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Good: Mostly everything
Bad: charging up
Comment: I love this camera, but since buying it 26/06/09, i have had a new battery, mains plug, and still have to charge from the computer!!!
Can anyone advise me please
Good: the feel and size is comfy.
Bad: info manual, very brief.Battery life seems low.
Comment: Bought this camera 20/06/09. went away for three days only used for 2 days, due to battery not charging. In touch with samsun new battery delivered within 2 days, excellent service. Recharged again for 18hrs. only 2 bars showing on the disply. In touch with samsung again, they tell me to charge from the computer??? I am now doing, 4 hours.
Any help would be appreciated.
Good: Affordability, looks, feature
Bad: Lens distortion, battery life with prolonged use
Comment: The Samsung WB500 digital camera houses the power of a DSLR camera in the casing of a compact, easy to use point-and-shoot type camera. The user-friendly interface is unlike any other camera manufacturer, while still giving the user the power to adjust the way each photo is taken to give each picture an individualised feel. The WB500 uses Lithium-Ion battery technology which gives this camera incredible battery life. It manages to last for 90 minutes while continuously videoing in High Definition, whereas most of the WB500’s competitors will only last for up to 60 minutes doing the same task. Under normal circumstances, the battery will last all day, which should suit most casual photographers, such as tourists. But the battery life begins to deteriorate when it is used extensively, sometimes only lasting for a couple of hours, making this camera unsuitable for the professional photographer. Batteries are still easy enough to come by and will often cost about AU$20.00 - AU$30.00 each, making it affordable enough should the battery wear out or even if a second battery is needed to complete a task. Price-wise, the WB500 is good value for money. But you can’t always expect DSLR quality pictures from this camera. When taking close range pictures, the extra-wide lens on the camera tends to cause blur or distortion. But the lens does make up for its poor close range performance when taking long range pictures, especially of land and cityscapes. The 10 Megapixels make for clear and very precise edges, while the Dual Image Stabilization helps to clear movement blurs. Unfortunately, the WB500 does not do much to prevent object motion blur, such as in sports, which can cause an unclear picture. Another downside of the WB500 is the lack of advanced manual function, which may not suit some professional photographers who require very precise changeable settings needed to get that ‘perfect picture’. All in all, the Samsung WB500 is more suited to casual photographers who want the absolute best out of an affordable camera. It gives enough power and control to keep most of us happy, but doesn’t quite cut it if you want total control of your images. If the Samsung WB500 gives us anything to go by, digital cameras of the future will become much, much smaller and with more powerful functions and adaptability and will totally change the way that we look at photography forever.
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