Samsung HZ25W (WB5000)

Last update (17 September’10):
– Review by PCAdvisor

Samsung HZ25W (WB5000) is a ultrazoom camera features 12.5 Million pixels, 24x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 26-624mm) with Optical image stabilization, HD Video recording, Full manual mode, ISO 64-6400, and a 3″ LCD screen. The camera measures 116 x 83 x 92 mm (4.6 x 3.3 x 3.6 in) and weighs approx. 428 g (15.1 oz).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 Reviews

PCAdvisor.UK reviews the Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 and writes;
“With rugged DSLR-like handling, yet easy to use the Samsung WB5000 is a compact camera with 24x zoom; one-touch video recording and a zoom that’s accessible even when filming movies.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 and writes;
“Exposures were on the whole impressively even and colours flatteringly vivid – particularly reds, greens and blues – with skin tones rendered healthily warm as a default… Pictures aren’t pin sharp enough to match the results from a DSLR proper with a suitable lens, but are comparable to a high-end compact – which is what indeed the WB5000 is.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 and writes;
“The WB5000 was surprisingly fast to start up, focus, evaluate exposure and commit images to memory in JPEG format, but it became painfully slow when handling RAW files. Continuous shooting was also not a strong point. In standard continuous mode, the camera starts off by taking about 1 frame per second but it progressively slows down after the initial shots to an even slower pace. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 and writes;
“the WB5000 is a very good camera. Design and build quality are excellent, it a list of features comparable with its market rivals, and like most Samsung cameras it is competitively priced. Its only weak points are its overall performance and its mediocre image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 and writes;
“fairly stylish and light super-zoom camera that unfortunately can’t match its main rivals in several fundamental areas… you should avoid the WB5000 and take a look at our Main Rivals page for a selection of better alternatives.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 and writes;
“Chasing a bigger slice of the digital-camera market, Samsung’s added a long-range superzoom to its range. But the WB5000 doesn’t really add anything to this sector that other makers haven’t done already, and it’s not the cheapest device of its type, either”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ePhotozine reviews the Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 and writes;
“It’s a good all-round camera that will get you decent results from most scenarios. My main concern was with continuous shooting, but the burst mode solves that although you can’t use it for 30 seconds afterwards. The £284 price tag is slightly lower than the older Olympus SP-590 UZ and Pentax X70 which makes it great value for money.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 User Reviews

Amazing Camera Overall (better than the P90) Rating: ★★★★★
“..This is the complete opposite. No grain to speak of, and out of 20 photos only 1 might turn out poorly. Taking photos in low light conditions is literally impossible on the P90, but this manages to do pretty well. I’ll update again if my opinion changes, but between this and the P90, you’re better off with this. Hands down. ..” – Georgandis

Incredible Camera! Rating: ★★★★★
“Unbelievable camera for the price. The dual image stabilization allows for rock steady photos, even at full zoom. I just took a photo of the moon in broad daylight at 24X zoom without a tripod, and it came out perfect! The camera is easy to use and takes flawless photos in any light. I love this camera!” – J. Moore

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Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 Sample Photos

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Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 User Manual (PDF)

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Samsung HZ25W/WB5000 Specifications

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One Response to “Samsung HZ25W (WB5000)”

  1. Peter says:

    After having waited specifically for the WB5000 to be launched we recieved it just before our holiday. The problems started 2 weeks later with a line appearing down the screen. We returned it and got a new one. Our vacation provided many great picture opportunities and on the whole it was a great dissapointment.

    The picture quality was poor in auto mode and we found it took ages to focus and actually take the picture. There is no action shot feature on the camera and using manual mode did speed up the process but one had to be vigilant to adjust settings according to light. A friend on holliday with us had a Nikon D5000 and when we compared pics we began to realise that we had made a big mistake with this camera. On top of that another line appeared on our screen and that was all we needed to take the camera back for a refund and buy a proper camera. (the Nikon)

    In my opinion even if you’re an amateur, if you want great photos don’t waste your time, spend a bit more and get a DSLR, if you get an 18 – 250mm lens you will have the same or better zoom verstaility as the superzooms but with 10x the quality and versatility.

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