As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Samsung WB500 is also often compared to compacts. The Samsung WB500's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ10 and the Lumix DMC-TZ7) and Canon (such as the IXUS 115 HS)

Competitor classes

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to other travel zoom competitors the Samsung WB500 doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3.5"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (compact (105×61×37 mm) vs compact (102×58×28 mm)) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ10 (vs the WB500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ10 (vs the WB500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-TZ10 and WB500

  • Very small: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 218 g vs 249 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.5"

Casio Exilim EX-H10

Casio Exilim EX-H10
5 months newer
$610

Significant advantages of the EX-H10 (vs the WB500)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×62×24 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the EX-H10 (vs the WB500)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift

common strengths of the EX-H10 and WB500

  • Very small: Compact (102×62×24 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 194 g vs 249 g

Samsung WB210

Samsung WB210
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the WB210 (vs the WB500)

  • Much smaller: Compact (101×59×22 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,152k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the WB210 (vs the WB500)

  • None found

common strengths of the WB210 and WB500

  • Very small: Compact (101×59×22 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 174 g vs 249 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.5"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
similar age

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ7 (vs the WB500)

  • Much smaller: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 16 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ7 (vs the WB500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-TZ7 and WB500

  • Very small: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 229 g vs 249 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.5"

Samsung WB50F

Samsung WB50F
5 years newer
$278

Significant advantages of the WB50F (vs the WB500)

  • Much smaller: Compact (101×68×27 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much lighter: 157 g vs 249 g

Significant disadvantages of the WB50F (vs the WB500)

  • None found

common strengths of the WB50F and WB500

  • Very small: Compact (101×68×27 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 157 g vs 249 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.5"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX7v (vs the WB500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×28 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX7v (vs the WB500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-HX7v and WB500

  • Very small: Compact (102×58×28 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 208 g vs 249 g
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.5"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung WB500 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 38 mm), has better image stabilization (LensSensor shift vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (105×61×37 mm) vs super compact (93×56×20 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2009 vs july 2010).

Canon IXUS 115 HS

Canon IXUS 115 HS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the IXUS 115 HS (vs the WB500)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×56×20 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 115 HS (vs the WB500)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the IXUS 115 HS and WB500

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift

Samsung PL200

Samsung PL200
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the PL200 (vs the WB500)

  • Much smaller: Compact (100×60×21 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the PL200 (vs the WB500)

  • Much worse wide angle: 31 mm vs 24 mm

common strengths of the PL200 and WB500

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift

Casio Exilim EX-Z1080

Casio Exilim EX-Z1080
1 year older

Significant advantages of the EX-Z1080 (vs the WB500)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (91×57×24 mm) vs Compact (105×61×37 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.5"
  • Much lighter: 165 g vs 249 g

Significant disadvantages of the EX-Z1080 (vs the WB500)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 24 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

common strengths of the EX-Z1080 and WB500

  • None found