Samsung WB700

Samsung WB700 new!

B
We've given the WB700 a pre-release grade of B.
This product is ranked
52nd of 103 in 13 & 14 Megapixels
11th of 33 in Samsung
25th of 35 in Travel Zoom

Editors' Comments

Samsung's flagship compact-zoom WB700 has the largest zoom range we've ever seen on a camera this size: 18x optical, and 24x "smart" zoom (which means that it has a little bit of software assistance; several Panasonic cameras it as well). It's presumably an update to last year's HZ30W, also known as the WB600 outside of North America. That camera suffered from image quality problems, but for $249, it was a reasonably good value. Even if Samsung has addressed those issues, we predict that most potential compact-zoom buyers will look toward a CMOS-based model this year, since those cameras perform pretty well in poor lighting. (The WB700 uses a run-of-the-mill 1/2.3" CCD sensor). Still, the 18x zoom should get the attention of folks who are impressed by big numbers.

Specifications

  • 14 megapixels
  • 18x optical zoom, 24x enhanced zoom
  • 24mm wide-angle
  • 720p HD video
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • Full manual controls
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: Apr 04, 2011

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