Samsung WP10


Despite being the Korean company's first waterproof offering, the Samsung WP10, aka the AQ100, did a pretty good job at taking the plunge. Though we were unsure of what this baby could do, we were instantly impressed once it hit the water.

The WP10's fluid plastic design screams waterproof camera. You can go for the aqua or the red version, and you'll still get the same effect; their candy-colored shells, unlike the usual standard shades of gray, tell you they're built for "fun" – and that's just what it intends to be. Okay, so it also comes in black.

The buttons feel solid on the WP10, although the silver frame and doors feel cheap and flimsy. If you're thinking, however, that they wouldn't last one minute in the water, be prepared to be wrong.

The WP10 may have a smooth and charming exterior, but unfortunately, we can't say the same for the camera's system. Navigating through the system menus can get confusing and might need a little getting used to. Some options, like the Photo Styles and Image Filters, are only available in View Mode for still photos (but are available for videos. We wonder why).

But Samsung paid close attention to customization, even adding "plopping" and "dripping" options for your shutter and click sounds – it is a waterproof camera, after all. You'll also find the usual set of shooting modes in WP10, including the Aqua Mode and the Children Mode for shooting uncontrollably fast-moving little buggers.

The 12.1-megapixel camera takes impressive photos even in low-light environments. You'll just have to adjust the shutter speed and have really stable hands, as the auto-stabilization feature doesn't always help in keeping your snaps blur-free. Besides taking decent HD videos, the Face Detection, aka the smile shot, responds very quickly – with or without teeth showing. And if you're a blinker, trust that Samsung will take a backup photo once it detects your eyelids were shut.

Now for the fun part: We took our chums Superman and Aqua Man (because he loves the water) for a dip and took a couple of underwater photos. We were a little concerned about the speaker found on top of the camera; with all the rubber padding stuck to the doors, the speaker hole looked like a "missed spot."

The photos came out surprisingly sharp, but this is, of course, taken in clear, still waters. Getting good photos with a little movement in the water proved to be a challenge – but not impossible – when the auto-stabilization feature scrambled to find balance. The flash didn't do our pictures any good (water reflecting light and all), but it could be useful in darker, Pasig-river type waters (not that you'll want to swim there). And the speaker? Still worked wonderfully.

From the looks of it, the Samsung WP10 seems like a real vacation camera; the type that won't get you cringing or squeezing your wallet in horror when you get a little sand on it. Though it's a pretty reasonably priced waterproof camera, like most of Samsung's products, adding a touchscreen could've drawn techies by the horde.

Click here to see the Samsung WP10 in the Buyer's Guide.

 

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Value
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Overall
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  • Charming exterior
  • Takes above-average photos underwater and great still photos and HD videos
  • Set of features are more than enough
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  • Auto-stabilization not too effective
  • You'll get lost navigating through the system menus
Bottom Line
  • A good starting waterproof camera for family vacations and company outings
Editor's Pick No
Price P12,990
Tech Specs
  • Type: compact (weather/waterproof up to 3 meters)
  • Resolution
    • Stills: 12.2 megapixels
    • Video: 1280 x 720p at 30fps
  • Zoom
    • Optical: 5x
    • Digital
  • Storage: SD/SDHC
  • Screen
    • Size: 2.7 inches
    • Resolution: 230,000 dots
  • Image Stabilization: yes
  • Face Detection: yes
  • Live View: n/a
  • ISO Range: 80 - 3200
  • Shutter Speed: 8 - 1/1000sec.
  • Aperture Range: f/3.6 -4.8
  • Interface
    • Hot Shoe: n/a
    • USB: ver 2.0
    • HDMI: n/a
  • Battery
    • Type: li-ion BP70A
    • Life (Shots): approx. 180 shots (CIPA)
  • Size: 93.8 x 61 x 18.5mm
  • Weight: 121g (body only)


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COMMENTS


  1. gibson: The sample picture was not exactly sharp. IMHO it is quite soft
    August 5, 2020 at 1:21 am

  2. sheryl arias: i like that camera. how can i order?

    October 4, 2020 at 5:50 am

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