Samsung WB250F

 
Samsung WB250F front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-432mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 62 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2013
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Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
44
Overall
41

Samsung WB250F summary

Samsung WB250F is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on January of 2013. The camera uses a 14MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The WB250F comes in at #125 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #656 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Samsung WB250F family

The Samsung WB250F is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Samsung-WB50F front thumbnailSamsung WB50F
WB250F vs WB50F
24-288mm
F3.1-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
Samsung-WB1100F front thumbnailSamsung WB1100F
WB250F vs WB1100F
25-875mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Samsung-WB2200F front thumbnailSamsung WB2200F
WB250F vs WB2200F
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Samsung-WB350F front thumbnailSamsung WB350F
WB250F vs WB350F
23-483mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Samsung-WB35F front thumbnailSamsung WB35F
WB250F vs WB35F
24-288mm
F3.1-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
Samsung-WB800F front thumbnailSamsung WB800F
WB250F vs WB800F
23-483mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Samsung-WB250F front thumbnailSamsung WB250F24-432mm
F3.2-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2013
Samsung-WB30F front thumbnailSamsung WB30F
WB250F vs WB30F
24-240mm
F3.1-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2013
Samsung-WB850F front thumbnailSamsung WB850F
WB250F vs WB850F
23-483mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Samsung-WB150F front thumbnailSamsung WB150F
WB250F vs WB150F
24-432mm
F3.2-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2012
Samsung-WB750 front thumbnailSamsung WB750
WB250F vs WB750
24-432mm
F3.2-5.8
13MP1/2.3"2011
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Samsung-WB210 front thumbnailSamsung WB210
WB250F vs WB210
24-288mm
F2.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Samsung-WB700 front thumbnailSamsung WB700
WB250F vs WB700
()mm
F
14MP1/2.3"2010

Samsung WB250F Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of advantages and disadvantages of the Samsung WB250F based on criterias which are usually considered important in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
features tracking autofocus
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
incredible zoom range (24-432mm 18.0 x zoom)
lighter than competitors in class (226g)
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
touchscreen capability
very long zoom (432mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no external flash support
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (460 thousand dots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.8)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Samsung WB250F Sensor specifications

The sensor measurement on the Samsung WB250F is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels . The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 14MP and supports a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath illustrates the WB250F's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The WB250F sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased 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 WB250F dimensions

Samsung WB250F is 0.50 lb (226g / 7.97 oz) & has outside dimensions of 106mm x 62mm x 22mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Samsung WB250F is less heavy when compared to other competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Samsung WB250F beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Samsung WB250F dimensions scale

The top view under will show you the button arrangement on the WB250F.

Samsung WB250F topview buttons dials

Samsung WB250F Lens specifications

The WB250F comes with a built in lens featuring a focal range of 24-432mm making it a 18.0 x zoom which is perfect and does make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f3.2 and that's very slow and not very good for low light conditions and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost the ISO which causes noisy files. At the tele end, 432mm is superb zoom and comes to f5.8 which is very slow and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Samsung WB250F Connectivity

The WB250F has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send pictures and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Samsung WB250F Video specifications

The max video quality on the Samsung WB250F is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance between quality vs file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to crop. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone socket so you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to order a different model in case you need better audio for your video clips.

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Samsung WB250F Weather Sealing

Samsung WB250F does not include environment sealing so wet conditions may affect the camera.

Samsung WB250F Display and Viewfinder

The Samsung WB250F houses a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Additionally the screen is touch friendly so you can change focus points plus adjust settings by using your finger.

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The ViewFinder specs for Samsung WB250F are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy during sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Samsung WB250F Shutter specifications

Samsung WB250F continuous shooting rate is 8.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Samsung WB250F Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Samsung WB250F has only built-in flash lacking external flash support.

Samsung WB250F Autofocusing specifications

Samsung WB250F has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detect which is helpful for taking photos of people.

It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Samsung WB250F lacks manual focus. Manual focus option can be useful during low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate focus control.

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Samsung WB250F Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life within this type of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:

Samsung WB250F for varying categories of photography

The following diagram gives a outline of the Samsung WB250F for varying categories of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung WB250F Portrait photography highlights

The Samsung WB250F gets a points tally of 36 which is awful, meaning that it is just not suitable for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the capability to use off-camera flash.

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MP count decent (14 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Samsung WB250F Street photography highlights

With a very good points tally of 62, the Samsung WB250F is a very decent choice for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (226g)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Sports photography with Samsung WB250F

A moderate sports photography points tally of 52 suggests the Samsung WB250F is fairly adequate for shooting sports. A camera needs great focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (24-432mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Samsung WB250F Travel photography factors

Portability is very critical when picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Samsung WB250F gets a very good 70 as a travelling camera which is a fine option to buy for your travels.

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lighter than average (226g)
good MP (14MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very long reach (432mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
doesn't have selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)

Landscape photography with Samsung WB250F

For anyone who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung WB250F at it's awful rating of 44 as a landscape camera is just not suitable within the current marketplace.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
no manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording

Samsung WB250F as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Samsung WB250F is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it gets a awful rating of 35.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (226g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic socket

Samsung WB250F Alternatives

If you want replacements to the WB250F, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph followed below provides you a bird's eye view of the WB250F versus it's top ranked competitors listed previously.

These are various other cameras you might consider as alternatives. To look at a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Samsung
Model
Samsung WB250F
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2013-01-07
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Max resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW images
Max native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-432mm (18.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.2-5.8
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3"
Display resolution
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology
TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
16 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
226g (0.50 lbs)
Physical dimensions
106 x 62 x 22mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Other
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Retail cost
$250