Overview of Digital Camera Samsung WB2200: “Big”

Overview of Digital Camera Samsung WB2200: “Big”

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    When looking at the WB2200’s hard not to recall an old movie with Tom Hanks Big starring. The protagonist of the film wanted to be a great movie, and thanks to the magic they became overnight. He even had some success in the form of an adult, but still wanted to once again become a 13-year-olds.

    As soon as the manufacturers do not excel in the search for a buyer. To increase sales they have to create more and more new classes and types of cameras. The war resolution and sensitivity in the compact camera has waned, but the war zooms, to resurrect the seemingly dead segment SLR-Like-camera, in full swing.

    Initially, producers tried to surprise the 30, 40 and even 50-fold increase. Even then, it seemed like it too, and the maximum focal length of 1000 mm, which was achieved thanks to a significant reduction of intensity, it is still used once in five years, and it is often only in order to demonstrate that the camera is capable of such.

    However, the manufacturers did not stop, and now on the market are available with an optical camera 60-65 times magnification and focal length up to 1550 mm equivalent to 35mm cameras.

    Our today’s hero is not enough that a member of the “Club 60s”, so also in the style of a professional DSLR like the Nikon D4 or Canon 1D. It’s funny, but he has even the battery cover and lock mechanism looks very much similar to the outer walls of the batteries used in these cameras.

    “Club 60s” includes several models – except experimental, this Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, Nikon Coolpix P600, as well as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70. However, a direct competitor is only the latter.

    The fact that the rest of the wide-angle camera lenses less and less bright, moreover throughout the range of overlapping focal lengths, while Panasonic and Samsung claimed characteristics identical lenses – covers a range of focal lengths of 20-1200 mm and the aperture ratio ƒ / 2, 8-5,9.

    The latter is essential for compact, because having a small sensor, which has to deal with the noise transfer more light due to the larger opening of the diaphragm.

    Specifications

    Samsung WB2200
    Image Sensor 1 / 2.3-inch, BSI CMOS, 16,8 M
    An effective amount of points, MP 16.4
    Format for saving images Photo:JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0, DROF 1.1)
    Videos:MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC / H.264, audio: AAC)
    Range of focal lengths, mm 3,58-214,8 (EGF 20-1200)
    The frame size in pixels Photo:4608×3456, 4608×3072, 4608×2592, 3648×2736, 2832×2832, 2592×1944, 1984×1488, 1920×1080, 1024×768
    Video:1920×1080, 1280×720, 640×480, 320×240
    Sensitivity units to ISO-equivalent Slide 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
    The shutter speed range, seconds Auto: 1 / 8-1 / 2000;
    program: 1-1 / 2000;
    night: 8-1 / 2000
    Metering, modes Matrix, spot, center-weighted
    Exposure Compensation ± 2 EV in 1/3 steps
    Built-in flash There, a guide number of 6 with ISO Auto
    Self-timer, sec.
    2, 10
    A storage device SD, SDHC, SDXC
    LCD LCD display, 3.0 inch, 461 thousand points
    Viewfinder 200 thousand points
    Interfaces HDMI, USB, TV output (analog)
    Extras Wi-Fi-module
    Power Lithium-ion battery BP1410, 10,7 Wh
    Dimensions, mm 119,0×121,8×105,0
    Weight, g 618 (with battery and memory card)

    Package

    In the test kit was provided, comprising, in addition to the camera, battery, USB-charging, USB-cable, as well as the lens cover with drawstring fastening. In the full boxed set includes, in addition, a shoulder strap, user manual, CD with additional software, which is also available on the site, and a diverse set of brochures. In general, modestly and without frills.

    Appearance and usability

    When looking at the promotional photo camera can not help feeling that the WB2200 looks almost as good as “square” professional SLR – here you and two handles (horizontal and vertical), and a separate compartment for memory cards that can boast not each “mirrorless”, and the battery cover is hidden twist lock.

    Well, except that the absence of “hot shoe” gives a compact model. That’s only when the device falls into the hands, the feeling of similarity with professional DSLRs disappears, with an extremely fast, because the contrast with the advertising picture is quite large.

    In general, once again confirmed the axiom that it is not so important model beautiful or not, the main thing – the right to put the light. Housing, of course, made of high quality plastic, and its surface is pleasant to the touch, and the rubber pads on the front and back of the added points, but still looks the camera is not as expensive as trying.

