24mm Ultra Wide angle
Shooting Anywhere, Samsung WB650
A camera is not necessary for a walk, but in order to take the moment, we used to carry a camera. Then, which camera is appropriate? DSLR allows the best quality, but it’s heavy. Slim camera is light and small, but the quality isn’t enough. That’s why it’s not easy to select a camera to carry. However, from now on, it’s over, because we have the almighty WB650.
Changes for the world market
Looking at the wide world, 24-360mm Schneider Lens
24mm Wide angle VS 360mm Telephoto angle
max. wide 6.3x
24mm high class wide angle
Self shots using 24mm wide angle
Highlight of the wide angle lens. If you want to take a big face, don’t worry about it! By using fish eye effect, you can really enjoy it. It can also easily take self shots with its wide angle.
2 types of fish eye effect
360mm telephoto angle
The AF speed in telephoto angle is also face. The image quality is not as great as in maximum white angle, but with the fast AF speed and angle, it’s very useful.
<Out-focusing using telephoto angle>
OIS for handshake
360mm O.I.S off
360mm O.I.S on
OIS is Optical Image Stabilization and it allows users to take clear pictures by effectively reacting user’s handshake. In Digital Image Stabilization, movement of subjects can be regarded as hand blur, but the OIS moves according to the movement of user’s hand, and it’s also useful for video recording. OIS is activated when pressing half-shutter, and users can actually see the effect.
Dual IS under the low light condition
If OIS isn’t enough to fix hand blur in a dark café, or for night scenery, Dual IS which is combination of DIS and OIS can be used. Dual IS takes shots at a high speed and noise reduction is made at twice. Comparing two pictures before and after Dual IS, you can see the less noise even in ISO 800. It also keeps the skin color well. I think this can easily take shots in a dark café.
High quality 3cm Macro Function
Together with it for travel with GPS
GPS has a high receiving rate outdoors. In downtown with skyscrapers, it was lower due to those buildings and it couldn’t get signals in the basement or inside the building. The camera automatically recognizes the map when the map file is copied in a memory card. Samsung provides about 40 maps of the world.
Map view interface
Map view zoom in/out
Map view menu shows up to 3 pictures and the location of pictures are also only 3 places. That’s why it’s not easy to follow the path of the travel. However, you don’t need to worry about it, because map view in Intelli-Studio 2.0 can easily check it.
Checking the path through Map View
Map view of Intelli-Studio 2.0 supports the menu checking the path, so it’s even more convenient than checking it with a camera. View is provided in a various ways such as map, topography, and satellite and users can use it by looking at a mark.
GPS signal status can be checked by the icon on the left top. Especially, the yellow icon means that the camera remembers the recent location when it’s impossible to receive signals. The remembering time can be set in the GPS menu setting as 15 sec, 3 min, 10 min, and 60 min.
GPS signal available GPS signal unavailable
signal unavailable within the effective time GPS signal off
GPS and Battery consumption
AMOLED & Design
Compact, but Perfect
Except the GPS on the top, the WB650 and WB600 have the same design. They are two-egg twins. One more difference is the AMOLED of the WB650 and intelligent LCD of the WB600.
24-360mm optical 15x zoom lens is located on the right front and flash and assist light/Self timer lamp are located on the left. Users with large hands can hide the flash, so have to be careful when holding the camera. Mono speaker is located on the front below.
Stereo microphone, GPS power switch, power button, mode dial, shutter, and zoom lever are located on the top. From the silver line, the inclined top to the front and back looks elegant. Mode dial is located on the almost the same height, but it’s convenient to control, because the dial is exposed to the inclined part. Uniquely designed shutter button has great shutter feeling. Because of exposed GPS power switch, it’s convenient to turn it on or off depending on the situation.
On the side of the grip, HDMI and USB port for recharge, AV output and data transfer are located. HDMI cable Anynet+(CEC) has to be used for HDMI output and when connecting it to HDTV, recording moves can be watched and on the other side, the logo ‘15X OPTICAL ZOOM’ is located.
Battery allowing 240 pictures
The battery is a Li-Ion Samsung SLB-11A. The SLB-11A has 3.8V 1130mAh and allows to take 240 pictures and 100 minutes of movie. Using it for a long time, it’s heated around the battery chamber, but it doesn’t affect camera work. And activating the GPS function, the battery is consumed more quickly, so you’d better turn the GPS on when it’s needed. The battery chamber is located on the bottom and the battery is locked with the cover and safety latch. It can be recharged by using USB cable or AC adapter. And when it comes to AC adapter, it takes 190 minutes to fully recharge.
MMC/SD/SDHC can be sued and up to 2GB for SD and up to 8GB for SD are allowed. Memory slot is located in the battery chamber.
On the side of the battery chamber, tripod mount is located and the mount is made of metal.
Self Illuminating! 3” 920K pixels AMOLED
Enjoy fun to shoot and to watch
Menu FN Menu
Mode dial control
The interface in the display is the same as other Samsung cameras. The well arranged menu is so simple that it can easily be controlled without reading a manual.
Guideline and Histogram
All shooting information
Guideline and histogram can be displayed and it can be very useful to set the composition and exposure.
On the back, beside the display, various buttons are located. The arrangement of the button is movie recording, menu, 4 direction, play, and Fn/Delete button from the top and each icon is embossed. The special thing is the separated recording button. When pushing it, regardless of the current mode, movie recording starts with the setting of video recording mode.
Convenient Intelli-Studio 2.0
The WB650 has built-in editing software called Intelli-Studio 2.0. This can be installed by connecting the camera to a computer via USB cable and even beginners can easily be accustomed to the simple interface.
On the left side of the editing screen, correction tools are located and on the lower side, small thumbnails are displayed. Clicking a video, it’s played in the thumbnail and double-clicking or pushing the play button, it’s played in the large window. Not only editing, but also Smart Album, Sharing, and Map view mode for GPS installed camera like the WB650 are supported.
Control & Functions
Full manual operation
Shutter speed and aperture can be adjusted by pushing Fn button and every time the setting changes, brightness on the screen changes in real time. Compared to other cameras only changed when the shutter is pushed, it’s a really comfortable manual shooting mode. However, a lot of button controls are needed for manual shooting. Shutter speed can be set from 1/2000 to 16 sec, aperture is from F3.2-F11.6 (12 levels) in wide angle, and F5.8-F12.0 (7 levels) in telephoto angle.
F4.4 Maximum Opening F12.5 Minimum Opening
F5.8 Maximum Opening F12 Minimum Opening
Closing the aperture as tight as possible, the image quality gets worse. The background becomes more vivid, but the quality of subjects gets lower, so looking at the results, it can appear the focus is set well when it’s not. Outdoors, with the minimum aperture, sharp light split can be experienced, so for light split and quality, users don’t need to close the aperture so much.
It supports spot, center-weighted, and multi metering. When using spot or center-weighted metering, it’s easier to set the exposure in the place with big different exposure.