it comes to optics and camera lenses, but it seems to me that this is the reason why photographers carry multiple lenses with them and it’s not just for that stupid fish-eye fad.  How close you want to be to your subject and how far the background is behind your subject can vary significantly and unless you have the right lens, you won’t be able to get the look you’re going for.

As I wrote above, I plan to keep playing with the focus features this weekend to see if maybe I’m wrong, but after fiddling with it for a few hours, it does not appear Suzanne (or anyone else) can use this camera for creating portraits with blurred backgrounds.

Here are a couple of the greatest effects I could get with manual focus.  In both examples, the foreground focus is on the left, the background focus is on the right.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

UPDATE: APRIL 12, 2014
I’ve had this camera for a few months now and am having my first major problem. The settings wheel is not staying on the AUTO setting. It’s falsely registering a switch to PROGRAM when I attempt to take a photo. It started off pretty randomly at first (enough so I thought I was accidentally hitting the wheel with my index finger). However, a month after first seeing this, it kicks me out of AUTO about 30 to 40 percent of the time I try to take a photo. The WB200F does quickly notice that the wheel is actually on AUTO and sends you back to it without you having to do anything. However, when you’re the one taking the pictures, this gets REALLY annoying.

I plan to call SAMSUNG customer support on Monday to see how we can get this resolved. Hopefully having the top rated review of this camera will expidite things a bit.

 

10
10
10
10
GD Star Rating
loading...
Samsung WB200F Digital Camera Review, 3.9 out of 5 based on 12 ratings

Kevin Tracy

Kevin Tracy is an Air Force veteran, terrorism/counterterrorism expert, and jack of all trades. KTracy's day job is designing electrical systems for new fossil power plants and environmental solutions. On the side, he keeps a blog, fundraises for political candidates and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, writes and illustrates comic books, and studies foreign affairs in depth.

This entry was posted in Product Reviews on by .

About Kevin Tracy

Kevin Tracy is an Air Force veteran, terrorism/counterterrorism expert, and jack of all trades. KTracy's day job is designing electrical systems for new fossil power plants and environmental solutions. On the side, he keeps a blog, fundraises for political candidates and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, writes and illustrates comic books, and studies foreign affairs in depth.

31 thoughts on “Samsung WB200F Digital Camera Review

  1. Just a John @ Walmart

    Thanks, KTracy. This was really informative. I’m actually sitting in front of the cameras @ walmart right now trying to decide which I like more. Ive only seen paid reviews of the WB200F so far so this is refreshing to find a real owner.

    What did we do before the internet?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      As I recall, we developed film at Walgreens. :)

      Or if you were the instant gratification type, you owned a Polaroid camera. (The price of that film is EXPENSIVE!)

      Thanks for your feedback, Just a John!

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  2. Suzanne Corgan

    Hi Kevin. Great review. Thank you. I’m on the verge of buying one. They are on offer in the UK at the moment. I wonder if I could ask you a question? I want to do a lot of portrait pictures of dogs and like the affect where they blur the back ground to focus on the dog. Do you know if there is a setting on this camera to be able to do this please? Thank you so much. Suzanne

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      I’ll give it a try when I get home. From fumbling around with it, i know that you can tap an object on the touch screen to focus on the object. Whether that translates to a blurry background (or foreground if you so choose) is an excellent question. I’ll post some new photos tonight and shoot you an email when its online.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
        1. Kevin Tracy Post author

          I updated the post above with some attempts in my home. I’ll update it again if I have any luck creating your desired effect outdoors with a larger area, but the answer to your question appears to be “no” as it surpasses the capabilities of the lens.

          I suspect you’ll need something with the capability of switching out lenses.

          GD Star Rating
          loading...
          Reply
          1. Suzanne Corgan

            Thanks so much Kevin. To be honest it looks like you have achieved better results than I thought you would. Thanks again. Its a brilliant and helpful review.

            GD Star Rating
            loading...
      1. Suzanne Corgan

        Hi there. Based on your review and there being a really good offer I have bought the wb250f as a Christmas present to myself! I can’t wait to receive it next week. Thanks again for all your tips!