    However, we can not say that the body is bad. On the contrary, the build quality is high, and especially carp in nature and there is nothing. But still hope it is not justified. In addition, Samsung WB2200 pretty hefty – 618 grams with battery and memory card, and it is comparable with the DSLRs. However, in the “sixties” easier to just Nikon Coolpix P600, and then quite a bit.

    From the square housing with vertical and horizontal handle the subconscious mind to expect … no, requires additional keys on the front side. However, they are not here – only available lens and AF assist lamp, which is a part-timer indicator of auto-shutter release.

    Above the display is an electronic viewfinder and a button to activate it, but the proximity sensor, which could produce automatic switching is not provided. To the right of the display are the keys videos introducing the exposure compensation, the entrance to the main menu and return, as well as four softkeys navigation, united in the ring, with the enter button in the center, press enter playback mode and programmable key (removal in playback mode). Ibid – duplicate the exposure compensation button, which can be conveniently used in the vertical position of the housing.

    Gorb built-in flash in the upper part of the body is there, but the “hot shoe” is not provided. But the main competitor he has, and the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS is not devoid of such features. At the base of the flash, a pair of microphones, and the right – the shutter button with zoom lever control, rotary control, power button and Wi-Fi, as well as the drive mode selection, where there was no place for an individual placement modes of installation ekspopary A, S and M and a program operation was in a privileged position. But on the lower surface – only a thread for attaching a tripod.

    On the left is a mechanical lock key lift flash drive diopter adjustment viewfinder sensor NFC, speaker system, key iFn (menu i-Function), borrowed from the series lenses Samsung NX, and the battery cover.

    Right under the two plastic doors hidden compartment insert a memory card and connectors to connect USB / AV- and HDMI-cable. And here is the duplicate controls used in the vertical orientation of the body, namely, rotary control, shutter button and zoom lever to switch the lock redundant controls.

    Duplication of the shutter key and the zoom lever to the compact is not new, a similar decision we have already met in the Pentax Optio VS20. However, if the latter is enclosed in a casing let large, but ultrakompakta where such duplication is essentially useless, that the described apparatus, with its square case and a vertical handle duplication may be necessary.

    That happens not so often, because the weight of the device is much lower than that of a professional full-frame camera with a massive lens, so the wrist does not get tired. In general, in the case of a test of the camera without a second handle, you can safely do so from her more harm than good.

    Display, viewfinder and interface

    Despite the rather impressive cost of the device, a 3-inch display is not endowed with the ability to pan or tilt, but the resolution is only 460 thousand dots. If 5-6 years ago the figure was quite familiar, but now it is not enough.

    Of course, the use of the matrix with a resolution of more than a million points for the three-inch display makes no sense, but 921k. Dots, as in the case of models from Nikon and Canon, it would be just right. However, the main competitor of the display resolution is similar.

    But if the Panasonic DMC-FZ72 could find fault only to settle, then our present experimental and viewing angles limping on both legs, and the contrast is not enough, and under the bright sun to read it worse. Although color reproduction of tones (except dark) is quite good. But in any case there losing competitor, with significant.

    But in regard to the viewfinder – about parity. But not because the Samsung matrix viewfinder is good, and because it is the same Panasonic bad. Although the eyecup is not part of the rear of the chassis is made of rubber, but the rubber is so hard, what’s the point of this is not enough, because to be put on it as unpleasant as a plastic surface.

    In addition, we have already talked about the absence of the proximity sensor, so to switch between the display and the viewfinder to manually. Well, now bitter dessert – a tiny matrix, its resolution is only 200 thousand.

    Pixels, contrast is not enough, although color rendition, as in the case of the display, it is quite good. In general, for the regular use of the viewfinder does not suit. Here it is hard not to recall the chic viewfinder display and camera NX30 , who recently visited the testing. After all, can, if they wish, but somehow saved on such important details.

    Graphical user interface as a whole repeats the menu of most compact, and with the menu “mirrorless” quite a lot in common, especially the color scheme, fonts, and font style graphics. Of course, there is also a quick menu, which is extremely similar in all modern cameras Samsung.

    Animation in the menu a bit, with playing it without braking, but its rate is quite low, in addition to the menu periodically noticeable pause slightly after pressing.

