- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #180 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all around #817 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.
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.
HZ35W vs HZ25W26-624mm
HZ35W vs HZ50W26-676mm
HZ35W vs HZ30W24-360mm
HZ35W vs HZ10W24-240mm
HZ35W vs HZ15W24-240mm
Samsung HZ35W Gallery
You can view the HZ35W from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Underneath is a shot of the Samsung HZ35W besides a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view just below will provide the button layout on the HZ35W.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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:
HZ35W vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
HZ35W vs B500600 nonoyes
HZ35W vs L840590 noyesno
HZ35W vs FZ200540 yesnono
HZ35W vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
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.
Samsung HZ35W Street photography info
Coming in at a above average points total of 61, the Samsung HZ35W is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Sports photography with Samsung HZ35W
A horrible sports photography rating of 43 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.