Samsung WB850F

Samsung WB850F front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Announced January 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung WB850F summary

Samsung WB850F is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first revealed on January of 2012. It houses a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The WB850F stands at #92 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & overall #597 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your custom requirements.

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Samsung WB850F history

The Samsung WB850F is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full range underneath.

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Samsung WB850F Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Samsung WB850F based on factors which are normally considered important in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
decent MP (16MP)
decent sized screen (3")
does have HDMI socket
excellent zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
focusing manually
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (250 grams)
OLED tech
provides face detection focusing
provides tracking autofocus
reasonably wide (23mm)
very long zoom (483mm)
can't use external flash
does not have a selfie friendly screen
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW files
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing external microphone socket
missing headphone socket
missing Timelapse function
screen has low resolution (614 k dots)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
Photography Glossary

Samsung WB850F Sensor specifications

The sensor specification on the Samsung WB850F is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the WB850F's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The WB850F sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Samsung WB850F dimensions

Samsung WB850F has a weight of 0.55 lbs (250g or 8.82 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Samsung WB850F is less heavy when compared to various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Samsung WB850F beside a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.

Samsung WB850F dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button arrangement on the WB850F.

Samsung WB850F topview buttons dials

Samsung WB850F Lens specifications

The WB850F provides a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 23-483mm giving it a 21.0 x zoom which is very good and would make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 23mm, it features an aperture of f2.8 making it fairly slow and not good for low light circumstances and you will probably struggle to get good bokeh. You would also need to up the ISO producing noisy shots. On the tele end, 483mm is exceptional zoom and comes with f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you would need to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Samsung WB850F Connectivity

The WB850F has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy files and usually change camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Samsung WB850F Video specifications

The max video resolution on the Samsung WB850F is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance in video quality vs file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have got little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to consider an alternative model should you require good audio for your videos.

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Samsung WB850F Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Samsung WB850F so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung WB850F is equipped with a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 614k dots.

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

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The View Finder details for Samsung WB850F are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are quite helpful.

Samsung WB850F Shutter specifications

Samsung WB850F continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Samsung WB850F Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Samsung WB850F features only built in flash lacking external flash support.

Samsung WB850F Autofocusing specifications

Samsung WB850F features just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which can be useful for portrait photography.

It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Samsung WB850F boasts manual focus in case it is needed in low light occasions or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Samsung WB850F Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the maximum (600) battery life in this class of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Samsung WB850F for various styles of photography

The following diagram gives a summary of the Samsung WB850F for various styles of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Samsung WB850F Portrait photography highlights

The Samsung WB850F has a points tally of 43 which is terrible, and means the camera is simply not appropriate to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support & ability to utilize external flash.

Photography Glossary
manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Samsung WB850F Street photography information

With a very good score of 61, the Samsung WB850F is a good option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (250g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Samsung WB850F as a Sports photography camera

A average sports photography points total of 52 suggests the Samsung WB850F is relatively acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Samsung WB850F Travel photography factors

Size is extremely critical in picking a travel camera. In general, the Samsung WB850F gets a above average 69 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick to purchase for your vacations.

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lighter than average in class (250 grams)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (23mm)
very long zoom (483mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Samsung WB850F as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Samsung WB850F and it's reasonable rating of 49 for a landscape camera is fairly acceptable in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
rather wide (23mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
missing Timelapse function

Samsung WB850F Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Samsung WB850F is simply not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a terrible rating of 34.

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reasonably wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (250g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
missing external mic port

Samsung WB850F Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the WB850F, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart followed below shows you an overview of the WB850F versus it's highest scoring competitors shown above.

There are more cameras you might look into as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung WB850F
Small Sensor Superzoom
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
23-483mm (21.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
Screen resolution
614k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech
AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Min shutter speed
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
250g (0.55 lbs)
109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Pricing at release