        GD Star Rating
        loading...
        Reply
  3. Suzanne Corgan

    Sorry me again! I was just wondering the shots you have taken. The effect I’m looking for is like the image on the left but I think you are saying that in order to achieve that you need to be virtually on top of the subject, is that correct? Thanks again.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Yes. The further you are from the subject, the less blurry the background is. Today is Thanksgiving in the US, but I’ll try my luck outdoors tomorrow with my niece.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  4. Karen Watson

    Thanks for the review – it has persuaded me to buy it for my 14-year-old son’s Christmas present!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      I’m glad it was helpful! It’s a great camera. Does your son have a galaxy smartphone? I’d be curious to hear if he uses the connectivity features.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Please, let us know how you like that feature and any tips you have for using it. I’m a former iPhone user so I’ll be the first to admit that I am probably not using Android to its full potential.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  5. kevin

    Hello Mr Tracy. Thank you for the review. I wish I had found this BEFORE I made this purchase.
    Honestly, The entire “WiFi” feature is a waste. I have not been able to upload 1 picture over my WiFi connection. Anyone who buys this camera (like I did) strictly for the WiFi abilities will be just as disappointed as I am.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      It is. I was trying to use it at a Christmas party on Christmas Eve and the software on my phone wouldn’t let me copy the picture down to send to everyone. The technology is there to make this a really neat feature, but it’s so poorly implemented that it’s just a gimmick.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  6. Natalie Johnson

    Hi Kevin, thanks for the review. The reason I want to get a camera is because my phone has an annoying three-second pause between clicking the button and shooting the photo…does this camera click instantly?
    Thanks,
    Natalie

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Although I am yet to find a digital camera (phone or otherwise) that has the instant mechanical timing of film cameras, this one isn’t bad.

      This Samsung camera in particular does tend to have a minor delay when the picture is not in focus. It will automatically adjust the focus before snapping a picture.

      This seems to happen more often indoors or in dark areas when the zoom is being used.

      I would guesstimate that this happens in maybe 1 in 50 (2%) photos. And considering that you would get a blurry photo if it took it quickly, I don’t mind the wait.

      This is rare enough that I don’t think it will be too much of an issue for you. The regular delay is so minimal that you won’t notice it unless you are making the switch from a film camera.

      I’ll try to time this delay or get a YouTube video online tonight letting you see first hand how quickly the camera takes pictures.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  7. Nan

    My DH bought me this camera as a Christmas gift.
    Are you able to use the ‘auto backup’ feature? I can email a photo with it, and can post to facebook with it, but cannot get it to transfer photos to my computer via auto backup.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Not wirelessly. It does auto-backup with a USB connection to the computer. I accidentally set it up to auto-backup to my Samsung Galaxy S3 wirelessly when I connect. However, my phone didn’t have enouvh storage capacity for the massive file sizes of all my photos.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  8. Jackson Mwalundange

    Great review, Kevin, especially for distant objects. For those closer than 30 inches, did you try Macro? I want to buy the camera for mineral photography and wonder if its Macro function would give me quality pictures.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
  9. Matias

    HI, GREAT REVIEW, I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION, HOW IS IT WITH LOW LIGHT? WITHOUT USING THE FLASH

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Sorry for the wait. Shockingly good. I’m in Louisiana to verify the wiring of a great many pieces of equipment. Getting inside larger items like a switchgear, it can get VERY dark. Now, generally speaking, both ends of every cable in every piece of equipment is (or should be) labeled. I’ve been photographing this wiring. Unfortunately, there is a laminate on some of the cable labels; which glares pretty bad when the flash is on.

      I’ve therefore taken photos with both the flash on and off. The dark, no flash is still legible. The one problem I’ve noticed is that with the “Auto” setting on, it will sometimes (20% of the time) use an unreasonably long exposure. This would be great if I was using a tripod, but when I’m crouched down in an awkward position taking a photograph, my hand isn’t exactly steady for 3 seconds. Irritating me further, once the WB200F gets into this mode, you almost need to turn off the camera and turn it back on or take a completely different picture of something more bright to get out of it.

      There’s a “Program” setting (“P” on the dial) that seems to negate this and take photos with a normal snap. I discovered it by accident Friday evening and haven’t played around with it too much, yet. But it does seem to fix the problem, too.

      To my surprise, the flash actually hasn’t made any text on the laminate unreadable. The screen is so small on the camera that the pixels for the black letters and numbers are not showing up.

      Outdoors, I have had some problems with blurry photos at night. Even if it’s not blurry, it can be a bit grainy. It’s clear enough to be able to see what you’re looking at and identify it, but if you’re looking for something that’s a high-grade, professional low light camera, I wouldn’t recommend the WB200F.

      One thing that will ALWAYS get a blurry picture is if you have many points of light. For example, Krista, my dad, and I went to the legendary Grotto at the University of Notre Dame after the last game of the 2013 season. Krista and I both snapped a few pictures. None of them came out. Krista, being a structural engineer and architect, and I both love marveling at the beauty of church architecture, too. Being Catholics, this means the churches we routinely go to have a lot of candles. Same thing, even when there’s slightly better lighting.

      Another example was a close-up photo I tried taking of Krista’s wedding ring and engagement ring (with multiple diamonds on each). I couldn’t get the camera to take a clear shot with a lot of light reflecting off the diamonds. That was in normal light.

      Now, with all the above said, this camera will take a better night shot than anything you can find on a cell phone. If there’s enough light for a cell phone camera to pick it up, the WB200F will almost certainly pick it up better.

