Samsung HZ10W Nature Sample Images

Here are some quick sample images that were taken with the Samsung WB500 (Also known as the HZ10W). All these pictures were taken while on a quick walk through the countryside in Berkswell, UK. None of the images have been altered in any way other than being resized (made smaller) to compensate for the website layout and load time of the page. Didn't want to make it too image heavy. If you want to read more about this camera in general, please see this post.

The pictures in this post were taken fairly quickly, without much thought for perfect framing (like usual then!) and choosing the best matching mode for the shot. Although some were taken in manual mode, most were taken in auto to give you a good idea of what to expect when quickly snapping away with the WB500, or HZ10W as it is known in certain parts of the world. Shame there wasn't more animals or insects for me to photograph on this particular day. It was a nice walk though. Unless stated otherwise, all images in this post are Copyright © Still Paused.

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Hawthorn Flower Blossom


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A Peacock Butterfly (Aglais-io) on Hawthorn Flowers


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The strange Prickly Chestnut (Castanea-Sativa) It has great protection from would be thieves. Those needles are very sharp!

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The pathway through the Yellow Rapeseed Fields


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Tree Leaves. No flash if I remember correctly, just natural sunlight coming in through spaces from the surrounding trees. I can't recall what this tree's name is (Update: It's the Castanea-Sativa), but its a real beauty


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Small Hawthorn Tree in white bloom


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Like flies around shhh. Flies apparently "feeding" on flowers. Or whatever was on the flowers. They were so busy, they didn't even bat an eyelid. I mean they didn't bat an ommatidium


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Picture of the day: The Large White Pieris Brassicae Butterfly. This was taken at close to full zoom and didn't turn out too badly considering how she didn't want to sit still for longer than a few seconds

The above image of the Pieris Brassicae Butterfly, taken by Still Paused, can be reused under the CC Attribution 4.0 International License. Please visit this page to read about how to give appropriate credit to the author when reusing.

Almost Electric Graffiti

A quick Graffiti Piece from the archives. Almost Electric. A very bright, deep blue and yellow piece which reads SWAE. Photographed in Birmingham UK with a Samsung WB500 Point and shoot camera (here). Image has been slightly popped. Nice one word piece.

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Black PUG Dog Portrait

PUGs are such cute dogs. I hope you agree! Check out the image below of a black PUG, who posed patiently while the photographer took its portrait image. Photograph was taken with a Google Pixel 2 XL. Yes, a Smartphone. Camera phones, good quality ones, are really great for quick, on-the-go mobile picture taking, and the quality is really impressive.

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I'd go as far as to say some Smartphones, such as the Huawei P20 Pro, can produce results that are almost as good as some of the top of the tree cameras within the $500 - $1000 range. That reminds me. Have you seen the Sony Alpha A7r IV in action yet? If not check out the A7r Mark IV video review.

Sony A7r IV Video Review (Not Rumors)

Well its not just rumors, the Sony Alpha A7r IV (Mark 4) is soon to be released (pre-order is available). Amazon link. The 61 mega pixel, 10 frames per second full frame mirrorless super camera is set to be released on the 12th September 2019 (on Amazon US). The Sony A7r IV is featured packed. It's specification is very impressive. Excellent tracking at full resolution, and superb auto focus are just a few of the stand-out features. Anyway, don't take my word for it, check out the hands-on video review from Kai W. Looking for some sample images? Take a look at some here.



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Camera Buying: Unknown Vs Branded

Everyone has heard of the brands, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Panasonic, but step away from the major camera brands that dominate the majority of the marketplace and you will discover a whole host of other brands, most of which are produced and sold by companies located in Asia. The big differences between the top brands, like Canon and Nikon, compared to the widely unknown brands is the price (much cheaper), build quality and the cheaper components that are used in each product.

That doesn't necessarily mean there aren't some good digital cameras for sale offered by the unknown brands. There are quite a few that offer good image quality and fairly decent overall value for money. One example is some of the replica (knock-off) GoPro style video cameras (yes, they can take pictures too) that are offered much cheaper in price by companies operating from China. If you do some research, or get the chance to test a few of the best ones, you'll find that there are more than a few of these "GoPro" alternatives that are excellent little performers.

