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Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Samsung WB30F front
 
Samsung WB850F front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F Key Specs

Samsung WB30F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 128g - 98 x 58 x 17mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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
  • Revealed January 2012
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Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Samsung WB30F and Samsung WB850F, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both built by Samsung. The image resolution of the WB30F (16MP) and the WB850F (16MP) is very close and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The WB30F was revealed 13 months after the WB850F making them a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a simple overview of how the WB30F scores vs the WB850F in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung WB30F over the Samsung WB850F

 WB30F WB850F 
RevealedJanuary 2013January 2012Newer by 13 months

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Samsung WB30F

 WB850F WB30F 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Display resolution614k230kCrisper display (+384k dot)

Common features in the Samsung WB30F and Samsung WB850F

 WB30F WB850F 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera often, you'll need to factor in its weight and size. The Samsung WB30F features outside dimensions of 98mm x 58mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 128 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Samsung WB850F has specifications 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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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the WB30F compared to the WB850F.

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the WB30F and WB850F is 96 and 91 respectively.

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to picture the gap in sensor dimensions just by looking through specifications. The pic underneath will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the WB30F and WB850F.

To sum up, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size and the identical megapixels therefore you should expect comparable quality of pictures although you should always consider the production date of the cameras into account. The fresher WB30F should have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung WB30F
Portrait photography with Samsung WB850F
35
good MP (16 megapixels)
features face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
43
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
has face detect focus
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Samsung WB30F as a Street photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Street photography camera
64
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (128g)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (250 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung WB30F
Sports photography with Samsung WB850F
45
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
features tracking focus
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
52
excellent zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung WB30F as a Travel photography camera
Samsung WB850F as a Travel photography camera
69
lighter than competitors (128 grams)
good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
69
lighter than others in class (250 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (23mm)
very long zoom (483mm)
no Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung WB30F Landscape photography features
Samsung WB850F Landscape photography features
43
relatively wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
49
focusing manually
fairly wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung WB30F
Vlogging with Samsung WB850F
33
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
lighter than competitors (128g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone port
34
fairly wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (250 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
no microphone support
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Samsung WB30F vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung WB30F and Samsung WB850F
 Samsung WB30FSamsung WB850F
General Information
Company Samsung Samsung
Model Samsung WB30F Samsung WB850F
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2013-01-07 2012-01-09
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-240mm (10.0x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-6.3 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 614 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech QVGA TFT LCD AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 8 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 3.50 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In 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 128 gr (0.28 lbs) 250 gr (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Retail price $180 $599