    Camera Features

    The main feature of the camera – this, of course, the lens, but still apart from him and from WB2200 has some “chips”. Omit the various effects of artistic treatment, because in fact they are the simplest Editor, are available now even online handlers images.

    Much more interesting presence mode HDR. However, as is often the case, any settings it does not provide. However, their lack of usual even for “mirrorless”, so do not blame for this CD, even if it tries to be an adult. Gluing HDR-image is not particularly fast – sign that tells about the process of treatment disappears in 3.5 seconds, but to view, please wait a half. In general, though not fast, but not painfully slow.

    Samsung WB2200 also able to shoot automatic panorama, with both horizontal and vertical position. Choose the direction of rotation is not necessary – simply rotate the camera in any direction, and equipment will choose the method of gluing.

    The device is quite picky about the speed of rotation, as well as to retain the horizon – that’s a plus. But the downside is attributed to the rather low by modern standards, resolution (up to 4608×1376), and are not particularly high quality pasting noticeable artifacts.

    An important feature of the camera is a Wi-Fi module and support for NFC. It is worth noting that even with the first attempts to introduce wireless module Samsung became leaders because of this camera can be connected not only with your smartphone for remote control or data transmission, but also to connect to a network in infrastructure mode, which allows you to send data to the cloud services and social networks, and send the footage to the postal address – all without a PC.

    Unfortunately, the list of supported sotsialok and services from WB2200 is somewhat shorter than the camera Series NX. Available only Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and Dropbox.

    Access to the footage is also possible to interface DLNA. But the function Baby Monitor, which appeared in “mirrorlessh” Samsung 2014 model year, we test the camera is missing. In the remote control also has its limitations.

    For a start, manage at least some settings can not be. In fact, you can only select the self-timer, flash mode and resolution of images (and available only two values ​​- 10 and 3MP), and control zoom. However, the latter is not implemented in the best way – the focal length is changed stepwise, with if you press and hold the icon to increase or decrease the focal length, the good of it will not, and for each subsequent movement of the zoom one step once more have to click on the icon.

    Hope for the progress bar is also not necessary – smoothly move the position indicator on it is impossible. But the range is huge, and to go through it all, repeatedly clicking on the icon to increase or decrease, you need to spend a lot of time.

    Besides, is not provided for selection of the focus area by touching the desired portion of the image. Of course, no camera touch screen, respectively, and no this function, but in the smartphone, it is, therefore, a sin not to use such an opportunity. In general, defects are available, although the overall functionality of the wireless module, but rather part of the program is very good.

    Shooting and impressions of the work

    For the vast majority Brigde up time at power – is one of the weak points, because often these cameras are not able to meet the two-second standard. For example, Panasonic DMX-FZ72 during the test was able to make the first shot only after 2.72 seconds.

    Of course, from the WB2200 a good result, we also did not expect. However, the camera was able to surprise and even if on the verge of a foul, but still kept within the two-second standard – 1.96 seconds. Zoom can also be faster than that of its main competitor – the whole range of overlapping focal lengths traversed in 2.17 seconds.

    Velocity is measured by focusing was performed in good light (1000 lux at a reference point in the center of the template), as the object of guidance used still life test used in the evaluation of the noise level, the focus is on the central zone, before each measurement camera zooms to infinity by using the manual focus.

    Measurement was produced in CC-position lens from a distance of 50 cm to the subject, while the telephoto lens – 200 cm. Wide angle Automatic showed pretty good by the standards of Brigde result – 0.39 seconds.

    Decent, but not a record, because our record, and part-time chief rival, Panasonic DMC-FZ72, missed the phenomenal 0.08 seconds. In telephoto situation was still sad – for automatic test pattern focused only in 4.46 seconds after pressing the shutter button while the main competitor on the same task took 1.02 seconds.

    However, too much should not be upset, because without translation to infinity at telephoto autofocus lens often consults for 0.4-0.5 seconds. Low light makes autofocus quite often wrong, especially if the object is not too contrasty.

    Although the test pattern when focusing on the central zone automatic brought under illumination 1.2 lux, which is pretty good, because the main competitor in similar conditions to work properly autofocus requires about 1 lux illumination. Of course, the more you zoom the camera needs more light.

    Selecting the focus area provides four modes of operation – in the center, manual selection, automatic selection of the zone, as well as tracking mode. Actually, the most interesting is the last, because, despite the fact that the function is integrated into the camera for many years, really working mode of conduct is extremely rare.

    WB2200 is precisely one of those rare cases – the automatic holds an object even when it is moving fast and chaotic, to the same during any function keys do not need to keep. However, a small flaw still exists – when the object of the area of ​​the frame, he is lost and on his return is not picked up automatically, and automatic switches to any other object in the exit area was originally fixed object.

    But, anyway, it is possible to use the mode, we can not count, for example, on a clear fixing small little animals in the branches of trees or shrubs that still does not account for.

    The autofocus is operating in auto, Auto Macro and Super Macro. The first mode is the same nothing remarkable, the second, as the name implies, allows for shooting close subjects (10 cm) without having to manually activate the macro mode, and the third allows you to shoot from a distance of 1 cm.

    Of course, the Super Macro mode is not without limitations: it be blocked flash and zoom, and, not in the middle zoom position, like the Olympus cameras in the same mode, and wide.

    In manual mode, the focus of the assistants provided only a progress bar, but the function of increasing the focus area, unfortunately, no. Focus control is possible both rotary knob and buttons. In the first case, the process of focusing more specifically, in the second – faster, but you can slip the desired position in long-term key is pressed.

    Installation is carried out in four ekspopary usual modes, but on the drive mode selection separate provision provides only for program mode, and select any other has to press a couple of keys.

    Selecting the Metering Mode also does not try to surprise – three standard. Exposure compensation is customary – from -2 to +2 stops in increments of one-third. However, with something to please the massive CD still can, because there is a bracketing mode, which allows you to remove the three frames with fork 0.3, 0.7, 1, 1.3, 1.7 or 2 EV, by the standards of compact with a small sensor quite well.

    In good daylight operation of automation in terms of exposure pleasantly pleased, but when thick clouds metering copes with its task is not always. In such circumstances, automatic too actively pulls the shade, thereby metering pictures.

    But when shooting landscapes on a cloudy day automatics, on the contrary, great underexposes. In general, resort to exposure compensation and bracketing functions on a cloudy day often enough. But with artificial lighting automation is surprisingly very accurate.

    Under laboratory conditions, under fluorescent light with a color temperature of 5500 K Automatic admits mistakes to +0,2 EV, and under incandescent light error is virtually absent – only a -0,04 EV. However, the main competitor to Panasonic’s wrong with artificial light only a little more, but in natural lighting, including under heavy cloud cover, it is much more accurate.

    By the number of white balance settings WB2200 is not inferior to advanced SLR. Number of presets small – only five (sunny, cloudy, two versions of fluorescent lamps and incandescent light), but there is a manual mode to select the color temperature (from 3 000 to 10 000 K), as well as fine-tuning on the scale AB / GM.

    Furthermore, you shooting with white balance bracketing (1, 2 and 3 stages). However, despite the rather broad possibilities WB2200, as well as the external similarity with top-end full-frame cameras mirror type, manually set the white balance there is only one container to store the settings.

    With more than offset this disadvantage can be quite precise automatic mode. The results of his work pleasantly pleased not only with the natural, but in artificial light, and especially impressive small error under incandescent lighting that is extremely rare.

    Flash

    Samsung WB2200 apparently trying to be more serious than it actually is. No joke, two handles, which are usually available only on the top SLR cameras. That is only when such ambitious applications creators camera is not equipped with its connector or connect the sync cable, or even a “hot shoe”, which, by the way, some competitors, including at the Panasonic DMC-FZ72, there.

    As for the settings, then there is something to brag about, because in addition to select the operating mode (auto, fill, slow sync and removing “red eye”), provided more compensation and flash output within -2 … +2 EV in increments of one degree.

    Power built-in flash is low – only 6 at ISO Auto, while the main competitor leading by much more – 13.5. Here are just a special gain speed flash is charging it does not, and the gap between rival minimal – in sequential shooting with flash for a minute average speed of 0.48 frames per second versus 0.53 frames per second at the Panasonic DMC-FZ72.

    Video Mode

    Despite the growing popularity of Full HD-video recording capabilities WB2200 limited to a 1080 / 30p. However, the 1080 / 60p does not support even the main competitor, Panasonic DMC-FZ72, which is limited to 1080 / 60i.

