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Samsung WB690 12MP Digital Compact Camera - Black

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
  • Manufacturer reference: 5596368
  • ASIN: B005OJTR3S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Sep 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,665 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Samsung WB690 12MP Digital Compact Camera - Black

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Customer Reviews

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. V. Malin on 2 Jun 2012
Purchased about 7 months ago, this camera is mainly used for taking pictures of items to upload to our company website or for Ebay sales. I've not really explored all the camera's features, as I have really only used it in 'point & shoot' mode. However, image quality is superb, even on the lowest resolution setting. The camera feels well made and quite 'weighty' without being too heavy for comfort. Zoom and menu mode controls are nicely positioned and the screen gives a bright and clear image that is still quite easy to see in bright sunshine. Start up time is minimal and the flash re-charges quite quickly between shots - unlike my previous 8 year old digital camera that seemed to take an eternity!
A previous reviewer expressed disappointment at the failure of his screen after a short time. (He doesn't specify if this was due to damage or internal failure.)
All in all an impressive camera for the price and one which would suit a wide range of users, from taking family snaps to maybe something a bit more serious. Like I said, I haven't yet explored all the camera's features and menus etc. Supplied with USB lead (for charging from PC or laptop etc) and mains charger.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stuart J. White on 27 July 2012
This is a great camera. Pictures and video are really sharp. My wife has a Lumix FX550 costing 4x as much and the Samsung is better. The autofocus workr much more quickly compared to the FX meaning most pictures are perfectly focussed. The zoom is also much better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Day on 26 Nov 2012
Bought this camera as a replacement for my usual one which went swimming in the sea with me. Amazed by the optical zoom. 18X is usually only found on camera's in a much higher price bracket. The smart setting is more than enough for any day to day photo needs but the camera includes a huge array of modes and settings if you want to get really technical. £64.99 from argos outlet on ebay.....You'll do well to find anything close to this good for even twice the price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Lisa Thompson on 12 Jun 2013
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Got this as a present for my mum who isn't the most technical of people but appreciates a clear sharp picture - this is pretty much the perfect package. Easy to use & a fantastic picture. Great Purchase - One Happy Mum :-D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I W Rankin on 27 Feb 2013
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There are cameras with more megapixels out there but they don't take photos like this. The photos this camera takes are simply wonderful. Even better than an SLR I have.

12 megapixels is more than enough for most people and I think this is an ideal camera at this price bracket if you can get one. There are more modern cameras out there but I'm sticking with mine.

Even the video it takes (720p) is really high quality. Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Smok on 21 Aug 2012
I've bought the camera about 3 months ago, unfortunately it is only a nice looking camera, technicaly it's very poor & a bit heavy for the size. After one week the zoom shutter would not open, secondly every other picture was not clear even with a tripod, occasinaly LCD screen showed messeges;'zoom is not operating.....etc',and lastly it is very slow, the only positve side is the SCN mode with interesting features, but to be honest my 3yrs old CASIO Exslim 7MP takes better pictures, 3 pic in the same time of 1 pic taken by WB690, Casio does it
cristal clear no grains with high zoom, SAMSUNG has good lens but they fail with programming & quality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. R. cochran on 15 Aug 2012
I don't actually use a camera very much and this one is certainly my most technically advanced so far.
It seems to make a good job of taking pictures on fully automatic mode. It also will do a credible job of making an hdmi video which I can display on my tablet but my net-book just hasn't got enough capability and skips frames and stalls badly. So don't blame the camera if this happens on playback on a device lacking in processing power.
Be aware that a few functions will not work till you add a memory card to the camera. The on board memory isn't very much and you are better to add a memory card. I found a class 4 was all that was needed and a 16gb class 4 will only cost around £5 and give lots of space. If you have a tab the micro card with adaptor is best for ease of swapping files.
I don't like the proprietary Samsung USB charger cable and wish it was just a standard USB cable. It is one more cable to carry around. I seem to need almost 10 to get everything I have to work when going on holiday. Non standard cables should be outlawed.
The telescopic lens just worries me, particularly the way it pops out when the device is powered on.
Maybe they are like this on all cameras of this type? It just seems in danger of being accidentally damaged. I would have preferred a second button to activate it. I have accidentally pressed the power on button but luckily nothing was in the way of the lens. I bought a set of 6 screen protectors but it would be nice if one was supplied with the camera. If you buy a camera you might want to buy screen protectors at the same time and a memory card and possible a spare battery.
Other than the possible fragility of the telescopic lens everything else seems sturdy enough and I think it is good value for money.
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