Samsung cameras are known for their abundant features and the WB150F is no exception. If one has to point out the main feature then it undoubtedly is the 18x optical zoom capability. With this point and shoot, travelers or practically anyone for that matter can aim to get close up shots by just shifting the zoom rocker to the right. At this price, one is usually hard pressed to find a pocketable camera that has this zoom capability, but Samsung has offered a solution for this dilemma by offering this model. The camera covers a focal range of wide angle 27mm to 486mm telephoto on a 35mm equivalent lens. The camera also features an image stabilizer, which aims to keep images blur free.
The 3-inch screen at the back provides a lot of detail
Though the 18x zoom is the main feature, the Wi-Fi connectivity option can be termed as a close second. There is a dedicated mode on the camera allowing one to use the different Wi-Fi capabilities of the WB150F. In this mode, one can upload pictures to social networking sites like Facebook, Picasa or Photobucket or upload videos directly onto YouTube. The procedure to do this is very simple and all one needs to do is connect to the W-Fi, select the picture, login to the social networking site and then press OK to upload. This can actually save the hassle of first copying images onto a computer and then uploading it. Another feature of the Wi-Fi mode includes the ability to e-mail images and videos directly from the camera. Mobile link is a feature that allows one to connect the camera wirelessly to a smartphone to download images on the mobile. This can be a neat feature as one can store the images on the handset as an option when the camera is not taken out. There are other features found here as well, which include TV Link, Cloud, Auto backup and Remote Viewfinder.
The camera features a 14.2mm CCD sensor measuring 1/2.3-inches. This sensor size is common for point and shoot compact cameras. However most manufacturers use CMOS sensors on their cameras, as they offer better quality images in low light; the use of a CCD sensor is not as great in comparison. By using a 14.2MP sensor, one can record images at a resolution of 4320 ×3240 pixels and this is more than sufficient to print on large format papers.
The interface on Samsung cameras can arguably be called the best in the world. The layout of the menu is similar to those found on smartphones with there being widgets denoting each mode. This is a neat feature as one can practically pick up the camera and navigate through it in a jiffy. Like most superzoom cameras, this one, too has manual functionalities, allowing one to adjust settings, like aperture priority, shutter priority as well as full manual controls. Another interesting feature found on this camera is the mode, which has different photography options, such as live panorama, magic frame, split shot and a host of other creative shooting modes. With this, one can easily click artistic shots and upload them to the above mentioned social networking sites. Apart from these creative modes, there are a range of scene modes that allow one to shoot images, according to the environment they are in or based on what subject is to be shot. There are a range of photo filters found on this camera and they include Miniature, Vignetting, Ink Painting, Oil Painting, Cartoonize, Cross Filter and many more. This can be great to capture and upload on hugely popular photo sharing sites, such as Instagram, Flickr and other. This can be done by either linking it to an Android smartphone using the Mobile Link or by copying it to a PC and then transferring it to a phone using a USB cable.
The various features can be accessed through the mode dial at the top
The camera can shoot videos in HD 720p at 30fps. This is one of the shortcomings of this camera as its competitors can record videos at full HD 1080p. The camera can store images on a SD or SDHC card upto a capacity of 32GB or an SDXC card with a maximum capacity of 64GB. Rounding up this bit of the review, the camera is loaded with features that would leave one more than satisfied.