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However, with the largely unheard of brands you do have to be more careful. First off, their track record for consistently making reliable, long lasting products is questionable. Because with the big majority of these brands there isn't really much back history available online in order to be able to research them thoroughly. Other than the reviews on websites like Amazon and eBay, and a small handful of video reviews, there isn't really much else to look at. And most of us know by now that on many of the major online shopping outlets, including Amazon, there is a big problem with fake reviews being posted.

That goes for all reviews, including both verified and unverified "purchases". So, trusting these reviews has now become much harder than it was previously. Also adding to the risk of buying unknown brands is the potentially less stringent quality control compared to the more renown brand names. This, combined with cheaper electrical components being used in each product, gives them a higher tendency for developing problems.

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And then what happens if you are unfortunate enough to be sent a faulty camera and need to return it. Unless the company you are returning the item to have a premises based in your country, or offer a free return in the case of a problem arising (very unlikely from an unknown brand if they are based abroad), it can be a real pain sending it back. It's also very off putting once a customer who purchases an unknown branded camera that's developed a fault discovers that they have to send the item back to say China. And they (the purchaser) are the one who has to pay the shipping costs. Sending items abroad isn't cheap, especially if you want or need to send it as a traceable, signed for package.

Depending on the price paid for the camera, which is usually pretty low compared to a brand new camera from one of the high-end brands, most people just cut their losses and can't be bothered to deal with the hassle of sending it back. It's then usually put it down to experience, and looked back on as a "never again" moment. If you bought the camera unknowingly through a drop-shipper, returning it will generally be the same long winded procedure as well, because they will have to send it back to the supplier, who is more than likely located abroad.

Unknown brands Vs second-hand known brand. To be totally honest, I would much rather buy a second hand camera that is made by a reputable brand rather than take the risk on a much more cheaply made brand new "no namer". If we do a quick price comparison and say you have £40 to spend on a camera, you could buy a new Stoga Dfun SC001 for around that price, which is a largely unknown brand is the USA and UK. Or you can, like I did a few weeks ago, take a look on eBay and pick up something like a Samsung Digimax 530 (5 megapixel) camera in the box with accessories for literally £5. That fiver is including postage, which was free.

You can also find older bridge cameras for sale, like the Fujifilm FinePix S Series S5600 for around £25. Or even an old but reliable Panasonic Lumix point and shoot for £10 - £25. As well as a Samsung WB500 (Talked about here) There are literally hundreds of different used models to choose from that fall within the same price range as something like the Stoga Dfun. Of course, if you have a bigger budget at your disposal you could always buy something much newer which has many more features to take advantage of, such as an entry level DSLR. You can pick up a used but in excellent condition Sony Alpha A100, A200 or A230 DSLR complete with a starter lens for under £100 on eBay. Brand new unknown branded Vs a second hand well known brand, I know which one I would feel more confident spending my money on.

Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Lens Review

Great lens, very capable for lots of shooting situations and subjects, including, of course, portrait photography. Lots of talk and reviews about the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE (UK) (called the Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 in America) being one of the best budget lenses. It has excellent auto focus (very quick when snapping images) and impressive protection from the elements, making it a good choice for out in the field. However, while the build quality is excellent, the weight, @ well over half a Kilo (600 grams) makes it quite a hefty bit of kit.


Although, worth mentioning is the fact that the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 FE does not have any stabilization built into the lens, but the large majority of up-to-date Sony DSLR's have stabilisation built into the body as standard. Anyway, check out the very informative review video by Christopher Frost Photography. He shows some sample images / examples and comparisons in various modes of what this lens is capable of when mounted on both a Sony A5100 and A7R II cameras.

Canon IXUS 127 Super Vivid Sample

Here is a quick picture sample of the Canon IXUS 127 HS (Read a review on this camera) in super vivid mode. Some image subject look better than others. However, all are very colourful. The wild plant image below looks good without zooming in, but upon zooming in there is a blue hue around the outline of many of the leaves and the purple flower. Still not bad though for a cheap point and shoot camera.

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