    In general, the new product is not on the crest of a wave of new trends. However, if it is so important for the camera? Much more important than the quality of the recording, the correctness of the autofocus and image stabilizer, the presence of which is particularly relevant to the long focal length.

    Setting the video mode is not much. In fact, the user is given a choice of white balance, metering mode, EV shift administration, with all of this – just before the start of the process of recording. Also be cut off sound recording when using the zoom, allowing you to get rid of the annoying buzz of the engine control. That’s just with the buzz cut and all other sounds, so little value function is not.

    Autofocus in video mode pleasantly surprised. It is no secret that many Brigde late with a focus on maximum focal length, and sometimes they can not cope with it. Another thing is our guinea – not only did he at maximum RF easily focus on static objects, so still and multiple moving objects to him on the shoulder, with the process of adjustment is very fast and not very much evident.

    In general, the correctness of the AF in movie mode WB2200 – one of the best among Brigde. Bad and optical image stabilization mode. At the maximum RF shooting photos with it already difficult task, because the classical formula of “exposure should be inversely proportional to the RF” has not been canceled.

    Shooting of video is further complicated by the fact that the slightest movement when shooting with telephoto lens leads to incredible “bumpiness” in the frame, so no optical stabilizer here in any way. Or rather a hybrid, because the process is actively involved and electronic stabilization. Even if the DF of 1200 mm at a sufficiently firm hand you can get quite a decent picture.

    We should also note the parallel photography. Constraints, only two modes, but they are very significant. To start shooting is conducted with a resolution of just 1920×1080 pixels. Well, this is still possible to live with.

    But the number of shots is limited to only six, after writing to the memory card only after completion of the Movie, so the number of blocks is limited by the small capacity of the buffer. However, the function is still there, and it’s also a plus in the treasury WB2200.

    Power supplies and battery life

    The camera uses a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 10.7 Wh, which is a good indicator for even “mirrorless”, not to mention the compact. For example, the Panasonic DMC-FZ72 battery capacity of 6.5 Wh. Of course, such a significant difference between the tank could not affect the duration of the stated battery life.

    Competitor from Panasonic for testing as described in CIPA able to shoot 400 shots, and our present guinea – 600 remaining competitors are hopelessly behind, because on one charge just give 300-340 shots.

    Panasonic DMC-FZ72, which had previously been in our lab, in practice, was able to capture 632 frames, and Samsung in field trials filmed 718 more, but still not one-third, according to the declared characteristics. Three-segment battery charge indicator, so be guided by him pretty hard.

    The battery is charged in the camera body using the interface of USB. Fortunately, the camera uses a standard connector Micro-USB, so the refill charge is not a problem, even if the hand is not complete and charging cable, because of the short duration of battery life of today’s smartphones Micro-USB cable is guaranteed to be available at any office.

    Conclusion

    Samsung WB2200 will be great, but it turns out he is not the best way. Its dimensions are quite large, only a special reason to do so, because, in contrast to the “square” with DSLRs with heavy telephoto, the carcass weight of 618 gram guinea fairly easy to hold with one hand in any position, so duplicating the shutter key and the second handle used rarely – mainly for testing convenience rather than because of real need.

    In general, one of the main distinguishing features brings more disadvantages than advantages. Lens with a 60-fold zoom proven itself well. Of course, he lathers on the edges and in the corners, but he is versatile, and most importantly, extremely wide, that allows you to capture large objects with the minimum distances. In this case, the distortion optics quite effectively compensated intrachamber software processing.

    Built-in wireless module has a wide functionality, furthermore, it can be considered one of the best in the class. Deserves special praise battery, comparable to a tank with a big camera, which has a positive impact on the duration of the operation on a single charge.

    Also worth noting the advantages of relatively rapid preparation for work at power, a fairly accurate job of metering and automatic balance under artificial light, with both fluorescent and incandescent lamps using. Pleasantly pleased with the autofocus in video mode – fast, accurate and unobtrusive.

    And now about the shortcomings – the lack of “hot shoe” rather weak built-in flash, the inferior display and viewfinder matrix, and eyecup uncomfortable. Also distressing is not particularly fast autofocus, especially when shooting with the minimum distance for the telephoto lens. In addition, there are notable failures metering when heavy cloud cover.

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