At the other end of the shooting spectrum, there are manual and semi-manual controls for aperture (with 12 stops to choose from) and shutter speeds from 16 seconds to 1/2,000 of a second. There's also a 'user' selection on the mode dial for assigning a collection of settings that you frequently use.
There's a bunch of little extras hiding in the camera, too, like the capability to fine-tune white balance and colour temperature; self-portrait face detection that emits a beep from the camera so you know when you're in focus; effective backlight compensation; exposure bracketing; and a motion-sensitive shutter-release timer. That last feature is particularly interesting, letting you set the timer and then trigger it to start counting down by waving or making a motion in front of the camera. About the only glaring omission is an auto-orientation sensor for righting photos taken vertically.
The WB1000's performance lags behind the competition slightly. The camera starts up reasonably quickly, at 1.9 seconds, but then requires an average wait of 2.4 seconds between subsequent shots. Turning on the flash slows that time to 3.6 seconds. It takes a reasonable 0.5 seconds to focus and shoot in good light and only goes up to 0.8 seconds in dim conditions. The WB1000's burst mode lowers the photo resolution to 640x480 pixels. Nevertheless, it does have a continuous drive option capable of 0.8 frames per second.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
|Time to first shot||Typical shot-to-shot time (flash)||Typical shot-to-shot time||Shutter lag (dim)||Shutter lag (typical)|