Samsung has just announced it’s latest superzoom camera, the WB5000 compact. The uncanny long name aside, this camera boasts of a lot of up-market features. The Samsung WB5000 is loaded with the most powerful lens ever outfitted on a (Samsung) digital compact, featuring a whopping 24x image stabilized zoom and a resolution of 12.5MP.
The camera also offers shooting in RAW as well as video recording at 720p (H.264) and is fitted with 26mm wide angle lens. On the back, you’ll find a 3-inch LCD for Live view and a optical view finder. The WB5000 was announced in Korea yesterday, with a price tag of around $550 and will ship later this month. No word on extensive specs as of now.
But by looking at the specifications already made available, this camera is surely gonna give some tough competition to Canon and Panasonic, and other superzooms in the market. Canon’s SX 10IS offers a 10MP resolution and a 20x zoom, whereas Panasonic’s FZ35 (also coming in September) will bolt in a 18x zoom at 12.5MP. It will be interesting to see where these supercharged superzooms supercameras go.