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No jargon - a review for the average consumer
Member Name: Kateri
Date: 28/12/12, updated on 28/12/12 (81 review reads)
Advantages: The 18x optical zoom and 14 megapixel resolution
Disadvantages: The interface can be quite sluggish and switching between modes is not much better
The WB150 is made up of metal, plastic and a matte finish which gives it a sleek look. I originally wanted a funkier colour like blue, but sadly this camera only comes in black, white and red (the red is a difficult one to find!). I was a bit sceptical about the protruding area for grip on the left of the camera, but actually it helps with handling of the camera, such that I feel confident holding the camera with one hand.
My old camera before this one was a 7mp camera. This camera is a whooping 14mp! I was considering the more common 16mp for a similar price range, but a lot of friends were criticising the increased memory space and upload speeds associated with higher resolutions, so I decided to downgrade in order to afford a better zoom (16mp cameras for £100 tend to have a max zoom of 10x). Unless you are planning to convert your images into large canvases, there is really no need for an incredibly high resolution. In my opinion, there really is no difference between my old 7mp and this 14mp. Images are clear and bright with vivid colours.
This camera has a generous 18x optical zoom! For those who don't know, optical zoom is far better than digital zoom. I wanted this camera for concert purposes (it was either this or opera glasses!). I used this camera in Wembley arena, seated almost right at the back and with this camera I could even see the face of each performer!
Video quality is very good considering the price of the camera. The sound quality is very good (for example, while at the concert I could hear the music clearly instead of muffled audio). The only problem I have with the video is when the camera becomes unfocused upon zooming in to higher magnifications. I often have to zoom out to focus first before I can fully zoom in.
One of the things I was wary about when looking for a camera was battery life. This camera uses a bog standard Li-ion battery. I can't say I have used the camera enough to give a true justification of how good the battery is, but, using my recent concert as a guide . . . The concert was about 2.5 hours long, the camera maybe lasted about 2 hours. In this time I did a mixture of filming, snapping pictures and holding my camera on stand-by waiting for a good picture to take (I would have filmed the entire time if I hadn't been told it wasn't allowed). Of pure filming I would say I did about 1 hour. In my opinion, this felt quite weak compared to my old Sony digital camera, but this camera has far better resolution and general capabilities so like most great things, something has to give. The battey is removeable, so if battery life is a problem for you, bring a spare!
The interface is quite sluggish. When you're not in a rush it's okay, but when you're trying to scroll through your pictures/videos quickly it can feel really slow.
Another problem is switching between modes. There is a slight delay so if you're hoping to capture something really quickly this isn't the camera for you.
From reading numerous reviews I decided on this camera as it was relatively cheap (£100) with great functions (the zoom!). Overall, it is a good camera for its price. There are problems with it, but if your budget is limited like mine, you can't go wrong with this camera!
Summary: This camera is very good for its price with above average capabilities.
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