16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Just OK, but missing some modes,
This review is from: Samsung EC-WB700 Digital Camera with 14 MP and 18x Optical Zoom (Black) (Electronics)
I have had this camera now for about 2 weeks and can only give it an "OK" rating. Compared to the HZ30W and HZ35W the pictures are not as vibrant. I have to also say that the same is true compared to the TL34HD. They are plenty clear, and certainly the zoom function is good, but the colors just don't look as life-like.
The better parts are, of course, the zoom and some other little improvements in the camera. The zoom on the WB700 is nice and the camera itself feels a bit more compact and solid than the HZ30W/HZ35W.
One thing that it is also missing one function I liked on the HZ30W/35W (and TL34HD) and that is the "vivid" mode. I believe all the other modes are there, but not "vivid." Seems like a strange thing to leave out and it would be helpful in order to get the camera to record the colors closer to what the eye sees since it isn't doing that on its own.
In general, the camera is an okay upgrade to the HZ30W. Personally though I would keep my HZ30W and wait until the next upgrade before buying. Hopefully Samsung will realize that the vivid mode is handy and add it back in.
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Initial post: Jun 5, 2011 1:33:57 PM PDT
C. Riley says:
Two additional things since I've had it nearly a month:
1. There is firmware listed on the Samsung site, but I can't find where to determine what firmware I already have so don't know if I need it.
2. If I need it, it is unclear how to upgrade the firmware on the Mac. (Or PC for that matter).
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