      As I think I said above, the Flash on this camera is impressive. I haven’t had much of a glaring problem on people’s faces, no red-eye moments, and I can take several hundred photos with the flash on before needing to recharge the battery.

      Gotta love LEDs.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  10. Rick

    Hi Kevin her Rick from THE Netherlands. Very usefull review and if iT is about THE Photo options/quality I would by iT instantly but I like to use THE camera also for recording movies.
    My questions to you are: 1. Is iT possible to zoom while recording movies
    If so how much do you hear THE motor of THE zoom mechanism.
    While you recording is THE focus fixed or is iT automatically or does THE touchscreen also Working?
    And last but not least how is THE sound quality in common and if you are on a concert ( most camera mics showing a lot of distortion.
    Kind regards and thank you in advance , Rick

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Thanks for commenting, Rick! How are THE Netherlands THIS time of year?

      Wow! That’s a lot of questions and, truthfully, I never used the record video function. Because both my computers have crappy sound quality, I won’t be able to comment on that.

      However, I am able to play with the camera’s video abilities.

      Firstly, the zoom DOES work while filming.

      Secondly, the focus mechanism while filming leaves a LOT to be desired.

      1. Touch-Focus does not work.
      2. The camera will focus on an object automatically, but if you swing the camera so it’s looking further away, it will not auto-focus on the new object. The only way to make it re-focus is if you zoom all the way out and then zoom all the way back in.
      3. The camera’s zoom is slower than what it is when taking photos. Furthermore, the camera does not auto focus until you finish zooming.

      I would not recommend the WB200F for shooting video.

      With regards to the sound, there isn’t a clearly labeled microphone on the camera, but there are two small, rectangular openings on the top and bottom of the camera, one located slightly left of the other, which leads me to believe you can get stereo sound out of the WB200F. HOWEVER, the location of the microphones are pretty much exactly where you would place your finger and thumb if holding the camera with two hands. This may muffle sound and pick up interference if you move your fingers any.

      And yes, the motor sound can be heard if you listen for it, especially when you go to max or min zoom. However, I’m sitting in a hotel room with only the sound of my Air Conditioning raging. In a louder environment, the sound might be drowned out. The motor itself is relatively quite compared to the cameras and camcorders I had back in the late 1990s.

      However, it’s still no match for my 2007 digital camcorder sitting on a shelf in my office. So, there is better technology out there.

      I can’t confirm these are microphones. There is no external microphone jack that some other cameras have, either. So this would literally be all you’re left with.

      I hope this helps!

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
      1. Rick

        Hi Kevin, that’s a fast and very clear investigation. Thanks a lot this is really helpfull for me.
        Allthough the movie recording function would be for me personal a show stopper THE boss ( my wife) decided to buy THE camera any way because of iTs great zoom and low price (€99,- = $136,-) . For me I Will continue my Search for THE iDeal combination.
        Kind regards, Rick from Eindhoven,THE Cold Netherlands ( 8 degrees Celsius ).

        GD Star Rating
        loading...
        Reply
  11. Steve

    Hi Rick, transferring photos to a Samsung phone/tablet works. There is a firmware upgrade available, which then allows Samsung Smart Camera app to work with the camera. You can then use the Remote Viewfinder facility too.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
  12. Caroline

    Hi Kevin…how does it perform when taking photos close up of flowers…if when the image is in the computer is the image still clear when you view at ‘actual pixels’?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Negative. It has been my experience that the camera uses a compression logarithm to limit file sizes even at the finest setting. We don’t have any flowers up here for me to take photos of, but the photos of the manger scene above are pretty close up. If you click on one of those to see the full size image and zoom in on the in-focus part, you’ll see what I am talking about.

      Being a pixel artist, it’s possible that my definition of being able to see pixels when you zoom in is very different than yours, so I encourage you to zoom in and have a look.

      The camera does take good close ups in my opinion, but it sometimes takes a little patience to get the camera to focus at very short ranges.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply
  13. claudia

    Hi kevin, I am from a country of South America Paraguay, I am having the same problem with the case, when I put in ASM mode change appears to be a manufacturing fault, however I have not experienced that mistake when I started using it …

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    Reply
    1. Kevin Tracy Post author

      Thanks for commenting, Claudia. I know Paraguay well and am thrilled to have you come to my site, in part because Paraguay was one of the few remaining countries where I had never received visitors from. You’re the first of your countrymen to discover this website.

      That’s pretty cool…

      Then again, I’m kind of a nerd.

      Anyway, I have not had the spare time to call Samsung and see how we can get this resolved. I will update this post and comment when I do. If you like, I will email you using the email address you provided when you left your comment.

      GD Star Rating
      loading...
      Reply

Leave a Reply