Samsung WB30F

Samsung WB30F front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 128g - 98 x 58 x 17mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung WB30F summary

Samsung WB30F is Samsung's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on January of 2013. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The WB30F is rated #61 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #826 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your custom factors.

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Below is a chart of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Samsung WB30F history

The Samsung WB30F has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can see all older and the latest models as well as key specifications.

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Samsung WB30F Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pros and cons of the Samsung WB30F based on things that are typically considered essential in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in lens has zoom (24-240mm 10.0 x zoom)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
features face detect autofocus
features tracking focus
flash built-in
lighter than average (128 grams)
MP count decent (16MP)
pretty wide (24mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't have HDMI socket
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have microphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse mode
fixed screen
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.3)
no aperture priority mode
no manual control
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW format
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
Photography Glossary

Samsung WB30F Sensor info

The sensor measurement in the Samsung WB30F is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and supports a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The picture below shows the WB30F's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The WB30F sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung WB30F dimensions

Samsung WB30F weighs in at 0.28 pounds (128 gr or 4.52 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 98mm x 58mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Samsung WB30F is less heavy when compared to other competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Samsung WB30F next to a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.

Samsung WB30F dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button design on the WB30F.

Samsung WB30F topview buttons dials

Samsung WB30F Lens info

The WB30F offers a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 24-240mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which isn't really ideal nevertheless it will surely be convenient in a few cases.

At the widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.1 making it pretty slow and not great for low light occasions and you may find it hard to get good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost the ISO producing noisy shots. With the tele end, 240mm comes at f6.3 which is fairly slow and you might need to set slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung WB30F Connectivity

The WB30F has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer images and in some cases adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Samsung WB30F Video info

The max video resolution in the Samsung WB30F is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should really strive for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone jack so you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to buy an alternative camera if you require good sound for your videos.

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Samsung WB30F Weather Sealing

Samsung WB30F does not include environment sealing so wet conditions could damage the camera.

Samsung WB30F Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung WB30F houses a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications for Samsung WB30F are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be particularly useful.

Samsung WB30F Shutter info

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Samsung WB30F Flash and Hot shoe info

Samsung WB30F comes with only integrated flash without external flash support.

Samsung WB30F Autofocus info

Samsung WB30F comes with just Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier and precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is valuable for people photography.

It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Samsung WB30F doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing is useful during low light or you require more exact control on focusing.

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Samsung WB30F Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life within this category of cameras.

Following is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Samsung WB30F for specific types of photography

The following illustration shows a rundown of the Samsung WB30F for specific types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Samsung WB30F Portrait photography features

The Samsung WB30F has a points tally of 35 which is terrible, meaning that it is just not suitable to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support along with the flexibility to use external flash.

Photography Glossary
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
no manual focus
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files

Samsung WB30F as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a above average points total of 64, the Samsung WB30F is a good pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (128g)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Samsung WB30F Sports photography factors

A terrible sports photography score of 45 means the Samsung WB30F is just not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus

Samsung WB30F as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really important when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung WB30F gets a nice 69 as a travel camera which is a good pick to take with you on your holidays.

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lighter than average (128g)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse function
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)

Samsung WB30F as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself looking to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung WB30F and it's terrible score of 43 for a landscape camera is just not suitable within the current market.

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fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording

Samsung WB30F as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Samsung WB30F is just not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a terrible score of 33.

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relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
lighter than others (128 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone support

Samsung WB30F Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the WB30F, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the WB30F compared to it's highest ranked competitors shown above.

Following are several cameras you might see as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Samsung WB30F
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-240mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
128 grams (0.28 pounds)
98 x 58 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Cost at release