Samsung WB50F

Samsung WB50F front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 207g - 101 x 68 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2014
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung WB50F overview

Samsung WB50F is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first launched on January of 2014. The camera includes a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The WB50F stands at #153 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all round #769 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can try our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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

Samsung WB50F history

The Samsung WB50F comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can look at all past and newer models along with key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Samsung-WB50F front thumbnailSamsung WB50F24-288mm
Samsung-WB1100F front thumbnailSamsung WB1100F
WB50F vs WB1100F
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Samsung-WB2200F front thumbnailSamsung WB2200F
WB50F vs WB2200F
Samsung-WB350F front thumbnailSamsung WB350F
WB50F vs WB350F
Samsung-WB35F front thumbnailSamsung WB35F
WB50F vs WB35F
Samsung-WB800F front thumbnailSamsung WB800F
WB50F vs WB800F
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Samsung-WB250F front thumbnailSamsung WB250F
WB50F vs WB250F
Samsung-WB30F front thumbnailSamsung WB30F
WB50F vs WB30F
Samsung-WB850F front thumbnailSamsung WB850F
WB50F vs WB850F
Samsung-WB150F front thumbnailSamsung WB150F
WB50F vs WB150F
Samsung-WB750 front thumbnailSamsung WB750
WB50F vs WB750
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Samsung-WB210 front thumbnailSamsung WB210
WB50F vs WB210
Samsung-WB700 front thumbnailSamsung WB700
WB50F vs WB700

Samsung WB50F Pros and Cons

Below is a list of good and bad points of the Samsung WB50F based on features which are oftentimes seen as essential in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
flash built-in
good zoom range (24-288mm 12.0 x zoom)
great min ISO (80)
lighter than competition (207 grams)
long zoom (288mm)
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
NFC support
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
missing HDMI out
missing headphone support
missing mic support
missing Time Lapse function
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no external flash support
no manual mode
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f6.3)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
Photography Glossary

Samsung WB50F Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor in the Samsung WB50F is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16MP and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the WB50F's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The WB50F sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung WB50F dimensions

Samsung WB50F weighs in at 0.46 lb (207 gr or 7.30 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 101mm x 68mm x 27mm (4.0" x 2.7" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Samsung WB50F is lighter compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Samsung WB50F alongside a soda to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Samsung WB50F dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button design on the WB50F.

Samsung WB50F topview buttons dials

Samsung WB50F Lens specifications

The WB50F houses an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 24-288mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which isn't significant but it may be handy in some circumstances.

At the widest 24mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.1 which is really slow and not very good in low light occasions and you might find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase the ISO setting producing noisy shots. On the tele end, 288mm is superb zoom and comes with f6.3 making it really sluggish and you may need to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung WB50F Connectivity

The WB50F has the following connectivity:

  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes

Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send files and usually adjust settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

A few applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Samsung WB50F Video specifications

The highest video quality in the Samsung WB50F is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should go for at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't include a mic or headphone jack which means that you have got no control over your audio. It is probably best to look at a different model if you need better audio in your videos.

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Samsung WB50F Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Samsung WB50F so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Samsung WB50F Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung WB50F includes a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Samsung WB50F are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Samsung WB50F Shutter specifications

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Samsung WB50F Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Samsung WB50F includes only integrated flash without external flash ability.

Samsung WB50F Autofocus specifications

Samsung WB50F does not have Auto focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and accurate compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Samsung WB50F includes manual focus if needed during low light or you need to have more exact control on focus.

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Samsung WB50F Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the highest (600) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Following is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the highest battery life:

Samsung WB50F for specific types of photography

The following bar chart displays a analysis of the Samsung WB50F for specific types of photography. To read more, check out the specific section underneath.

Samsung WB50F Portrait photography information

The Samsung WB50F has a rating of 37 which is low, meaning that it is not really acceptable for portraits. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support plus the potential to use off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Samsung WB50F Street photography info

With a above average points total of 62, the Samsung WB50F is a very decent choice for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (207 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Sports photography with Samsung WB50F

A low sports photography rating of 40 indicates the Samsung WB50F is not really acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have great tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Samsung WB50F Travel photography highlights

Weight is super crucial when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Samsung WB50F gets a nice 69 as a travelling camera which is a very decent pick to take on your trips.

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lighter than competition (207 grams)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (288mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)

Samsung WB50F Landscape photography advice

When you are looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Samsung WB50F and it's modest rating of 47 for a landscape camera is fairly suited compared to its competition.

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focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
no manual mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Samsung WB50F

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a moving screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Samsung WB50F is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a low rating of 30.

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really wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (207g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone support

Samsung WB50F Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the WB50F, below is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph listed below gives you a summary of the WB50F compared to it's highest rated competitors shown earlier.

Following are several cameras you might regard as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Samsung WB50F
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-288mm (12.0x)
Maximal aperture
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
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
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720
Maximum video resolution
Mic support
Headphone support
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
207 grams (0.46 lbs)
101 x 68 x 27mm (4.0" x 2.7" x 1.1")
Battery model
Time lapse recording
Storage type
MicroSD, MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Card slots
Price at launch