Samsung HZ35W / WB650

  • Samsung HZ35W / WB650
78
Based on 24 scores, 35 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    3

Pros:

  • Very good GPS antenna, Produces rich vibrant photos, Beautiful AMOLED screen, SMART Auto really is smart!, Good battery life
  • GPS turns on easily with a switch on top of the camera. Displays current city, state and country on LCD in shooting mode. Map View will tell you where all the local Starbucks, McDonald's and Bank of America ATMs are.
  • Overall good features, design, performance, and photos for its price.

Cons:

  • Small, weak flash, Macro mode is very soft around the edges, Long shutter lag, Poor shot-to-shot times, GPS is difficult to initialize, Extremely slow to start zooming, Slow autofocus, Autofocus often gives up in low light, Lens makes audible noise whi...
  • Noisy images in anything other than ideal lighting conditions. Proprietary USB port.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Macworld UK on 80

The Samsung WB650 adds GPS to its 12.2-megapixel resolution, 24mm wide angle lens and 15x optical zoom, so there’s a relatively unobtrusive antennae and GPS on/off switch on the edge of the Samsung’s top plate. It’s the only camera...

By PC Advisor on 70

While we don’t feel the Samsung WB650's functionality is quite as well implemented as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20's, the price differential may well tip the balance in its favour for hard hit consumers....

By The Imaging Resource on -

The Samsung HZ35W has a lot to offer whether you're a snapshooter or someone who likes to use manual controls. More than its full feature set, which includes a myriad of automatic, semi-auto and manual controls, the Samsung HZ35W's versatility...

By PC Mag on 60

Samsung packs a lot of fun features and a 15x zoom lens into its HZ35W, but noisy images hold this pocket camera back. Buy it...

By Everything USB on -

The Samsung HZ35W / WB650 certainly is a very nice camera which makes extremely vivid shots. The fact they have not only crammed a good 15x lens and a GPS antenna but the horsepower to run some great on-board features is impressive. If they had only...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 80

A compact camera that has every feature you can think of. It won’t rival large-sensor compacts for image quality, but photographs from the WB650 are sharp and full of...

By Wired on 50

Take a compass on a trip and you'll spend a lot of time wandering around trying to find out which way is north. Take a camera with a built-in GPS receiver and you'll get tons of tasty geotagged photos that can be automatically dropped onto...

By IT Reviews on -

Samsung's WB650 is one of many high-resolution compacts currently available, but the 15x zoom lens and built-in GPS help it stand out from the crowd. Although a fair amount of compression artefacts are visible when zooming in on detail, we were...

By cnet on 70

Samsung's HZ35W is pretty much an across-the-board improvement from its predecessor resulting in a GPS-enabled compact megazoom worth...

By DigitalVersus on 80

Is the integrated GPS really worth it? I've been pretty dubious of built-in positioning systems ever since GPS chips started cropping up in consumer cameras. Although the idea of searching for photos by location rather than by date is certainly...

By What Digital Camera on 88

Samsung WB650 review When you're heading on holiday, there is often conflict as to what camera gear you should take. While the obvious that you want to take the best photos you can, the thought of having the spend two weeks lugging around a DSLR and...

By PhotographyBLOG on 90

The Samsung WB650 adds two significant features to its little brother, the WB600, namely a much better AMOLED screen and genuinely useful geo-tagging features, without increasing the price by too much. Identical in all other respects, it still...

By Good Gear Guide on 80

The GPS-enabled Samsung HZ35W digital camera produces some of the sharpest, highest-quality stills we’ve seen this side of a DSLR, but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg....

By PCWorld on 80

The GPS-enabled HZ35W produces some of the sharpest, highest-quality stills we’ve seen this side of a DSLR, but its confusing menu system and poor video quality knock it down a peg....

By 5FWD on 80

It's simple: the Samsung WB650 is the best compact camera on the market right now that you can take on holiday. It's a powerful, solid performer, and coming in at a lower price than its close rival the Sony Cyber-shot HX5V, a must buy for anyone...

By Trusted Reviews on 90

As I've remarked before, the long-zoom compact or “travel camera” is one of the most fiercely competitive sectors of the digital camera market, with most of the major manufacturers fielding rival models sporting a range of advanced...

By Expert Reviews on 100

Image quality is typical for a compact ultra-zoom camera, but a generous helping of desirable features helps the WB650 to stand out...

International Review By Digital Foto for Alla on -

Tyvärr är gps:en inte helt pålitlig, för alltför ofta visar den en plats som man redan har lämnat. En manuell nollställning av gps-placeringen löser problemet, men detta måste göras så ofta att det...

International Review By Digital Foto Online on 80

Desværre er gps-angivelsen upålidelig, da den alt for ofte viser det sted, man allerede har forladt. Her kan man manuelt nulstille sin gps-placering, men det skal gøres så tit, at det bliver trættende i længen. Samsung skal...

International Review By Smartson on -

För första gången imponerar gps-funktionen i en kompaktkamera enligt testkåren. Samsung WB650 får höga betyg för bra bild, den största zoomen i sin prisklass och en rejält tilltagen...