Samsung WB50F

Completing the impressive heritage of Samsung’s WB family of camera, the WB50F is a sleek and stylish point-and-shoot digital camera that was announced in January this year, and will be on sale after February 22, 2014.

The Samsung WB50F is a compact zoom camera that comes with a 16.2 MP 1/2.3″ CCD sensor and offers a sensitivity range of ISO 80 to 3200 equivalents. A soft flash is present on this camera, for natural images. The CCD sensor stands behind a 12x optical zoom Samsung lens with a 24mm-equivalent wide angle and maximum aperture starting from f/3.1 and stops at f/6.3 by telephoto. An optical image stabilization system is included and allows to obtain sharp images, even when they are taken at the longest zoom lengths.

The Samsunh WB50F also features a 3″ 460k-dot LCD monitor and can capture 720p video at 30 fps. The images and movies can be saved to microSD(SDHC/SDXC) card up to 64GB size. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi wireless networking with NFC for easy sharing images.

The Smart Mode is standard on the WB50F and allows for a number of different customization and personalization settings to be used by photographers. Smart Auto mode is also present and automatically selects these settings based on an analysis of the shooting situation.

The Samsung WB50F is offered in black, red or white.

Samsung WB50F zoom digital camera



Samsung WB50F specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ (7.76mm) CCD sensor; 16.2 mega pixels
  • Monitor: 3.0″, 460K dots TFT LCD
  • Lens: 24mm Wide Angle lens; F3.1(W) – F6.3(T)
  • Zoom: 12x optical zoom; 24x digital zoom
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80-3200
  • Image Stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization
  • File format: Still image – JPEG, GIF movie; Clip – MP4
  • Storage: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory card
  • connectivity: USB 2.0; AV out (NTSC/PAL)


Reviews of Samsung WB50F are not available yet, but certainly they will appears after WB50F will be on sale.

The new WB50F from Samsung


Samsung WB50F red with 12x optical zoom

Samsung WB 50F red

Samsung WB 50F display

Samsung WB 50F display



The JVC Everio GZ-EX555 camcorder is a compact, light and comfortable to hold camcorder that can capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 video and up to 8.3 MP still images. The GZ-EX555 features 16 GB of internal flash memory, enough for almost of 5 hour of HD recording in AVCHD Progressive video mode. An SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot is present to increase the storage space up to 64GB.

The GZ-EX555 comes with a back-illuminated 1/5.8″ 2.5 MP CMOS image sensor and with a Falconbrid engine, that allow the camcorder to capture more detail with a decent low-light performance. The recording can be played quickly via a 3″ touch panel LCD. The GZ-EX555 also has a JVC HD wide angle lens that supports 38x optical zoom and that is equipped with an Optical Image Stabilizer with Advanced Image Stabilizer (A.I.S.) system.

The JVC GZ-EX555 features Intelligent Auto, Auto REC and ultra-slow motion video as well as Face Recognition technology and Smile Meter/Smile Shot. A mic input, a headphone output, a built-in video light and an integrated zoom microphone are all present on this videocamera.

The GZ-EX555 is equipped with Wi-Fi and has several wireless function, such as Live Streaming by Ustream, Live Monitoring, Data Transfer to tablet/smartphone/PC, One Touch Auto Backup to PC, etc.

JVC Everio GZ-EX555 full HD camcorder


JVC GZ-EX555 specifications

  • 1/5.8″ 2.5MP Back Illuminated CMOS sensor
  • AVCHD Progressive Recording – 1080/60p @ 28 Mbps
  • LED video light
  • 38x Optical/ 65x Dynamic zoom
  • JVC HD lens with F1.8 maximum aperture and 29.3mm (equivalent) Wide Angle
  • Connectivity: HDMI, USB, AV Out
  • 3-inch 230k pixel Touch Screen LCD monitor
  • Storage: 16 GB Built-in Memory; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card

You can find more about Everio GZ-EX555 on JVC webpage or you can read a short GZ-EX555 review.


JVC GZ-EX555 videocamera

GZ-EX555 camcorder

GZ-EX555 Full HD compact camcorder from JVC

JVC GZ-EX555 camcorder




Panasonic Lumix XS3

The Panasonic Lumix XS3 is a budget ultra-slim digital compact camera that is just 14 mm thick. The Lumix XS3 is an update to the XS1 and sports a distinctive design that is combined with superb performance.

The Panasonic Lumix XS3 comes with a 14.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and with an advanced image processor Venus Engine that, together, realize clear and crisp images even in low-light conditions, and also allow high speed consecutive shooting and full-HD video recording. The 1920×1080 video starts recording very easy and a max. 4x digital zoom is available throughout the recording. HD videos are saved in MP4 format.

