Topics: Display resolution, Digital single-lens reflex camera, Film speed Pages: 11 (4526 words) Published: October 16, 2014
The Samsung Smart Camera WB350F is like having a bunch of smartphone camera apps built into the interface of a point-and-shoot camera that has a 21x zoom lens and optical image stabilization. The camera's wireless features make it easy to shoot and share your photos to Android or iOS devices or straight to Web sites.The Samsung Smart Camera WB350F is a good package if you want to add an affordable long-zoom point-and-shoot to supplement your smartphone photography.

Basically, you'll want to consider this camera for its features more than for its photo quality. The photos aren't bad, especially if your priority is to share them online. If you need a camera that can take photos for prints larger than 8x10 in all lighting conditions or for something like birding, where you'll want to enlarge and crop in to examine fine details, this likely won't be enough camera for you. The camera's strengths are in its novel shooting options and Wi-Fi capabilities (though even those are starting to slip behind the competition).

Like many point-and-shoots with its price and features, the WB350F does well up to ISO 400, so you'll be able to get good-looking shots when you have plenty of light. Photos get noticeably softer from noise reduction at sensitivities above ISO 400; going above ISO 800 isn't recommended as you lose too much detail and colors desaturate, and even at small sizes subjects look soft and mushy. The camera's video quality is good enough for posting online or viewing at small sizes on a computer screen, and having a zoom lens with optical image stabilization gives it an edge over a smartphone. However, depending on which smartphone you have, there's a good chance you'll get better video from it than the WB350F.If you're trying to capture a burst of action, the camera's continuous mode is capable of capturing up to six photos at 8 frames per second (my lab tests clocked it at 8.5fps). However, focus and exposure are set with the first shot, so depending on how much subject movement there is, not all of the shots may be in focus.

Samsung updated the design of its point-and-shoots making them look more like cameras and less like its smartphones. The WB350F has a leather texture on its plastic body that adds some grip -- not a lot, but some. Carried over from previous models is its handy pop-up flash that can be pulled back and aimed upward so you can bounce the flash -- a feature few if any cameras have at this price point.

Samsung also rearranged the position of the flash and the buttons on top, making it easier to release the flash and angle it with your left hand. The power button is closer to the shutter release, too, so you can turn on and shoot a little faster than you could with the WB250F.

The Sony Alpha 6000 has seriously fast continuous shooting , and its design improves upon its predecessor's already excellent one. Plus it's got an extensive feature set. The Alpha 6000's JPEG images generally look excellent, though in low light they don't remain as sharp as photos from some competitors. The new 24MP sensor incorporates the latest gapless microlens technology that most modern sensors now use, coupled with Sony's latest Bionz X image processor. At low ISO sensitivities JPEGs are sharp, with a relatively broad tonal range and good color in the default settings. The neutral setting does render more accurate colors, since it doesn't push the saturation and contrast as much, but the default Creative Style doesn't shift hues. Once you hit about ISO 800, all but the most in-focus edges in JPEG images get soft and smeary. The Sony manages to keep color noise under control quite well. If you shoot raw there's a reasonable amount of recoverable shadow and highlight detail, at least at low to medium ISO sensitivities. The big improvement in the Alpha 6000 over its predecessor is the ability to shoot continuously at 11fps with autofocus and auto exposure, for at least 50 JPEGs or 22 raw (at 23 it slows a lot,...
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