The Samsung WB550 incorporates an ultra wide angle 24mm lens with 10x optical zoom, so does it have the best of both worlds? Is the W550 (HZ15W in the US) both the perfect wide angle and megazoom compact camera? The What Digital Camera Samsung WB550 review...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Samsung WB550

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:80%


  • 24mm wide angle, well priced, manual mode (and manual macro focus)


  • flash poorly placed, oversaturated colours in low light, over sharpening


Samsung WB550 Review


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The Samsung WB550 has some excellent specs on offer. Its 24mm wide angle lens with extendable zoom to 240mm means shooting a wide range of subjects is ideal – beyond what most compacts will offer, not least at this affordable price point. Where the WB550 really wains, however, is in its design – the flash is so misplaced it impairs its use significantly. Additionally, use in low light causes difficulty with focus, plus colours can saturate to excess. It’s very much not for those out on the town snapping pictures of their mates in dark venues. However, with the inclusion of 720p HD video (and the playback is wonderfully smooth), an array of modes and that wonderful wide angle lens, the WB-550 is a top shooter for your range of day to day shots – and for that, despite its occasional downfalls, we can only give the Samsung WB550 a firm thumbs up.


Weight:219g (without battery and card)
Other:Face detection/smile shutter/blink detection, first 10x optical zoom lens starting at 24mm wide, Dual Image Stabilisation, 720p video mode (H.264 compression codec), beauty shot
Dimensions:105 x 61.4 x 36.5mm
Power:Rechargeable battery: SLB-10A (1050mAh)
Memory Card:SD / SDHC / MMCplus
Connectivity:USB 2.0, HDMI Type C (Built in)
Shutter Speeds:Auto: 1/8 ~ 1/1500sec., Program: 1 ~ 1/1500sec., Manual Mode: 16 ~ 1/1500 sec. Night: 8 ~ 1/1500sec., Fireworks: 4 sec.
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
ISO Range:80-1600 (12MP), 3200 (3MP)
Exposure Modes:Multi Point, Centre weighted, Spot
File Formats:JPEG
LCD:3in 230K dot TFT
Lens:24-240mm wide angle 10x optical zoom
Sensor:1/2.33-in. CCD
  1. 1. Samsung WB550 review - Features
  2. 2. Image Quality & Value For Money
  3. 3. Verdict
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