The XS3 also has an wide-angle Lumix DC vario lens that features a 5x optical zoom and F2.8 max. aperture, and comprises 6 elements in 5 groups with 3 aspherical lenses. A Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilizer system is also present.

Also present in this slim body is the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode that can be set with one-touch for the reduction of misshots. Other extremely useful features are Intelligent ISO control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure and Face Detection, that work for users to get the best result.

The Panasonic Lumix XS3 is on sale only in Europe and it is available in black or red.

Panasonic XS3 ultra-slim compact camera

Panasonic XS3


Panasonic Lumix XS3 specs:

  • Sensor: 1/2.33-type High Sensitivity MOS sensor; 14.1 Megapixels
  • Zoom: 5.0x optical/ 4x digital zoom/ 10x Intelligent Zoom
  • Lens: DC Vario; F2.8-6.9
  • Monitor: 2.7″ TFT LCD display, 230k dots
  • Storage: microSD/micro SDHC memory card; built-in memory (approx. 200 MB)
  • Interface: AV Output (PAL/NTSC), USB
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200
  • File format: still image – JPEG; movie – MP4
Panasonic XS3 with DC Vario lens

Panasonic XS3


Panasonic Lumix XS3 reviews:

You can find more about usability, performance and image quality of this compact digital camera on Panasonic XS3 review from website.

Lumix XS3 display

Lumix XS3 monitor


Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is a compact superzoom digital camera that offers a long zoom in a compact camera body at an affordable price. With a metal body and a small hand grip, the SX170 is small enough to carry in a pocket. The SX170 IS replaces the SX160 IS which was very popular unit with casual shooters and generalist photographers thanks to its compact body.

The Canon PowerShot SX170 comes with a 16 megapixel 1/2.3″ CCD sensor and with DIGIC4 image processor that work together to produce high-resolution, well detailed images and HD 720p video recording (with stereo sound). The image processor also provides reduced noise level. The SX170 IS also features a built-in Canon 16x optical zoom lens that provides a 35 mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-448 mm. This lens covers wide-angle to telephoto lengths for shooting  in a wide variety of conditions. An Intelligent IS image stabilization is also available and offers six uniques stabilization modes.

A large 3.0″ 230k-dot LCD monitor is also present on this compact camera. This display has a wide viewing and it is bright enough to support use in bright conditions. An Intelligent Smart Auto mode is also present on this camera and it allows selecting one of the 32 pre-defined shooting situations.

The Canon PowerShot SX170 is available in black or red.

Canon SX170 with pop-up buit-in flash

Canon SX170 IS


Canon PowerShot SX170 IS specifications:

  • Sensor: 1/2.3″ CCD, 16.0 Megapixels
  • Image Processor: Digic4 with iSPAPS technology
  • Lens: built-in Canon lens; 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Zoom: 16x optical, 4.0x digital zoom
  • Monitor: 3.0″ TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle; 230000 dots; 100% coverage
  • File Types: still image – JPEG; movies – MOV (H.264+Linear PCM Stereo)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 – 1000
  • Storage media: SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
  • Interface: USB Hi-Speed; NTSC/PAL dedicated connector
  • Batteries: Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-6LH
Canon SX170 front view

Canon SX170


Canon PowerShot SX170 IS reviews:

There’s no doubt that the SX170 is an easy camera to use. All the buttons are well placed and the on-screen menu tips are helpful. Settings are clearly labelled and allow users to spend minimal time fiddling with settings and maximum time shooting. You can find more on Canon SX170 review by Tech Radar website, that concludes:

For a point and shoot, the PowerShot SX170 certainly offers a fair amount for your money. The full manual shooting will definitely appeal to users who are frustrated with not being able to tweak their shooting settings, while the auto mode with its ability to select from 32 different scenes will help to put novice users at ease that whatever situation they’re shooting in, the SX170 can probably handle it.

The Canon SX170 IS handles chromatic aberration fairly well, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations. Noise starts to intrude from ISO 400 in shadow areas. More about image quality you can read on Photography Blog, that concludes:

The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS’ build and performance is acceptable given its asking price, so those who have little to spend will find equally little to complain about. Though picture quality is a little so-so for our tastes, at least the camera looks good and feels good in the palm, which at this currently contracting budget end of the market actually counts for quite a lot.

Another short Canon SX170 review comes from website. On this website you can see also a lot of sample photos made with different settings in various conditions.

The 3.0" LCD display of the Canon SX170

Canon SX 170 IS display


The SX170 superzoom camera from Canon

Canon SX170


Canon SX 170IS buttons

Canon SX 170IS


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