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Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29
Pentax Optio W90 front
 
Samsung WB850F front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F Key Specs

Pentax W90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 164g - 108 x 59 x 25mm
  • Revealed February 2010
Samsung WB850F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F Overview

Following is a complete overview of the Pentax W90 versus Samsung WB850F, former is a Waterproof while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Pentax and Samsung. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the W90 (12MP) and WB850F (16MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The W90 was brought out 22 months before the WB850F making them a generation away from one another. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the W90 matches up vs the WB850F with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax W90 over the Samsung WB850F

 W90 WB850F 

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Pentax W90

 WB850F W90 
AnnouncedJanuary 2012February 2010More modern by 22 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution614k230kClearer display (+384k dot)

Common features in the Pentax W90 and Samsung WB850F

 W90 WB850F 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Pentax W90 has external dimensions of 108mm x 59mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.0") having a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs) and the Samsung WB850F has measurements of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is a front view measurement comparison of the W90 against the WB850F.

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the W90 and WB850F is 94 and 91 respectively.

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very hard to picture the contrast between sensor sizes purely by reading technical specs. The image underneath might give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the W90 and WB850F.

As you can tell, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You can expect to see the Samsung WB850F to deliver greater detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The more aged W90 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax W90 Portrait photography highlights
Samsung WB850F Portrait photography highlights
27
manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
43
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax W90 as a Street photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Street photography camera
54
environment proofing
no moving screen
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (250g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax W90
Sports photography with Samsung WB850F
24
environment proofing
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
52
amazing zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax W90
Travel photography with Samsung WB850F
64
environment proofing
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than others (250g)
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (23mm)
great zoom (483mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax W90
Landscape photography with Samsung WB850F
37
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
environment proofing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
49
has manual focus
fairly wide (23mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax W90
Vlogging with Samsung WB850F
25
relatively wide (28mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic support
34
fairly wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (250 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of microphone socket
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Pentax W90 vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax W90 and Samsung WB850F
 Pentax Optio W90Samsung WB850F
General Information
Make Pentax Samsung
Model Pentax Optio W90 Samsung WB850F
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-02-24 2012-01-09
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Prime -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 614 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.90 m 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 164g (0.36 pounds) 250g (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 108 x 59 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.0") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model D-LI68 SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $120 $599