Reviewers agree that the Samsung WB750 ultrazoom camera offers lots of perks at a great price, but it comes with trade-offs in features and performance. The WB750 packs a huge 18x zoom lens (24-432 mm equivalent) into an ultra-compact body (about 6.7 ounces), whereas the 18x zoom Nikon Coolpix S9100 weighs nearly an ounce more and is about half an inch thicker. Experts like the large 3-inch LCD, creative manual controls and rubberized coating that makes the camera easy to grip. There's also a trove of special features: 3D photos and panoramas, an exceptional 10-frames-per-second burst mode and full HD video (1080p) with the ability to capture still photos while shooting video.
The impressive specs, however, fall short of the competition. Reviewers say the LCD isn't as sharp as the high-resolution displays on other cameras, photo quality is mixed and the HD video is dull. Using the manual controls is also a challenge, as Samsung has buried these settings in the software menu interface. While most experts still consider the WB750 a great value for the money, editors at PCMag.com give the nod to their current Editors' Choice -- the Nikon Coolpix S9100 -- with its 18x zoom lens and superior LCD display (920,000 dots), EV compensation and image noise control. Another favorite is the Canon PowerShot SX230 IS , which has a 14x zoom, sharper photos and a built-in GPS.
Reviews from PCMag.com and CNET provide detailed evaluations along with test results that show how the Samsung WB750 compares next to market contenders. PhotographyBlog.com and DigitalCameraInfo.com also provide plenty of product comparison along with extensive hands-on testing. Not enough user reviews have surfaced to establish a clear consensus about long-term performance and reliability.
The Samsung WB750 is a "very capable" superzoom with a remarkable lens span, sharp images and fast performance, says Jim Fisher. However, its middle-of-the road LCD and video quality prevent it from dethroning the current Editors' Choice -- the Nikon Coolpix S9100 -- and other cameras, such as the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, offer sharper image quality.
Review: Samsung WB750, Jim Fisher, Jan. 5, 2012
2. CNET (Australia)
"The WB750 is fine, if you want a cheap, long zoom camera to capture casual shots. Anything more, and its shortcomings will become far too evident," says Lexy Savvides. Compared to class rivals such as the Canon PowerShot SX230 and Sony Cyber-shot HX9V, the WB750 has slow response times in low light, noisy photos and "so-so" video quality, despite its great lens.
Review: Samsung WB750, Lexy Savvides, Dec. 21, 2011
The WB750's 18x zoom lens "raises the bar above its main rival, the Panasonic TX series," says Mark Goldstein. While the camera packs impressive credentials, its noisy images, weak battery life and slow flash recycling "detract slightly from its overall appeal." Goldstein misses the AMOLED screen and built-in GPS of the older WB650 model, but he nevertheless highly recommends the WB750 for its "fantastic" value for the money.
Review: Samsung WB750 Review, Mark Goldstein, Dec. 8, 2011
Aside from the whopping 18x zoom lens, Christopher Snow says the WB750 is "quintessentially average." The 18x zoom lens is hard to beat, but the WB750's performance is bogged down by its sluggish menu interface and mediocre image quality. Snow says the Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR offers more for the shooting enthusiast, while the Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 excels at super-fast and slow-motion shooting.
Review: Samsung WB750, Christopher Snow, Dec. 2, 2011