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Samsung has earned itself a well-deserved reputation for designing beautiful cameras.
The WB150F is no exception, sporting the now familiar chiselled grip and a well-placed mode selector right below your thumb. You'll find a regular 3-inch display to the rear, while the front is dominated by an 18x zoom lens. That's an impressive range.
Specs include an 18x zoom and 14.2 megapixels, which produce impressive results.
Changing from wide-angle to maximum zoom takes 3 seconds. Any faster would be tough to control and more often than not you'd overshoot your intended position. If you plan to snap a lot at the same magnification -- an animal's den or the turn in a racecourse, for example -- then it's worth getting everything set up in advance to avoid missing a vital shot.
Other than that, the WB150F is fast and responsive. It's quick to find focus at all zoom levels, and the rear LCD is fine-grained and smooth to refresh. Smart mode very effectively takes care of choosing the appropriate settings -- macro, portrait and so on. If you'd rather take control yourself then you can switch between aperture priority, shutter priority and manual settings.
The Samsung WB150F will expose for up to 16 seconds, which is great for shooting at night.
The WB150F's neatest trick is Wi-Fi connectivity. You can easily latch onto your home or office network and post shots directly to Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and Photobucket, upload them to your Microsoft SkyDrive account or email optimised versions to yourself. There's no option for Twitter, sadly.
Although you obviously need to enter a password to access a protected Wi-Fi network, you don't need one for your chosen outgoing email address. On the one hand, that's a blessing as it makes it very easy to use, but on the other, someone could easily send a compromising photo and make it appear as if it's from someone else's email, simply by entering their address in the 'from' box.
The option to trigger the camera from your Android smart phone is a boon as it means you can be in the shot without using the self-timer. However, it's a shame Samsung hasn't taken the online features further and made it possible use your web browser to visit the camera's IP address for downloading pictures. You still have to eject the card or connect to your Mac or PC for that. The closest it gets is an automatic back-up feature, which pairs the camera with your PC, courtesy of an app, and downloads all newly-added images. The drawback is you can't select individual files or use it on a Mac.
The 3-inch display is unremarkable, but more impressively, you can use it to access some nifty Wi-Fi functions.