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Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
51
Overall
44
Samsung WB800F front
 
Sigma DP2 Merrill front
Portability
83
Imaging
56
Features
33
Overall
46

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Key Specs

Samsung WB800F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 218g - 111 x 65 x 22mm
  • Released January 2013
Sigma DP2 Merrill
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 50mm (F2.8) lens
  • 330g - 122 x 67 x 59mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Superseded the Sigma DP1 Merrill
  • Successor is Sigma DP3 Merrill
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Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Large Sensor Compact by brands Samsung and Sigma. The sensor resolution of the WB800F (16MP) and the DP2 Merrill (15MP) is fairly close but the WB800F (1/2.3") and DP2 Merrill (APS-C) offer different sensor size.

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The WB800F was announced 12 months after the DP2 Merrill which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Samsung WB800F being a Compact camera and the Sigma DP2 Merrill being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before diving into a in-depth comparison, here is a concise view of how the WB800F scores against the DP2 Merrill with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung WB800F over the Sigma DP2 Merrill

 WB800F DP2 Merrill 
LaunchedJanuary 2013February 2012Newer by 12 months
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma DP2 Merrill over the Samsung WB800F

 DP2 Merrill WB800F 
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Samsung WB800F and Sigma DP2 Merrill

 WB800F DP2 Merrill 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to travel with your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Samsung WB800F offers exterior measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 22mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 0.9") along with a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs) and the Sigma DP2 Merrill has measurements of 122mm x 67mm x 59mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.3") with a weight of 330 grams (0.73 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the WB800F versus the DP2 Merrill.

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the WB800F and DP2 Merrill is 92 and 83 respectively.

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill top view buttons comparison

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions just by viewing a spec sheet. The image below may give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the WB800F and DP2 Merrill.

Clearly, both of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The WB800F with its smaller sensor is going to make getting bokeh tougher and the Samsung WB800F will render extra detail with its extra 1MP. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more recent WB800F should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill sensor size comparison

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung WB800F Portrait photography advice
Sigma DP2 Merrill Portrait photography advice
44
manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers face detection focus
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
73
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Samsung WB800F Street photography details
Sigma DP2 Merrill Street photography details
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (218 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
65
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung WB800F
Sports photography with Sigma DP2 Merrill
53
great zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
44
decent sensor resolution (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
focal length is fixed (50mm)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung WB800F Travel photography factors
Sigma DP2 Merrill Travel photography factors
69
lighter than others in class (218g)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (23mm)
very long reach (483mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
54
decent sensor resolution (15MP)
missing Time Lapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung WB800F
Landscape photography with Sigma DP2 Merrill
50
manual focus
reasonably wide (23mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
55
has manual focus
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (50mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of image stabilization
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung WB800F Vlogging features
Sigma DP2 Merrill Vlogging features
35
reasonably wide (23mm)
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others in class (218 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone support
22
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic socket
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Samsung WB800F vs Sigma DP2 Merrill Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung WB800F and Sigma DP2 Merrill
 Samsung WB800FSigma DP2 Merrill
General Information
Make Samsung Sigma
Model type Samsung WB800F Sigma DP2 Merrill
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Released 2013-01-07 2012-02-08
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Dual TRUE II engine
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 24 x 16mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 384.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4704 x 3136
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-483mm (21.0x) 50mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.8
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 16 secs -
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs -
Continuous shutter rate - 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash modes - no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps) 640x480
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 218g (0.48 lbs) 330g (0.73 lbs)
Physical dimensions 111 x 65 x 22mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 0.9") 122 x 67 x 59mm (4.8" x 2.6" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Self timer Yes -
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC -
Card slots One One
Price at release $300 $931