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Samsung PL120 review

You can take easy self-portraits with the front screen, but is that all a camera needs?

Our Verdict

For

  • Good overall build quality
  • Nice colour rendition
  • Sharp pictures
  • Nice package for the price

Against

  • Flimsy battery and USB port cover
  • Cluttered back will be difficult for large hands
  • Occasional random noise at low ISO

See sample images taken with the Samsung PL120 in a range of conditions.

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Despite the bright highlights, the exposure is just right in this image

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There's a respectable level of detail in this pine cone

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The Sketch filter is quite effective here

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Macro mode is useful and effective when shooting smaller details

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Colours are vibrant without being excessive

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The PL120 has coped well with the backlighting in this scene

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Taken at the widest point of the lens

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This is the same scene as above, but at the longest telephoto point

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPL
Image StabilizationElectronic
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSamsung
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Blink Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)102.5 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity30 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution14.4 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSDHC Card, microSD Card
Height54.5 mm
Width94 mm
Depth18.8 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesPL
Focal Length4.70 mm to 23.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC, WAV
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelPL120
Product NamePL120 Compact Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberEC-PL120ZBPSGB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung PL120 and its LCD Dual Display is the perfect digital camera for a capturing life on the go. The extra 1.5" LCD on the front of the camera is ideally positioned for taking self portraits or even group shots, and will come in handy when having fun with friends. And with a precision cut 26mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom, you precious memories will stand out with true-to-life colour and clarity. The PL120 also features a HD video camera for those special moments, and comes with editing capabilities with Magic Lens and Smart Filter. So, all that's left to do is to start living life.

Battery Life240 Shot/2 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • PL120 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Manual
  • Strap
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker