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Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950

Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43
Samsung WB850F front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 Key Specs

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
  • Released January 2012
Sony S950
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • 33-132mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 93 x 56 x 24mm
  • Released February 2009
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Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Samsung WB850F versus Sony S950, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Samsung and Sony. There is a huge difference between the resolutions of the WB850F (16MP) and S950 (10MP) but they feature the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The WB850F was launched 2 years after the S950 which is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the WB850F matches up versus the S950 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Sony S950

 WB850F S950 
ReleasedJanuary 2012February 2009Newer by 36 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution614k230kCrisper display (+384k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony S950 over the Samsung WB850F

 S950 WB850F 

Common features in the Samsung WB850F and Sony S950

 WB850F S950 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither includes Touch friendly display

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Samsung WB850F features external dimensions of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") and a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) whilst the Sony S950 has dimensions of 93mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have at the time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the WB850F against the S950.

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the WB850F and S950 is 91 and 94 respectively.

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 top view buttons comparison

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is difficult to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing specs. The picture below will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the WB850F and S950.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Samsung WB850F to offer you greater detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images much more aggressively. The younger WB850F will have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 sensor size comparison

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung WB850F as a Portrait photography camera
Sony S950 as a Portrait photography camera
43
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
provides face detect autofocus
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
26
focusing manually
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Samsung WB850F as a Street photography camera
Sony S950 as a Street photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (250g)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
56
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Samsung WB850F Sports photography factors
Sony S950 Sports photography factors
52
excellent zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
24
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
low frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung WB850F Travel photography factors
Sony S950 Travel photography factors
69
lighter than average in class (250 grams)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
great zoom (483mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
50
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution low (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung WB850F as a Landscape photography camera
Sony S950 as a Landscape photography camera
49
focusing manually
pretty wide (23mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
31
focusing manually
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (33mm)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not possible
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung WB850F Vlogging factors
Sony S950 Vlogging factors
34
pretty wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (250g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
doesn't have microphone socket
9
no video shooting
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Samsung WB850F vs Sony S950 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung WB850F and Sony S950
 Samsung WB850FSony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung WB850F Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-01-09 2009-02-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-483mm (21.0x) 33-132mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.3-5.2
Macro focusing range 5cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 614k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology AMOLED display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8 secs 2 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250g (0.55 lb) 167g (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") 93 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
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
Battery ID SLB-10A -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $599 $130