Samsung HZ10W

Samsung HZ10W front
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Launched May 2009
  • Other Name is WB500
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung HZ10W overview

Samsung HZ10W is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact camera originally announced on May of 2009. It houses a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2432. The camera is also known as "WB500" in some countries.

The HZ10W is placed #184 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all-around #1121 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung HZ10W family

The Samsung HZ10W is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed list underneath.

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Samsung HZ10W Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung HZ10W based on things which are oftentimes seen as crucial in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (24-240mm 10.0 x zoom)
decently wide (24mm)
flash built-in
focusing manually
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes HDMI port
provides face detect focusing
very good min ISO (80)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW format
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (10MP)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
more heavy than others in class (249 grams)
no aperture priority mode
no headphone port
no manual exposure
no microphone port
no shutter priority
no Timelapse mode
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
screen is small (2.7 inch)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
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Samsung HZ10W Sensor specs

The measurement of the sensor in the Samsung HZ10W is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3648 x 2432 pixels using aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the HZ10W's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The HZ10W sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung HZ10W dimensions

Samsung HZ10W weighs around 0.55 pounds (249g or 8.78 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Samsung HZ10W is more heavy as compared to various competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Samsung HZ10W beside a soda to help you have a sense of its size.

Samsung HZ10W dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the HZ10W.

Samsung HZ10W topview buttons dials

Samsung HZ10W Lens details

The HZ10W provides a fixed lens offering a focal range of 24-240mm making it a 10.0 x zoom which won't be very good but it could be invaluable in some scenarios.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.3 and that's really sluggish and not very good in low light events and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You might also have to raise your ISO setting which results in noisy pictures. Towards the long end, 240mm comes to f5.8 which is really slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung HZ10W Connectivity

The HZ10W has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and usually adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be connected to an external screen. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Samsung HZ10W Video details

The highest video resolution in the Samsung HZ10W is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should try to get at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and headphone jack which means that you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to find another model should you want good audio in your video clips.

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Samsung HZ10W Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Samsung HZ10W so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Samsung HZ10W Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung HZ10W is equipped with a 2.7" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Samsung HZ10W are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are pretty useful during sunny outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Samsung HZ10W Shutter details

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Samsung HZ10W Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung HZ10W has got just built-in flash lacking external flash ability.

Samsung HZ10W Autofocus details

Samsung HZ10W has got only Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect making it useful for people photography.

Samsung HZ10W has got manual focus in case it is required during low light conditions or you need more exact focus control.

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Samsung HZ10W Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the highest (470) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Samsung HZ10W for specific kinds of photography

The following chart gives a summation of the Samsung HZ10W for specific kinds of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Samsung HZ10W Portrait photography info

The Samsung HZ10W has a score of 31 which is really bad, meaning that it is not acceptable to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support together with the capability to work with external lighting.

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you can focus manually
features face detection focusing
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Street photography with Samsung HZ10W

With a reasonable points tally of 52, the Samsung HZ10W is relatively acceptable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (249 grams)

Sports photography with Samsung HZ10W

A really bad sports photography score of 26 indicates the Samsung HZ10W is not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF

Samsung HZ10W Travel photography advice

Size is extremely critical when picking a travel camera. All round, the Samsung HZ10W gets a moderate 54 as a travel camera which is somewhat appropriate to buy for your journeys.

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has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (249g)
low MP (10MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Samsung HZ10W as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung HZ10W at it's really bad grade of 35 as a landscape camera is not acceptable amongst it's competitors.

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you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Timelapse function

Samsung HZ10W Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera really should posses a articulating screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Samsung HZ10W is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 28.

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fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic support
heavier than competition in class (249g)

Samsung HZ10W Alternatives

If you need replacements to the HZ10W, below is a list of the top rated cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart down below provides you a summary of the HZ10W vs it's highest scoring competitors suggested above.

Following are several cameras you might look at as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung HZ10W
Otherwise known as
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution
3648 x 2432
RAW files
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-240mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
External flash
White balance bracketing
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 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
249g (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions
105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
Self timer
Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage slots
Retail price