Samsung HZ35W

Samsung HZ35W front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 245g - 107 x 61 x 28mm
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Alternative Name is WB650
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung HZ35W overview

Samsung HZ35W is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first launched on June of 2010. The camera has a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is referred to as "WB650" in some regions.

The HZ35W comes in at #193 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #863 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Samsung HZ35W family

The Samsung HZ35W has a history of related cameras. Below, you can find all earlier and new models along with important specifications.

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Samsung HZ35W Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung HZ35W based on features which are often viewed as necessary in a camera.

amazing zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
good min ISO (80)
has face detection focusing
has HDMI support
has tracking autofocus
lighter than competition (245 grams)
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
very long zoom (360mm)
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW files
low megapixels (12MP)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
missing external mic jack
missing headphone jack
missing Time Lapse mode
pixelated screen (614 k dot)
screen is fixed
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Samsung HZ35W Sensor features

The sensor spec in the Samsung HZ35W is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and has a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the HZ35W's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The HZ35W sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung HZ35W dimensions

Samsung HZ35W is 0.54 lb (245 gr or 8.64 oz) & has exterior dimensions of 107mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Samsung HZ35W is lighter compared to its competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Samsung HZ35W besides a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Samsung HZ35W dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the HZ35W.

Samsung HZ35W topview buttons dials

Samsung HZ35W Lens features

The HZ35W houses a built in lens giving a focal range of 24-360mm making it a 15.0 x zoom which is great and can enable you to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.2 which is very sluggish and not the best for low light occasions and you may struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase your ISO setting giving you noisy files. With the long end, 360mm is superb zoom and comes with f5.8 making it pretty sluggish and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung HZ35W Connectivity

The HZ35W has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to send pictures and in some cases alter settings without connecting physically with the camera.

A few apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

Photography Glossary

Samsung HZ35W Video features

The maximum video quality in the Samsung HZ35W is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should go for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone jack which means that you get zero control over the audio. It is probably best to look at another model if you need better audio for your video clips.

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Samsung HZ35W Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Samsung HZ35W so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Samsung HZ35W Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung HZ35W has a 3" fixed screen with a resolution of 614k dots.

Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Samsung HZ35W are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be quite helpful.

Samsung HZ35W Shutter features

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Samsung HZ35W Flash and Hot shoe features

Samsung HZ35W has just inbuilt flash with no external flash ability.

Samsung HZ35W Autofocusing features

Samsung HZ35W has only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and accurate compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it helpful for taking photos of people.

It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Samsung HZ35W supports manual focus if required for low light or you want to have more precise focus control.

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Samsung HZ35W Battery life

The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest possible (600) battery life for this group of cameras.

Below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Samsung HZ35W for varying types of photography

The following graph gives a summation of the Samsung HZ35W for varying types of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung HZ35W as a Portrait photography camera

The Samsung HZ35W has a score of 34 which is horrible, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portraits. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support & potential to work with external flash.

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focusing manually
comes with face detection autofocus
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Samsung HZ35W Street photography info

Coming in at a moderate points total of 60, the Samsung HZ35W is reasonably appropriate to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (245g)
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Sports photography with Samsung HZ35W

A horrible sports photography rating of 42 suggests the Samsung HZ35W is just not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Samsung HZ35W Travel photography information

Portability is really important when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung HZ35W gets a nice 63 as a travelling camera which is a fine fit to take on your journeys.

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lighter than average (245g)
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
very long zoom (360mm)
no Timelapse recording
low resolution (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)

Samsung HZ35W as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Samsung HZ35W at it's horrible score of 43 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate among its competition.

Photography Glossary
you can focus manually
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Samsung HZ35W Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Samsung HZ35W is just not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a horrible rating of 31.

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pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
lighter than others (245 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic port

Samsung HZ35W Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the HZ35W, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart below offers you a bird's eye view of the HZ35W compared to it's highest rated competitors suggested above.

There are more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung HZ35W
Otherwise known as
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-360mm (15.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
614k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
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
Slowest shutter speed
16 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
245 grams (0.54 lbs)
107 x 61 x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Retail price