Close
Share on
Samsung WB690
Samsung WB690
+ 4 Videos

Loading image...

Samsung WB690 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12MP 18x May 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good brand
Supports video recording
Does not support Wi-Fi

Available from international sellers only

Tell Me When It Becomes Available See International Prices
You are subscribed to price alerts for this product
Unsubscribe

Reviews

Good Brand

Based on 7,714 owner and expert reviews (including 26 verified purchases), Samsung has good ratings for its digital cameras. Samsung also has good ratings specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 81% of those that bought a Samsung camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Samsung WB690 supports video recording. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also support video recording.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Samsung WB690 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera do support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider including the Canon SX220 HS which also has a higher rating.

What is Full HD video? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Samsung WB690 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Samsung digital camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The worst video resolution of all digital cameras that have been available for more than two years is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

What does "video resolutions" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Samsung WB690 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the Panasonic DMC-FX90.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

What does "display diagonal" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was May 2012 when this Samsung digital camera was released.


Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Samsung WB690 does not support Wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also do not support Wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to look at include the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, the Panasonic DMC-FX90, or the Fujifilm XQ2.

What is Wi-Fi? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Samsung WB690 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also do not feature bluetooth.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Samsung WB690 supports video capability, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

What is video capability? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Samsung WB690 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in flash.

What is a built-in flash? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has an HDMI Port

The Samsung WB690 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Samsung WB690 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 203 grams, the Samsung WB690 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

What does "weight" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Samsung WB690 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

There are a number of other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including because of its better review score, the Canon 230 HS.

What is an image stabilizer? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Samsung WB690 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than a 1/2.3"" camera, which is the most common optical sensor size.

This camera's optical sensor size (1/2.33"") is actually the worst optical sensor size amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

A 4/3"" optical sensor size is the best optical sensor size across similar types of camera.

What does "optical sensor size" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung WB690 has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and spec. In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080, 1984 x 1488, 2592 x 1944, 4320 x 2432 and 4320 x 2880 and 4320 x 3240. Comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4032 x 3024 (best).

Chart Hide Chart Edit

12 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12 megapixels digital camera.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the DMC-FX90 (12.1MP and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-FZ330 (12.1MP and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Canon S120 (£179.99) (12.1MP and higher rated).

What does "megapixel" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x. With an optical zoom of 18 times zoom factor, the Samsung WB690 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the PowerShot SX270 HS (20x and higher rated), the PowerShot SX260 HS (20x and higher rated), or the SX280 HS (20x and higher rated) all from Canon.

What does "optical zoom" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Average Digital Zoom

The Samsung WB690 has a pretty typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the A800, or the 105 + DCC-60 both from Canon or the Panasonic DMC-FT4 which all of have better reviews.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

What does "digital zoom" mean? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of only 3.2, the Samsung WB690 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age. The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 1.8, the smallest is 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 0.28mm, the longest is 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 230mm. The Samsung WB690 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (432 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 4.5mm to 38mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm. The Samsung WB690 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 24 millimeters) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 5.8, the Samsung WB690 has a very large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera. Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 11.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Camera

Features Album Organization

The Samsung WB690 features album organization, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Features Contrast Adjustment

The Samsung WB690 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Features Saturation Adjustment

The Samsung WB690 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera also feature saturation adjustment.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Fairly High Playback Zoom (max)

The average playback zoom (max) of cameras of this spec and age is 9x. The Samsung WB690 has one of the higher playback zoom (max) (12.5 times zoom factor) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Samsung WB690 features connection to PC. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also feature connection to PC.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has an HDMI

The Samsung WB690 has an HDMI. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have an HDMI.

What is an HDMI? Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Supports PictBridge

The Samsung WB690 supports PictBridge. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also support PictBridge.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Samsung WB690 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Samsung WB690 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Batteries Included

The Samsung WB690 has a batteries included. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Samsung WB690 features voice recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Samsung WB690 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Light Exposure

Supports Eight ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Samsung WB690 is more than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "200", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Samsung camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 08806071656120

Samsung WB690 Review Sources

To prepare this Samsung WB690 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 298,997 product attributes, 171,823 digital camera reviews and 3,191,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

Other Digital Cameras to Consider

Nikon D5300

Nikon
D5300

£ 318.99
One industry award
New sensor
Unacceptable noise level
Two industry awards
Good quality pictures
Supports video recording
Sony DSC-RX1

Sony
DSC-RX1

£ 2,098.97
Eighteen industry awards
Amazing image quality
Good body shape
Four industry awards
Good product quality
Good size
Fujifilm X10

Fujifilm
X10

£ 469.00
Nineteen industry awards
Very limited manual controls for video recording
Poor battery life
GE X5

GE
X5

£ 55.00
Eleven industry awards
Well priced
Compact and comfortable
Feedback